girlcrush on 'Dopamine'

On March 25th girlcrush will release the single ‘Dopamine’ – a pop rock song about exhaustion and the things you do to feel better, when you’re at your very lowest. Read the full interview below.

Cred: Sofi Hellberg Olsson

Dopamine – what exactly is it? And how has it inspired you to write the song?

Marie: »Well, I am not a doctor nor a chemist, but I will try to give the best explanation possible. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter like for instance serotonin and adrenaline. The brain will release dopamin and reward us with a feeling of wellbeing, if we for instance went for a run, got A+ in an oral exam or did the dishes.«

»Depression is often linked to impaired serotonin-level, which is why antidepressiva often helps regulate the serotonin-level in the brain. Depression affects the feeling of motivation/reward, and many people experience that their emotional spectrum can be narrowed. Many people believe that depressed people are very sad most of the time, but depression can actually be experienced as a feeling of emptiness or carelessness. It can be very hard to motivate oneself to do anything, when one is depressed.«

»‘Dopamine’ is about forcing oneself through everyday life even without feeling any kind of motivation or satisfaction by doing things you are supposed to do. Everything is just gray, tough and tiring. That is why the ‘I’ (which is me) is trying to do yoga and go for a run to reach the subsequent dopamine-release in the brain, which may be able to give a volatile feeling of wellbeing. Imagine me, who never in my life went for a run, running around at Bispebjerg Kirkegård, trying to hype myself or just to feel something: “I run, feel the burn in my lungs/I taste metal on my tongue/try to feel strong/after the dopamine kick I feel numb”.«

How has another corona lockdown affected your individual levels of dopamine?

»Lockdown is just a weird condition, where at times I was sent home from work, could not practice with the band, and I generally didn’t see many people. That made it more difficult to motivate myself to be “productive” (I actually hate that word), because I did not have any colleagues or bandmates to support me and give me positive reinforcement and acknowledgement.«

»Human Beings are social, and depend on the affirmation of others to feel skilled and valide. I think the different kinds of lockdowns these past years have affected the dopamine-level in my brain, and have maybe been a part of the fact that I (once again) became depressed.«

How does the song suit the overall theme of your following album?

»The songs on the album describe different aspects of mental illness – the bad parts and some bright spots. The song is about having depression, which is something everyone in the band has experienced to some extent. At the same time, the melody is quite upbeat and catchy, so I think one can experience the song as hopeful.«

girlcrush will release ‘Dopamine’ on March 27th through W.A.S. Entertainment.