We speak with the Norwegian artist SJUR this week, who recently collaborated with Isac Elliot on a new single.
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Good to have you! Please tell us a little about yourself… who are you and where are you currently based?
Thank you! :)
I’m currently based in Bergen, Norway and have been living here since 2009. I first moved here to study computer engineering. After I finished my degree and I had been working for a couple of years, I realized that I wanted to take my hobby as a music producer further and started working fulltime on my music.
How long have you been making music? What made you first want to write it?
I first started as a DJ 10 years ago and had that as a income alongside my school years. In 2014 I was playing around with the thought of making my own music for my sets as a DJ. I wanted to take commercial songs and make my own club version of them. I sat down with different tutorials and tips online. After about a month I had my first remix ready, and the response was great. This drove my motivation and I have kept making music since.
What do you enjoy most about producing? What difficulties does it sometimes bring?
I love the feeling when I have been working on a song for hours, and maybe not heard all the layers together yet, then sit back and listen to the full track for the first time!
Like most producers I have had periods when everything sounds bad. Typically trying to work on a track for weeks, but then jumping right back to the point before I started. This is really demotivating, but the trick is to just continue working through it and eventually it will pass.
Do you surroundings inspire your music? How would you sum up the signature SJUR sound?
Maybe, I don’t know. The west coast of Norway is surrounded with high mountains and deep fjords. The Scandinavian tropics. Maybe that’s why I ended up with tropical house inspired music? :P
The SJUR sound is melodic, just as suitable for relaxing at home or out clubbing. That’s what I aim for.
Are you pleased with how “Rich & Famous” has turned out?
Yes, really pleased! I worked on “Rich & Famous” for over 8 months and the result is perfect. This was one of those tracks I got a “writers block” on, so I was relieved when it all came together.
How did you first meet Isac Elliot and get to know his music?
I first met him at our soundcheck in Finland before X-Factor where we were performing “Rich & Famous” live in the break after all the contestants. All our work on it has been done with forwarding files back and forth. I first heard about his music when a mutual friend of us, Tungevaag, was doing a collab with him.
Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/years?
I don’t really know. I have some new tracks with a different twist that I’m hoping to get released this year. But I don’t have any specific plans on how to progress my style.
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?
It would have been sick to work with Michael Jackson on a crossover-track from his pop to today's pop music!
What can we expect from you next? What are your dreams for this year?
New music is coming, and I’m really looking forward to this festival season. I have never had this many shows in one summer, so I’m really looking forward to that :)