Following on from the release of his much-loved studio album 'To Madness' last year, Norwegian singer and songwriter End Of Proof recently returned to deliver his euphoric new single 'Made For Two'.
Conjuring a bold and anthemic indie-rock direction from start to finish, 'Made For Two' sees him return in stellar form. Jam-packed with blistering hooks, powerful production, and his own soaring voice layered throughout, we can't wait to see where this new year takes him.
So with the new track available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Definitely guitar! It's also the most recent. For the longest time I didn't really play that much and it was mostly on an acoustic. Ever since I decided I wanted to write songs using electric guitar I have learned so much I have rediscovered my love for the instrument.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I think it was mostly metal and rock music. I mean, I remember rocking out to Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys but when I really started to get in to music I listened to bands like Nine Inch Nail, Incubus, Smashing Pumpkins and Deftones.
What was the first album you remember owning?
“Absolute Music 21” I got it as a gift for Christmas. I still remember sitting in my room listening to “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba on repeat. It came out in 1997, so I must have been 8 years old. I think the first album I bought for my self was the soundtrack to The Matrix. I guess both of these are more of a compilation mix rather than an album.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Comforting Sounds by Mew. It got the most amazing build up and never really leaves the initial simple idea. I love it.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Most of my songs start out on the guitar and then I usually make everything digital, adding more instruments and figuring out the sections and arrangement. As for a ritual, I alway travel somewhere when I release new music. I can’t sit at home. When I released my debut album “To Madness” I went to a cabin with no internet or cell reception.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Ben Howard. It’s so easy to get lost in his music, in a good way. He can really take a simple idea and make it super cool and interesting. Lately I’ve also been listening more with the intent of learning. Trying to figure out how he writes and structure songs etc.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Silverchair! Because that would mean that they were reunited.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
The process is the most rewarding aspect for me. Making new songs, finding melodies and sounds. Start at nothing and create something new.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Getting stuck on an idea. Or having an idea you think is great and discover that its not great at all. There is a thin line between great and garbage for me with my own music.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Just get it done.
End Of Proof's new single 'Made For Two' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.