Erlend Øye (born 21 November 1975) is a Norwegian composer, musician, producer, singer and songwriter from Bergen, best known for being part of the indie folk duo Kings of Convenience, along with Eirik Glambek Bøe. He was the leader of the band The Whitest Boy Alive and he is the founder of the independent label Bubbles Records. He also contributed vocals on several tracks by Norwegian duo Röyksopp.

Erlend Øye
Erlend Øye in 2015
Background information
Birth nameErlend Otre Øye[1]
Born (1975-11-21) 21 November 1975 (age 44)
OriginBergen, Norway
GenresAlternative dance, electronic, indie folk, indie pop, synthpop
Occupation(s)composer, musician, producer, singer, songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano
Years active1996–present
Labels!K7, Astralwerks, Bubbles Records, EMI, Service, Virgin
Associated actsKings of Convenience, The Whitest Boy Alive, Skog, Röyksopp, Peachfuzz



Erlend Øye was born on 21 November 1975 in Bergen, his parents met in 1974 in a demonstration in support of the victims of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état against Salvador Allende that took place in Bergen, at which time his father read a poem, which allowed him to meet Øye's mother.[2] Having grown up listening to Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Suzanne Vega and The Smiths, during high school in the early-mid 1990s, he and some of his friends formed the band Skog ("forest" in Norwegian), taking inspiration from the famous song "A Forest" by The Cure. In 1996 he joined the band Peachfuzz as electric guitarist, playing several times in London between 1996 and 1998.

In 2008 he started to collaborate on a project with Mikal Telle of Tellé Records and they created the independent label Opplett with the aim of producing young talent from Bergen and the surrounding area. The label Opplett published three projects: the album Opplett 2008 that contains seven songs by seven different artists (as Lars Vaular, John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen and Razika, 2008); the first single of Indie rock band Razika called Love is All About the Timing; and the first album of the band Fjorden Baby!.


In 1998 he moved to London and then in 1999 to Manchester. When he was back home in Bergen for vacations he jammed with Eirik Glambek Bøe, his former high school and Skog mate. The duo formed Kings of Convenience in 1998 and released the debut record, Quiet is the New Loud, in 2001.


In the same period, he collaborated with the electronic Norwegian duo Röyksopp, lending his voice for the song Poor Leno and Remind Me on the record Melody A.M.. As a result, he became interested in electronic music and spent the next years in Berlin from 2002 to 2006 or travelling around the world, recording his solo album Unrest in ten different cities with ten different electronic artists. He toured as a DJ, singing along with the records that he played and released a remix record for the DJ Kicks series in 2004. In the same year, Kings of Convenience released the second record Riot on an Empty Street. Meanwhile, he founded another project in Berlin, The Whitest Boy Alive. The band originally started as an electronic band, but slowly developed into a band with no electronic elements, releasing the debut record Dreams in 2006, while the latest record entitled Rules was released in 2009. Both the records were released by Bubbles Records, the independent label founded by Erlend Øye and Marcin Öz in 2006. In 2006, he appeared in the Italian movie Shooting Silvio acting as DJ during a house party. In 2009, Kings of Convenience released the third record Declaration of Dependence. In 2011 and 2013, he produced the records Hest and Six months is a long time by fellow Bergen band Kakkmaddafakka.


In 2012, during a small concert organized in a vernissage in Ortigia in Sicily, he publicly stated that he had bought a house in the city of Syracuse to move there with his mother. In 2013, he released a new single, entitled La Prima Estate, sung in Italian and inspired by his time living in Italy, which is accompanied by a videoclip shot in Syracuse. He is currently working on more songs in Italian, which will be made into an album. In 2014, The Whitest Boy Alive announced the end of the project. On 3 October 2014, he released his second solo album Legao, recorded in Reykjavík with Hjálmar, a reggae group from Iceland, which was anticipated by the single Garota with a videoclip shot in Seoul. Despite currently living in Sicily, he is still involved in the Bergen music scene, promoting local bands and assisting the organization of the annual Traena Music Festival.


