Believe the hype! You gotta love KYGO…

The much hyped club/electronica/dance/pop artist KYGO is one of this years hottest names in pop music – worldwide!

You think you still haven´t heard KYGO?  I think you have…you just don´t know it yet!

KYGO ISN´T JUST ANOTHER HYPE;  THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE KYGO!

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Who is KYGO

  • KYGO is without doubt one on the hottest names in dance/club music these days – worldwide!
  • Behind the name hides Kyrre Gørvell-Dahl, age 22 years old
  • He´s from Bergen in Norway. One of the of the cities that has spawned some of the best musicians Norway has to offer!
  • He was a bedroom DJ – in the words right meaning, specializing in making remixes of current hits, from his home where he lives with his parents

KYGO in Social media

  • He has used SoundCloud and YouTube to make his name the biggest this years household name!
  • The numbers; the 22. may 2014  had 47 million streams on SoundCloud, and 70 million views on YouTube. Over 300K following him on Facebook
  • On Twitter he´s got 11K followers.

It makes you wonder – where would KYGO be without social media?

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The Sound of KYGO

  • Almost all songs/remixes run the same bpm; Around 100 bpm,
  • Pop beats/soft-club, and his trademark piano playing which sounds mostly like a cross between a flute and a xylophone, lush keyboard sounds.
  • Dry production. Smooth, cool, pop production but still very much danceable, and kinda sexy.
  • KYGO music works just as good in a café, restaurant, a shopping centre, on your morning jogging, or listening to while chilling in the garden, or in the clubs at night

As soon as you discover the world of KYGO and his songs, you’ll find he´s allready got his trademark sound.

The influences and becoming KYGO

  • Aviici was and still is a huge influence of KYGO.
  • The Swedish Superstar DJ and producer, , Aviici, made the Norwegian bedroom DJ wanna start playing the piano again (he did practice piano at young age)
  • KYGO bought a music program for his computer
  • He used YouTube to learn playing his new inventions, the music program and the mini-piano/sampler
  • He started making his own music. Slowly building his own career.


Fun fact!

Chris Martin of Coldplay personally contacted KYGO to remix one of their new tracks “Midnight” off their brand new album. KYGOs idol Aviici wrote, worked on and produced, a track  that ended up on Coldplays album. The Coldplay track “Midnight” (Kygo remix) has even been played on English super DJ Pete Tongs radio show on BBC Radio 1.

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The future of Kygo

  • Billboard magazine loves KYGO; In May 2014 influential magazine Billboard gave KYGO the top spot on their “Uncharted” list   “a chart of new and developing artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart” the 17th of may.
  • KYGO is still unsigned.
  • Many record companies wants to have a piece of KYGO.
  • He still hasn’t decided where he would end up.
  • He debuted on a live scene in Paris, and is playing festivals in Norway + in the USA in this summer

Fun fact:
KYGO has released one single on Aviichis record company Ensis Records after being headhunted by the company.

Where can you find the music of KYGO?

  • As aforementioned SoundCloud has lots of tracks for streaming and you can even download a bunch of them
  • Listen to his songs on YouTube
  • Like his Facebook page, and you´ll get a couple of handfuls of tracks for free
  • Buy some tracks on iTunes
  • See him live!
  • Last but not least. Make sure you´ll check out and download this KYGO DJ-set from BBCs Diplo & Friends. The mix includes a bunch of toptunes of today – even KYGOs own remixes and classics plus a few unexpected surprises and todays monster hits; What about Pharell, Ed Sheeran, TLC, Marvin Gaye, Gnarls Barkley and 90s one hit wonder Londonbeat to mention a few…


See the whole playlist and download the whole thing from SoundCloud HERE!

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy (Neus Remix)
2. Ed Sheeran – I See Fire (Kygo Remix)
3. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix)
4. TLC – Waterfalls (Bixel Boys Remix)
5. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix)
6. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Cover)
7. ZZ Ward – 365 Days (Jerry Folk Remix)
8. Londonbeat – I’ve Been Thinking About You (Dilemmachine Remix)
9. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine (Kygo Remix)
10. Syn Cole – Miami 82 (Kygo Remix)
11. The Knocks – Comfortable (Oliver Nelson Remix) (feat. X Ambassadors)
12. Else – Her Movie
13. Seinabo Sey – Younger (Kygo Remix)


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Discovering the magic of KYGO or how I became a fan!

I was probably hearing his music almost everywhere this spring, even more often than I´ll know myself; All day on the radio, in the que while buying a damn fine cup of coffee, in cars rushing by, at the mall
And his sounds slowly but surely struck me, the warm sound followed me from early spring and to blooming summer. I was hooked, and was letting the smooth club sounds of KYGO fill my ears while the first rays of summer lick my skin on the terrace and while doing my doze of daily work. Before I knew it the sound of KYGO had become my soundtrack of 2014!

Fun fact! 
I got so disappointed the first time I tried to listened to KYGO, and downloaded 4 free songs and felt I listened to 4 pieces of “Coco Jambo”  by Mr President – and decided his music wasn´t worth a blog post – but as you can see and have just read…I changed my mind 😉

Do you wanna check out if KYGO is your becoming a part of your playlist of 2014?

Make sure you check out the free music, buy the singles, download the DJ-set
I´ll bet you, have this summers biggest and smoothest soundtrack!

8 year old Norwegian jazz-singer does it again!

Who would have thought a 8 year old kid could touch a 40 year old man tears.

Norwegian Angelina Jordan does the Sonny Bono and Cher classic made famous by Nancy Sinatra “Bang Bang (Shot Me Down)” in the Kill Bill movie. There is a old soul in this young girl. She does her edit of the song with ease and a coolnes one must admire

This is one of the best versions I´ve ever heard of this song ever. May she win the whole competition of the popular TV-show?

