Interested in experimental, electronic dance music? Then you should pay attention to Norwegian electronica artist André Bratten (30).
According to Bratten, his music is inspired from a wide range of sources, giving it an easily identifiable sound that has helped him to win hearts and minds at home as well as abroad.
Andre Bratten was born in Oslo and grew up in a suburb of the Norwegian capital, Eiksmarka, which borders on the deep, dark Norwegian forest and he is now one of Norway’s most important names in experimental, electronic dance music.
If you pay attention to his throbbing and pulsating tracks today, you can feel a musical relationship to Norwegian electronic masters Røyksopp as well as artists like Matro Area, Sigur Rós, Eno, Cluster and even Weather Report.
However, like most kids in the late 1990s, he was bitten by the hiphop bug, but he also got turned on by the Led Zeppelin records which he picked out from his father’s record collection.
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André made his debut in 2013 with the album «Be A Man You Ant» – a result of a refined working process on one modular synthesizer and one drum machine. Later same year he issued the EP “Math ilium lon”Brattens efforts with the synthesizer coincided with a huge boom in Norwegian electronic music, and his productions came to the attention of Norwegian ‘cosmic disco’ mogul Prins Thomas and his Full Pupp colony.
In 2015 he participated in the Oslo Ultima Festival with a contemporary closing composition, co-written with composer and violinist Ole-Henrik Moe.
In general, his tracks share the exploratory vibe of the 80s synth pop pioneers, but he does not hesitate to do commissioned pieces for experimental music festivals the one day, and brutal techno in a studio the day after. He has been named “Trommer og Bass” (Drums and bass), probably because of his uncompromising rhythms in a multi-channel environment.
Andre Bratten’s music rejects coziness and whimsy, and steps away from pleasing the crowd. You’ll find squelchy bugs in the bassbin, weird analogue squeegee smears, bright drum machine splats and an occasional significant pause.
Get ready to let it caress your antennae.
Norwegian Electronica Artist André Bratten, written by Tor Kjolberg