Magnus Eliassen

Magnus Eliassen

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Happy–melancholic singer–songwriter pop.

Biography

My name is Magnus Eliassen. Yeah, I know, it's not an instant hit... but it'll grow on you! You know, like those really good songs. Old classic album tracks that ain't trying to be something. They just are. Well, I don't want a name like Sunny Saturday Smiles of Broken Hearts Behind Confession Bars. You see this isn't some stupid thing I have to try to do... There is no try. I just happen to be Magnus Eliassen, and everyone else is already taken. Oh, and I have a band, with three of my best friends, and together we perform as who we are: Magnus Eliassen and The Singers and Players of Instruments. I can't believe a classic like that wasn't already taken!

I have a bad memory. When I was a kid I lived with my parents on a tiny island far up in the north of Norway, but I can hardly remember anything from those days. It feels like my life is slipping away from me. I think I was obsessed with Lego, Bruce Springsteen and bernaise sauce. I've also been told that my father bought me a Commodore 64 before I was born, but I find that hard to believe. You see, according to my birth certificate I was born in January 1981, and the C64 was launched in August 1982. Hmmm...

I guess I tend to get obsessed with stuff. Everything from collecting vinyl records to instruments and studio equipment and other pieces of useless junk. I'm done with that. Materialism and capitalism makes us exploit each other. All you really need is good health and some clothes. And love! My latest obsessions have been this health food project where I make all my food from scratch and try to pay no more than $1 per meal, and my vintage 1966 Fender Jaguar. Sunburst. Chrome. Tone. Mmm... So much for my anti-materialism...

I managed to stay in school for 12 years. We moved to the mainland and the small city of Bodø, I was introduced to Sepultura and Public Enemy, I became a member of a punk band and joined the DIY scene, formed a metal band and said to myself that one morning every woman and man on this planet will wake up thinking of my band, going: "Damn!" I still have ambitions, but I guess I'll have to take one continent at a time. I also became a local rap hero when I released a hip hop 12". I am pretty sure it sold like 5 copies.

Are you dreaming of northern lights, the midnight sun and polar nights? Then don't! They're all messing with your head, and I promise you that Norwegian black metal bands ain't the only ones disturbed by that inherited Scandinavian melancholy and pensiveness that we're all so morbidly fascinated by. A quite bad car crash put an end to my depression. I had to push the reset button, and decided to live every day to the fullest, to stop doing drugs, and to appreciate food, the wondeful fjords, nature and the second chance I'd been given. I still love Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley with all my heart, but lately I've felt more kinship with the direct messages and positive vibes of Cat Stevens and Bob Marley. You've probably heard the rest of the story before: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love, girl is not sure what she wants, boy writes 11 love songs in one week and spends two years in his grandma and grandpa's house performing, recording and producing a self-released "concept album about the sunny sides of love, and the feeling of being vulnerable and invincible at the same time when discovering true love and belief in the meaning of life" which he calls Second Grace. Girl loves the album, but is still not sure about the boy.

My mother says I must find myself a place to stay, that I cannot go on living like a careless hobo. I don't want to break my mother's heart, but I am perfectly happy with things the way they are. In fact this last year has been the most fantastic ever: I have done over 100 concerts, toured and seen some of the most beautiful European cities, played in L.A., ridden roller coasters for the first time, and collaborated with the crazy hip hoppers in Tungtvann and the rasta elders in my favourite reggae band, Manna. Selling out shows is a freaking thrill! 6000 people showed up one night! Another night I drew six people... three of them were journalists. In 2006 I also sold out the Norwegian edition of my album and won a couple of prizes.

Not all roads lead to Rome. One leads out of Babylon. Just take the steering wheel, hold it steady, roll the window down, enjoy life and keep making people happy. I'm still up for more of that. I'm still taking my time to perfect DIY, and I've still got love for the streets. Besides, after the car crash, everything feels like a bonus, be it a new day, a new song, or a couple of continents. I am proud of my family name. Just give it a chance. It'll grow on you.

Until we meet again. Magnus

Lyrics

Weakness

Written By: Magnus Eliassen

She's on a down
Once again she just found
Another prayer to the above
To please send her someone to love

All she wants
Just like her mom taught her once
Is to love and be loved
But no one seems to understand

Weakness is strong in us and if we can understand
That the weakness is the strong in us then we might comprehend
The reasons we're strong enough to stand another day
The weakest are sometimes the strongest among us

She's on her own again
All alone in a world of
People trying to be strong
Where weakness equals wrong

They run around
They run around and around
And none of them knows
The meaning of her song that goes

Weakness is strong in us and if we can understand
That the weakness is the strong in us then we might comprehend
The reasons we're strong enough to stand another day
The weakest are sometimes the strongest among us

She just she just wants to love
She just she just wants someone, someone to love forever

Weakness is strong in us and if we can understand
That the weakness is the strong in us then we might comprehend
The reasons we're strong enough to stand another day
The weakest are sometimes the strongest among us

The strongest among us
The strongest among us
The strongest among us

Falling in Love

Written By: Magnus Eliassen

I forget to eat, I won't deny it.
I can't get no sleep, I lie awake all night
In reverie, all I can think about is you
Everything, it's all you.

You're so beautiful I go crazy.
Indisputable is the grace I see in you.
It's got to be divinity itself, infinity.
Gravity loses grip on me when I think about you.

Could it be that I'm falling in love?
Could it be that I'm falling in love?

Horoscopes and signs of the zodiac.
Reading between lines. You've got to hold me back,
'Cause what I feel, it's all becoming clear, it's all I need.
Suddenly I believe in anything that says we're meant to be together.

Could it be that I'm falling in love?
Could it be that I'm falling in love, in love with you, in love with you?
Could it be that I'm falling in Love?

I'll face my fears.
Will you be able to catch me
If I fall, if I fall, if I fall, if I fall in love?

Could it be that I'm falling in love?
Could it be that I'm falling in love, in love with you, in love with you?
Could it be that I'm falling in Love?

Discography

Lois Is Happy - 7" vinyl single
Second Grace - 11 track CD album
Lois Is Happy - Norwegian radio single
Write Back (radio edit) - Norwegian radio single
Falling in Love (radio edit) - Danish radio single
Weakness (radio edit) - Norwegian radio single
Butterfly (radio edit) - Norwegian radio single

Set List

The band usually plays around 50 minutes sets. They do not use set lists. Magnus decides what songs he wants to play ad libitum and the band follows.