PETTER CARLSEN Q&A: ‘MY MUSIC IS ATMOSPHERIC AND OFTEN MELANCHOLIC’

petter-carlsen1Norway’s Petter Carlsen returns with his latest album Sirens released via Function Records on 24th November 2014.

His third offering, produced by Wetle Holte (Eivind Aarset, Anja Garbarek, Wibutee) and mixed by Christer A. Cederberg (Anathema, Maria Mena), reveals a slight change of course, containing more rhythmical and electronic elements but it’s the strength of Petter’s voice that captivates the listener. Check out ‘Tiger’ + ‘Never Leave Me’…


Hello Petter, please introduce yourself, who are you, where are you from and what do you do?

Hello Hello! I am a guy from Alta in the north of Norway. I play guitar and sing. I write songs, and usually I play them live with Wetle Holte aka The Lonely Drummer Orchestra. My music is atmospheric and often melancholic. I think it’s pop music. A bit alternative.

I also play in a band called Pil & Bue.

Tell us about your forthcoming album ‘Sirens’?

It’s a new direction in my music, a bit different from my previous releases. This album contains more rhythmical elements and electronic elements. The sound is a bit less pop. I feel at home in this sound.

How did you get involved with Function records?

My dutch booking agent Adriaan Muts knew Function Records as they both worked with Maybeshewill for a while, and he introduced us to each other. Since then we have worked together. FR also released my previous album ‘Clocks Don’t Count’.

What’s the best thing about being a musician from Norway?

I don’t know. Probably that the state funds a lot of artists here.

Tell us about the Norwegian music scene – any recommendations we should look out for?

A lot of good acts in Norway at the moment. Eivind Aarset, Cold Mailman, Susanne Sundfør, Shaun Bartlett, High as a Kite, Kvelertak, Atlanter, Holte, Bendik, Emilie Nicolas… I was listening more to music before I started making music myself. Unfortunately. I miss being a teenager in that way. When discovering new music was more magical. Well, thats not entirely true but you know what I mean.

Are there any plans to come over to the UK to play some live shows?

Yes, but no dates confirmed yet. That annoys me. Wish I could give you a long list of dates. I like to play. I have a duo live set-up now with The Lonely Drummer Orchestra (Wetle Holte) that I love doing.

For those who’ve not heard you before, which song would you say is a good place to start?

‘Sirens’ I think. It sums up my last album, and where I am right now. It reflects the way up to here from the start, not the end as I intend to make some more music. When the album is dead (the formate) I’m going to celebrate that with releasing a new album.

Finally, if you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?

hm….It would have been interesting to collaborate with King Crimson. I love the ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King Album’. And to make something with that 70’s feel would have been really exciting. With long songs and a rich and warm sound. A lot of projects would be exciting. It would be interesting to write songs with Beethoven as well.

By Remy Etienne ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk