Norwegian pop artist Julie Bergan has just lately launched her latest single, “Commando.” Described by Conflict journal as having “dazzling musicality,” Julie delivers a punch of traditional pop tones layered with a powerful message about her personal feminine integrity. It feels solidly poignant throughout this time, particularly contemplating the LGBTQIA+ illustration in her lyrics. I just lately had the chance to ask Julie some questions on her music profession, releasing “Commando,” and the teachings to be realized when writing a musical hit.
Your profession began with releasing covers, was writing your individual songs one thing you all the time finally needed to do?
Sure! I began writing my very own songs in Norwegian at a really younger age, and to me, writing my very own songs was only a pure a part of being an artist. It all the time feels actually good to have the ability to put phrases to my emotions via music and nothing beats performing a tune that I’ve written myself and seeing that individuals can relate to it!
Your musical library, highlighted just lately with “Commando,” has a working theme of empowerment. This spans from feminine empowerment, to representing the LGBTQ+ neighborhood in your lyrics (“kiss that boy/kiss that lady”) and in your movies. The place / who do you get your sense of empowerment from?
I encompass myself with numerous cool, enlightened and superb people who I get actually impressed by. I additionally get the possibility to satisfy so many various individuals on a regular basis that train me issues I don’t essentially know that a lot about. I additionally suppose it has one thing to do with the way in which I used to be introduced up, and since I’ve all the time beloved being empowered by others, it’s one thing I feel is vital to make use of my voice to do as properly. The extra individuals are speaking about completely different points we’ve happening, the extra mild we placed on it. We now have to face up for one another and assist one another!
How do you write songs with such that means and critical messages, however maintain the lightness of positivity and optimism in your melodies and rhythms?
I feel that my persona is fairly well-reflected in my songs. I’m very emotional and I feel so much about EVERYTHING, however I’m additionally a really energetic and optimistic particular person. So my songs are a superb mixture of that. I really feel like critical messages don’t all the time should be wrapped up in a «critical» or «unhappy» bundle. Typically it’s simply good to present them a lighter temper so it may possibly slot in so many various events and perhaps attain out to much more individuals. I additionally really feel actually good after I can dance to empowering lyrics. That makes me really feel very sturdy and assured!
In “Commando,” you sing the road “I gained’t waste no tears on outdated errors.” Are you able to elaborate on this line additional and is music a approach of turning errors into classes for you?
I feel it’s vital to strive your greatest to show one thing dangerous into one thing good. Don’t waste an excessive amount of time on being unhappy about issues that aren’t going your approach, however ask your self what you truly realized from it. I be taught new issues about myself on a regular basis and if I meet adversity I normally use it as motivation to be and do higher! I do know that everybody must be unhappy or indignant generally, however I normally consider that issues which are taking place to me are both a blessing or a lesson! And I don’t really feel sorry for myself or take a look at myself as a sufferer. Music is unquestionably a approach for me to show errors into classes. It offers me time to replicate on issues, put phrases to my emotions and transfer on.
How does “Commando” signify your house as a girl within the music business, and what has that have been like for you?
As a younger lady within the music enterprise (and on this planet usually) you meet numerous challenges and also you’re being underestimated so much. I’ve typically skilled that individuals don’t take me severely as an individual or an artist simply due to the truth that I’m a girl. Individuals simply assume that I’m a product created by one thing else and don’t anticipate me to face up for myself. This has all the time made me very indignant, so it’s crucial to me to put in writing songs about this. Present individuals who I’m and what I’m price. I don’t wanna let anybody play video games with me or make the most of me. It’s vital to name individuals out on their wrongs and don’t be afraid to talk up! After which hopefully I can encourage different individuals to do the identical.
Your look and aesthetic are as playful as your pop melodies—the place do you draw inspiration from style-wise and do you’ve a stylist or do you decide your individual appears?
From all over the place I assume! Individuals on Instagram, individuals on the road, in music movies, different artists, reveals, and so on… I don’t have one thing or somebody particular, however I’ve all the time beloved experimenting with fashion and garments, and I design numerous my stage outfits myself! I haven’t ever felt restricted whereas doing that. So long as I really feel cool and cozy I simply go for it with out fascinated by what different individuals will suppose! I take advantage of a stylist generally, however I do most of it myself.
You’ve collaborated with some artists making main waves in several genres (Alan Walker, R3HAB, Seeb, and so on…), How do you resolve who to collaborate with, and the way do these collaborations affect your songwriting course of and concepts going ahead?
To me, it’s crucial that my collaborations are real and that I like the tune we’re doing collectively. The collaborations I’ve completed to this point have been very pure. Both I’ve gotten to know the opposite artist and we’ve each communicated that we’d actually wish to work collectively, or I’ve simply been an enormous fan! It’s additionally vital to me that I really feel like I’m nonetheless me within the songs, and that it may be an extension of my very own catalog. Basically, I feel it’s a really optimistic factor working with different artists. I get very impressed and it’s all the time good engaged on merging your sounds collectively and being artistic collectively! It’s additionally very fascinating to see how different individuals work.
Being from a unique nation, how a lot does American music affect your individual music? How as an artist with a really massive attain, are you utilizing your platform to coach people who find themselves in your nation and others in regards to the present civil disaster taking place right here? Is there one artist’s activism that you’re finally impressed by?
I wish to suppose I’m influenced or get impressed by numerous completely different genres of music from all around the world and American music and particularly hip-hop/r&b genres are an enormous a part of that. I attempt to be awake and conscious of my position as a public determine and communicate up for what I consider in for any case at any time. The previous few weeks I’ve been tremendous happy with how the music business as an entire has reacted to what’s going on in America and the way they’ve embraced the Black Stay Matter motion not solely by elevating their voices on social media, public media and by demonstrating, but additionally the donations and spending time engaged on learn how to enhance the tradition inside our business and the native communities we’re all a part of.
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