Thank you, I’m great! The summer is definitely my season.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rush”?
“Rush” is a song about wanting to feel the surge of adrenaline. To me that’s either listening to a really good song, falling in love, or just being high on life. It’s the best feeling. Too bad it never lasts for long.
It’s more pop than my previous singles, but still very me. I love how the production in the verses are kind of quirky and then there’s this big chorus with 80’s drums.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I went through a breakup not long before I wrote the song, so that definitely inspired parts of the song. I was in a phase where I just really wanted to fall in love and be really excited about someone again. But that rarely happens when you want it to…
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, I’m doing an acoustic video, it’s coming very soon.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well, this song has been on a bit of a journey. I wrote “Rush” in London with songwriters Mike&Dan, and we had so much fun doing it. Later on I wanted to change the production and the verses, so I took it to my cousin in Stockholm (who I work with a lot) and Matilda (Norwegian artist and songwriter). We redid some of the production and the verses, and then I sent it to Henrik The Artist to see what he could do on the track. I also sat together with Henrik to work on the production. I tend to get new ideas and change my mind a lot when I’m finishing up songs, so when Henrik was back home in Norway mixing the song, I was in LA and decided to record some choirs for the last choruses that I sent it to him. Finally I had to settle with what we had put together and just release it, haha. Now I’m very happy with the final result.
What was it like to work with Henrik The Artist and how did that relationship develop?
Henrik is the best. I knew him a little before we worked on “Rush,” and he did a remix of my debut single “Closer,” but he’s been one of the producers in Norway that I’ve been wanting to work with for a long time, so it was awesome finally getting to do that. He’s so talented and has a bunch of really cool synths. One time we were in his studio in Norway finishing up the production and it was so cold that we had to wear big jackets, haha. Diplo signed Henrik. Smart move, Diplo.
How much did he get to influence the song?
I would definitely say that he influenced the song. He has his very own sound on everything he does, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted him on the song.
What role does Norway play in your writing?
I really don’t know if and how my home country affects my writing. Also, I’m part Swedish, hehe. Sweden’s pop music history is amazing, and Norway is on the way up, so the two countries should be a great mix.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
Yes, for sure. To me it’s two different things. When I’m in a co-writing session I have to share a lot of personal stuff for the others to be able to know what I want to write about. It’s been a great learning process for me, since I’m not one to talk about what I feel all the time. A big step out of my comfort zone. I love to write together with other songwriters, because I always end up getting ideas that I never would’ve thought of if I were writing on my own.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I’m really excited about releasing more music. I’m off to Stockholm next week to finish up my next single, and I’ll be spending the entire summer writing new songs.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
All I can say it’s that it’s very soon, probably this summer. I’ll update my Instagram (@emmajensn https://www.instagram.com/emmajensn) as soon as I get the date. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now I have to focus on making new songs. But I would love to go on tour as soon as I’m done with all the new music. Touring is one of my big dreams, so hopefully I’ll get to hit the road this spring. I got to play Ja Ja Ja in London and two of the biggest Norwegian festivals, and it was a very motivating experience.
What else is happening next in Emma Jensen’s world?
Right now I’m just reloading, listening to music, enjoying the awesome weather here in Oslo, hanging out with friends and family, writing songs, making beats, and getting ready to hit the studio. Life is great.