New Video!!!!! Hear me sing the “Queen of The Night” Aria from The Magic Flute :D

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I’m really happy about this :):):):):) It is really cool to have reached this point in my singing 😀 If anyone is interested in vocal lessons they can get those here: Bel Canto.

Here are some earlier videos & my first aria recording taken from my #1 Amazon bestselling Album released in 2014. Solveig’s Song.

Bergen Trip, March 2017.

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I just came back after some very interesting days in my hometown. Once again I’m part of a very different project which I cannot wait to share with you guys!

Bellow are some behind the scenes pics! I’m very glad that my mom could travel with me, it’s good to have your manager with you \m/

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Do you see what I see?! 😮 #almost 😛

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Guess where I am? 😋😋😋😋😋 #britishairways #travelling #working #flying #artist #shred #guitarist #guitar #singer #songwriter

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Love my view ❤️ #bergen #norway #norge #norsk #bergensk #travelling #scandinavia #thenorth #norden

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My pretty view!

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These guys were really noisy! I want one!!!!

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yeeeeeew……this is what we are doing to the planet people!

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Can you find Pepe?

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The North!

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Sea Lion Show!

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Snakes like to hide away…..so this is how cool it is when they are put on display 😛

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An ideal vivarium!

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#notshy

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Beetles & Spiders usually hide too….

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Love this guy! I wonder if it is boring to hang around inside such a small tank :/

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cute!

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Only Norwegians who are tourists in their own homeland care about the aquarium…

Working in #bergen 🌧 😄 #norge #norsk #norway #norwegian #travelling #travel #norden #thenorth #scandinavia #scandinavian

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Walking in #bergen 😊 #norge #norsk #norway #norwegian #thenorth #travel #travelling #norden #scandinavia #scandinavian #walking

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Mom working.

 

 

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Yes I ate Tartar and it was yummy!

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Love this! We need more viking statues!!!!

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Bergen by night! #bergen #norway #norge🇳🇴 #norsk #norwegian #scandinavian #scandinavia #norden #thenorth #bergenser #houses

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All you need + gluten free bread 😛

New Interview, Part II.

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

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

 

Here I Am, On BBC3!

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😀 Hey to all of my subscribers here on my blog! Today my interview over at the BBC was aired, listen to it right here :):):):)

You can hear me shred variation 1 from Paganini’s Caprice 24 live, you’ll also hear me play something from my original heavy metal song “Thou.”

I’m particularly happy with how it turned out as I had a very long break  from playing right before the interview, so it was good to hear that I delivered even though I felt, at the time, that my form wasn’t optimal :):):):) I guess I know how to play 😛

This is the first time I’ve performed anything live on National British Radio 😉 🙂 Thanks a lot to BBC3 & Tom Service! I think this is really cool :):):):):)

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2016 – The Year In Review.

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2016 was a year of welcomed stability as my mother re-married and we finally regained a traditional family structure. It has been great to see the effect it has had on my younger siblings 🙂 The year also brought with it an abundance of bad news health wise as pets and family members, young and old suffered from prolonged illnesses resulting in some loved ones leaving us for good 😦 My year was dominated by a secret project that I hope will result in a major announcement very soon, so keep your fingers crossed for me! Here are the highlights from the year that was:

  1. The Secret Project.  This took up the majority of the year and resulted in some truly awesome material! I hope I get to share it with you guys soon!!! cicimage
  2. Senkveld Norway. This was the first time I actually rocked out on TV so that was really awesome! I’ve been on various tv-shows in my home country before but I had never done anything like this before 😉

