Featherfin’s music is based on dreamy electronic pop, but his influences range from shoegaze, psychedelic music, kraut and post punk to folk, synthpop and experimental music. His songs are usually made the same way he creates his colourful collage art, – layers upon layers of elements, old and new mixed together.
Featherfin is Knut B. Lindbjør from Norway, and his musical career is unusual. It is 33 years since he first started making music, and 20 years since he stopped making music because of a mix between family- and work commitments and later chronical illness, depression and anxiety. In 2014, he took up making music again, and since then he has released 3 EPs, a double A-sided single and covers of songs by Joy Division, Rose Melberg and Kraftwerk.
His debut album “Miles to go before I sleep” is out in September 2018 on digital/streaming and as a double-cd with a compilation of his previous releases on cd 2. The cd is released by the Spanish label Kocliko Records.
“Debuting at the age of 48 is not very common, I guess, and especially not with a double cd”, he says.
“For me, it is kind of refreshing to release music as a middle-aged man.
When I was young, it was important to do everything right, having the “right sound and image” and there were certain sounds or styles that was almost forbidden for us to use. The dream of making it big was important.
Now my focus and ambitions are elsewhere, on improving, exploring, experimenting and learning. I love blending styles and yes, I use a lot of those forbidden sounds now. The dream of world domination is replaced with ‘very happy if someone listens’ “.
Featherfin does almost everything in the project himself, from composing, mixing and playing to making the cover art and the animated music videos for his songs. He loves collaborations, though, and he has worked with musicians and singers from all over Europe, USA and Asia.
Knut grew up in Tromsø, by the fjord, above the Arctic circle, with northern lights and no sunlight during winter, and midnight sun and no darkness during summer. He now lives in the south of Norway, but his heart and soul belongs to the north.
The nature, the darkness and the special light in his hometown may have influenced the dreamy sound of Featherfin’s music today.
In the 80s’ Tromsø, you either did sports or you found some creative things to do on your own. Knut and his friends chose the latter. He played in synth pop and industrial bands, and when house music and techno arrived, he became involved in the electronic house/techno music scene in the city. He has even played in the only Balalaika orchestra in Norway.
In 2013, he discovered that most of his old synths were available as apps on his ipad, so he started making small instrumental tunes while sitting in his living room, relaxing. This led to what is Featherfin today. He still uses the iPad for most of his composing, mixing and recording, in addition to a guitar, a bass, vocals and some percussion.
“I still have no clue how to play guitar and bass“, he says, “but I do it anyway“.