Grace Gachot unveils ‘Built To Be Bad’: channeling her personal heartbreak into the music

It's a soul-stirring anthem for those who have been hurt but still find it difficult to be cruel
7 November 2023

London-based rising pop sensation Grace Gachot has been steadily carving her niche with a sound that resonates with authenticity and raw emotion. Her latest single, Built To Be Bad, produced by the acclaimed Ollie Green, is not just a song but a jaunt through the complexities of heartbreak and the struggle between kindness and resentment.

The song features a lush orchestra of live strings, adding a cinematic and heartfelt touch to the emotional journey it narrates. Gachot’s music video powerfully enhances the song’s intensity, delivering an unforgettable visual experience.

BBC Radio1 DJ Jack Saunders has recognized the special essence of Gachot’s music. He praises her ability to capture genuine heartbreak and find rhythm in pain. According to Saunders, “That, right there, that’s a special piece of pop music! It’s really hard to capture genuine heartbreak and Grace finds the rhythm in the pain. The song swells with the emotion of it all, the kind of emotion you go through when you’re going through something like heartbreak and overall, there is just so much drama in the storytelling of this song. Ultimately, Grace is battling with the kindness in her own soul.

Built To Be Bad has become a TikTok sensation, garnering almost 700k views. The song is a poignant and epic piano ballad that delves deep into the raw emotions of a broken heart. Co-written with Ollie Green, the track reflects Gachot’s personal experiences of heartbreak, infatuation, betrayal, and the delicate balance between compassion and hatred. It’s a soul-stirring anthem for those who have been hurt but still find it difficult to be cruel, reminding us that some people are simply ‘not built to be bad.’

Comparisons to artists like Lauren Spencer-Smith, Lewis Capaldi, Cian Ducrot, and Madison Beer solidify Grace’s place in the realm of heartfelt and powerful pop and singer/songwriter tunes. Her unique journey in creating Built To Be Bad adds an extra layer of authenticity, as she channeled her own heartbreak into the music. Despite facing physical illness on the recording day, the emotion captured in her original vocals became an irreplaceable element that deepens the song’s authenticity.

Gachot’s multicultural background, allowing her to write in both English and Spanish, adds a unique flavor to her music, connecting with audiences globally. Her debut single, ‘Fuckboy Tragedy,’ released independently in September 2022, quickly gained traction, accumulating over 500k streams on Spotify and millions of views on YouTube. This success led to a multi-single deal signing with ‘Sound On,’ TikTok’s distribution arm.

Gachot started her musical journey when she was young, inspired by her love for musical theater and pop music. Her talent caught the eye of a producer when she was just 16, propelling her from local performances to the vibrant music scene in London.

Grace Gachot’s authentic essence emanates in Built To Be Bad, positioning her as a pop sensation worthy of our complete attention, one note at a time.

Photos by Mollie Hosmer