The Happy Saga!

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The glorious saga of me charting and selling music is still going strong ๐Ÿ™‚ After weeks of charting on Amazon.com with my 2014 release “2 Guitars – The Classical Crossover Album” I’m back in the top 10 once again! As I’ve already said in previous blog posts it has been going in and out of the charts since its release in late 2014, being in the top 5 countless times, even hitting nr.1 ๐Ÿ™‚

It makes me VERY HAPPY to see how popular this idea is and I’m looking very much forward to releasing new material!

My manager and I were able to create a great buzz when I was doing Heavy Metal in the beginning of my career, we scratched our heads a bit since the music industry wasn’t really catching on to what we did, it didn’t really make much sense when you think about how much Metal bands normally struggle and how long it takes for these acts to break even when given the opportunity to release their material on a label! I successfully crossed over in late 2013 into classical music and have proven my worth continuously from my 1st single release to my full length album. I was dealing with a Major Label in 2016 working on something very exciting and classical related, but sadly became ill and lost over a year of my life to poor health. It therefore makes me extra happy to see that my release is still hanging in there for weeks at a time and that my latest video on YouTube passed 50k views yesterday!

It proves that we are doing something very right in an age where people complain about not selling records. Selling physical records was never an issue for me, or it hasn’t been to date. I feel very optimistic about the future when I see my numbers despite having a limited reach on my Facebook. That social media platform in particular used to be very important to me, and I think it is a great shame that you are being put in the position of “follower blackmail” as the social media giant keep on tightening its grip. It’s a shame for small, independent businesses and “free thinkers.”

It is good news however to see that my latest video could get good views so quickly without any mainstream media exposure; I’m grateful that Truth In Shredding gave me a mention and thank them for that, now I’m waiting to see if any of the big guys will actually catch on to this. The meme isn’t dying, at least not for now.

I’m looking forward to releasing new music! What I will release next will be original material, for the simple reason that I’ve been ill for a while and wanted to come back to music doing something that was a bit lighter, the second that I’m done with my 3rd album I will get back to classical!

Thanks again to those of you who pay for my work and keep an eye on what I’m doing! If you want to support my creative endeavours and hear new music as well, then please check out my Patreon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a million! โค

I’m also charting on Easy Listening!

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A 30 min Guitar Lesson Video + More New Music!

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Today I released a 30 min guitar lesson video for those who pay 10$ and up on my Patreon account! I also released my 2nd update for this month; so if you want to hear more music from my 3rd album then make sure that you sign up here:ย My Patreon!

Yesterday before I went to bed I saw that myย classical albumย had jumped up on the Amazon Bestseller chart after falling down. On the 22nd it was down on 44, yesterday it was up on 29, and now it had gone up to 27! That is really cool since albums usually don’t chart that long for independent artists! Earlier this year it was hanging in there for over 2 weeks on the chart, and without any new videos or anything! I clearly have to release more classical recordings! But first I’m going to put out a whole bunch of original material that I feel very strongly about! ๐Ÿ˜› Make sure that you check out my Rock’n’Roll music as well ๐Ÿ˜›

Thanks again to all these Americans who buy my music!!! The U.S.A. have always been my nr.1 country when it comes to fans, followers & buyers! โค Thanks a million & God Bless!!!!!

Charting position on the 19th of April.

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Charting position on the 22nd.

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Charting position last night around midnight.

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Charting position on the 30th of April.

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NEW VIDEO!

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Today my manager and I decided to share some behind the scenes LIVE footage with my fans & followers. This footage is from “the secret project” that I was being all mysterious about back in 2016. I was really excited to be doing this, working with some cool people from a serious label; but sadly fell ill with a vicious parasite infection. In addition I also got a shoulder injury in February 2017; so it felt really refreshing to find this video footage and see for myself the form that I was in! It has taken me over a year to finally be well again ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It was a major breakthrough when I finally had full movement in my arm, so I’m super stoked to finally be recording and playing again!

You can hear a preview of what I’m currently working on if you sign up to my Patreon page; below you can see the behind the scenes footage from my 3rd session with classical crossover! Thanks a lot to those of you who support what I do!

