If you follow Melodifestivalen, then you know Albin Johnsén and Mattias Andreasson. Albin co-wrote Behrang Miri’s Melodifestivalen 2015 song “Det rår vi inte för” alongside Måns Zelmerlöw. And Mattias rose to fame on Idol, where he placed fifth, and later formed the boy band E.M.D. with Erik Segerstedt and Danny Saucedo, also Idol alums. Albin and Mattias have already had a fruitful musical partnership in the short time they’ve been working together. In 2014 they co-wrote “Din Soldat” (Your Soldier) and Albin performed it alongside Melfest 2015 starlet Kristin Amparo. It topped the charts and has been streamed more than 30 million times on Spotify.
They’re men of few words. But when Albin and Mattias speak, they always have something to say. Such was the case when we caught up with the songwriting duo who will compete in the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2016 in Gothenburg with the song “Rik” (Rich).
“Din Soldat” — your collaboration with Kristin Amparo — was one of the most-played songs in Sweden in 2014. It was funky and fresh and mixed R&B, pop and hip-hop. Is “Rich” similar in style?
Yes it is.
What’s the message of “Rich”?
That it’s not money that makes you rich.
It was very collaborative as always when we write together.
How long have the two of you been writing together? Why does the musical partnership work?
Two years…we compliment each other.
What can we expect from your stage performance?
A lot of energy.
Albin — you wrote Behrang’s song last year and made it to Andra Chansen. Did it hurt getting so close to the final and not making it? Did that inspire you to enter this year?
No, I didn’t hurt at all. And not really.
Mattias, when you were last at Melfest in 2012 you sang solo. What’s it like to be back and singing with Albin?
It’s really fun.
Danny Saucedo has co-written Molly Sandén’s song. Do you feel a rivalry to do better than her because of that?
Not at all. Molly will win this year. We’re not here to win.
Has Erik from EMD said which song he prefers between yours and Molly’s?
Erik is a big fan of Albin & Mattias.
If Christer Björkman ever demanded an EMD reunion for Melodifestivalen, would you participate?
No, I don’t think so.
Do the two of you have a message for all of your new fans and followers on our web site wiwibloggs.com?