BIO (SHORT)

From atmospheric melancholy over experimental electronic sounds up to powerful rock riffs – Petter’s music has many facets.

 

His lyrics tell little stories of life, its small and big challenges and the memories it creates. His sound is settled somewhere between Indie, Rock and Pop. But, in fact, he feels at home in a wide range of genres.

 

Born far up in the north of Norway, Petter’s passion for music began when he was 15 years old. Fascinated by Metallica and their song »Fade to Black« he begged his mum for buying him a guitar, and from this day on never put it away again. He played in several rock bands before in 2005 he decided  to go ahead as a solo artist for that seemed to be the only way to make that music he feels comfortable with.

 

After three EPs and four albums between 2006 and 2017 and several collaborations with artists and producers like Anathema, Long Distance Calling, Julie Alapnes and Christer-André Cederberg he released his 5th album »The Sum of Every Shade« in November 2020. »My best work to date. Maybe alongside ‘Clocks Don’t Count’,« he says about it.

 

Be careful not to miss out this likeable, talented guy and let yourself be carried away into his surprising world of sound, in which you will simply feel good.

BIO (LONG)

What often starts in a quiet corner of his home or alone in a hotel room just with a guitar at hand, finally unfurls to a little piece of art that takes you away on a journey of various emotions. From atmospheric melancholy over experimental electronic sounds up to powerful rock riffs – Petter’s music has many facets.

 

His lyrics tell little stories of life, its small and big challenges and the memories it creates. His sound is settled somewhere between Indie, Rock and Pop. Petter himself describes it as alternative pop music. But, in fact, he feels at home in a wide range of genres.

 

Born in 1979 in Alta, far up in the north of Norway, Petter’s passion for music began when he was 15 years old. Fascinated by Metallica and their song »Fade to Black« he begged his mum for buying him a guitar, and from this day on never put it away again. He played in several rock bands – starting with a school band called Burger Heads – before in 2005 deciding to go ahead as a solo artist for that seemed to be the only way to make that music he feels comfortable with.

 

But, actually, Petter Carlsen has never really been a solo project. All along his musical way Petter collaborated with many talented artist and producers such as Anathema, Long Distance Calling, Unni Willemsen, Julie Alapnes and Christer-André Cederberg, and was influenced by their different views and ideas.

 

In 2006 Petter published his first EP »A Taste of What’s to Come« and two years later gathered his courage and handed it out to Daniel Cavanagh (Anathema) who played a solo gig in Oslo back then. Daniel was impressed by his »incredible voice and his beautiful songwriting” and they both became close friends. When Petter released his first album »You Go Bird« in 2010 Daniel invited him to be Anathema’s opening act on their tour through Europe. The key to a much bigger audience that should welcome him with open arms.

 

After two more albums »Clocks don’t count” (2011) and »Sirens« (2014) and a long time living in Oslo, Petter remembered his roots, moved back to Alta and released his first and (by now) only album with Norwegian lyrics, »Glimt« (2017), that got amazing reviews and made him win the »Arctic Talent Stipend«, the biggest award in Northern Norway.

 

But good is not good enough for Petter, there’s always a way to improve and this attitude is visible through all his work. Every album is a bit more expressive, a bit more experimental and maybe also bit better. About his last album »The Sum of Every Shade« (2020) he says: »This is my best work to date. Maybe alongside ‘Clocks Don’t Count’.«

 

The years 2020 and 2021 had been tough ones, not only for musicians. Petter took a little break from his solo project but didn’t stand still. After becoming a dad shortly before the pandemic started, he used the unintended free time not only for his family but for pushing forward his alternative rock band »Pil & Bue«.

 

Nevertheless, the longing is great to finally play gigs outside of Norway again and you should be careful not to miss out this likeable, talented guy! Let yourself be carried away into his surprising world of sound, in which you will simply feel good.

From this moment on, when I started playing guitar, I wanted to write my own songs. The thought of creating something no one did before, was fascinating.

– Petter in an interview for metal.de

Once I heard Petter Carlsen’s incredible voice and beautiful song writing I felt that he would be part of the inner circle of Anathema for a long time to come.

– Anathema guitarist Danny Cavanagh

The 2017 winner has released what the jury believes is one of the best albums of the year by an artist from northern Norway. By getting to the roots of the feelings and emotions that make music what it is, and for the first time in his own language, Carlsen has really kicked up some sparks.

– Andreas Wulff, Director of Public Relations at Eni Norge

If you like bands like Muse, Garbage, melodic Kasabian or Sinew - if you are »open minded« and if you like great quality arrangements with catchy melodies, if you can deal well with Björk and fundamentally melodramatic Indie songs, you should definitely check out this gentleman from Norway.

– king-asshole.de

Sample Tracks

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Other Projects

Pil & Bue

Band member (since 2013)

 

Anathema

Suppoting Act and guest singer (2010/2012)

 

Long Distance Calling

Vocals on «Trips» (2016)

 

Julie Alapnes

Bass and Vocals (since XXXX)

 

What happened to Monday

Soundtrack (2017)

Contact

hello[at]pettercarlsen.com

Booking

martijn[at]atlas-agency.nl (Benelux)

 

torgeir[at]hedline.no (Norway)