Jumping into some Norwegian Synthpop/electronica/Alternative Dance this evening with a BBC 6 Music session from Erlend Øye and The Full Effect, recorded on January 29, 2003.
From Bergen Norway, Øye was originally guitarist for the band Peachfuzz in 1998, and later became co-founder of the folk-duo Kings Of Convenience with fellow Norwegian Eirik Glambeck Bøe and later founded the band The Whitest Boy Alive.
In between all that he’s been producer of various projects, a DJ as well as starting the Indie label Opplett. He’s worked on some 21 collaborations and is heavily involved in the Bergen, Norway music scene. He’s been promoting new music and new bands, as well as signing new acts to his label.
With all that going on, you’d think Erlend Øye wouldn’t have much time for his own material, but that appears to be opposite the case. He has relocated periodically in Berlin and now lives in Sicily, while still keeping an active role.
This session happened two days after his album, Unrest was released and is made up mostly of tracks from that album.
Although he’s not a household name in the U.S. he has an underground reputation and it’s worldwide. In fact, he’s slated to perform in Cordoba Argentina in February as well as a few other gigs around Argentina starting later this month. Last year he spent some time touring Germany and performed at the Kaltern Festival in Kaltern Italy last October.
An artist with a prodigious output and a long list of collaborators who is covering as many bases as he can and still remain reasonably sane. This is the state of music performance and Artist survival these days. An incredible amount of stamina and a desire to have your hand in as much as possible and keep appearing and touring and recording. Lest you think being a working musician is a walk in the park, consider the fact Erlend Øye has been doing it for over twenty years now. It takes what it takes.