‘Make Me The Villain’ by HODJE provides addictive electronic-pop music with an ethereal feel

"There is something freeing about accepting that we can’t control people’s opinions of us"
25 January 2023

New Chicago artist, HODJE is bringing us some serious heat with her latest single Make Me The Villain. Margaret Young, the musician, and producer, came up with the idea of using ‘HODJE’ as an alias. The name pays tribute to her late great-grandmother, Nina Hodge who was a well-known touring actress and singer.

On the single, HODJE said: “The song, to me, is about accepting that sometimes standing up for ourselves might mean we are characterized as the villain in someone else’s story. The hook of the song is ‘make me the villain and set me free,’ and that’s because there is something freeing about accepting that we can’t control people’s opinions of us or what character role we are assigned to.”

HODJE has a knack for creating electronic-pop music with an ethereal feel that is really addictive. The new single showcases her unique and amazing songwriting prowess in all its glory.

Make Me The Villian is a real blast from the past, filled with swelling synths, a striking drum machine, velvety vocals, and subtle vocoders. The lyrics are super emotional and they’ll transport you to the 80s.

The chorus of the track is taken up a notch with a subtle key change and the introduction of a violin. This creates an even more reflective and emotional feeling in the song, bringing it to life. Her passion for music was inspired by both her dad, a keyboardist, and grandpa who worked at Gibson.

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