After participating this year at Söngvakeppnin, with ‘Samt Ekki’, Daniel Oliver has released his new single ‘Grinding Money’, where he spoke to ESCXTRA on how the track came about.
Listen to Grinding Money
Since his first solo appearance at this year’s Söngvakeppnin, Daniel Oliver has been working hard, grinding that money and releasing new music for us! Recently he has dropped the bopping new track, ‘Grinding Money’. Along with the help of up and coming Swedish singer-songwriter Emanuel. It’s a fun track for those still yearning for the summer. With the club beats fused with brass percussion. But whilst it makes you want to grind along, there’s a dark, cheeky tone to the lyrics. It tells the story of a one sided relationship where a partner isn’t contributing and expects to be bought with money and gifts.
How did ‘Grinding Money’ came about?
Daniel wrote the song with his close friends Peter von Arbin and Emanuel (Linus Emanuel Josefsson). Who also collaborated with Daniel on ‘Samt Ekki’ for Söngvakeppnin 2019. The trio studied music production together and have a great vibe for what works with Daniel’s voice and style. Below Daniel talks to ESCXTRA about what inspired the new track:
So, we have this friend who has a girlfriend that was really, and I mean really good at spending his money. It’s not like he was rich or anything.
But when they broke up, he was like “she owes me a lot of money actually” and he was wondering if he could ever get any of it back.
We thought it was so sad and hilarious at the same time that we made a little song about it.
In addition to what the track is about, Daniel also mentioned to us how the track was composed and how the Latin vibe we heard was put into place:
It was on a beautiful summer day in Stockholm and we had just been riding electric scooters around town, so that kind of inspired the latino wipe in the song.
I usually come up with melodies as soon as I hear something interesting that Peter is producing. Meanwhile Linus is musical brain and he kind of updates my ideas and makes them better. Also Peter is a genius when it comes to sounds. So we can sit for hours and listen to different sounds until we get it how we like. We obviously enjoy spending time together. So we make a lot of music when we meet.
As well as this Daniel told us about his Söngvakeppnin experiences and what’s in store for the future:
I am very social, so I love a good collaboration. That’s the only way I learn and grow. Both the Cadem experiment and this year’s collaborations with my friends taught me a lot. I think I’ll take a little break next year to focus on my business and family. But the next time I enter I want to win!
I am working towards an album. It’s been a dream for a long time and now I finally have the people I love to make music with and the vision to make that happen. It’s coming y’all!
We wish Daniel well with the upcoming album and hope his dream of representing Iceland on the Eurovision stage becomes a reality too!
Daniel Oliver at Söngvakeppnin
In 2015, Daniel participated in Söngvakeppnin as part of the trio ‘Cadem’ with the song “Fly“. Their entry managed to reach the final and opened the show in 2015. Cadem managed to finish sixth in Söngvakeppnin 2015.
Daniel returned to Söngvakeppnin in 2019 as a solo artist with the song “Samt Ekki”, with the English version titled “Licky Licky“, the song was written by Daniel himself along with Linus Emanuel Josefsson, Peter von Arbin. The song came in 5th place in the first Semi-Final of Söngvakeppnin 2019.
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