- Words Notion Staff
Norwegian pop star Metteson shares his musical firsts, from finding a stage persona to Oslo festivals to his Britney Spears obsession.
For Metteson, it’s all about deep, truly felt emotion: the Norwegian pop star’s tunes are exercises in totally extravagant maximalism without any sense of inhibition or embarrassment. He counts classics like Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” as inspirations, and is unafraid to reach for the same heights.
He has been touring alongside pop staple AURORA for the past weeks, with a huge spot at Brixton Academy in London just passed, and he has now been announced as the main support for one of Norway’s biggest ever musical exports, Sigrid. Back home, he’s played to a sold-out crowd of 2000 in Oslo, proving himself to be a true hometown treasure.
His latest tune, “Second Heart”, is a classic power ballad, stripping back some of the grander instrumentation of his other songs for a more intimate and piano-driven sound.
To celebrate Matteson’s ever-increasing success, we caught up with him to discuss some of his key musical firsts, from his 2024 plans to his mostly untouched guitar to hearing himself on national radio.
First song you ever made?
“Hold Me Like You Hold Your Favourite Book” – it’s on the first EP and stayed with me for 6 years before it found it’s final state. It started out a poem, before I started writing melodies. One day it translated from Norwegian to English, complete with melody and lyrics, just pouring out. It was a special feeling, and a very defining moment for me as a musician. It’s also about something dear to me – my first, naive little love story. Those songs, that come naturally like a stream of consciousness are too far apart. It’s a thrill.
First song you released officially?
First time you realised you wanted to be an artist?
First festival you went to and the first one you played at?
First time you faced an obstacle in your career?
First time you felt like giving up?
First time you felt starstruck?
First time you ticked off a bucket list goal?