Erlend Øye

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Erlend Øye
Erlend Øye in 2015
Background information
Born (1975-11-21) 21 November 1975 (age 45)
Origin Bergen, Norway
Genres alternative dance
indie folk
indie pop
Occupation(s) composer
Instruments vocals
bass guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels !K7, Astralwerks, Bubbles Records, EMI, Service, Virgin
Associated acts Kings of Convenience
The Whitest Boy Alive

Erlend Øye is a Norwegian composer, musician, producer, singer and songwriter from Bergen, best known for being part, together with Eirik Glambek Bøe, of the indie folk duo Kings of Convenience. He was the leader of the band The Whitest Boy Alive and he is the founder of the independent label Bubbles Records.



Erlend Øye was born on 21 November 1975 in Bergen. Grown up listening to Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Suzanne Vega and The Smiths, during the high-school in the middle of '90s, he formed together with some friends the band Skog ("forest" in Norwegian), taking inspiration from the famous song A Forest by The Cure. In 1996 he joined the band Peachfuzz as electric guitarist, playing several times in London between 1996 and 1998.

In 2008 he starts to collaborate on a project with Mikal Telle of the label Tellé Records and so they decide to create the indipendent label Opplett with the aim of producing young talents from Bergen and sorroundings. The label Opplett published three projects: in 2008 the album Opplett 2008 that contains seven songs by seven different artists (as Lars Vaular, John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen and Razika); the first single song of the indie rock band Razika called Love is All About the Timing; and finally in 2009 the first album of the band Fjorden Baby!.


In 1998 he moved to London and then in 1999 to Manchester. When he was back home in Bergen for vacations he jammed with Eirik Glambek Bøe, his former high-school and Skog mate. The duo formed Kings of Convenience in 1998 and released the debut record, Quiet is the New Loud, in 2001.


In the same period, he collaborated with the electronic Norwegian duo Röyksopp, lending his voice for the song Poor Leno and Remind Me on the record Melody A.M.. As a result, he became interested in electronic music and spent the next years in Berlin from 2002 to 2006 or travelling around the world, recording his solo album Unrest in ten different cities with ten different electronic artists. He toured as a dj singing along with the records that he played and he released a remix record for the DJ Kicks series in 2004. In the same year, Kings of Convenience released the second record Riot on an Empty Street. In the meanwhile he founded another project in Berlin, The Whitest Boy Alive. The band originally started as an electronic band, but slowly developed into a band with no programmed elements, releasing the debut record Dreams in 2006, while the latest record entitled Rules was released in 2009 (both the records were released by Bubbles Records, the independent label founded by Erlend Øye and Marcin Öz in 2006). In 2006, he appeared in the Italian movie Shooting Silvio acting as a dj during in a house party. In 2009, Kings of Convenience released the third record Declaration of Dependence. In 2011 and in 2013, he produced the records Hest and Six months is a long time by fellow Bergen band Kakkmaddafakka.


In 2012, during a small concert organized in a vernissage in Ortigia in Sicily, he publicly stated that he had bought a house in the city of Siracusa for moving there with his mother. In 2013, he released a new single, entitled La Prima Estate, sung in Italian and inspired by his time living in Italy, which is accompanied by a videoclip shot in Siracusa. He is currently working on more songs in Italian, which will be collected in the future in a record. In 2014, The Whitest Boy Alive announced the end of the project. On 3 October 2014, he released his second solo album Legao, recorded in Reykjavík with Hjálmar, a reggae group from Iceland, which was anticipated by the single Garota with a videoclip shot in Seoul. Despite currently living in Sicily, he is stll involved in the Bergen music scene, promoting local bands and assisting the organization of the annual Traena Music Festival.


Erlend Øye



  • 2003 – Sudden Rush
  • 2003 – Sheltered Life
  • 2004 – The Black Keys Work
  • 2013 – La Prima Estate
  • 2014 – Garota
  • 2014 – Rainman
  • 2015 – Estate




