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Vinnie Who

Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark | MAJOR

Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark | MAJOR
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"Mixed reviews from Denmark"

**** Jyllands Posten (DK daily)
“A star is born,….a unique musician, whose creativity transform his wild visions into finished songs,…impressive”

**** Urban (DK daily)
“Vinnie Whos force is his own faith in his project, so his dedication transcends the music, the packaging and the attitude. Vinnie Who has heart and a pair of big mirrorballs in his tight pants”

**** Euroman (DK lifestyle mag)
“22 year old Vinnie Who has a style consciousness about him, which could send most of his older colleagues straight to their midlife-crisis.”

**** Gaffa (DK musicmag)
“sophisticated discopop,….Vinnie Who stands for quality pop with edge and personality”

**** Berlingske (DK daily)
“a groove you can’t deny,….infectious,…a promising debut”

**** Politiken (DK daily)
“one of the best Danish pop-releases this year, there’s more to Vinnie Who than his efficient live discoshows”

**** Ekstra Bladet (DK daily)
“Vinnie Who is a winner”

**** BT (DK daily)
“seductive pop universe”

**** KBH (Copenhagen lifestyle)
“Vinnie Who’s uncompromising “disco-idea” is almost genius,….I went looking for my dancing shoes from the first beat.”

***** Skopet (VestDK Culturemag)
“a complete party,…ingenious melody lines”
- Gaffa, Politiken, Soundvenue, Jyllands Posten.....


"Vinnie Who - Biography"

” I just move my hands randomly on the keyboard, and then I say: ’Hey, that’s cool.’” That’s the enthusiastic way Vinnie Who, a.k.a. Niels Bagge Hansen, answers the question: ”How do you make a hit?”

He names Cindy Lauper’s ”Time After Time” as the perfect pop song. And the 22-year old Dane knows what he’s talking about. ”What You Got Is Mine” and ”Remedy”—the first two singles from the album—became smash radio hits as well as crowd pleasers at private parties and on the dance floors of clubs all around Denmark. Now the sound waves have splashed across Danish borders.

Long before any of this happened, Niels played keyboards, guitar and sang at a local music school while still a schoolboy growing up just south of Copenhagen. Learning to read music was something of a chore in those days and his feelings haven’t changed much since then. ”I only wanted to play what I could learn by heart, and that naturally puts up some barriers,” he chuckles.

A year of supplementary schooling away from home gave him an even keener taste for music. ”We played music—those of us who weren’t interested in soccer, that is-- because we got bored at times, but mainly because it was fun,” he tells.

While attending high school he recorded the building blocks for new songs on his mobile phone. ”I didn’t have an iPod then, so on the way home from school I would be thinking about music and when an idea flashed, I recorded it on my phone.”

After graduating from high school in 2008, Niels informed his parents that he wants to become a musician, and they supported his ambitions. He liked the name Vinnie Who, a notion that popped into his head one day. The name plays with ambiguity: between question and answer, boy and girl—plus it’s a catchy monicker.

He continued to live with his parents after finishing school and took what he calls a ”McJob,” but set up a little music studio in the cellar. That’s where he wrote ”What You Got Is Mine” and ”Nights” from the album. About his life in the musical cellar, he says, ”I took it very seriously. I thought, ’This is my real job.’”

The music—as it is with so many other musicians—was put out on MySpace and at the same time he got an offer to play a gig at the local club Lades Kælder. Niels recalls how stressful things were: ”We rehearsed the whole set in just a couple of weeks ... and it sounded like crap.” But producer Lasse Lyngbo could hear something in it. EMI was contacted and not long after that a deal was cut.

Niels and the band practiced and rehearsed like mad, and all the while new music was in the works. Things begin to take form and their concert at the Start Festival 2009 earned stellar reviews. Later in the year he played the Junior stage, the platform for newcomers at the Roskilde Festival. In the spring of 2010 he played the Spot Festival in Aarhus, performing for the country’s biggest radio station DR’s P3 Session and a completely sold out gig at the club Voxhall. The singles What You Got Is Mine and Remedy has both achieved top ten airplay on Danish radio and the album went straight to #1 on iTunes upon the week of local release and praise in the press.

