Hi Cazzi Opeia, welcome back to Vents! How have you been?
Good – busy, but good! Thank you for having me again!
We wrote about your previous single “Batman & Robin” last year, and now you have released a new single called “Wild Ones”. Can you tell us about it?
It’s very different in style from “Batman & Robin”. It’s a song that has a lot of personal meaning to me. I would describe it as a powerful, positive, yet slightly melancholy song, which encourages you to follow your heart and break free from other people’s expectations, since every day you have on earth is precious. “Wild Ones” is referring to that side we all have, the unusual aspects of our personalities that we sometimes have to suppress in order to fit in or please others, but that are longing to come out. So embracing one’s uniqueness, that’s what I want to encourage with the song.
Can you tell us a little about the writing and recording process?
\The entire song came to me very quickly. I think I finished writing it in only a few minutes. I remember it being a very emotional writing session, and the recording was as well, because it was such a personal experience. It feels like a song that I have been waiting to write for a long time, and finally it came together – so I’m very proud of it.
We heard that there is a connection between outer space and the song Wild Ones? What is that connection?
Ah, yes, since I have always been really interested in and fascinated by space I thought it would be really cool to somehow send the song into space – because why not? And we were fortunate enough to get the Swedish Space Corporation onboard with thinking the idea was interesting, so with their help we have now sent the song towards the star constellation Cassiopeia. According to the calculations it’s supposed to reach it in about 54 years, but I guess it might be a bit optimistic to hope for any feedback on that.
You also write songs for other musicians, and recently have had two Billboard #1 albums as a songwriter. Can you talk a little about that?
Yes, I also write for other artists. The two albums that reached number 1 on Billboard’s global chart were for the k-pop (South Korean) girl groups Twice and Red Velvet. Writing k-pop is really fun in general, so when the songs you write really does well with fans it’s a great feeling. I hope that my own songs in the future will be able to reach so many people too!
What do you enjoy the most about your career as a songwriter?
There are many aspects of it that I love. I usually work together with other songwriters and producers, so it’s great because I get to meet so many likeminded and interesting people. Another thing of course is that it enables me to travel all around the world, which at times can be hectic, but also really a lot of fun.
Do you have any plans for future solo releases that you can share with us?
Nothing that I can share at this very moment, but since I’m continuously writing new music, something might come out soon? If you follow me on social medias you will know as soon as there is!
What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?
I think this year will be great! I already have a lot of songwriting work lined up – LA in February, China in March, and UK in April. I’m hoping that I will have some fun opportunities to perform my own songs at different venues as well this year, so I guess that is what I’m dreams are focused on right now.