Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Norway’s Sturle Dagsland

We always love new discoveries – this particular one introduced themselves to us and left our minds a little bit blown! When we say welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Sturle Dagsland!

Tell us who you are and what is your sound?

My name is Sturle Dagsland and I’m an artist from Norway and I make music with my brother Sjur. Our music is expressive, dynamic, progressive and adventurous. We use a wide array of instruments from all over the world mixed with electronics, modern soundscapes and a lot of different vocal techniques. Our music usually creates a broad spectrum of feelings and emotions amongst our listener and it also attracts a quite diverse crowd. We perform at big pop / rock / metal / world / art events all over the world interspersed with performances at both Sex parties in Brighton and Philharmonic Halls in Russia so it’s a very diverse crowd that comes to our concerts. Our concerts is a place where everyone from small children to people with surgically installed horns in their forehead might show up.. So even though our music might be a bit different it attracts people from a wide range of different places, cultures and walks in life. 

What exciting projects have you got coming up?

We just released our new single “Dreaming” and will be releasing our first album on February 5, 2021. if the world opens up we will be going on an extensive European tour with the finnish band Oranssi Pazuzu followed by a lot of different festivals all over the world. 

Where did you grow up and what music influenced you?

I’m from Stavanger which is a small city in the south-west of Norway. 

We are trying to be in a constant process of creating music, rather than waiting to absorb inspiration from somewhere else but inspiration may come from anywhere, both from music, nature, dreams, art, life and the subconscious. I love all kinds of music: Pop music, Russian Choir music, african folk, Atonal Experimentations, Flamenco, and more. There is also a rich music heritage in Norway and some of the different types of folk music traditions are really wonderful. The closing track of the upcoming album – Noaidi – is named after the Shaman of the Sami people and we have Sami roots from our mother’s side. The Noaidi is a communicator with the spirit world and with his drum he could travel and bring a person that was trapped in another realm back to our world. The song is not necessarily influenced by Sami music, but it’s influenced by the mythical figure of the shaman from the Sami culture, and I also use some joking on the song (the traditional Sami vocal techniques). 

What cool places do you recommend to visit in your city (bars, restaurants, etc)?

My favorite thing about Stavanger is that the air is clean, the water is amazing and I can go swimming in fjords, canoeing through waterfalls and meet friendly seals on a regular basis. For antique and vintage clothing I would recommend Fretex and Tasta Antikk og Brukt. And if you are looking for manga or yo-yo-accessories then I would recommend Birkemo and Outland. 

We love recommendations – what have you been listening to, watching, or reading recently? 

I love a wide spread of imaginative films from different realms, from joyous fairy tales and comedies to more brutal experiences but I really love anime and some of my favorites includes films and series such as: Spirited Away, Detroit Metal City, Ping Pong, Vinland, Erased, Mob Psycho, Tekkonkinkreet, Howl’s moving Castle, Golden Kamuy, Legends Of the Galactic Empire, Death Note, Metropolis, Pokemon and Princess Kaguya. 

Finally, what was the last thing that made you swear out loud?

Everyday when I meet my brother’s dog “Mille Von Våffilåff” we greet each other with a celebration of loud howling.

Watch and listen to the mind blowing video to Kusanagi – Directed by: Eirik Heggen

Interview by Alex Minnis

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