New Interview, Part II.

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Here is the last part of my latest interview:ย Read here \m/

Take care & see you next month \m/ New Music coming soon!!!!!

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Music Update.

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Hey there to my blog subscribers! So today I’m sharing what I already shared on my Instagram which is that I’m off guitar playing for 6 weeks (!) due to straining/snapping something in my shoulder… (due to crazy guitar playing)

I heard a sound coming from my shoulder area when it happened and couldn’t even pull a sweater over my head. I was pretty much in constant pain for 17 days before it finally started to ease off….

I find it interesting how an injury presents itself eventually when you reach and try to maintain the “perfect form”… because ironically this means that you have to “get back into shape” again after having a break….there’s probably a reason as to why I’m the only guitarist doing what I’m doing….

I will go back to my previous approach to things, with a little updated twist….I used to have a membership in a running club (Iโ€™ve joined a torture club.)ย and all of these runners were always plotting how to work towards a peak performance by constantly altering and updating their exercise regiment, which is precisely what I do as well when it comes to a certain thing I’m doing ๐Ÿ˜›

Which has made me wonder if I should write a guitar book to share my experience as nobody else has done what I’ve done on the guitar. Recording the impossible, having no references and nobody to look to, playing the impossible live on a proper stage, dealing with deadlines, dealing with injuries, picking the right songs, saying yes to the wrong songs, playing with no metronome – only feel, being chased by backing tracks, finding the right tone, having the wrong equipment, finding beauty and ultimately get involved with what I just was involved with… which has opened up a whole new way of looking at a certain genre… in terms of how things can be creatively approached.

One thing is for certain and that is that creativity always finds a way, always finds a solution because creative minds never rests unless forced to.

So as I’ve been laying here in pain I’ve re-arranged a whole lot of songs mentally as well as pretty much “finalising” my vocal training after all these years. I can now sing what I always wanted to sing and have been asking myself: what comes next when I know all these pieces that are meant for my voice type?

There is no next unless I one day can write or co-write something entirely new for voice, preferably in Norwegian. Which certainly sounds ambitious at the moment as I’m not a composer as of now but rather a songwriter.

Anyway, keep an eye on my blog and my social media for updates as I’m releasing new music soon! Get to hear the reason for my pain ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

As you can see…I’ve done my best to gain some pounds……because that’s what you do when you can’t play….I have every intention to contribute to NHS’s outrageous expenses in relation to obesity. So I’m doing my best to worsen their statistics as one does.

I’ve also kept busy trying to turn my brother into a meme….sadly that was not successful… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ or at least for now….

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I was happy when we had some snow. As snow is the most beautiful thing in the entire world. Period. ย โค โค โค โค โค โค

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Oh yes….the geese are back in town ๐Ÿ˜› #swag

 

The Music Biz.

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“Believe it or not, there is no hot superstar guitarist under the age of 30. There is no next Hendrix. There is no next Clapton.” All I thought when I read this was: “I’m here!!!!! I’M HERE!!!”ย ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Here is the article: http://thesmartset.com/does-the-music-business-need-musicianship/

I LOVE to play guitar.

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Yes it might not come as a mega-surprise, but seriously, I really love what I do. Profoundly.

Just finished my playing routine, going thru all the tracks from my classical album and also some of my riffs. All of those riffs feel easy to play in comparison to the violin virtuoso material, funny enough.

Once upon a time these songs represented my technical limit, which I now find a bit funny. I mean, technicality aside I still like those melodies of mine, but it is certainly not challenging to play those songs anymore.

I’ve now embarked on a brand new virtuoso piece, I just couldn’t help it.

I won’t tell anyone what sort of ludicrous project I’ve embarked on now, but I can reveal that it is again quite unique.

The feeling of your fingers flying over the fretboard, knowing exactly where they are supposed to land next, always one step ahead, ย combined with the memory used to its fullest force, is literally priceless.

If you cannot find joy in the art of just playing and mastering your instrument you are seriously doing something wrong.

I know. That I Love.

That I LOVE. What I do.

Let me repeat.

I adore what I do.