After Diplo gave the 22-year old economy student a guest-DJ slot at his BBC Radio programme, Coldplay got hold of his contact info via Pete Tong, eventually leading to Kygo now remixing their new song ‘Midnight’. Despite his short DJ-resume, Kygo is a sought-after DJ on the international stage. Next month sees him heading out on a tour featuring appearances in nine US cities, while august sees Kygo supporting his role model Avicii during Oslo’s Feelings Festival.
Kygo feels that the international music industry have ample reasons for following the genre’s Norwegian players: – Definitely. Over the last couple of years, there’s been a steady flow of really good electronic music coming out of Norway with artists such as Lemaitre, Finnebassen, Todd Terje and Lindstrøm. Adding to those acts, we’ve also got several strong producers with great potential that haven’t yet been given the attention they deserve. Jerry Folk and Bearson are good examples of producers that international music industry reps ought to check out, says Kygo to Music Norway.
When you eventually sign to a label, you’re likely to be in a position where you can choose between many suitors. What will be important for you in this respect? – What’s important for me is that I can be assured that the record label has faith in me and my music and that it represents resources and means to help me taking that next step, says Kygo. – Financial terms do matter, but it is equally important that the label has a strong network with access to good vocalists, musicians, directors and other professional that can help me getting my music out to a wider audience.
Kygo’s official debut single is expected in the near future. According to Associated Press, the Norwegian producer/DJ is now on Spot No#4 in the US and No#7 in the UK on the ‘most viral songs’ list.
Other sought-after Norwegian electronic music artists
‘Mystic’ act Trippy Turtle has worked closely with Cashmere Cat. This winter has seen him playing the Eurosonic Noorderslag and during the Winter Music Conference he performed at the A-Trak club night at the Grand Central in downtown Miami – keeping a tight grip on hundreds of Mad Decent-fans. June sees the label releasing his debut single.
Trippy Turtle is represented by René Symonds of TAO, who relates to Music Norway that the DJ/producer is scheduled to commute between US and European festivals this summer, before ending the season with the Mad Decent Block Party Tour and Boat Party, a journey from Miami to the Caribbean. – A turtle’s natural environment!
– I’m really looking forward to all of the gigs scheduled ahead, in particular the Mad Decent tour and cruise, Tomorrowland, Bestival and Hard Festival, not to mention my the release of my debut single, says Trippy Turtle to Music Norway who lists a sold-out headlining show in Philadelphia and his Diplo-mix as career highlights.
Broiler is comprised of Mikkel Christiansen (22) and Simen Auke (23). The duo has racked up more than 60m streams on Spotify and WiMP in Norway – earning them the distinction of being Norway’s most frequently streamed act. 2013 saw them being bestowed with a Spellemannspris, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy, in the Innovator of the Year category as well as being named Artist of the Year at the NRJ Awards. Late 2013, saw them releasing their first album, ‘Episode 1’, which featured English-language repertoire. The Norwegian duo has gained considerable ground in Sweden this year, and are set to play major festivals this summer. Their new single ‘Get Drunk’, feat. US guest artists Dirt Nasty and Andy Milionakis, is out now.
The 25-year old Oslo resident is perhaps best known for his downtempo/deep house tracks and gained international recognition with his song ‘Touching Me’ which has racked up more than 6m Youtube-views.
Finnebassen is represented by The Underground owner Kal Jhugroo.
Magnus August aka Cashmere Cat, has transitioned from being turntablist DJ FINAL to becoming an international EDM rising star with gigs across the globe. His resume includes two critically acclaimed EPs and he has now teamed up with Dr. Luke-partner Benny Blanco (Briney, Ke$ha, Katy Perry).
Ludacris recently released his ‘Party Girls’ single which credits the young Norwegian as co-producer. DJ Mustard, who last week was featured with no less than 8 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, cites Cashmere Cat as one of his new favourites.
Cashmere Cat is represented by Echo Location and The Windish Agency (booking), Mark Music & Media Law (attorney) and Up Front Artists (management and booking).
Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lind began scoring tracks together at the age of 19 in summer 2010. They debuted the same year with their EP ‘The Friendly Sound’ followed by the EP trilogy ‘Relativity’ which received heavy domestic airplay. Last autumn saw them playing London’s Fabric, followed by an Australian tour with Stereo Sonic as well as support slots for David Guetta and Calvin Harris in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Lemaitre is represented by Creative Artists Agency (booking), Tornado (booking) and Made (management).
Ørjan Nilsen is signed to Armin van Buuren’s Armada Music and has currently more than 200 000 likes on Facebook. The 31-year old producer/DJ debuted with ‘Arctic Globe/Prison Break’ in 2006, which reached No#1 on the official Dutch Dance Charts. In later years, Nilsen has established himself as one of global trance’s leading trance DJs. His single ‘The Late Anthem’ gained No#4 on Beatpor in its initial week.
Ørjan Nilsen is represented by David Lewis Productions (booking), and Phillip Alpha (management).
Veteran DJ Nils Olav Lausund aka Nils Noa, first gained recognition as a member of collective Bermuda Triangle, before establishing himself as DJ/Producer under the Nils Noa moniker in 2005. He became the first Norwegian DJ to be featured with an ‘Essential Mix’ at Pete Tong’s legendary BBC radio show. After having performed tirelessly at home and abroad, Nils Noa has released two singles through Universal with guest vocalists Vinni and Highasakite’s Ingrid, in addition to gaining online traction on Beatport for his new track ‘The Jaguar’.
Nils Noa is represented by Toothfairy.
Terje Olsen aka Todd Terje (a nod to house veteran Todd Terry) has enjoyed a status as an icon for Norwegian as well as international electronic music acts. Todd Terje’s international status was bolstered through the release of his 2012 outing ‘It’s the Arps’ and its hit-single ‘Inspector Norse’. His debut album, the aptly titled ‘It’s Album Time’, saw its release in 2014 to critical acclaim at home and abroad. Todd Terje has also remixed Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand and Bryan Ferry.
Todd Terje is represented by Backroom Entertainment and The Pool (booking) and Olsen Records.