There are few artists with Erlend Øye‘s expansive talent and history. Almost better known for his work in his multiple bands, such as Kings of Convenience and The Whitest Boy Alive, as he is for his beautiful solo work, his output has been as interesting and wide ranging as his influences. Before he plays a solo headline show at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, he talks us though some important moments and the tracks that go with them that have defined his career so far.
Kings of Convenience’s ‘Toxic Girl’ Video
The demo from this song was what made it happen for Kings of Convenience. This video was so fun to make, and it was an incredible thing for us that a French film team came to Bergen to do it.
Collaborating with Royksopp
This was the song, and the point, where it became clear that I had a future singing over electronic music. Which directly led me to make an electronic solo album.
Making ‘Every Party Has A Winner And A Loser’
One of my favourite tracks from Unrest, recorded in Barcelona with US hip-hop experimentalist Prefuse 73
Forming The Whitest Boy Alive
The Whitest Boy Alive was a band I was a member of during my time in Berlin. This song shows us at our minimalist best, and it’s an incredible song to play live.
Writing ‘La Prima Estate’
This is when I managed to write a song in a language I had only started learning a year before. I find making “happy” music is the most difficult thing you can do as a songwriter. So I’m very proud of this song and the video. F**k cynicism. F**k sarcasm. Let’s dance in gardens!