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.

Sorry!

I’ve been slightly off the grid lately. I was on the road for most of the easter holiday, and basically have had to jump from flight to flight. Currently I’m somewhere over the Atlantic, on my way to Los Angeles to film the music video for my new single coming out in early May! I’m so excited about this shoot, Frederic Esnault have put together a fantastic team, and my two featuring artists are absolutely fantastic. Pontus and Jens of P & J Styling have packed me a wild wardrobe and I’m crazy about one leather jacket I’m going to wear, which is customized by Norwegian brand Mardou & Dean. So do stay tuned for another while longer!

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photo by Rainer Kleve

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?

 

My Rider

When you earn most of your money on gigs, like I do, you’re on the road very often. When you’re on the road that much, you’d like every place you visit to feel a little homey. And that’s why the rider was invented. The little things you need to make you feel a little better about being away from home. I’m not going to lie, it’s also a lot about alcohol.

I’ll let you in on my secret rider. I think the most important thing on my rider is the Kinder Egg. It’s tasty and keeps my Tour Manager busy for hours. Secondly, I need Red Bull. I don’t like to drink alcohol until after I’ve performed, so the Red Bull is essential to get me going. Third, I need towels (I sweat a lot, ew), and tooth brush and tooth paste. Those are like the main things that I need. I’ll admit, I might be a little vain, so to me feeling good equals performing well.

Other stuff I have on there is Prosecco and orange juice (so I can take Villa Mimosa with me everywhere), vodka, beer – you know, the usual stuff. Fun fact: I also have salsa on my rider, for internal joke reasons, but not tortilla chips. But everywhere I go, I still het tortilla chips. I guess people think I’ve made a mistake on my rider, and it makes me feel extra taken care of.

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People usually think backstage is the place to be. Most of the time, this is what’s going on.
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Except when Thomas and Valera stops by. Then this happens.

Letgo

You might remember a while back, I told you about the PO-14 SUB, the Pocket Synth from Teenage Engineering. It’s such a joy to play with, and I’ve used it a lot lately. But now, you can have it! I’m selling it on Letgo! Watch the video below (It’s in Norwegian, sorry.), and pick up the synth HERE. (Only for Norwegians, sorry.). If you want to get shopping in your own area, you can download the app 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.

Thank You, Stavkroa!

The gig at Stavkroa was as fun as ever. Thank you to everyone who came out, and to Calle and his crew for the superstar treatment. Can’t wait to come back ❤

All photos by Rainer Kleive.

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Can you tell I love my job?
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Multitasking
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Obligatory celebration post-set