feat.

I’ve done a few collaborations (or what is it called, I was “featured”?) over the past year that I should share with you… I have to say that these tracks are written mostly by these three marvellous musicians and producers, I merely joined in and enjoyed their art worlds…

The first one I did was for Kelly Lee Owens, who also did a fantastic rework of my track “Kingsize” two years ago…

This second one was for my almost neighbour and gem of Oslo Carmen Villain… It also lead to me writing another track, but more on that some other time…

And finally, I did some ghost story talk-singing over a Lindstrøm sketch which he then rearranged into a long, sweeping cemetery disco track…

I’m grateful and honoured to have been invited into these worlds. It has also made me think a lot, as I am asked about the lyrics for these songs on several occasions and I have mixed feelings about sharing them. These songs are mostly written by others, and so my largely improvised words are sometimes re-arranged, shuffled, or placed very carefully by others into the setting of their songs. So did I then “write the words”? I don’t necessarily feel like I have “written lyrics” for a track in this process. The “feat.” is a process of defeat, in that I surrender syllables and sounds to others, allowing them to construct something which might end up changing the meaning of what I originally did (which I many times also didn’t really know at the time). It’s an amazing process that teaches me a lot about production, pronunciation, phrasing, and poetry.

The concept of “lyrics” is not as simple as to share a file of words that is “the real meaning behind” the song. Is there ever something tangible “behind” a piece of music? I think about this after watching a Youtube clip my friend sent me where famous singers “break down” on stage and have to stop singing. In the video, the singers’ names are listed in the top-left corner, and below is an explanation, so you would see a clip of Justin Bieber crying on stage, and then the text SINGER: JUSTIN BIEBER, REASON: EMOTIONAL COMEBACK. The need to break down the breakdown puzzles me…

I might write more about this some time.