On numerous occasions Øye has visited Chile. His first presentation was in 2006, during his tour in South America. In 2017 he traveled to Chile to spend a season at the home of a close friend who lived in Santiago, where he mainly dedicated himself to composing songs in ukulele. After playing at the "En Orbita" Festival, he meets Tiare Galaz (a member of the Chilean band Niña Tormenta), who also used ukulele. After talking with Tiare in the backstage, they agreed to meet another day to share their experiences on the instrument. After being invited to dinner the next day by Tiare, he meets Diego Lorenzini, who brought him a chord notebook. Some time later, he was invited to a series of concerts of the Matiné Uva Robot, where he meets musicians Rosario Alfonso and Javier Bobbert. In an interview with CNN Chile, he said "from that moment on we started to play regularly while I was in Chile. It was very surprising to see how the musical search of these four Chileans was very similar to what I was doing with the support band that I had formed with three Sicilian friends - called La Comitiva -, so I finally decided to invite them to open my tour of Germany together".[2] Chilean artists were invited to a tour with Øye through Europe, where he established a great friendship with Chilean musicians. During the summer of 2018, he returned to Chile to accompany the Swedish-Argentine singer-songwriter José González, and later accompanied Niña Tormenta, Diego Lorenizi and the band Salanca Selector at an outdoor concert in the Chilean town of Pirque. [3] In 2019 Øye collaborates with Diego Lorenzini in his song "Me voy a Valparaíso" from his album "De algo hay que morir" (UVA Robot, 2019).


Erlend ØyeEdit



  • 2003 – Sudden Rush
  • 2003 – Sheltered Life
  • 2004 – The Black Keys Work
  • 2013 – La Prima Estate
  • 2014 – Garota
  • 2014 – Rainman
  • 2015 – Estate
  • 2019 - Paradiso
  • 2019 - For The Time Being




  • 2001 – RöyksoppMelody A.M. (lyrics and vocals in Poor Leno, lyrics and vocals in Remind Me)
  • 2001 – Jolly Music – Jolly Bar (lyrics and vocals in Talco Uno)
  • 2002 – AshEnvy (guitar in I Shall Not Die)
  • 2002 – Dntel(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (altered lyrics and vocals in (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (Safety Scissors spilled my drink mix))
  • 2003 – Ragazzi – Friday (choirs in The Partner)
  • 2003 – DJ HellNY Muscle (vocals in Keep on Waiting)
  • 2004 – Phonique – Identification (vocals in For the Time Being)
  • 2004 – Star You Star Me – A Place in My Heart (lyrics and vocals in A Place in My Heart)
  • 2004 – Bart Davenport – Live at the Chabot House (a&r, artwork, recording)
  • 2005 – Kaos – Hello Stranger (lyrics and vocals in Lessons in Love)
  • 2005 – Korsakow – Ears (lyrics and vocals in I've Been Waiting So Long) (credited as Orlando Occhio)
  • 2005 – Ada – Blondix 2 (electric guitar and vocals in Cool My Fire)
  • 2005 – Safety ScissorsSunlight's on the Other Side (Long Distance Love Affair) (electric guitar and vocals in Breastbone and Sunlight's on the Other Side)
  • 2005 – Safety ScissorsTainted Lunch (chorus lyrics and vocals in Sunlight's on the Other Side)
  • 2005 – Marco Passarani – Sullen Look (vocals in Criticize) (credited as Orlando Occhio)
  • 2006 – James FigurineMistake Mistake Mistake (vocals in All the Way to China)
  • 2006 – Kompis – All Ears (lyrics and vocals in All Ears)
  • 2006 – Schneider TMŠkoda mluvit (guitar in S'kcorratiug)
  • 2007 – Phonique – Good Idea (lyrics and vocals Casualties)
  • 2011 – Palmy5 (vocals in Crush)
  • 2014 – Dena – Flash (guitar and production in Flashed)


  • 2002 – VV.AA. – Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood (Erlend Øye – No Train To Stockholm)
  • 2002 – VV.AA. – Seasonal Greetings (Erlend Øye – Last Christmas)
  • 2005 – VV.AA. – Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread (Erlend Øye – Friends and Lovers)
  • 2015 – VV.AA. – Onde Nostre (Original Motion Soundtracks) (Erlend Øye – Estate)


  • 2001 – Röyksopp feat. Erlend Øye – Remind Me (directed by Ludovic Houplan and Hervé de Crécy)[4]
  • 2001 – Röyksopp feat. Erlend Øye – Poor Leno (directed by Sam Arthur)[5]
  • 2002 – Jolly Music feat. Erlend Øye – Talco Uno (directed by Scott Lyon)[6]
  • 2003 – Erlend Øye – Sudden Rush (directed by Jarvis Cocker)[7]
  • 2004 – Ragazzi feat. Erlend Øye – The Partner (directed by Jeff Benefit)[8]
  • 2005 – Phonique feat. Erlend Øye – For the Time Being (directed by Casper W. Rasmussen)[9]
  • 2012 – Palmy feat. Erlend Øye – Crush (directed by Chardchakaj Waikawee)[10]
  • 2013 – Erlend Øye – La Prima Estate (directed by Gabriele Galanti and Marcin Öz)[11]
  • 2013 – KakkmaddafakkaSomeone New (directed by Erlend Øye and Marcin Öz)[12]
  • 2014 – Erlend Øye – Garota (directed by Michael Beech)[13]
  • 2014 – Erlend Øye – Rainman (directed by Clara Cebrian)[14]
  • 2015 – Erlend Øye – Estate (directed by Luca Merli)[15]
  • 2019 – Erlend Øye – Paradiso (directed by Mike Beech)[16]


