Over the years Björk has done collaborations with well-known (and obscure) musicians. What’s worth exploring about these collaborations is her approach. She obviously has a clear vision of what she wants, but she’s skilled at balancing it with artists who have equally strong ideas.
In an interview with Jefferson Hack in 2017, he asked Björk if her collaborative spirit stems from her punk rock origins. She said that it might, but she’s also found that the key to successful collaborations is taking care of your individual creative goals. Because once you feel secure about your own vision, you can feel open to another artist’s perspective.
She described this idea as "1 + 1 = 3" — basically if both artists find common ground, they can create something greater than their two halves.
So in this episode we’re going to explore that equation through a few of my favorite collaborations Björk has done. Ones that I think will appeal to all kinds of listeners.
Note: There was an error in the serpentwithfeet segment. He did not open for Bjork's Cornucopia tour. Instead, he sang a duet with her for "Blissing Me."