On January 22, Kamma will release the song "Drowning" - the first single from her upcoming debut EP, written and produced in collaboration with Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes, Psyched Up Janis). Read more about the thoughts behind the song in this interview with the talented singer.
Photo: Cover art for "Drowning".
What inspired you to write the song?
“Drowning is a song about taking yourself seriously. I wrote it at a time when I was slowly moving out of the shadow that for me has been my mother's illness and the bad conscience of not taking care of her and being there for her every time she needed it. I still carry the difficult memories with me from the time I saw my mother really sick - when she became someone else - but today I try everyday to allow myself to live my own life without having to relate to her story continually. The song is a manifestation of the fact that I have taken a step away from the responsibility that lies in having to be a good daughter at the expense of my own feelings and needs.”
What do you want a listener to get out of hearing the song?
“I want the listener to feel a release in the chorus, almost a physical sensation of the drums and bass, which may set difficult emotions free. That the hardships you carry with you can be used as a fragile strength. And that you always have the right to live a life where it is not your responsibility to save others.”
How does the song relate to your project?
“The song's lyrics are rooted in the project's core, which is focused on difficult memories and grief. I have used Kamma as a valve to difficult feelings about family relationships, anxiety and loneliness, and Drowning puts into words the great feelings from my past that are still very clear to me to this day, and which I can look upon from the outside, because I have worked on myself and my thoughts and feelings about it.”
Is there anything else that you think is important to highlight about the song?
“Drowning is the first single from my collaboration with Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes, Psyched Up Janis), who has been one of my musical idols since I was a teenager. It's still completely unreal to me that we've created a musical universe together, but I really think we've hit a nerve that takes me back to an old passion for rock music, and a sound that scratches on the surface of pop music and gives a strong energy to my songs.”