I’ve always been quite proud of the fact that Sweden releases a lot of great music, but in all honesty, I haven’t heard much from Norway. Until now. Norway is really showing us what they can do, with heaps of hits going viral in the last year or so. I have to say, I’m a huge fan of what they’re doing at the moment and I want to share some of the artists with you so that you’re able to discover them as well (if you haven’t already!)
Kygo sort of came out of nowhere (to me at least) and just blew everyone away. His songs have almost created a whole new genre of music, and I’m absolutely loving it. He seems to be realeasing a steady stream of new songs. He’s done a fair few originals, but he’s also really great at remixing older songs.
Kygo’s real name is Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, and he was born in 1991 in Bergen, Norway. He’s apparently been active since 2007, but became more known in 2014 when he released Firestone and it took off. I find Kygo’s music really relaxing. Here are a few of his gems:
I reckon Matoma likely was quite influenced a bit by Kygo. I could be completely wrong here, because who knows, maybe Matoma was making music before Kygo, but there are certain sounds in some of his songs that remind me a lot of Kygo.
Matoma’s real name is Tom Stræte Lagergren and he was also born in 1991, but in Åsnes, Norway. What is it about all these young people being so talented these days? I can feel the jealousy growing inside me..
According to Wikipedia, Matoma started out as a pianist, and a quite talented one. But he grew tired of classical piano, so started mixing on his computer instead. Have a listen to these tunes:
I couldn’t actually find a proper photo of Seeb. I had a look at their Instagram page, but they don’t seem to post photos of themselves a lot.
Seeb is a Norwegian Tropical House duo made up of Simen Eriksrud and Espen Berg. They haven’t really have many ‘hits’ as such yet, but I predict great things for them. Listen to these and I’m sure you’ll agree:
He’s a bit of a mystery to be honest. As far as I’m aware, he only has one famous song so far, called ‘Faded’, but was a tune it is! I couldn’t find a link to it on Soundcloud, so here’s the YouTube link, which has over 100 million views!
If the Wikipedia page about him is accurate, he’s 18 years old! Born in 1997 in Northampton, England, but moved to Bergen, Norway when he was only two years old. I haven’t been able to find any pictures of him at all to be honest. Maybe he’s the guy in the video?
I first heard CLMD about a year ago I’d say, and to this day I’ve only really heard two songs. But from what I’ve heard, I reckon he could release some pretty great tunes.
I had no idea he was Norwegian until quite recently. Most of the time I just assume DJ’s are Dutch, because such a large portion of them are! CLMD’s real name is Martin Danielle and he was born in 1988 (yay, someone my age). CLMD used to be a duo, but the other half left in 2014 to pursue a solo career. This is what he left behind. (Skip to 1.00 in the first song to skip the radio chat).
There you go, some music for you to listen to and hopefully you’ll enjoy them if you’re into EDM. If you know of other Norwegian EDM acts that I have missed, I would be really curious to find out what else is out there.