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article imageOrjan Nilsen discusses new album 'Prism,' Axwell, inspirations Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 5, 2018 in Music
Norwegian trance DJ and producer Orjan Nilsen chatted with Digital Journal about his new studio album "Prism," and the digital transformation of electronic music.
"I approached the song selection for Prism with the idea of having a nice blend in it," he said, about the album. "Because Prism has the ability to spread light, so kind of the same, wanted it to be a blend of styles and it seemed to work."
He listed "Iconic" and "Nothing Here But Love" as two of his favorite tracks on the CD. "'Iconic' started the whole process behind Prism, and it is also one of those that I can't stop playing and don't really get sick of it. 'Nothing Here But Love' has a very special meaning to it. It's a collaboration between me and Mike James. And it was really a proper collaboration and I had a certain feeling about it and made a melody, and believe it or not Mike went to work on that and wrote the lyrics and it was exactly how I felt. So it was just perfect."
On his plans for the future he said, "To make more music, do more gigs and release another album next year. So that is going to be fun. Sorry if I am spamming you with music, but I think it will be worth it at the end."
Regarding his musical inspirations, he noted that his music is inspired by everything. "Even just by looking at the sunset or watching the sun come up, or just watching the sun shine up in my place, cause the sun doesn't set there. And my daughter's laugh. Me just sitting in the studio pressing a couple of keys on the keyboard and boom. I have a track in my head. So basically, I am inspired by anything," he explained.
He listed Axwell and Sander van Doorn as his dream collaboration choices in electronic music. "Axwell is one of my favorite producers of all times. So that would be awesome. Pretty far-fetched though but who knows," he said. "I would love to make a track with Sander van Doorn, and if we talk about vocalists, I would love to work with Chris Martin from Coldplay. I love his voice. I think he's very cool and an amazing writer."
Digital transformation of electronic music
On the digital transformation of the music business, Nilsen said, "Technology has changed the music business in so many ways. For one, it has become easier and more accessible which means people who have a talent now have the means to produce something which they might have not been able to do in the past, even though they had the skill for it. Now they can and that is super cool. That is easier for people to write down and produce what they feel. To be honest, technology has definitely changed the music industry, and I am very confident it is for the better. Even though I am pretty sure a lot of acoustic people do not agree."
Nilsen shared that he uses technology in his daily music routine. "I use it for literally everything," he said. "Social media, the programs that I use, the way you process music and the way you now play music and perform. In any shape or form in your life these are always there. Technology is in everything these days."
For his fans, he concluded, "I would like to thank all of you who have listened to my album, who have bought it or streamed it. Let me know how you feel about it. It's always so nice to see all these comments, love it so much. Even the bad ones too, I take those as well. But its so good to see how music can unite people and I feel so bless for having the job I have. I love my fans. You guys are the best."
Prism is available on iTunes.
Read More: Prism garnered a glowing review from Digital Journal.
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