You had a very successful 2017, Can you tell our readers what you got up to?
“Yes, 2017 was a great year for me personally. Firstly I finally finished my debut album “Phases“, after nearly 2 years of work. It has been a daunting process for me, and I am really happy to finally have put it out there for everyone to enjoy. I was also asked to be one of the 4 mentors on the talent show “The Voice” in my home country of Norway. This was an honour for me since I am the first non-vocalist mentor to ever be on the show, worldwide.”
You recently released an amazing album “Phases“. Can you tell us the story behind it?
“First of thank you for liking it! ”Phases” actually started as an EP project some months after Carl opted out of CLMD in 2014. I didn’t feel I got to tell my version of what CLMD 2.0 was going to be about, just by releasing singles, so I had an idea to create a larger concept around what I wanted to make of music.”
“After a lot of thought, I decided to create a full EP. However, this time inputting a lot of blood, sweat and tears. I ended up with the 12 tracks now featured on “Phases”. This project had grown with me for so long that it simply couldn’t be cut down to a 4 or 5 track EP, it had to become an album.”
“Phases” represents all the phases I’ve gone through finding my sound as a solo artist. It has been my everyday life for a very long time, but now I’m finally happy and ready to begin something new! It took a very long time for me but it’s been a process I had to go through, both for myself and for the ones who wish to listen to my music. The rebirth of CLMD is finally here.”
Have you noticed any major changes in your scene since you began your career?
“Yes very much so. The whole scene has changed a lot. I think it had to do with the house music invasion of the U.S in 2010. House music became EDM, then EDM became, pop. EDM has had its rise and fall in the mainstream music industry and left imprints on all type of genres. The way you can really see the difference in the scene is by watching old school hardcore underground DJs, now making straight-up pop.”
“I think its fine as long as it makes you happy doing so. The scene is not so strict anymore about being “true”, and the merging of genres is more acceptable now than ever before. I think that’s very cool. Good music will always be good music regardless of genre.”
What advice do you have for a producer or DJ starting out in the business?
“Be dumb enough to try, but smart enough to succeed! Patience is key. Not everybody can be the next overnight star.”
Have you made any major changes to your production methods or studio over the past few years since going solo?
“It was really tricky for me to find my flow as a solo artist. I doubt myself a lot, as I’m sure many other producers do. So good ideas often get put away before they even get a chance to blossom, due to insecurity.”
“I really found my flow when I moved in with my best friend Andreas a.k.a. Axident and saw how they worked in the pop industry. In the house music scene, people tend to keep their stuff to themselves. You need to have complete ownership over your tracks and must write, produce, mix and master yourself. If you didn’t it wasn’t your track anymore. this is at least how I felt it, and coming from working as a duo, it was terrifying to not have a second pair of ears to confirm that I was doing something right or wrong. In the pop scene, they do whatever is best for the track and not necessarily whats best for the producer or artist. They share productions and they let others into the room to take the ideas to the next level”
“This exposed me to meeting a lot of great people and learning new tricks of the trade from other producers and writers. I found a way to work, where if I was stuck or doubting myself, I could send a track to a friend and maybe they saw something I didn’t, then I could get it back and continue to work on it from there. I don’t really care if we are 2 or 4 writers on the track, as long as the potential of the idea is fulfilled.”
“In a technical sense of the question I have gone through an analogue phase as a solo artist and a lot of the tracks on “Phases” are made with completely analogue synths. However, I’m now back in the box again, working with software. It’s much less time-consuming. Plus, the blend of software and hardware can create a really nice sound.”
Finally, Who do you consider as an inspiration musically?
“It’s not so much who as what really. I love movies and storytelling. So I’ve always wanted my music to take you on some kind of cinematic journey. I really love how you can get lost in a moment or a sound, and really visualize the music. So to answer your question, Royksopp and Eric Prydz are my inspirations. Both are experts in pulling you into their own realm.”