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