Friday, April 23, 2021
– Keith Urban has a surprising collaboration on his song "Out the Cage" - country trap artist Breland and funkmeister Nile Rodgers - which hit the video waves on Wednesday.
"The freneticism of the rhythm makes me wanna take off and start running or......just break something," said Urban.
Breland said he received an out-of-the-blue text from Urban. "We should get together and write sometime - see what happens." So, I said I'd be there tomorrow. I mean, working with Keith Urban? I was like, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity."
"It's 9:30 the next morning, my phone rings, and it's Breland," said Urban. "He says, 'Hey, Keith. It's Breland. I'm in your front yard.' And along with the help of co-writers Sam Sumser and Sean Small comes "Out The Cage," from Urban's "The Speed of Now, Part 1."
The video, which Urban and Breland shot in Sydney (following a two-week quarantine) is a fast-paced, quick cut stream of imagery. Rodgers, co-founder of Chic, filmed his part from Connecticut.
"I get a phone call from Keith - and he's my bro – so of course I jumped on the call," said Rodgers. He says, 'Hey Nile, I got this song that I'm working on, can I send it to you?' I listened for about five minutes." As Urban tells it, "He called me 10 minutes later and said, 'yo brother, this song is sick."
"Out The Cage" was one of four tracks written during the Covid lockdown, with the lyrical content exploring themes of freedom. "I really wanted this to speak to liberation of all sorts, even if somebody in a dead-end job, somebody stuck in a relationship that's going nowhere or someone who's imprisoned in their own mind." said Urban.