FRESH: ‘Dancing In The Smoke’ – KEiiNO

KEiiNO are “Dancing In The Smoke”.

by Christopher Smith

The rainforest is burning. The ice is melting. Society cracks. But most of us continue on familiar paths.

“Dancing In The Smoke” is a snapshot of todays world seen through KEiiNO’s eyes. Climatic change is affecting all people in the world, but especially the indigenous people like the Samis. And as they did with their 50+ million streamed hit “Spirit In The Sky“, the Norwegian trio address a serious theme and ask: Do we really want change? Or do we simply not belive we can make a difference?

With elements of nordic folk and Sami joik in their energetic dancepop, KEiiNO took Europe by surprise and won the televote in this years Eurovision Song Contest. The song is co-written & produced together with Bright Sparks (Tiesto, Klingande), Jonas Körper and Rüdiger Schramm. It’s mixed by Christer Cederberg (Julie Bergan) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cardi B).

If it had only been up to the 200 million TV-viewers, KEiiNO would have won the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Despite being overlooked by the juries, “Spirit In The Sky” ended in sixth place. There is no doubt that the Norwegian band’s mix of dancepop, nordic folk and Sámi joik, has reached a broad audience. “Spirit In The Sky” was awarded 12 points from the public in 8 countries including the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. It performed well on single-charts in many European countries, reached No.10 on the global iTunes-charts and was even the world’s second most viral song on Spotify.

Growing up in a small conservative town, 39-year old singer/songwriter Tom Hugo wanted to write a song about acceptance for being different. He teamed up with 31-year-old rapper/joiker Fred Buljo, who as a Sámi person, could easily rate to the story. 22-year-old singer Alexandra Rotan, who had been told she didn’t fit the pop-industry standards, came on board shortly afterwards, completing the band.

Tom Hugo has had a fair share of radio play with releases in Norway and Germany, Fred has toured extensively with his rap-duo Duolva Douttar and Alexandra has toured as DJ-star Alan Walker’s singer. Although the three singers have had some success as solo artists, their dreams were truly realised once they joined forces. A force the Sámi – the indigenous people of Norway – believe one can find connecting with nature. The northern lights, dancing colourful and free, serve as a symbol of how KEiiNO belive all people in the world should be allowed to feel – regardless of who they love, how they look or where they are from.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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