During the Øya Festival in August 2013, Astralwerks’ A&R Ryan Murphy was part of the international contingent at the festival’s international programme Øya International (which is co-managed by Music Norway). Lemaitre, which is comprised of by Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund, played a spirited gig at the Oslo festival and apparently struck a cord with Murphy – in early Jan the duo announced that a deal with Astralwerks had been signed and that the two would now relocate to LA to pursue their US careers further.
Says Lemaitre’s Ulrik Lund to Norwegian daily Aftenposten on the recent surge in interest in Norwegian electronica and EDM: ‘Regardless of where we travel to perform, we’ll meet people that are really into the Norwegian club music scene. There are lots of fans of acts such as Cashmere Cat and Finnebassen out there, and even in far-away locations as Indonesia we’ll meet people that are into our music. Up to now, Röyksopp’s been the only act that could be seen as having a significant impact, but for the first time in years we feel that we can now call this positive trend a wave of Norwegian music.’
Lemaitre’s Astralwerks signing necessitated a move to the US for Lund and Jansen: ‘We need to be where the people we work with are located. Electronic club music has had Europe as its hotbed for years but now it’s LA that’s the genre’s hub. Most major artists and studios are based there and it’ll be exciting to see what a significant player as Astralwerks can achieve with our music over there. We’ve been working hard for the last three years and the main aim has remained the same over these years; to reach out of Norway and enter the US market’ says Lund.
Lemaitre was formed in 2010. Within a relatively short period of time, the two have been at the end of huge interest in Norway as well as internationally, both from fans and from music business representatives. Sold out venues and solid social media buzz has been the norm for the last year.
The Friendly Sound EP was released at the end of 2010, and the duo are working on new material and cites Justice, Phoenix, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Noisia, Ratatat and Röyksopp as their main inspirational sources.