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  3. BBC3. My first time shredding on National Radio in the UK! I had one of my original songs aired on BBC6 last year, I’ve previously been a guest on BBC Berkshire, but BBC3 is the biggest radio show I’ve done so far, so keep an eye on BBC3 & Tom Service  on January the 15th 2017! 😉
  4. Laney box in Argentina. The first time my face was featured on a product from a major brand! I had no idea they did this!laney-argentinalaney-box
  5. “She Rocks” commercial. I thought that this was quite cool, here I am in good company on the red carpet in L.A.
  6. “Paganini Cap.24” going viral on FB. Even though my music video for Caprice 24 was originally released in 2014 on Youtube, a site in Mexico decided to share it on their Facebook page this year, which resulted in the video piling up views quickly on the social media site 😉 I was very happy to see the video going viral again gaining some new ground! m:
  7. The Metal album. In April this year I finally released my first metal album “I Am.” So far I’ve released 2 music videos from it; my re-work of “Immigrant Song” which was mentioned in Classic Rock Magazine and “If The Dead Ones Could Talk” which was re-tweeted by the author who inspired me to write the track. If you haven’t checked out the album yet make sure that you do! imageimg_0993
  8. I completed pre-production for album 3. During the two first months of the year I completed the arrangements and demos of a body of work that I’ve given the work title “album 3.”
  9. The album with Craig. “2 Guitars – The Classical Crossover Album” charted again this year several times which of course makes me very happy. It has continuously been in the charts since its release in December 2014!amazon-octoberimage
  10. I shared the stage with Craig again! This year I did some pretty cool private gigs in beautiful settings, this also involved playing live with Craig again which was amazing. The concept of the electric guitar vs. the classical is something that I’m really proud of.

My top blog entries this year:

  1. 28 Pictures of Severus Snape. This entry was my most popular this year. ❤
  2. Stop The Apocalypse.. I was surprised to see the support from my fans, I honestly thought that everyone would disagree with me.
  3. Wedding Pictures + Other Pictures Taken In June.
  4. The Presidency. I’m amazed at how immaturely the election was handled by many. What a circus. It cannot be easy when the chief manipulators of popular sentiment all of a sudden lose. What happened to all of those celebrities who were going to move to Canada? And why Canada? Why not Mexico?
  5. Goodbye August, Hello September!
  6. How To Have Fun – According to Moi.. Me being happy about my artistic progress 🙂
  7. I LOVE to play guitar. In case you wondered….
  8. AND THE WINNER IS…... This competition had lots of people baffled.
  9. NATIONAL TV-SHOW IN NORWAY !!! I had a blast doing this!
  10. 20 PRACTISE TIPS FOR GUITARISTS!!!!!! ( Part 3/5 of my “10 year Guitar Anniversary” entries ).. This blog entry from last year made this year’s list as well! 10494643_744867412219321_4820103340371772166_n

It’s hard to pick a personal favourite among my blog entries as I’m very happy with the direction my writing has taken. My entries were more entertaining last year, but there are plenty of people who provide “light content.” I wish that the world was a perfect place but it isn’t, if I was to have one “new year’s wish,” I would want the general western pop-culture to change from ethnomasochism & negativity to pride & positivity. 

  1. Opinions….
  2. Tears & Self Hate Is The Remedy.
  3. The Complexity Of Citizenship & Governance.
  4. Capitalism & Evidence Against The Myth That Only White People Are Guilty Of Colonialism.
  5. Fear.
  6. White Like Snow.
  7. The Battle That Can’t Be Won.
  8. Charlie Hebdo & Blasphemy.
  9. Minimalism.
  10. Identity.

 

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These were my personal favourites among my Instagram photos:

Finally finding #peace ❤️ #meditation #balance #movingon #happy #buddha #innerpeace #letgo #breathe

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The #wedding #flowers have arrived 😍😍😍😍 #wow #bridesmaid #weddingparty

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Greatness. #londonium #london #queenvictoria #empire #unitedkingdom #britain #greatbritain #uk #royals #therealm #monument

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What a privilege it is to experience such beauty ❤️ #shakespeare #quote #literature #beauty #art #westworld #hbo

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Not exactly ugly…. #england #unitedkingdom #uk #britain #northerneurope #estate #manor

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🎤 Douce France, Cher Pays De Mon Enfance 🎤 dum-di-dum-di-dum-di-dam-da… #patisserie #cake #yummy #gateau #france #paul

