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!
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?
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.
While working with my album I’ve visited some amazing studios and been allowed to work on some fantastic synths. So, get ready to nerd with me.
I had a few days with this baby, the Mini Moog Voyager, at Earport Studios. I was beyond ecstatic to work with it, but I have to admit I spent a few hours just playing around with it before doing anything actually useful. I love this synth for creating bass sounds and leads, and the signature warmth of the Moog synths are incredibly evident on this one. You can’t deny the beauty of this instrument either, if I had one I’d most likely have it on display on the mantelpiece.
My first gig of 2017 is coming up next weekend, and I’m really anxious to get back on the road.
In 2016, I made quite a few changes to CLMDs foundation. I had to make sure that, with Carl gone, I was backed up by people that understood and respected my vision for the CLMD brands future. This meant saying goodbye to a lot of great people I’ve worked with for a long time, both in management and booking. It’s been a tough year, with endless hard work and painful decisions. I’m so ready to start back up with the hard work again, and continue on the CLMD journey with new people, new inspiration and hopefully plenty of new adventures.
Tomorrow, I’m doing a little unofficial warm-up for the coming year by playing at a friends birthday/fare well party, and next weekend you’ll see me at Kick in Kristiansand!