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.
After spending months, and now two years in the studio with my album (coming soon, I promise!), I’ve come to the point where I feel like I’ve exhausted my own resources. It’s not easy staying creative and progressive on an everyday basis when you’re constantly emptying yourself. I’ve realized I need to do me now, at least for a while. I’ve signed up to a new gym, one that can help me improve myself on everything physical. I’m not very into the whole training thing, so I need professionals, for sure. I’ll share my routine as soon as I get into it, and hopefully we’ll get some good results to share too 🙂
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.
Check it out below, it was recently released with a bunch of other amazing track via Armada Trice!
My first ever gig in Stockholm, Sweden is over and done with, and let me tell you – those Swedes know how to turn up. I had an amazing time playing Berns, and I’m so grateful for every single one who took the time to come out and party with me! The club was packed and I got to play a set that was completely next level for me. Had so much fun! On top of that, we managed to squeeze in a studio session in Axwells old studio, Sebjak and I.
Perfect techno-themed weekend!
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.