“What You Got Is Mine” was released on 1 February.
“Remedy” was released on 5 July
The debut album Then I Met You was launched in Denmark on 30 August

Live it's a eight-piece disco act. Past shows at Iceland Airwaves, Roskilde Festival, Bylarm, Spot Festival, Popkomm, Stockholm Kulturfestival, Paradiso Amsterdam, Øya Festival Norway, Ekko Festival Bergen, Vega Copenhagen...... - EMI Music


Discography

What You Got Is Mine (Single - January 2010)
Remedy (Single - May 2010)
When I Met You (Album - August 2010)

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” I just move my hands randomly on the keyboard, and then I say: ’Hey, that’s cool.’” That’s the enthusiastic way Vinnie Who, a.k.a. Niels Bagge Hansen, answers the question: ”How do you make a hit?”

He names Cindy Lauper’s ”Time After Time” as the perfect pop song. And the 22-year old Dane knows what he’s talking about. ”What You Got Is Mine” and ”Remedy”—the first two singles from the album—became smash radio hits as well as crowd pleasers at private parties and on the dance floors of clubs all around Denmark. Now the sound waves have splashed across Danish borders.

Long before any of this happened, Niels played keyboards, guitar and sang at a local music school while still a schoolboy growing up just south of Copenhagen. Learning to read music was something of a chore in those days and his feelings haven’t changed much since then. ”I only wanted to play what I could learn by heart, and that naturally puts up some barriers,” he chuckles.

A year of supplementary schooling away from home gave him an even keener taste for music. ”We played music—those of us who weren’t interested in soccer, that is-- because we got bored at times, but mainly because it was fun,” he tells.

While attending high school he recorded the building blocks for new songs on his mobile phone. ”I didn’t have an iPod then, so on the way home from school I would be thinking about music and when an idea flashed, I recorded it on my phone.”

After graduating from high school in 2008, Niels informed his parents that he wants to become a musician, and they supported his ambitions. He liked the name Vinnie Who, a notion that popped into his head one day. The name plays with ambiguity: between question and answer, boy and girl—plus it’s a catchy monicker.

He continued to live with his parents after finishing school and took what he calls a ”McJob,” but set up a little music studio in the cellar. That’s where he wrote ”What You Got Is Mine” and ”Nights” from the album. About his life in the musical cellar, he says, ”I took it very seriously. I thought, ’This is my real job.’”

The music—as it is with so many other musicians—was put out on MySpace and at the same time he got an offer to play a gig at the local club Lades Kælder. Niels recalls how stressful things were: ”We rehearsed the whole set in just a couple of weeks ... and it sounded like crap.” But producer Lasse Lyngbo could hear something in it. EMI was contacted and not long after that a deal was cut.

Niels and the band practiced and rehearsed like mad, and all the while new music was in the works. Things begin to take form and their concert at the Start Festival 2009 earned stellar reviews. Later in the year he played the Junior stage, the platform for newcomers at the Roskilde Festival. In the spring of 2010 he played the Spot Festival in Aarhus, performing for the country’s biggest radio station DR’s P3 Session and a completely sold out gig at the club Voxhall. The singles What You Got Is Mine and Remedy has both achieved top ten airplay on Danish radio and the album went straight to #1 on iTunes upon the week of local release and praise in the press.

“What You Got Is Mine” was released on 1 February.
“Remedy” was released on 5 July
The debut album Then I Met You was launched in Denmark on 30 August

Live it's a eight-piece disco act. Past shows at Iceland Airwaves, Roskilde Festival, Bylarm, Spot Festival, Popkomm, Stockholm Kulturfestival, Paradiso Amsterdam, Øya Festival Norway, Ekko Festival Bergen, Vega Copenhagen......