And a lot happening this year! First of all, we started a record label and booking agency last year called «Klangkollektivet». I did the entire identity for the label in addition to illustrating and designing two of our first released. Namely Monstereo and Ekkolodds debut albums. More info on those coming in a promotion wise more timely fashion. In the meantime you can check out the profile for Klangkollektivet in my showcase, or click this link right here.
While really fun to work with, designing the profile was quite a big effort for me, I did it pro bono, since this is an effort I’m both emotionally and financially involved in myself. It took me about four weeks to nail the profile and design all of the elements, and make sure they came out according to our visions as a label. At the same time I made the cover for Monstereos debut album, and that was quite the effort as well. I’m not going to spoil the surprise on that one just yet, but I can say as much as it was quite time consuming.
To say a few words about our label is difficult for all of us, since all of the people involved is really invested in the project, but i’ll try. (In my own words): Klangkollektivet is a label focusing on norwegian music, often the more shoegazy stuff than the pop-oriented stuff. We do digital releases and vinyl releases only – meaning no CD releases. Not quite as bold move as it would have been a couple of years ago, but a statement still. I’m involved in all of this as an investor and household designer. If you’re a native, you can check out our norwegian website at www.klangkollektivet.no (brilliantly done by my awesome neighbor Eivind Mjelde).
One of the projects I worked on this summer is finally getting ready to be released as well, the awesome hardcore effort From Strength To Strength’s debut release (hereby FSTS). FSTS features some members from In Vain, a band I’ve held high since their first demo release, so naturally it was quite an honor for me to be able to work on this album as well. As a vinyl fan, I would like to see this one on a vinyl release, but a CD release is the first one coming out. You can see more of the artwork by clicking here or going to Selected works. I’ve made cover, logo, backdrop and T-shirts for this release.
Some of the dudes involved must have been pleased with the result, because shortly afterwards In Vain asked me to do cover for their new album as well. As I’m writing this I’ve just delivered the new front cover to the label. In Vain is always about the quality stuff. Really epic proportions and amazing songs, and I’ve tried to reflect that in the artwork somehow. I’m not quite sure when the cover is official, but in a couple weeks I can probably post it.
Something else I’m really stoked about is taking over the role as designer for Fett after Grandpeople. This is quite an awesome task, and probably a lot of hard work. Not too much to say about this just yet, but keep your eyes peeled.
Another thing missing in the showcase is of course the new Antimatter album. I did the entire design for jewelcase, digipack, vinyl and artbook for their new release on Prophecy Production. As this was quite the difficult task for me, I’m going to leave it resting for a couple of months before I’ll start putting together a post with some of the work we did there.
That’s it for now, but there’s a lot of stuff going on these days, so if you’re a sucker for more rapid updates, check out my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/attheends and / or follow me on Instagram: @attheends – There’s a lot more sketchy and random stuff posted there, so be warned.