You can follow the young singer, Angelina Jordan, on her own homepage here

Take note of her name at once; Angelina Jordan Astar
Like her last name she’s is a talent, she is a star!

The amazing rise of Rebekka Karijord!

Rebekka Karijords single “Use My Body While It´s Still Young” knocked me off my feet the first time I heard it. The song was her first single from her then forthcoming album “We Become Ourselves” – a two-part concept album about nature, and the relationship between men and women.

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The single is huge with it´s mix of massive bass line, hand claps, choir, church organ, and the  almost big beat / drum´n´bass beats. All instruments are performed by live instruments. Rebekka Karijords biggest instrument is without doubt, her strong and amazing voice. Think a mix between Björk, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. “Use My Body While It´s Still Young” sounds like her answer to – and an updated version of – Björks “Play Dead” – but still, it´s not a rip-off, because Rebekka Karijord has her very own style and voice!

She has had a music career since 2003, but 2012 seems to be her real big breakthrough. Rebekka Karijord moved from Norway to Sweden almost 10 years ago, and has made Stockholm her home, and her career has been more successful in Sweden then in Norway. The A-listed the “Use My Body…” almost immediately after its release. She has toured the album a lot, which has made her a popular act, slowly but surely – she has taken bigger slices of the world during the late summer of 2012. Before her musical career took off she was starring in movies and TV-series, writing her own stage show for theaters, written an opera, made big success with her own circus show i Sweden, writing soundtracks and the list goes on.

Rebekka Karijord is now concentrating 100% on music which really seems so pay off these days.
She is a woman who follows her dreams and paths to reach her goal!

The album “We Became Ourselves” is a fantastic record, which let Rebekka show what an amazing artist she is. She plays lots of the instruments, keep it organic, her voice is out of this world – and the production is fabulous. You can, as earlier mentioned, hear Joni Michell in the slower songs, Bjørk in the more experimental and the adventurous productions of artists like Kate Bush and Tori Amos. The album is a adwenture out of this world.

The song “Multicoloured Hummingbird” even flirts with melody of Bruce Springsteens “I´m On Fire” – I dare to think it´s unintended

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You can listen to the “We Become Ourselves” album on Spotify HERE!

Check her wonderful Homepage and make sure you follow her on Facebook and Twitter, if you´d like to read, hear and follow the rise of Rebekka Karijord.

At the end of 2012, Rebekka Karijords “We Become Ourselves” became “World Album Of The Week” in the influential english magazine MOJO, album of the month (World) back in November, and is on MOJO TOP 10 ALBUMS FOR 2012 (World). I have to admit i would never sort Rebekkas music under the world music genre, because she´s more like an experimental epic singer songwriter.

This year it has been really amazing to follow the rise of Norwegian siren Rebecca Karijord and see and how she´s slowly becoming one of the most exiting artists on the musical map

Back in October, I happened to have my little Q&A session with Rebekka Karijord. And this was before she was being noted on “Best of 2012” lists. It’s really great to see how much her career has grown these last three months, and how influential she has become during 2012!

Q (me): I think I hear traces of both Björk and Kate Bush in you music, what are your biggest inspirations – who influences you most?

A (Rebekka): Björk has always inspired me, but I’m not a big Kate Bush fan I must admit. But in general, strong storytellers have always inspired me. I grew up with Patti Smith, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Neil Young- strong lyrics and loads of musical personality. These days I have a broad music taste, everything from instrumental music, jazz and even a lot of world music inspires me. Some inspiring artist are: Moondog, Robert Wyatt, Feist, Pj Harvey, Elliott Smith, Brian Eno, Radiohead, The National, Mari Boine, Kari Bremnes… I could go on forever. I’m also really influenced by books, poetry, films and articles in the news when I write songs.

Q: You´ve emigrated from Oslo to Stockholm – why did you choose to make Sweden your new home?

A: I studied here, and kind of ended up staying. I have fantastic friends and colleagues here, and my label, publisher etc are all here. Plus it’s a short trip to Norway, which is great!

Q: With your career now being noticed in several countries around the world, how does this feel?

A: Fantastic. I’m super grateful. But you know, when you’re on the inside of something it doesn’t seem as magical as on the outside. I don’t see myself as very successful, I’m still a very small fish in the big pond out there, trying to build something lasting and genuine.

Q: You´ve almost done it all, where to begin; put up your own opera, done theater, starred in movies and tv-series – and now putting all your cards in music – whats your next goal? or to push it even further whats your ultimate goal?

A: I don’t really have goals, or I don’t think of my life and work in those terms. I take one project at the time and try to have fun and keep curious and learn more. I guess that could be a goal; To stay hungry and curious, not get stuck in something I’m not happy in.

Q: Whats your top three favourite records of all time? Which one made you wanna start with music?

A: Ohhh, tricky one. There are so many amazing albums. But I guess I could say these three: Talk Talk’s “East of Eden” , Cat Powers “Moonpix” and Glenn Gould’s recording of the Goldberg Variations by Bach. I think all three of them together expresses a quite good combination of my influences. It’s all about the stories, the sound and the human body and heart, with all its flaws and bruises.

Thank you for this little talk Rebekka and for enriching me with a little insight in your life and influences – and for releasing one of the years greatest albums!

Rebekka Karijord is definitely one of the most exciting artists to follow. She has without doubt made one of the best albums of the year 2012.

“We Become Ourselves” is a classic album that will be discovered in years to come and it will still sound as fresh as it did back in 2012!