- The quality is sky high here in Bergen, says Ed Poston, who has worked with star Ed Sheeran among others.
- I'm not used to writing lyrics with others. I usually write them on my own. But here we do everything together, and suddenly a line pops up that is much better than the one I came up with, says Aurora Aksnes.
This week more than 40 artists, song writers and producers have gathered at the "songwriting camp" Bergen Songs. They've been working in 10 different studios trying to create magic musical moments. Or sow the seeds of what might become magic moments in the future.
Aurora is one of the participating Bergen artists. She's in this tiny studio at USF together with four song writers: English James Earp, Norwegian Ida Martinsen Botten and an English songwriting duo by the name of The 23rd. Over a couple of hours they've written and recorded two songs. Three, to be honest, if we count a rather chaotic musical work that was recorded just before lunch, on low blood sugar levels.
- This is a very intense way of working, but we're very productive. I mean, Aurora can come up with 700 melodies by just listening to a few piano accords, so then it's not very difficult, says James Earp.
- No need for mega hits
Earp has written songs for the British artist Kodaline, among others, and is one of the many international song writers who take part in Bergen Songs. Present is also Finlay Dow-Smith, the man behind countless mega hits for Ellie Goulding.
The goal behind the camp is not to produce mega hits, according to Brak, the competence center for all musicians in Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane.
- The goal isn't mega hits. The goal is to gather artists and song writers and connect them. In addition to making good music a songwriting camp's an important arena for expanding your network and increase the music competence in the participants. But we won't be sorry if this camp comes up with great songs, says Jørgen S. Avsnes in Brak, who's responsible for Bergen Songs.
In another part of USF, in an even smaller studio, is Bjarte De Presno Borthen, also known as Bergen artist dePresno.
- I had envisioned making a song starting with the word "f**k" but ended up with the sentence "f**k this clup", says de Presno.
- The quality is sky high
The song he has made with James Edward Jacob and Danish artist Asbjørn has been given the title "Houdini", and is a different kettle of fish from what we heard in Aurora's studio.
- I feel this is a club song for a boy band with some edge. Maybe One Direction? Well, apart from "f**k" that probably needs to go, says Asbjørn.
Another participant is Ed Poston. He's a veteran in the music industry and has worked with artist like Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding, among others.
- The quality is really top notch at this camp. I travel around to events like this, and I hear songs by budding artist all the time. Here almost only good things are produced, says Poston
Do we run out of songs?
He's confident many of the ideas and songs from Bergen Songs will be released, some of them may even become hits.
- I'd be surprised if several of the songs I've heard here won't be released in some form or another, says Poston.
Back in Aurora's studio we suddenly become philosophical.
- Isn't the world really running out of new songs?
- Hehe, no, I don't really think so. Of course not everyone ventures into making something that is really new, but there are always new moods - new expressions - to make in pop music, says George Howard Michael Fling in songwriting duo The 23rd.
- So what will happen with the songs made here?
- We don't know. But there may be an Aurora song here. Who knows?, says Aurora.
Post by riseofthedivine on Apr 23, 2017 13:39:29 GMT
They played 26 songs at the listening party on the final day of camp.
Aurora managed to write, make and produce 4 songs from Wednesday to Friday (30 hours of work) with the teams she worked with, and 3 of them got played at the listening party. Ocean Rose, Soft Universe and Wavelengths. Aurora's favorite was Soft Universe, but honestly, Wavelengths murdered me. It's an absolute crazy song. Ocean Rose too, except for the autotune the producers put on her voice (which she hated), was insanely good. She brought a lot of attitude to the song. But Wavelengths is a song I'd imagine as the opening song on the tour for her next album.
O. Martin and Magnus also produced some crazy good songs for other artists. 26 amazing songs were played. Bergen Songs was insane.
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