Raised on country and western music in the outskirts of the Norwegian oil town Stavanger,
Hans-Peter Lindstrøm now lives in Oslo where he is making contemporary disco and running
his Feedelity label. Claiming that "Hans-Peter Lindstrom is closing in on Henrik Ibsen and Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer as being Norway's poster boy of choice" (quoting an article on Piccadilly
Records website) is obviously quite an overstatement, but nonetheless his original approach
to dance music is currently causing quite a stir.
Hans-Peter never listened to dance music growing up, and the first time he really listened to it,
was a few years back figuring out how to make it. He prefers quiet nights in with his family,
and Hans Peter never really goes clubbing unless he's Lindstrom. As for artistic background,
he used to play the piano in a gospel choir and the Hammond organ in a Deep Purple tribute
band in his early twenties, before getting into Bob Dylan and folk/country music. Around 99'
he got all fed up with music, sold his instruments, and moved from Stavanger to study
literature at the University of Oslo. As retirement often proves unbearable to music lovers, he
soon found himself busking the main street of Oslo with his guitar. One thing led to the other:
he bought a sampler, borrowed a few 12"s to study the
structure of dance music, and had a go at it.
It's quite impossible to pinpoint the exact origins of his musical originality, although traces
might be found in the aforementioned background. Coming from gospel choirs, country and
rock bands without any knowledge of dance music whatsoever, he entered the scene rather
freed from any preconceived notions of style and trend parameters. He hung on to the habit
of making music by playing melodies on real instruments, and the fact that he plays all the
instruments on his recordings - guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and percussion- enables him
to make music inspired by whatever his influences are at the moment. Last time we spoke to
him he was mostly listening to 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop, and he reckons that music
from that era is much more interesting, both in terms of song writing and production values.
His first success was the jazzy "Granada", being championed by the likes of Giles Peterson
and François Kevorkian and signed to numerous compilations. Wanting to take charge of his
own career, he set up Feedelity Recordings - referring to the contrast between feedback and
high fidelity - in 2003, and released "the untitled EP" which at first sold the massive amount of
150 copies. The track being included on the Chicken Lips DJ-Kicks compilation did the job
though. Then came “I Feel
Space”, the track that put Lindstrom on the map of dance communities all over the world, a 12”
single that sold remarkably 17.000 copies! This single was followed by a string of 12”s that in
the end was compiled on the critically acclaimed “It’s A Feedelity Affair” album.
Following a consistent flow of highly acclaimed EPs, singles and remixes for names like
Franz Ferdinand, Killers, Roxy Music, Doves, Bordoms, The Horrors and LCD Soundsystem,
has also released two Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas duo albums on Eskimo Recordings – in
2005 and 2009. The press and record buyers alike loved the Norwegian bearded duos album
- often described as downbeat space disco with a singer/songwriter feel – is now regarded as
Lindstrøm today enjoys a cult-like status within dance music circles, and although the humble
guy himself is happy doing what he loves on an underground scale. He has decided to have
control over both his own music and publishing, that is why releases all his music on his own
label Feedelity in collaboration with Oslo`s Smalltown Supersound.
2008 saw him debut with his first proper debut album, Where You Go I Go Too, released
independently through Feedelity / Smalltown Supersound – to high critical acclaim. And as
strange as it may sound, this is actually his debut album as “It`s A Feedelity Affair” was a
compilation of his 12” output.
Lindstrøm has collaborated closely with a lot of artists, and one of these is Norwegian-
Mauritan Christabelle Sandoo. Lindstrøm & Christabelle will release their debut duo album
the 18th of Janury 2010 on Feedelity / Smalltown Supersound, named “Real Life Is No Cool”.
The album contains 10 pop songs with vocals – electronic music melting together with soul
In early 2012, Lindstrøm released the album “Six Cups of Rebel”, were his own vocals could
be heard for the first time. On the 5th of November, 2012, Lindstrøm is once again set to
release a studio album. “Smalhans” will be released on Smalltown Supersound and Feedelity.
The album contains six songs which are named after traditional Norwegian dishes.
“Smalhans” is mixed by fellow producer Todd Terje.
For all the expansiveness found in his music, Norwegian disco producer Hans-Peter
Lindstrøm continues to explore new territory in the studio, finding transfixing new ways to
propel listeners through sonic space. Much like the bass lines and melodies he assembles,
Lindstrøm’s creative mind is always twisting, turning and moving forward, whether the task at
hand is remixing, collaborating or producing music for himself and others.
"Home Tonight" offers a poised, pulsating song released as Lindstrom & Grace Hall, which
elevates the Skin Town singer’s voice with a shimmering rhythmic kick and an uplifting bridge
of stabbing synths.