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Hanging out in a #tree 🖖🏻 #nature #naturelover #forest #treeclimbing #outdoors #countryliving

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#3am #3amthoughts

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The saga continues. #TheNeverEndingStory #guitar #shred #guitarist #musician #music #artist #guitaristlife

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Guess where I was today? BBC3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So cool! #bbc #bbc3 #TomService #nationalradio #radio #britain #showbiz #entertainment

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When it's #winter ❄️😘❄️❤️❄️❤️ please let there be #snow !!!! #december #ice

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Before #ramseybolton ….there was… #ernie 🎺🎺🎺🎺🎺🎺 #gameofthrones

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I hope that 2017 will be a great year filled with beauty ❤ I wish you all a happy new year! Hugs & Love! ❤

Show Biz Literature.

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I just finished reading an old book of mine that I’ve previously read before. It’s actually quite interesting to do that as your perception of information has a tendency to change depending on where you are in your life. All of a sudden there are elements that become relevant that were mere background noise previously.

So I read a book about the music industry and I guess I should write a long entry about the experience…….

The truth is though that there isn’t much to write about rock’n’roll and/or show-biz literature. In terms of rock’n’roll auto/bio-graphies they all pretty much revolve around the same topics, in terms of “how-to-make-money-in-the -music-industry” books they present a certain template that is usually outdated at the time of publication due to the “ever-changing” nature of the music scene itself. In terms of general interviews across various elements in show-biz there is pretty much three conclusions one can come to….

  1. Everyone speaks like this: I and William…. Which is incorrect as one should say: William and I. Throughout all of the various interviews included in this book it was consistently done wrong. You put yourself last when you speak about yourself and others, just as if you have guests over you serve them first. If someone asks you to pass something around the table, you serve that person first and then yourself. If someone asks for water for example, it is very impolite to serve yourself first before passing the bottle around….
  2. Out of all of the interviews I read…(517 pages in total)….I was only left with half a page worthy of notes in my tiny “yellow-book,” listing other books recommended in the interviews. This list also included various movies. In other words there was not exactly an abundance of intellectual information.
  3. Artist are generally very out of touch  with their own potential for legacy. One element of art that nobody ever really seems to contemplate or write about is that entertainment is trend based. Each generation has their heroes, which means that my little sister will be largely ignorant of my heroes, just like I will be of my mother’s.

Unless younger generations receive a well-rounded education in culture from their parents and unless young artist protect the legacy of former artists many traditions and composers will simply die out.

For example, if you don’t have musicians who sit and practise their instruments until the cows come  home, classical music and the virtuoso repertory will disappear. Maintaining the tradition also costs, not only due to the hours necessary to become a good musician but because of the maintenance that a musician of a certain caliber has to go through.

When I read my book this time around I googled all the various musicians and performers mentioned and it was quite interesting to see how many of these are irrelevant today.

If anything that you do artistically is of historical value, you rely on music experts doing their homework by going through a plethora of material without being partisan. Usually when rock documentaries or music encyclopaedias are created, there are complaints from fans about all of those who have been omitted. Sometimes it is actually quite glaring who gets left out. Mind you that only signed artists are even considered to be included in any sort of  compendium of music.

My conclusion from reading this work is this: you have to enjoy being a musician in and of itself. It is most probable that your work will be forgotten as only a dedicated “cult” of fans who play your music and inform others of it can keep your work relevant past the generation that you inspired. It is also a good idea to take some advice from the squirrel, yes you read that right. Squirrels have such a bad memory that they keep several “food storages,” to remember where their nutrition is. Therefore it is advisable that musicians invest in a wide vocabulary in terms of their skills. Knowing both how to write music and perform music, knowing how to play several instruments and knowing how to navigate between different genres is needless to say a good way of making sure that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Being a one-trick pony places you in a very vulnerable position, because when the tide turns in terms of your popularity you’ll most definitely be screwed, in lack of better words. It is also interesting to note how rock & heavy metal legends spend the majority of their adult life keeping the memory of their youth alive. Wouldn’t it be strange if a construction worker, or a nurse or a teacher spent a great deal of time getting an employment, only to be active for 2-3 years, only to spend the rest of their life promoting how great they were in those few years they were active?

