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HM Johnsen is an experimental Indie/Rock Artist from Norway– a singer-songwriter who embraces many styles whilst still managing to stay true to himself and his musical and lyrical vision. Still in his early twenties he is already an accomplished guitarist, singer, writer and composer who has travelled far and wide to record music and has toured extensively. Johnsen has just released E.P. ‘Serenity’ – an EP inspired by decamping from Norway to Berlin to soak in the inspiring, creative atmosphere.

HM Johnsen grew up with the guitar as his closest friend: playing music has been his all-consuming passion. As a kid he delighted in exploring all genres of music– first falling in love with rock and metal before moving into a more Blues & Rock style. Fast forward to 2017 – he released his debut Blues Rock album Chased – an album entirely funded by his own small local community in Western Norway and mastered in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London UK.

Johnsen was very quickly signed up with a Blues/ Rock management company. In 2018 he won the title “Norwegian Blues Union Artist” of the year- a title which brought with it over 50 concerts in both Norway, Germany and America. An enormous opportunity but for this young artist things were speeding out of control.

Musically, the latest single ‘Stay Within Range’ is a mixture between a pop tune and a more ambient rock arena sound with guitars, bright vocals and synths with a hint of EDM all coming together. Thematically it is about fears of suddenly and inexplicably losing someone important. As HM says: “’Stay Within Range’ is a song about a dream I had. I dreamt that someone who is very close to me vanished away, while I was floating away in my own world/head. I wrote the song the day after, as a sort of reminder to always give that person all my attention and that I should never take her for granted.”



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