“... Sometimes it’s their indefinable quality - it has always fascinated me” - Chris Martin
“They used to be producers, it’s like if these guys suddenly had a mid-life crisis, said fuck it to it all, bought Ableton and started making this awesome music for themselves” - Andrew Taggart/The Chainsmokers
Following recent smash remix of Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ and debut EP ‘Nice To Meet You’, Norwegian duo Seeb are set on world domination in their pursuit of the fresh and invigorating – cue a collaboration with one of the world’s biggest bands, alt-pop superstars, Bastille on addictive new single ‘Grip’, released 6th December.
The production duo prove themselves to be no less masterful at taking another artist’s musical vision and enhancing it with their own unique take on dance-floor hits with a human sensibility. ‘Grip’ is an unconventional blend of melancholy and euphoria, merging Bastille’s infectious lyrics and Dan Smith’s unique vocals with Seeb’s undeniable production prowess. The track is also featured on Bastille’s highly anticipated fourth Mixtape, ‘Other People’s Heartache Pt.4 out 7th December.
On the track, Seeb explain “It ended up as a creature of its own, with DNA from both Seeb and Bastille. We were all very much involved in the process even though we were all in different places, at one point even in 3 different continents! We hope it will show the fans a different side to Seeb as we begin to explore new paths.”
Bastille’s Dan adds “Seeb turned our big, messy guitar song into something new and completely different, but it still feels wholly in keeping with the escapist theme of the song: the euphoria and horrors of a late, late night.”
“When the drop happens it’s like you get sucked back into the weirdness of the night or like a door’s been opened into the clubby world of Seeb. Their production takes it somewhere we never would have expected.”
The past half-decade has certainly been a whirlwind for the four-piece, who comprise of frontman and lyricist, Dan Smith, keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist and guitarist Will Farquarson, and drummer Chris Wood. The band have played over 500 shows across six continents, including the critically acclaimed ReOrchestrated tour, and have amassed 15 million single sales and 7 million album sales globally. Both Bad Blood and its follow-up, ‘Wild World’, reached No.1 in the UK and the top 10 in the US, and their music has been streamed a staggering 3.6 billion times. They’ve not gone without awards recognition either: after winning British Breakthrough Act at the BRITs, the band have earned Grammy, AMA and MTV Europe Awards nominations. This year the band released the huge global hit single 'Happier' with Marshmello which has topped charts around the world and is already a Platinum record in the U.S and Gold in the UK, with over half a billion streams worldwide.
Starting with their truly game changing remix of Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ through to their work with the likes of Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Tove Lo and OneRepublic, chances are that you’ve heard the music of Seeb or at least their influence – even if you may not already be aware of who they are.
Simen Eriksrud and musical partner Espen Berg formed Seeb through their love of defying genre and chasing the most fresh and original sounds. They scored a Hype Machine No.1 with their remix of Kiesza’s ‘Cut Me Loose’, before extending their unique technique of vocal chopping on their globe-conquering take on Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’. It hit No.2 on the Global Spotify Chart, No.4 on Billboard Hot 100, became a world radio and dancefloor smash, soon becoming the second most played song globally in 2016.
Before long, Chris Martin invited them to remix Coldplay’s ‘Hymn For The Weekend’, they gave a new sense of colour to Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’, OneRepublic asked them to collaborate on ‘Rich Love’ and their adventurous and runaway original tracks with the likes of Skylar Grey and Dagny had them amassing over 4 billion streams in just two years.
With their own music, their own vision and living on their own terms, they’re taking things far beyond what they or anyone else ever thought possible. Now it’s time for the world to catch up with Seeb. You will know their name.