If you enjoy powerful swells, raw vocal performances, and deeply emotional songwriting, you will enjoy “Necklace” by Norwegian artist, Maggie, featuring Slopes. You’ll want to leave this one on replay. We had the pleasure of interviewing Maggie, and here’s what she had to say:
Q: I love the raw vocal delivery! What is the story behind “Necklace”?
MAGGIE: Thank you so much! “Necklace” is the song that started my whole journey toward a completed EP. It’s a strong ballad that describes a passionate but hopeless love drama. Both parties convey their side of the story; the desire – but also the despair of having to meet in secret. Slopes being a featured artist on the track makes perfect sense as it conveys the story from both sides. “Necklace” is co-produced with Carl-Viktor Guttormsen.
Q: What was your inspiration for the music video? And what did you enjoy the most about making it?
MAGGIE: We changed the story for the visuals as the song can be interpreted in many ways. A young girl runs away from home amidst a fight between her recently divorced parents. It was fun being behind the camera for once watching the director’s work and obviously the incredible performance by the actors.
Q: What was your songwriting process like for this song?
MAGGIE: The song was written in the spring of 2020 during the pandemic. I was a student living in a small dorm room by myself and felt the need to work on my writing skills, and therefore challenged myself to write a ballad. I think I spent about two days writing it. It took a minute however before I was satisfied with the production and me and my team went through a lot of back and forth before we ended up loving the demo version which is pretty minimalistic, yet energetic.
Q: What’s the music scene like in Norway? And what influence do you think it has had on your music and career?
MAGGIE: The music scene is growing, for sure. We have a lot of electronic music which I think has inspired me to experiment more with making my own sounds when producing. I do however work a lot on my own and take mostly my inspiration from various artists and musicians all around the world.
Q: What would you say has been the best moment of your musical career so far?
MAGGIE: Playing at the by:Larm festival was pretty cool. That was my first performance after 4 years and it felt good watching people and their expressions toward my music.
Q: What is one thing you are looking forward to achieving musically this year?
MAGGIE: I’m working to become more skilled as a producer and plan to carry out more concerts – both in Norway and abroad.
Interviewed by Zoey King