The life-cycle of a musician can best be described as:

  1. Learning how to play an instrument, which takes several years. If you are to reach virtuosity level you can look at 9-10 years of practising.
  2. Trying to make it. These are the ungrateful years when everybody thinks you suck, besides your first fans and independent bloggers…..until the mainstream media starts mentioning you, then you rock and always did. This can take many years; after discussing it with other musicians we came to the conclusion that most bands have a 3-4 year lifespan. After 3-4 years serious bands usually get to the point where they are “picked-up” by press people who will mention them in their up-and-coming section. Most rock bands break up at this point.
  3. Unofficially making it…..Those who keep on going will experience a gradual increase in their fame/visibility and will learn that the music business is all about how you “use what you get,” meaning that if somebody in the press gives you a good review, you quote it and use it in press releases. Press/visibility can be used to obtain endorsements,gigs, sales, etc; Any tv-appearance is a golden opportunity to “make an impression.” You always have to treat things like they are very important and major because you don’t know when you will get the same opportunity again. You also have to use what you have on your “show-reel” to see if it can open any more doors. Building a good and solid reputation will eventually reap its benefits and hopefully result in the next step which is….
  4. Officially making it…this is the point when you land a major contract or run for your life which a lot of rock musicians have actually done…(which is a very good reason for not being in a band)… A major contract will enable you to re-negotiate your endorsement deals, seek out new sponsorship/partnership deals and allow you to get the “infrastructure” of the establishment. This is the point where you seriously “pimp” out your brand name for the simple reason that you do not know how long you will be commercially viable from a corporate perspective. There are pop groups that only run for 3 years, artist that can only hang in there for one hit, etc; There are also bands who can stay en vogue for a substantial amount of time but they do not represent the vast majority. A great number of the artist mentioned in my book were not interested in making money…this came back to bite them in the ass later when they bankrupted themselves paying medical bills for themselves and/or their family….there is no pension plan when you are an artist and the majority of the individuals/bands mentioned in the book had obviously not thought about……
  5. ….going through a prolonged time of “rainy-days.” Yes that’s correct. If music=trends, then needless to say there will come a time when the music you wrote or performs is out. This issue can be dealt with by either re-inventing yourself, being good with money/investments when things are going well or by having many strings to play on….a great number of the artists interviewed had no idea how to deal with loss in popularity….I’ve heard many stories of artists that were “big once” but then ended up being a starving artist again relatively quickly….there are artist who experience a 10-30 year dip in relevancy….that is quite a substantial part of an artist’s life….
  6. Comeback. The inevitable comeback that so few survive to experience. In rock’n’roll it will happen when you are 50-60 years when finally you win your very first Grammy. Finally your band will be relevant again and you can go on numerous “final tours” cashing in some serious cash having reached legend-status by simply having survived rock’n’roll….but it will not last long…becasue…
  7. Death. Yes, that untimely thing. Over 60% of musicians suffer from mental health issues, mostly  depression, musicians also have a tendency to die younger than the  general population. These are the usual causes of death according to genre → chart. Few can handle being a starving artist, few can handle being an up-and-coming artist, few can handle being a major artist and fewer than anyone can probably deal with loss of popularity, whether it is sudden or gradual. You have to make sure that playing music makes you happy before you pursue the idea of being a rock star and more important than anything: you have to keep in mind that the music industry is a hierarchy officially based on popularity rather than merits, with an unofficial penchant for nepotism/corruption more than anything else. Considering that the output of the majority of artists alive today will be completely forgotten after their death, it could be a good idea to have a more balanced life, unless being a workaholic is your natural inclination.

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