Flash back – Black Eyes and Blue

While I’m busy creating a new music video for you guys, I’ll take you down memory lane once again, and remember the ‘Black Eyes and Blue’ video with you.

Fun facts about ‘Black Eyes and Blue’:

  • This song is really about domestic violence, and is to me quite a tragic song. But most people experience it as a euphoric happy song.
  • A few of the people crashing the pool party at the end is actually on the Norwegian national team of snowboarding.
  • This song marked our ‘break-through’ in the music industry, when it became the official after movie track of the Ultra Festival, something we were the only Norwegian artists to achieve, until Kygo came along and did it, and people totally forgot about us already having been there.
  • Songwriter and vocals on this is the incredible Ingrid, the lead singer of HIGHASAKITE.
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Preparing For The Voice

I’m probably the first ever mentor in the history of “The Voice” which is not very commercial and not even a vocalist. I think it’s fun, and a little extra challenging. But it does mean that I need to broaden my horizon about top 40 music. To soften up my ears, I’ve created a Spotify playlist for just that. This is songs I would very much like to hear the participants sing during the competition. Is there a song you feel like is missing here?

 

The Stockholm Syndrome

Long days in the studio does my blog no favors. I’m lacking new and interesting stuff to tell you guys about, so I’d thought I’d take you down memory lane for a minute. Also, Carl Louis new album is called Memory Lane, go check it out, it’s incredible.

Fun facts about The Stockholm Syndrome:

  • The girl in the video is actually my ex-girlfriend, Ada Martini.
  • The guy in the video is Samuel, one of my good friends from New York. He runs a boxing bootcamp in Marseille these days, so if you feel like an active holiday, you should check it out.
  • This song is one of Thomas Hayes favorite songs.
  • The vocals on this track is by Frøder, who also features on Phoenix with me.
  • We performed this live on TV, as the opening act for Norwegian Grammys.

PO-14 Sub

Come nerd with me again. This time I want to talk about the Pocket Operator from Teenage Engineering, which I find hugely entertaining. I have the Po-14 Sub, and I’m constantly playing with it. It’s a lot of fun on it’s own, but also so good for those times where you’re kind of stuck on something and need to get your head out of what you’re doing and a new creative vibe. This one has real synthesizer engines, as well as a sequencer with a deep bass-line sound. The Pocket Operators is a collection of in total 7 mini-synthesizer, they come with a 1 month battery time and two year stand by time. They also all have an animated LCD display. Mine is 49 $ at the Teenage Engineering web store, and I will probably invest in a couple more soon, as they’re so much fun.

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The PO-14 Sub ❤

“Night Train” – JOWST remix

My good friend JOWST, who is now also competing in the biggest musical competition in Europe, Eurovision, has done me the honor of remixing one of my favorite tracks of my own making this past year, “Night Train” ft. Alida.

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How we usually work in the studio, I do the selfies while he does all the work. 

Check it out below, it was recently released with a bunch of other amazing track via Armada Trice!

Next up: BERNS – Stockholm!

So excited about my first visit to Stockholm!

Nerdtalk: OB-6

Let me introduce you to another one of my love affairs while making this album. The OB-6. This is an all-rounder for me, and my go-to synth for anything complicated or basic. It can do almost everything you need. It’s especially great for pads and creating that richness in a track. It really fills the entire frequency specter, and with it being so versatile, it’s a dream to work with. It really gets your inspiration going.

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And son’t even get me started on the one on the wall behind me. So many buttons!