Go behind the scenes of the 007-themed music video for "Devil May Care", the new song from artist and Bond fan, John Berge...

Devil May Care Song

28th May 2011

John Berge has been recognized as Norway’s leading Bond expert for a number of years. Now Berge, who is also an artist, has made a homage to his favourite fictional character. Devil May Care, the same title as Sebastian Faulks 2008 continuation novel, evokes elements of a Bond movie, with its suggestive atmosphere and highly catchy chorus. The song is written and performed by John Berge and produced by Robbie Bronnimann in his Robot Studio in Somerset, England.

The music video was filmed late winter in two Norwegian cities (Kristiansund and Oslo), directed by Sverre Mollan.

"I wrote the song as a declaration of love for the movie franchise", says Berge. He has published several James Bond comic books and is often interviewed on national TV and radio when the subject matter is James Bond. "I especially admire John Barry’s contributions to the movies, and I’ve always been a fan of the best title songs, says Berge.

Which ones do you like the best? "I have to be honest and say it’s been a long time since I was impressed by any of them, but in the recent years the last great one is The World is Not Enough by Garbage/David Arnold and Licence to Kill. I also have a soft spot for a-ha, Duran Duran, and the Sheena Easton one. But they were nearly all great in the golden age, he says."

Producer Robbie Bronnimann is known from his longtime collaboration with Howard Jones, and recently had a co-written track featured on hit album Pink Friday by US artist Nicki Minaj and is also producing up and coming Japanese act Elixia. Bronnimann has also remixed for the likes of Chicane, Ferry Corsten & Ministry of Sound. "John has a very good pop voice. A lot of people from the UK compares him to a-ha, but I think that’s only because we are not used to hearing so many Norwegian singers. But it’s good company to be part of," Bronnimann says. "John has a love of electronic music, and you can hear his inspiration come from bands like Depeche Mode. At the same time he loves the 70s sound, for instance Supertramp. We haven’t tried to copy any band or sound, but rather bring forth John’s own personality in the songs and create his own sound," the producer explained.

The music video for Devil May Care is directed by Sverre Mollan. The EP of the song is now available at iTunes Store, Amazon.com, etc.

John Berge says he’s inspired by artists like The Bee Gees, Supertramp, ELO, ABBA, a-ha, Seal, Alphaville, Depeche Mode, Keane, and Tears for Fears.

John Berge is currently recording more tracks with Mr. Bronnimann in England and is planning to release his album Keep Moving Forwards by autumn 2011.

Click to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of a video interview with Berge and Bronnimann.

 

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