WNDR is currently leading the revolution in the new movement of Norwegian electronic producers. Having grown up listening to a multitude of genres, WNDR quickly developed a wholly unique sound which sets him apart from the crowd and has grabbed the attention of top labels such as Sony Music, Crosswalk Records and Epic Tones Records. We sat down with WNDR to find out more about the man behind the music. WNDR can also be followed on Instagram, Twitter and Soundcloud.
Hey WNDR, for those who don’t know you, give us a quick summary about yourself? (name, age, genre etc)
Hi. My name is Martin, I’m a 29 years old guy from Norway with African descent.
How did you first get into music?
I got into music when I was about 10 years old, DJing at the youth centre close to my home. My dad was also a “hobby” DJ at that time so I think I might have gotten it from him. It must run in the genes!
What led you to go into dance music?
Dance music has always been the genre I’ve been drawn to from a young age, the energy and positivity it has is what I like the most. I feel like dance music is all about love and having fun.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
I wouldn’t say a person, I think it’s a mixture of all the cool dance music I hear as a form of inspiration. There are too many talented guys out here.
What is your favourite song of all time?
“Secondcity – I Wanna Feel” is the track I always come back to and play in my sets. so, I think that would be my favourite
Tell us a bit more about your musical upbringing?
Growing up my dad did listen mostly to Reggae and the classics such as Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin etc. and a lot of R&B. When I started DJing I got into the Hard House & Trance scene. Then in 2005 most of my friends were listening to Hip Hop so I had a couple of years with a lot of rap music and also even produced it for some years.
What has been your biggest career achievement to date?
If we’re talking streams, it’s my debut single “Medicine” that went platinum in Norway with over 4 mill streams. But for me, I think reaching No. 2 on the Shazam Dance Chart with “Meant To Be” with vocals from Jazmine Sullivan’s track “Lion, Tigers and Bears”.
If you could produce any other genre of music, what would it be and why?
R&B most definitely, I like music that is about love.
What goals have you set yourself this year?
My goals for this year would be to expand my reach, and I want to plan a tour soon. I feel that it’s about time I meet all of the people out there who support me and haven’t gotten the chance to see me play.
Finally, what is the one song of yours that best describes you as an artist?
I think that I’ve been in the stages of development, so the songs I’ve been releasing recently haven’t necessarily been describing me as much as I would like. I’ve been through a lot of phases, but I feel like I’ve found myself now so the next few singles would probably describe me the best.