Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Name: Johannes Engen Granås. Country of birth: Norway.
Date of birth: 21.05.1992. Childhood experience: I grew up in Oslo and lived there till the age of 6 when me and my family moved to a town called Brønnøysund in the north of Norway. My family always have had an interest for music, and I started playing in a band with my cousin at the age of 10. From then till now playing music has been my most important activity and passion.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My musical career started at the age of ten through a music-school in Brønnøysund. Me and my cousin started a band and played coversongs from our favourite artists at the time; Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Through the music-school I got a lot of opportunities to play live. My main instrument has always been vocals, but I really picked up the guitar at the age of seventeen whilst living in Mexico for one year. At the age of nineteen I started writing own material and during the last year I’ve performed all over Trondheim hoping to reach a wider audience and ultimately go on the road.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

The genre is wide to my eyes, I don’t really know where to put it. I don’t think about genres when making music, just what sounds good to my ears. Not really being an educated musicians, my ears are what I have to go on. The concept and idea behind the recording was to see what potential the song had. I’ve also released an acoustic version for comparison and contrast.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

As a musician I am diverse. I have my own solo-career at the same time as I’m heading a band project. Improvisation is an important factor in how I make my music, so the challenge in making a song is to narrow it down to the essentials whilst not loosing the improvisational fell to it. I waited a long time to perform my music live because I never felt it was good enough, so the first couple of years of my songwriting career was mostly down, not feeling that anything was good enough. After finally having the courage to perform live, I’ve gained confidence and feel that things are starting to roll.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I’ve worked with a lot of people over the years, and each and every single project has made me a better musician. I met the producer Tor-Eric Våg Lorentzen through the guitarist in my band. We hit it of and basically just explored the possibilities of my songs.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve just this year started to launch my solo-career so I’m pretty new to the industry. My experience have been over all positive, my fan base is growing and I really feel that I’m on to something. My goal is to operate in different projects and explore my music as much as possible, whilst exploring live-scenes around the world. So I’m quite ambitious.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Life itself really. Society and its quirks, people and their pain, sorrow or happiness. I guess feelings is a big inspiration to me. I feel that the process of making a song is like synthesizing a feeling. In that sense I guess making music is kind of a therapy for me, a cliche but true non the less.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t know if I know that secret. Time will tell.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

There is more to come so stay tuned.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Self-criticism is good to have during a creative process, so that you can sift out the good from the bad and evolve as an artist. Just don’t let the self-criticism take over and hinder you from performing. The perfect is not achievable, so at some point you got to tell yourself that this is good enough and move on to other projects.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’m just starting out so I don’t have much to show for, other than the remarks I’ve gotten from my live gigs. Making people more aware of their feelings is an award in and of itself to me.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

My song will be played on Norway’s national radio-station NRK P1 on the 17th of November. Other than that I’m waiting for response from other blogs and radio-stations.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I always have a notebook on me. I never know when a lyric is gonna pop down in my head. As to the music it’s almost the same, I’m never far away from a guitar or other instrument, you never know when you’ll compose something worth working on. Singing has always been one of my favourite hobbies, done it as long as I can remember. I’ve tried to master different techniques of artist that I love, like imitating Elvis or Morten Harket the lead singer in A-ha, but ultimately trying to find my own sound.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Black Sabbath

King Crimson

Tool

Elvis

Claude Debussy

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve worked with a lot of musicians during the years, but none of them are yet established artist. I hope to one day collaborate with KORK, Norway’s national symphony orchestra. As to solo-artists I’m very open minded.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

 https://www.facebook.com/JEG-1118220951631704/

 

https://soundcloud.com/stream

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1302596016

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest and saddest were one and the same. It was the day I realized that I only have one life to lead on this earth, one opportunity to make the most of it. Sad and grim cause I only get one shot, happy and uplifting cause I now the rules. Life will always change, but the rules are constant. “It’s just a ride” – Bill Hicks

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Funding my career and making music, whilst trying to do something good for my community.


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