From the far North of Norway in a city called Alta the skilled artist Petter Carlsen has his base. Here he composes Scandinavian indie pop/rock that is progressive and has a touch of jazz and classical instrumentation. 

Carlsen has released 4 albums prior to ‘The Sum Of Every Shade’. Always pushing the limits and combining different genres Carlsen released his 3rd solo album ‘Sirens’ in 2014 where he introduced a more electronic sound to his singer songwriter path. With his newest album he continues pushing limits ever evolving.   

The new album is excellently orchestrated and full of strong melodic themes and lyrics and with Carlsens interesting musical journey naturally we wanted to know more. Here’s what we found out. 

YMX: Hey Petter Carlsen, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?

PETTER CARLSEN: Hello! Likewise. That I am a man from the north of Norway, a small town called Alta. I make music and find meaning in that. I have released 5 solo-albums this far. My new one; The Sum Of Every Shade, was released on Firday the 13th of November.

YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level? 

PETTER CARLSEN: Good question. I know that I wanted to create music as soon as I learned how to play the guitar, I was 14, I think. Metallica enlightened me. However, aiming for a carrier happened much later, around the age of 25.

YMX: You recently released your fifth album “The Sum Of Every Shade”. Can you tell us how that project came about? 

PETTER CARLSEN: The title of the album; “The Sum Of Every Shade” came to me pretty early in the process. It expanded the frame of the album. Everything was suddenly allowed. The title allowed me to stretch out the sounds and ideas and making it my most diverse and exciting record to date. It has a lot of different..shades. The goal was to bring in all my different sides as a vocalist and composer in one album. From folk to prog, from drum machines to hard rock. It’s my view of -and observations of the world. Thoughts that had to be put on paper.

YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the ‘Sum Of Every Shade’? 

PETTER CARLSEN: Excitement, passion, wonder, love…One of them would be ace.

YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? Is remote collaboration easy for you?

PETTER CARLSEN: For the creative process it meant enhancement, as I was able to focus on it more. The world did not suddenly spin at incredible speed. I don’t think I have ever made more music than for the past seven months. Remote collaboration can be fun, then it becomes easier I guess, but I think the best way is to be together in the same room.

YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team? 

PETTER CARLSEN: Alone. Or with someone I know well. I would like to write more together with other people in the future.

YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?

PETTER CARLSEN: Last gig I played was solo for the campus in Alta, my hometown. I have done two live streams this year. Both was nice experiences.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? 

PETTER CARLSEN: Loads of plans. Make a lot of music in various bands and projects. My next focus is making an album with Daniel Cardoso (Anathema). We have a duo called Northern South, and have released one song so far. The rest is coming in the not so distant future. I have also recently recorded new sounds with my hard rock duo called Pil & Bue. I guess the album will see the light of day sometime during 2021. And some live concerts to spread the news about my new album would not hurt. So, I will do that too.