To celebrate our 20th installment of BulletCast, we bring you LA native, Margot LOX. She began her career in music as a DJ before making the move to Germany. Now Margot is making the next step in her career by attending music production school and immersing herself in a peer-heavy city, Berlin.
Journey with us as she weaves the story of living a corporate life, to a dream of the road less traveled which led to music and creativity. This is a road that few are willing to venture down. Let her story ignite the spark inside of you and maybe even push you to take the jump yourself.
Tell us about this recent move to Berlin. You started out in LA, where your roots and family still are, but made this big move. What inspired this move and what kind of path has it forged in your career?
I spent the last two summers in Berlin and I fell completely in love with the city, the vibe, the culture. After a few years of traveling I decided that it was time to settle down somewhere and Berlin seemed like a very natural choice, not just in terms of music, but the city itself is a great place to live and of course it is the mecca of all things techno and house music, so it seemed like the perfect move to make. It has allowed me to focus more on production and be in a city full of peers and people that I look up to in the music scene. At the moment I’m just working on Production, I’m actually going to Music Production school here and trying to get my feet wet with that. Hopefully from there I will be able to work on a one on one basis with my friends here, work in their studios and learn from them, and hopefully have some music out this year.
Has the move to a new culture and being around your peers shifted where you thought you would have been a year or two ago?
Yes, definitely. With all the traveling and focusing on DJing, I kind of felt like I wanted to take it to the next level. And now that I have done the DJing part, I am hungry for more. I want to get more involved in making music. It’s very interesting because once you start thinking with a Production mind, you start dissecting every little track and have all these thoughts and ideas of what you want to turn into music, so now I am trying to figure out technically how I am going to do that.
You do have a personal motto. If anyone follows you on social media, they know that you have created a motto of "Woke Up Smiling." Has this gone into how you do make your music?
With 'woke up smiling' it started out as more of a travel-based thing for me. I actually came up with the name because as soon as I quit the corporate life and started traveling I started sleeping a lot more and started to wake up smiling. So it was a natural name to start this blog that has since evolved into a person motto that translates into my daily life, whether it’s music or family or friends. And it’s been really cool, there are people that will reach out to me and say 'Can I use this hashtag' or 'I love this idea and the name.' I like having something that affects people positively. It was really a special feeling to experience this waking up smiling more than once and I just try to strive for that and hope to get it on a regular basis.
Now that you have made that shift from the corporate world to making a full-time career in music, and as someone who is still in the midst of that transition, what is one piece of advice you can give to someone who is also at this point?
Well, I can always offer lots of advice, but everyone’s situation is different. For me it was such a natural move. You have to really decide what’s important to you, what are your priorities. If you want to work on music, then work on music. If you want to hustle and make money, then maybe you should stick around in the corporate world because the music business is not the easiest to get into, and you certainly not easy to make money.
My advice is to make your decisions based on what you want to do, what your heart wants and not what society tells you to do. That you need to have a nice car, a nice house, nice things. What’s really important to you? For me it was being with family, traveling, exploring the creative side that I never knew I had. As cliche and silly as it sounds, just follow your heart. And if it doesn’t work out and everything fails, you can always do something else. I think it’s better to keep moving forward than to stay in one place hoping for a change. Only you can make that change, so you have to decide what you want to do. Just do it. Actually one of my favorite quotes is, "Just jump and figure out how to fly on the way down."
Every day I don’t know what challenges I’m going to have to face, so I just saw screw it, I jump and figure it out on the way.
Now that you are in the studio producing, can you tell us about some upcoming projects or upcoming gigs?
Well, at the moment, I will actually be playing a gig in Berlin at a place called F-Club with my friends who throw a weekly party. This will be my third time playing with them, I’m very much looking forward to that. Berlin has a great vibe and scene, people come to dance, they come completely for the music and are a very educated crowd, which is always very fun to play for, lots of exchange of energy back and forth. And I am currently in Production school now so I’m focusing on getting a good foundation so that I can get some solid building block below me. And from there collaborating with friends.