Filled with the warmth of a bouncy bass and sparkling synths, Seeb’s brand new single, “Sweet Dreams & Dynamite,” is an instantly addictive hit. Featuring ascendant pop icon, Nina Nesbitt, the two forces have collaborated to tell a story of a love that’s lost.
“We’ve been looking for an opportunity to work with Nina ever since we heard “The Best You Had” a few years ago,” Espen Berg and Simen Eriskrud, who form the Oslo-born duo, said. “Then suddenly out of the blue she sent across a lovely piano ballad idea she had been working on and we immediately clicked with it and jumped all in. It really took on a direction of its own and we are really happy with how it turned out. Nina is a pleasure to work with and being from Swedish/Scottish parents we felt right at home from the start.”
Having first made a name for themselves with a phenomenal 2 billion streams for their smash hit remix of Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”, Norwegian duo Seeb’s journey has included huge remixes for Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and many more. Between their originals and remixes, Seeb have amassed an impressive career total of 5 billion streams, and commenced 2021 by releasing their debut album, Sad in Scandinavia.
Check out the interview below…
Hey guys, how are you?
Excited! Our record “Sweet Dreams and Dynamite” with Nina Nesbitt is out now on Friday the 19th of November. Keeping our fingers crossed that people will like it of course, always nervous in front of a single release.
How has this past year been?
Not much travelling, but we’ve been fortunate that we can go down to the studio and make music. We have a lot of friends we work with by sending ideas back and forth on the internet and Zoom etc.
In the past year a lot of people were affected by the pandemic, was your creativity affected?
We cancelled a LA writing trip the week before California shut down so we wouldn’t get stranded in the US. It’s always inspiring to meet artists and songwriters in person, and not only through emails and zoom calls, but once the pandemic was a fact, the internet was of course a blessing for us. It’s been kind of a quiet year but with a lot of time to focus on music.
How did you guys first meet? And what sparked the interest?
I used to send demos to Espen a long time ago wanting him to produce my band. Even though my band never sparked Espen’s interest, we began working together on other projects. Espen was a well-established producer, and myself, a up and coming and hungry producer, became collaborators and did a lot of records together before starting Seeb.
You’ve had some amazing collab’s and remixes over the years, which one is the most memorable?
Of course, the I took a pill in Ibiza remix stands out, suddenly and unexpectedly transforming us from music producers to artists. The Hymn for the weekend remix we did for Coldplay is a great memory as well, especially the time Chris Martin called us on face time to say how much he loved the remix but we needed to put Beyonce’s vocal back in there.. Most times when we remix songs, we try not to listen to the original as it makes it harder to think of a new approach and on Hymn we simply had done our best not to hear the original version anywhere and didn’t realise Beyonce actually was on the record, as she comes in towards the end.. That was a hilarious moment for us but it all came out sounding right once she was back in the mix.
And now you’re back with your new single with Nina Nesbitt, talk us through your mindset approaching this single?
We’ve been looking for an opportunity to work with Nina ever since we heard ‘The best you had’ record she put out a few years ago. Then suddenly out of the blue she sent across a lovely piano ballad idea she had been working on with fellow writers Joe Kerns and Fanny Hultmann. We immediately clicked with the idea and jumped all in on it. We tried to focus on the vocal melody in the beginning of the verse. So we ended up having a vocoder kind of do a duet with her along the verse and pre. When it was time for the chorus we knew we needed some heavy drums as it already started to sound like a slightly retro slow dance song with all the synths and vocoders etc. It really took on a direction of its own. Nina is a pleasure to work by the way, and being from Swedish/Scottish parents we felt right at home from the start.
What do you want people to take away from your sound?
I hope people hear our love for the melancholic, yet uplifting songs, combining minor sounding harmonies and beautiful melodies. Something we Scandinavians all love. A little of light and dark at the same time.
Who would you say inspires you?
Everything from a great song, to a trip in the forest, or to the top of a mountain. Inspiration is everywhere if you take the time to look!