Erlend Øye often performs reworked versions of other bands' songs during his concerts. Among the most played covers, Thirteen by Big Star, Blowin' in the Wind and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Bob Dylan, Redemption Song by Bob Marley, E la chiamano estate by Bruno Martino, Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, Sapore di sale by Gino Paoli, Til þín by Hjálmar, Una ragazza in due by I Giganti, These Days by Jackson Browne, Tram No. 7 to Heaven by Jens Lekman, Happy Xmas and Jealous Guy by John Lennon, No Train To Stockholm by Lee Hazlewood, E la luna bussò by Loredana Bertè, Grande grande grande by Mina, Wonderwall by Oasis, You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon, Se a vida é by Pet Shop Boys, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Ignition by R. Kelly, (They Long to Be) Close to You by Richard Chamberlain, Norwegian Wood by The Beatles, Ask, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want and There Is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths, Boys Don't Cry by The Cure, Last Christmas by Wham!.

Kings of ConvenienceEdit



  • 2000 – Playing Live in a Room
  • 2001 – Magic in the Air
  • 2010 – Kings of Convenience's Live Acoustic Sessions – Milan 2009


  • 1999 – Toxic Girl
  • 1999 – Failure
  • 1999 – Brave New World
  • 2001 – Failure (re-release)
  • 2001 – Toxic Girl (re-release)
  • 2001 – Winning a Battle, Losing the War
  • 2004 – Misread
  • 2004 – I'd Rather Dance with You
  • 2005 – Know How
  • 2009 – Mrs. Cold
  • 2009 – Boat Behind


The Whitest Boy AliveEdit



  • 2004 – Inflation
  • 2006 – Burning
  • 2008 – Golden Cage
  • 2009 – 1517


  • 2006 – Inflation (directed by Marcin Öz)[25]
  • 2007 – Golden Cage (directed by Mauro Vecchi)[26]




  • 1997 – VV.AA. – Balance. From The Joy Division Reservoir (Skog – The Eternal)



  • 1997 – Shooting Silvio (directed by Berardo Carboni) (role: dj)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ <Tore Ødegård> (ed.). "Erlend Otre Øye". Proff Forvalt. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b CNN Chile, Diego Lorenzini lanza single junto a Erlend Øye: Nos unen las ganas de mantener las cosas en escala pequeña e íntima Archived 30 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Erlend Øye suma otra fecha en Chile (sí, otra más)" [Erlend Øye adds another date in Chile (yes, another one)] (in Spanish). 1 February 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  4. ^ Röyksopp feat. Erlend Øye – Remind Me on YouTube
  5. ^ Röyksopp feat. Erlend Øye – Poor Leno on YouTube
  6. ^ Jolly Music feat. Erlend Øye – Talco Uno on YouTube
  7. ^ Erlend Øye – Sudden Rush on YouTube
  8. ^ Ragazzi feat. Erlend Øye – The Partner on YouTube
  9. ^ Phonique feat. Erlend Øye – For the Time Being on YouTube
  10. ^ Palmy feat. Erlend Øye – Crush on YouTube
  11. ^ Erlend Øye – La Prima Estate on YouTube
  12. ^ Kakkmaddafakka – Someone New on YouTube
  13. ^ Erlend Øye – Garota on YouTube
  14. ^ Erlend Øye – Rainman on YouTube
  15. ^ Erlend Øye – Estate on YouTube
  16. ^ Erlend Øye – Paradiso on YouTube
  17. ^ Kings of Convenience – Failure on YouTube
  18. ^ Kings of Convenience – Toxic Girl on YouTube
  19. ^ Kings of Convenience – Misread on YouTube
  20. ^ Kings of Convenience – I'd Rather Dance with You on YouTube
  21. ^ Kings of Convenience – Cayman Islands on YouTube
  22. ^ Kings of Convenience – Mrs. Cold on YouTube
  23. ^ Kings of Convenience – Boat Behind on YouTube
  24. ^ Kings of Convenience – Me in You on YouTube
  25. ^ The Whitest Boy Alive – Inflation on YouTube
  26. ^ The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage on YouTube

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