Nordic New Music: Norway’s Jens Talks about his new EP

Today sees the release of Jen’s new EP – the Norwegian pop singer is opening up to a different sound which we are enjoying. Have a read a take a listen – it will certainly get you set up for the weekend with some great vibes!

Tell us who you are and whats your sound

I’m Jens. I’m an artist from Bergen, Norway. Up to now I have been calling myself a ‘pop-artist’, but a friend of mine told me that I should say that I make “indie, but with big choruses” instead. So I guess my sound is indie, but with big choruses. 

What exciting projects have you got coming up?

I am releasing an EP this fall. Really excited for that one which will include two brand new singles. I am actually a bit nervous as it is the first whole body of music I release, but I think and hope that people are going to like it. If not; at least I tried. 

Where did you grow up and what music influenced you?

I grew up close to Bergen, but still pretty rural. Pretty close to the sea actually. Growing up my parents and older siblings were listening to all sorts of music, so I’m kind of brought up on everything from Robbie Williams to Queen. I think that growing up listening to such a broad spectrum of music has influenced me to wanting to try out different things with my own music today. 

Beautiful Bergen captured at night | Bergen Tourist Board / Christer Rønnestad – VisitBergen.com

What cool places do you recommend to visit in your city (bars, restaurants, etc)?

In Bergen I would recommend Apollon if you are into a cozy and rock music-based atmosphere, No Stress if you want some good drinks. If you are doing something other than just drinking I would recommend just taking a stroll trough the city. Particularly the older parts of Nordnes are kind of pretty. 

We love recommendations – what have you been listening to, watching, or reading recently?

I have been working my way trough my old DVD collection and yesterday I saw ‘I Love You Man’. I like that movie. I also just recently discovered Holly Humberstone and have been listening a lot to her music.

The last book I read was 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. It was interesting, but also a bit unsettling. 

Finally, what was the last thing that made you swear out loud?

Haha. I actually stubbed my toe on the side of my table just ten minutes ago, and might have called the table some not too nice names. 

Interview by Alex Minnis

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