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Sunday, March 2 • 02:00 - 02:30
Lemaitre (NO)

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Lemaitre are Ulrik Denizou Lund and Ketil Jansen (both 22). Born and raised in Oslo, the duo met in junior high school. However, it wasn’t until they finished high school that the two boys decided to move into Ketil’s basement to make music together. With a shared love of both electronica and indie music, they immediately began honing the Lemaitre sound to perfection.
As most other autodidactic children of the internet generation, the duo knew intuitively that the world wide web was ther friend. And not the barren, money-grabbing wasteland many established forces in the music industry had you believe.
“We grew up using file-share sites such as Napster and Limewire, which our big brothers taught us how to use. We hardly owned any physical records. The music we downloaded was our record collection. When we got a little older, we noticed the first few bands who broke through using Myspace, something we found incredibly inspiring. So doing anything other than making our music as available and free right from the beginning was and is completely unthinkable,” says lead vocalist Ulrik.
Setting up their own label in 2010, Lemaitre made waves online with their second ever song, titled “The Friendly Sound”. But it didn’t happen in their native Norway. Instead they were playlisted on Lithuanian radio, and invited to play shows in both the US and Lithuania.
After a year of intensive touring and the release of their debut EP “The Friendly Sound”, Lemaitre dropped the first of three “Relativity” EPs in early 2012.
“We’re big fans of conceptual thinking, and we love the fact that our work has some sort of running theme. Both the music and the visual parts of it. Even though we’re now finishing up the “Relativity” era, we’d like to present our music in a similar manner again in the future,” reveals Ketil.
An integral part of this running thread of the Lemaitre universe is video artist and so-called “third member of the band”, Johannes Greve Muskat. Being the same age, he also met Ulrik and Ketil in high school, and has made all of the band’s music and promo videos thus far.
“It’s very important for us to underline that we’re a collective. It’s not like Johannes only helps us out when we need a music video and other visuals. When he makes short films or other creative video art projects, it’s sort of a given that Ketil and I make the music,” Ulrik explains.
Together the collective that is Lemaitre have slowly, but surely approached increasingly greater heights in the past three years. With “Relativity 2”, they topped the official electronica iTunes charts in the US/Canada and were in the top 5 in the same list in several major European countries. They also enjoyed great success with the third and final EP in the trilogy, with several of the tracks from all EPs being played on heavyweight radio stations all over Europe and Australia.
So, what’s the next step for Lemaitre? Their DIY approach to all aspects of their musical career have undoubtedly been a recipe for success thus far.
“Up until now, our career has been steadily climbing in the right direction. We’ve achieved most of what we set out to achieve so far. But it doesn’t make us self content in any way. On the contrary it makes us even more driven and ambitious,” says Ketil.
“We want to reach the top and be the biggest act within our genre of music. Harbouring ambition is fun. Without ambition, I don’t see the point in doing this,” Ulrik concludes.


Sunday March 2, 2014 02:00 - 02:30 CET
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