T.H.E Interview – Oli Jogvansson

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Faroese composer Oli Jogvansson releases his new single ‘Mourner’s Adagio’, out now on all streaming platforms. The track is accompanied by a music video featuring a live performance from the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

We caught up with Oli Jogvansson to learn more about ‘Mourner’s Adagio’ came about. Read on!

Oli Jogvansson Interview

Aditya – Hey Oli! Glad to have you for the interview. How’s 2021 been for you so far?

Oli – Hi, and thank you for having me. 2021 has been great so far. It’s been a productive year, both when it comes to writing music, recording and releasing it.

Aditya – ‘Mourner’s Adagio’ is a MASTERPIECE! How long does it take to compose a piece like this?

Oli – Thanks a lot!. It took about 3 days to compose, if I remember correctly.

Aditya – Could you share your creative process with us? How to begin to compose?

Oli – I nearly always work on the piano/keyboard when I compose. I usually play something random, and hope for something to emerge. If it happens, and I can hear there is something to hold on to, I write until I’m finished. It could be a whole piece, or a part of a melody (eventually ending up as an A, B or C-part) of a complete composition. . When a piece is finished composing, and the basic harmonies are in place, I work with other people with the expertise in arrangement and orchestration. Depending on the mood of the piece, I use different arrangers/orchestrators.

Aditya – The live performance is surely an immersive experience! Could you tell us where it has been recorded & shot?

Oli – Thanks so much! Yes, it’s always amazing, and never gets old to witness the performance. It was recorded and shot in Sofia, Bulgaria at BNR Studio1.

Aditya – What’s your message behind this composition?

Oli – I’m not sure if there is an intended message behind the piece, but as it’s kind of sad in the mood, I think a suitable message could read “Even if your not a sad person in general, It’s ok to like the feeling of being sad sometimes”

Aditya – When did you begin your journey as a composer?

Oli – I would say I’ve always dreamt of composing, but wasn’t aware that I had it in me. So I was a late bloomer and wrote my first piece of music when I was about 30.

Aditya – I’m very naive when it comes to classical music. Could you briefly explain the difference between classical music and neo-classical music?

Oli – I’m not an expert on the topic, but here is a short description from Google: “Neoclassicism in music was a twentieth-century trend, particularly current in the interwar period, in which composers sought to return to aesthetic precepts associated with the broadly defined concept of “classicism”, namely order, balance, clarity, economy, and emotional restraint.”

Aditya – You’ve co-written ‘Better in Stereo’ the theme song for Disney’s hit Liv & Maddie, that’s an international hit. How do you feel about that?

Oli – I’m very lucky to have been able to work with a lot of amazing people in the industry, and it was an unbelievable experience when it first aired on Disney Channel. “Better in Stereo” was the absolute highlight from my time as a pop songwriter. The initial idea of the song came about here on the Faroe Islands. It was written by Bardur Haberg, Paula Winger and myself. First as the opening theme for the series, and then later it was produced and released as a single.

Aditya – What are your opinions about the modern pop music that is charting?

Oli – I have not been involved in pop music in several years, so it’s safe to say I’m out of touch when it comes to the pop genre. But as you listen to the radio, or on the streaming platforms, you get to hear what’s popular. As I’m all into melodies, I tend to favour those kinds of tracks. In my opinion, the pop music has moved more away from a melodic structure, and become increasingly more focused on the production to catch the listeners attention. Not necessarily a bad thing in any way, but it’s just different.

Aditya – Lastly, what are you looking forward to 2022?

Oli – I’m looking very much forward releasing new music, and writing new music as well.

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