  • 2001 – RöyksoppMelody A.M. (lyrics and vocals in Poor Leno, lyrics and vocals in Remind Me)
  • 2001 – Jolly Music – Jolly Bar (lyrics and vocals in Talco Uno)
  • 2002 – AshEnvy (guitar in I Shall Not Die)
  • 2002 – Dntel(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (altered lyrics and vocals in (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (Safety Scissors spilled my drink mix))
  • 2003 – Ragazzi – Friday (choirs in The Partner)
  • 2003 – DJ HellNY Muscle (vocals in Keep on Waiting)
  • 2004 – Phonique – Identification (vocals in For the Time Being)
  • 2004 – Star You Star Me – A Place in My Heart (lyrics and vocals in A Place in My Heart)
  • 2004 – Bart Davenport – Live at the Chabot House (a&r, artwork, recording)
  • 2005 – Kaos – Hello Stranger (lyrics and vocals in Lessons in Love)
  • 2005 – Korsakow – Ears (lyrics and vocals in I've Been Waiting So Long) (credited as Orlando Occhio)
  • 2005 – Ada – Blondix 2 (electric guitar and vocals in Cool My Fire)
  • 2005 – Safety ScissorsSunlight's on the Other Side (Long Distance Love Affair) (electric guitar and vocals in Breastbone and Sunlight's on the Other Side)
  • 2005 – Safety ScissorsTainted Lunch (chorus lyrics and vocals in Sunlight's on the Other Side)
  • 2005 – Marco Passarani – Sullen Look (vocals in Criticize) (credited as Orlando Occhio)
  • 2006 – James FigurineMistake Mistake Mistake (vocals in All the Way to China)
  • 2006 – Kompis – All Ears (lyrics and vocals in All Ears)
  • 2006 – Schneider TMŠkoda mluvit (guitar in S'kcorratiug)
  • 2007 – Phonique – Good Idea (lyrics and vocals Casualties)
  • 2011 – Palmy5 (vocals in Crush)
  • 2014 – Dena – Flash (guitar and production in Flashed)


  • 2002 – VV.AA. – Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Erlend Øye – No Train To Stockholm)
  • 2002 – VV.AA. – Seasonal Greetings (Erlend Øye – Last Christmas)
  • 2005 – VV.AA. – Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread (Erlend Øye – Friends and Lovers)
  • 2015 – VV.AA. – Onde Nostre (Original Motion Soundtracks) (Erlend Øye – Estate)


  • 2001 – Röyksopp feat. Erlend Øye – Remind Me (directed by Ludovic Houplan and Hervé de Crécy)[1]
  • 2001 – Röyksopp feat. Erlend Øye – Poor Leno (directed by Sam Arthur)[2]
  • 2002 – Jolly Music feat. Erlend Øye – Talco Uno (directed by Scott Lyon)[3]
  • 2003 – Erlend Øye – Sudden Rush (directed by Jarvis Cocker)[4]
  • 2004 – Ragazzi feat. Erlend Øye – The Partner (directed by Jeff Benefit)[5]
  • 2005 – Phonique feat. Erlend Øye – For the Time Being (directed by Casper W. Rasmussen)[6]
  • 2012 – Palmy feat. Erlend Øye – Crush (directed by Chardchakaj Waikawee)[7]
  • 2013 – Erlend Øye – La Prima Estate (directed by Gabriele Galanti and Marcin Öz)[8]
  • 2013 – KakkmaddafakkaSomeone New (directed by Erlend Øye and Marcin Öz)[9]
  • 2014 – Erlend Øye – Garota (directed by Michael Beech)[10]
  • 2014 – Erlend Øye – Rainman (directed by Clara Cebrian)[11]
  • 2015 – Erlend Øye – Estate (directed by Luca Merli)[12]


Erlend Øye often performs reworked versions of other bands' songs during his concerts. Among the most played covers, Thirteen by Big Star, Blowin' in the Wind and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Bob Dylan, Redemption Song by Bob Marley, E la chiamano estate by Bruno Martino, Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, Sapore di sale by Gino Paoli, Til þín by Hjálmar, Una ragazza in due by I Giganti, These Days by Jackson Browne, Tram No. 7 to Heaven by Jens Lekman, Happy Xmas and Jealous Guy by John Lennon, No Train To Stockholm by Lee Hazlewood, E la luna bussò by Loredana Berté, Grande grande grande by Mina, Wonderwall by Oasis, You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon, Se a vida é by Pet Shop Boys, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Ignition by R. Kelly, (They Long to Be) Close to You by Richard Chamberlain, Norwegian Wood by The Beatles, Ask, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want and There Is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths, Boys Don't Cry by The Cure, Last Christmas by Wham!.

Kings of Convenience



  • 2000 – Playing Live in a Room
  • 2001 – Magic in the Air
  • 2010 – Kings of Convenience's Live Acoustic Sessions – Milan 2009


  • 1999 – Toxic Girl
  • 1999 – Failure
  • 1999 – Brave New World
  • 2001 – Failure (re-release)
  • 2001 – Toxic Girl (re-release)
  • 2001 – Winning a Battle, Losing the War
  • 2004 – Misread
  • 2004 – I'd Rather Dance with You
  • 2005 – Know How
  • 2009 – Mrs. Cold
  • 2009 – Boat Behind


The Whitest Boy Alive



  • 2004 – Inflation
  • 2006 – Burning
  • 2008 – Golden Cage
  • 2009 – 1517


  • 2006 – Inflation (directed by Marcin Öz)[21]
  • 2007 – Golden Cage (directed by Mauro Vecchi)[22]




  • 1997 – VV.AA. – Balance. From The Joy Division Reservoir (Skog – The Eternal)



  • 1997 – Shooting Silvio (directed by Berardo Carboni) (role: dj)

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