“I guess it’s time to remove the prefix electronic from the discussion of our music. It’s just music, isn’t it”?
Svein Berge, one half of Norwegian duo Röyksopp, who’ve experienced massive international success with their very own genre of
electronic pop music since the release of their first vinyl single “So Easy” in 1999, looks at his creative partner Torbjørn Brundtland,
like he has done so many times before. Ever since childhood, in fact, and as always surrounded by a wild forest of analog synths,
wires and modern music equipment. The duality of their music; a little sad and a little happy, dark and humorous, epic and naïve, is
reflected in their personalities – they are quite different types, but their personalities are also manifested into one organic unity, with
the ability to complete each other’s sentences and jokes, and not at least to complement the aesthetic whole of which their musical
Their often somewhat quirky but always rather sweet songs have made them into one of the big names in European electronic pop
music for the last twenty years, with hits and album releases that have felt like essential events, with some formidable guest vocalists,
great remixes for vastly different artists like Depeche Mode, Beck, Lady Gaga and Coldplay, unique music videos that have garnered
a lot of attention, a strong visual image and fun and expansive live concerts. Their first four albums all went straight to the top of the
charts at home in Norway, and their great popularity in the U.K has contributed to their position as the frontrunners of Scandinavian
electronic pop music.
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