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.
If the rumor that Katy B is either performing or writing a song for UK I hope it would be better than this. If she isn’t we could have used this one. I just hope there are no more extremely basic, patronising attempts from the UK this yeah,
Rumours from whom and where?
It’s a good song. Not amazing, but good, and most probably better than what the UK will end up sending. This could have become really good with some great British vocalist. I am not saying that the UK hasn’t had good songs in their national finals, but in recent years the good songs have been extremely badly performed by totally inexperienced singers. They have ended up choosing really bad songs that have been performed OK instead. And that’s why the UK has been bottom 5 for the last 2 decades pretty much. That will probably not change this year. UK… Read more »
this click-ish beat is too overused
I’ll just wait for the BBC to release the UK songs to make up my mind, however I think it’s generic :/
It’s alright and while it is probably a *little* better than what the UK enter, I don’t think it would improve the UK’s placings.
The chorus was pretty lackluster. I really didn’t get much out of it
JOWST should quit while he is ahead. Otherwise instead of being known as the producer behind “Grab the Moment”, he will be known as a less successful Norwegian answer to Ylva and Linda.
Yet another arrogant one hit wonder who claims to be hating Eurovision despite the fact that performing there was the only 3 minutes of fame he will ever get in his life. If people like JOWST or Salvador Sobral hate Eurovision so much I’m wondering why they took part in first place when there are plenty of singers who deserve it much more and have some sense of class and respect.
Sorry, when did JOWST ever claim he hates Eurovision? On the contrary, he’s pretty obsessed with it and doesn’t want to move on. The only thing he’s clearly pissed about is that the BBC didn’t want any of the songs he submitted.
Well if he didn’t break the rules maybe the BBC would have given him a chance.
Well maybe if he didn’t break the rules he may have stood a chance
Neither did Sobral hate the contest too. Again and again, he only wants music there to be all classy-sounding and not generic as the modern pop that we have today. Get your facts straight.
and by the way, what’s wrong with hating Eurovision? all those eurofans wanting a generic ”bop” to dance to who can only take a shouty female ballad as the only alternative deserve a healthy dose of reality comments on everyday basis.
No surprise that many Eurofans are getting a piece of JOWST because I can see their “shades” about him in various social media websites. He needs to calm his *** when saying something online because it’s not always that the fans are on his side.
Why so much hate ? Verses are very good and very modern but the chorus need some lyrics and should’ve been dynamized.
I like JOWST, he’s clearly a skilled producer, he’s got some creativity and it’s awesome that he’s still so passionate about Eurovision. He has put out some great songs but this one is just bland, it’s the exact opposite of a song that would stand out in any way. A typical “filler” song for an album. I think he tries too hard to appeal to the masses and be likeable. A shame, really, but I look forward to his next releases.
It’s not grab the moment. That was pretty special. This is…meh.
It’s alright, but it’s his usual sound with a non-existent chorus. Doesn’t really work if you need three versions. Wouldn’t have done well.
A nice radio song but nothing special.
To be fair, for me the song is not that bad – but also not strong enough, neither for Eurovision nor for any big event to make people vote. It lacks of power to be an uptempo-banger and it lacks of emotions to be an emotional song. It’s just a basic song in the middle…
It’s not great, is it? The You Decide songs from the past few years have all been better than this.
There really have not been… And those few that were have been performed very badly. This song is better than anything UK has sent this decade.
Better than Lucie, Molly, Blue, Jade Ewen? I don’t think so!
Also, JOWST needs to chill. All this whining and complaining is not a good look.
a very meh song, glad BBC rejected it.
The song is good and I like it. I would definitely listen to it on my iPod. But when it started to play I had to stop it immediately and try to remember what the first few tones reminded me, because I felt like I heard it before. I did – the beginning reminds me ‘Am I Wrong’ by Nico & Vinz.
I prefer Grab the moment and Rollercoaster Ride.
This was listenable, but not memorable.
I am not excited at all but it sounds still 1000% better than what BBC usually caters to Eurovision. Quite jury friendly.
Why he doesn’t want to contribute this song in Melodi GP?
I was just thinking the exact same thing: It was okay, didn’t blow my mind or anything, and YET I’d be very surprised if the UK had a better song than this in its line-up. This was at least contemporary.
I hate this dude’s attitude, he’s just super annoying. I still remember his comment about Kristian Kostov’s music video in 2017: “We would also make a music video if we had that much money”.
lol really? in an ironic twist, Bulgaria now says: “We would always fly to Tel Aviv, if we had any money (left).” 😛
* also fly
It’s not bad, I kinda like it, but it was never gonna be a winner. Grab The Moment was way better. Sorry JOWST, better luck next time.
nope sorry, this song was just a bland washed up pop song, nothing to it at all I only got through 1 minute and 3 seconds of it, the BBC actually have good sense to reject this, because even for their level they could do way better. come on can we have an actual decent, catchy, good song for a change representing us, I don’t like all these cheesy pop songs, why not a fast meaningful catchy, song not these boring bland pop songs.
I tuned out after the first minute.
Let it go, dude. You’re not doing yourself a favor whining about a song that got rightfully rejected. I mean, I don’t know what the BBC has got, it could be worse, but they certainly didn’t miss a gem here. Not at all. Moreover, is it supposed to be a good thing for a Eurovision song to appeal to “Eurovision-haters”? Like, how many haters watch AND vote at Eurovision? You’re embarrassing yourself, baby.
It’s just cheap pop, nothing special. I’m glad that BBC rejected it.
I really don’t like this. The BBC actually made the right choice…for once!