JOWST — the Norwegian DJ and Eurovision 2017 alum — is ready to “Grab the Moment” once more. And in recent months he’s made no secret of his ambition to return to the song contest. His passion runs deep – and he’s been in the studio cranking out tunes.
Among them is “Everybody Knows” — a song he submitted for the BBC’s “Eurovision: You Decide” national selection. And everybody really does know that the song was rejected. JOWST has spoken openly about his disappoint on Twitter and received support from his nearest and dearest fans.
On Thursday the father-of-one released the audio of the track. True to form, it’s heavy on the electronic production and wouldn’t be out of place on a contemporary Spotify playlist.
Timed with the release, he spoke with wiwibloggs about the number.
“The real meaning in this song is that those breakup songs are all the same. Kinda. Everybody knows how that love-gone-bad story goes.”
“The truth is that I hate writing songs about love. And creating songs that say, ‘Omg, I left my girlfriend, and now I regret it. I loved her so much (and all the 10,000 ways of saying that). There’s nothing positive in those songs. It’s always like ‘poor me, I feel sorry for myself.'”
“I understand why people make them. It is almost like having someone to talk to. My message is more like ‘You don’t need to tell anyone about that. Everybody knows how you feel, and what happened (in general).'”
“Love songs (and breakup songs) ARE easy to relate with. But I believe this is even more relatable. Let the music video explain my real message.”
And why did he want to send this to the BBC in particular?
“This song was just in general the best I had. And I felt like the UK was the biggest challenge. So I sent this, hoping they would go for a ‘current’ song and production that sounds like music that the ‘Eurovision-haters’ would listen to.”
“And if a major UK artist would sing this, the radio would play it in advance of Eurovision. So when Eurovision would be on, and people in the UK would sit down in their living room in front of their TV, looking at the show, they would say, ‘Oh! That song!? I love that song…I have it in my playlist…But I don’t like Eurovision music!?”
What do you think of JOWST’s song? Do you think it’s above the quality of the songs that have competed in the UK selection in recent years? Let us know down below.