My Album Is Still Charting after over 2 weeks on the Amazon charts! :) Thanks!

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On the 28th of January I was overjoyed when I saw that my classical album had hit the bestseller list once again, both in classical romantic and easy listening! It peaked on #2 from what I could see, but since the charts are updated every hour, it can easily be missed if it goes to #1, unless you stalk your own releases.

My album has continuously been charting since its release in December 2014, which makes me extremely happy! Usually a release will experience sales when you as an artist receive press exposure, play gigs and release new videos. So the fact that the album keeps on charting without any press buzz at the moment, gigs (I’ve been ill for a year) or new videos is crazy! In 2016 I also experienced that my music video for Paganini Cap. 24, went viral for the 2nd time, after a guitar site in Mexico posted it on their Facebook.

Whenever people come across my work and it is shared it is obvious that there is great interest for it! I’m looking forward to release new music. Right now I’m happy to be recording again! Thanks a lot to those who pay for my work and let other people know about what I do! As an independent artist I really appreciate all support! If you want to read about my Major Label experience in 2016 (the secret project) + my health (why I’ve been “gone”) you can read about that on my website right here:ย Commandermusic

Thanks again to those who support what I do! Make sure that you check out my Amazon bestseller books and previous releases on my website. Everything can be found there. โค

 

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?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #almost ๐Ÿ˜›

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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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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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…

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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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All you need + gluten free bread ๐Ÿ˜›

Goodbye August, Hello September!

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After months of secrecy I just wrapped up a mystery project that I’ve been totally consumed by these last months! Fingers crossed that it won’t remain eternally secret as I’ve really enjoyed it. By far the coolest thing I’ve done I think, at least in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will now enjoy some well-deserved days off ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some behind the scenes pic, from the month that was!

Walking around in the countryside trying to think of something else than music ๐Ÿ˜›ย โ†‘

I spotted the pope at my first village showย โ™ฅโ™ฅ hi-hi-hiย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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I’d never attended anything like this. ย I actually won some things, wo-ho!

I did not sign up my own veggies…hmm…I wonder why ๐Ÿ˜›

I think the most suitable name for this picture would be….โ†“

A Musician’s Harvest.

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*round of applause*

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Delicious apples that are red on the inside as well โค

 

Enjoying a little bit of summer โ†“

 

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Out of my cage ๐Ÿ˜› โ†“

 

Dropped by Londonย โ†“

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Classy!ย 

Had to take a picture of these two cute housesย โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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Ditching wheat. You don’t notice how much it dominates our diets until you cut it out.

When this happens to youย โ†“

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When you come across a cool picture of your dadย โ†“

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When you enjoy a good meal that lasts for everย โ†“

When you go looking at Barbie dollsย โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ & get annoyed when you see all the “poser” dolls pretending to be Barbie.

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When you see some serious swagย โ†“

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When you realise that your pet is gone forever.

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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.

Back Home. Writing.

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Ever since I came back home I’ve been busy writing on my 3rd album, which is nearly done ๐Ÿ˜€ ha-ha! Lots of new stuff hitting the world in ’16 ๐Ÿ˜›

Hmm….My “Daily Walk” route isn’t much to talk about these days in comparison to my previous one. If you guys ever checked out my early entries this year I posted lots of beautiful pics from the English country side….this is my new “walk/run” location…

 

Things are getting INSANE at the post office….so glad I have started with sending out a “proof of postage” to all my buyers. That way they know it has been sent if they have to wait a little ๐Ÿ˜›

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There is a pub next door ๐Ÿ˜›

The Dragons are hanging in there. The angry guy with the black beard, seem to think that the whole living room is his territory. So he goes berserk if any other Dragon enters *ehem* “his” room ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Selling T-Shirts! There are not that many left folks!

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Find that thing that makes you ridiculously happy.

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Seriously…I took a break today from my metal-album in the works to re-visit “Zigeunerweisen” & “Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso” and O-M-G do I love this material.

It’s so cool to be able to play this kinda stuff it’s really hard to describe it.It makes me so happy whenever I play this, it’s so intriguing and it makes me so happy when I get it right. I don’t think anything else can compare.

I so wanna do more live gigs with this kinda stuff. It is so much cooler to do the classical guitar meets electric guitar concept, waaaaay cooler than the metal ๐Ÿ˜› ha-ha

This is so fucking cool.

This is even cooler. Like, this is my favourite piece to play. I love this so much!

Fun,fun,fun

check out the tango….hmmm…that’s me folks \m/

love love love love love love love love love love this!!!!!!

