The music video we’re doing while I’m here in the US, is for my next single ‘Never Wanna Lose You’. I’m going to keep the featuring artist secret for a little while longer, but what I wanted to tell you is about this jacket! Pontus of P & J Styling was so kind and got this customized for me for this music video, and I’m so happy with it. I’m crazy for anything customized, but this jacket is currently my number one customized piece of clothing!
I do a substantial amount of traveling in a year, and I might have perfected the art of packing. As you can see, I’m not the most colorful traveller, but I like my things to be top quality, as they get banged around a lot when you travel.
I never go anywhere without my trusted Brics carry on suitcase. It maxes the amount of carry on you’re allowed to have, and to keep all my stuff in the hand luggage saves me huge amount of time, because I can just skip the entire baggage claim bit.
Secondly, you need a good toiletry case. It’s critical to have a case that won’t break during travel, and coat all your stuff in sticky product.
Sunglasses. Loads of travel and late night gigs tend to do something to your face. I hide tired eyes in my favorite sunglasses from SEE Eyewear.
As a DJ and producer I need to work while on the road. A good headset is essential. I go for Sennheiser, but I always keep a spare pair or two. Just in case, you know.
Perfume. Good for feeling fresh when you’re actually not. Also, always make sure you have deodorant with you.
I’ve missed this place SO MUCH! I remember leaving here, leaving both Carl and initially CLMD behind me, and thinking I was SO done with this place. Eventually, I decided to take CLMD on by myself, I moved to LA and sort of pushed the reset-button of my life. And now I’m back here for the first time since then.
Honestly, I could never be done with New York. It’s like I never left. I feel like this is CLMDs home, so as soon as we can pack up (and I can convince my girlfriend), I’ll get back here.
I want to do a New York guide for you, I just need to live a little here first and get to know this babe of a city again. But what I can tell you immediately, the cheeseburger springrolls at Delicatessen are still the best.
February is usually quite a quiet month for me, so I grabbed the opportunity to pack my things and go to Florida! My parents own a house there, so lucky for me it’s real easy to just get up and go when I have the time for once.
The second we landed in Florida though, I had tons of e-mails, mixes and phone calls to deal with, but let’s be honest – it’s a lot better to deal with work from a 30 degree celcius environment. After the initial workfest, I finally got a few days in the sun.
Next up is New York City!
One of my favorite memories is from LA. I dumped my girlfriend there, and got back together with her a few hours later. I know, and she will never let me forget it. I also met my best friend there, made my best tracks and went to the best parties. So I will tell you what to do, to have a time as good as I did in the city of angels.
The parties: The best parties are house parties, so you need to get some friends over there ASAP. Norwegians tend to stick together as soon as they go abroad, so the Norwegian community in LA is huge, and everyone knows each other. I made friends straight away as I already had some from before and got to go to amazing parties at peoples houses. But I have to say the parties at Villa Mimosa, our house, was legendary. But if you don’t have any house parties to go to, you should check out Sound, Exchange, Avalon and Warwick. People will tell you to check out 1 Oak, but I promise you, it’s a tourist trap and you might see the tip og a Kardashian hair extension, but that’s about it. I also like Bootsy Bellows and Blind Dragon. They’re more like what you imagine 1 Oak to be.
The restaurants: In LA you can eat whenever you want, whatever you want. I got Taco Bell delivered to my door way too often, but hey, when in Vegas. For lunch I like Urth Café (this is where I dumped my girlfriend that one time, so I guess we’re not going back there), and Toast. For dinner I’m a regular at Laurel Hardware, The Polo Lounge at Beverly Hills Hotel and SLS Bazaar. Katana and Katsuya have amazing sushi. I tend to stay away from The Ivy, because again – tourist trap. Also, everyone says it, but it’s the truth – In-n-Out Burgers is a must, and you should get animal style everything.
The beaches: I’m a beachy kinda guy, but I haven’t actually spent a lot of time on the beaches of LA. I’ve been to Malibu, but the ocean is so incredibly cold to swim in! We had a pool, so I just usually stayed there. But you should go to El Matador.
The Shopping: If you’re into vintage, you should go to Melrose Avenue. They have everything, and it’s not overpriced. Rodeo Drive is where you get you Chanels and YSLs, obviously. The Grove is very nice, especially at Christmas time. If you’re patient and have a car, there’s a good outlet mall a few hours outside of the city, direction of Palm Springs, they have a lot of the high end brands.
Other stuff to do: Universal Studios and Disney Land is fun to do, but expensive and constantly full of tourists. I like to go to the luxury cinema, where you can order burgers and wine, get a blanket and a massive couch to hang out in. For fun, we’d also go to Saddle Ranch. Totally ratchet place, but funny as hell with the right people.