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.
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?
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.
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.
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.