- Words Notion Staff
From first feeling starstruck to an early music crush, Ivan Ave takes us through his most memorable musical firsts.
Renowned for his lyricism, Ivan Ave is the Norweigan MC blending an eclectic range of influences into his own distinctive sound. Having grown up in Telemark – an area known for its picturesque mountains and folk music heritage – the artist found his own references in the R&B records he discovered via his sisters. Later moving to New York and finding fresh energy in new environments, Ivan developed a vast soundscape of influences from hip-hop to 70s jazz and soul.
Having been releasing music of his own for almost 10 years, this week sees Ivan drop his fourth studio album: All Season Gear. Recorded through the pandemic, it’s a record documenting the highs and lows of lockdown life – and all of the everyday emotions that evolved through it. From questioning to healing, the free fall of chaos to falling in love, it’s an album grounded in feelings we can all relate to. Observing the overwhelming stimulation of our hyper-social information age, All Season Gear finds a pocket of stillness within it.
Taking a moment to reflect on the journey so far, Ivan looks back on some of his musical firsts – from realising he wanted to be an artist to almost giving it all up.
Scoring both goals in the kids vs adults football match, at a summer camp in 2000.