Stjernekamp & Norway trip, Sit.Rap. October 2015.

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So it’s 4AM and I’m wide awake! So why not blog a little!

My oh my, what a wonderful trip this has been so far!

I came back to Norway a little while a go to do some more filming for the upcoming episode of the Norwegian TV-show “Stjernekamp”.

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In case any of you guys missed it; I was asked if I would be interested in being aย guest judge and coach on one of Norway’s most popular Saturday Night TV programs!

10 chart topping, established stars come together to compete live on national TV, singing a song in a different genre every week to ultimately crown who is “Norway’s Ultimate Performer”.

When I got asked to be part of this I was very honoured and got very excited indeed!

This is the first year that the metal genre is part of the program! So once again I find myself beingย part of something new, different and unique \m/ I love it!

In case you guys also missed this; I’m currently preparing and working on an upcoming metal album that will be out before the end of the year.

These are exciting times indeed.

Anyway, in-betweenย my guitar obsession I’ve been prepping myself for this exciting TV-show-adventure \m/

I came to Norway on the 29th last month to shoot an interview where I spoke about the origins and history of heavy metal! this also included some shredding, riffing and an awesome commercial for the episode \m/

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I then went back home, tracked some guitars, worked on my stuff, hung out at playgrounds, took care of Commander & non Commander stuff before I was flown back to Norway again, this time to coach these superstars on a selection of metal songs \m/

I have to admit that I was wondering how I would go about it the night before, and was on the phone with MY amazing vocal coach….Elisabeth Hagen, who again was coached by none other than Italian Opera Legend Aida Meneghelli!

Now Aida who sang with Placido Domingo, just to give an example, was trained by Maria Callas’s vocal coach! Talk about a cool story and equally cool connection!

My mother’s teacher was strict,ย tough as a nail, but my mother, who took lessons every day, 7 days a week, became phenomenally good. In fact such a voice expert that she is indispensableย in the studio. Just ask any producer we have ever worked with!

My mother have an incredible vocal register, and had an impressive coloratura repertoire which she mastered like no other.

Jaws dropped, eyes became wet with tears and the critics ink was flying as they wrote their praise. Both in Italy and in Norway. My first stage experience was turning the sheet music for my mothers pianist!

I’ve been quite lucky to have such a vocal expert at my disposition. I have to admit that my mother’s attention to details and her ability to adjust and tune me as a singer is equally impressive as it can be frustrating sometimes, as I strive for perfection.

So naturally I FaceTimed her extensivelyย before I was gonna go and have my first go at coaching someone vocally!

But once I came to the rehearsal place and heard the 1st singer. I knew exactly which tiny adjustmentsย that had to be done for this person to be able to just nail certain “tricky” parts. Just some comments here and there and pang this person blew me of my feet.

This ย could be said of all these super stars. They came in one after the other, 5 of the remaining contestants, great voices, great people, and so welcoming when it came to feedback.

It gave me such immense joy to see their happinessย and to hear the results of my comments.

How amazing!

You can certainly never be a coach in any field unless others happinessย and appreciationย makes you profoundly happy!

I loved coaching these extremely gifted and professional people. I enjoyed every second and got so carried away, it is quite humorousย to be honest.

And I also figured out that by simply having my mother as a vocal tutor I have become “vocal coach material” myself!

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As usual my trip to Norway is a mix of all that is good. Great work and also great company, even tough I miss the presence of my usual travel partner.

This time around I’ve found myself beingย a guest at family-friend Kjell who is an amazing host!

But this character Kjell and my stay at his house is worthy of an entry on it’s own!

When I thought that my trip over here couldn’tย be more enjoyable, EMG decided that they would release another one of my videos that I shot for them during my amazing trip to the U S of A earlier this year!

This is a brand new metal song, that will be featured on my upcoming album, so be sure to check it out!!!! Share and tell your friends!

This is a song that I have writtenย about online trolls, haters & online bullying.

As they say: Haters Gonna Hate, so why not tell them to fuck off in a nice little tune?

If this aggravates any of my haters any further, I shall consider it a success.

Not my problem if people have issues with my beingย to such an extent that they go crazy.

But anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe I should try to get some sleep as a dear old friend of mine wants some shopping advice in the morning \m/

Nothing beats real life interactions and great conversations!

We humans are social animals after all!

I’ll try to get some sleep \m/

Please keep track of my sites etc! More cool stuff is coming soon and please remember to watch “Stjernekamp” on Saturday, if you live in Norway!