At this year’s SXSW, don’t miss Norwegian singer-songwriter Julian Berntzen as he adds to the abundance of diversity. Hailing all the way from Bergen, Norway, Berntzen is sure to capture crowds with music from his award winning concept album Waffy Town, as well as his latest album Rocket Ship Love. With about fifteen years of experience, Julian Berntzen specializes in writing and composing all of his music, as well as playing most of the instruments recorded.
Since the age of 14, Julian Berntzen has dedicated much time and creativity in making music. Starting his first band with his father and friends, the musician initially focused on string swing music, later using those influences to progress to his current style. Writing and composing to express his individual stylistics, Julian Berntzen eventually teamed up with producer Hans Petter Gundersen. The combination of the two musical prodigies, children’s drawings, and unusual characters resulted in the mystical album Waffy Town, telling the story of a small town and its’ inhabitants. The unconventional album received instant recognition, including winning a Norwegian Grammy Award in 2003.
In more recent years, Julian Berntzen has continued down his musical path, including a follow-up album to Waffy Town, entitled Pictures In The House Where She Lives, and his third album Rocket Ship Love. Working with Universal Music, producer Kato Ådland, and a full orchestra, Rocket Ship Love was performed throughout some of the largest cities in Norway, receiving rave reviews and a Norwegian Grammy Award nomination in 2008.
Download Julian Berntzen’s song Rocket Ship Love