Artist: Simeon Kirkegaard
Release: Sorry (single) Out July 10th
Irish Show: Sept 18th Whelans, Dublin
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Norwegian rocker Simeon Kirkegaard is bringing his band, The Existentialists to Whelan’s Dublin for a special night on Friday, September 18th in support of his new single ‘Sorry’. The music has been described as a crossing between 60’s and 90’s pop rock with references to bands such as The Beatles, The Stone Roses, The Verve, Blur and many more.
About the artist
Simeon Kirkegaard is a songwriter and musician born in Norway of Danish parents. His origins began in the small town of Akkerhaugen, which is well known for producing well-established artists in Norway and Internationally. Simeon’s passion in music derived from his love of rock, pop, funk and soul music. Songwriting was a form of expression, which engulfed him from a very early age, inventing ‘new chords’ on the guitar and simple melodies on the piano, gave way to artistic freedom. He started getting guitar lessons from the age of 9 and had his first band at the age of 14. From there on, bands would come and go, but his love for songwriting and producing music remained.
He has 3 brothers and 2 sisters, he’s older sister is today married and lives in Belfast in Northern Ireland. He’s younger sister has for the last 7, 8 years been suffering from Chronic fatigue syndrome which has kept her inside in a dark room and very isolated from the surrounding world as a result. Before his sister was affected by this syndrome they made a song together that brought them to participation in the Scandinavian tv show ‘Hitmakers’ where the song was picked up by Norwegian television (NRK) for use in the very popular kids show AF1. The track was initially titled ‘Broken Heart’ before getting Norwegian lyrics and has received great appraisals from songwriters such as Charles Wright (express yourself).
In 2006 Simeon moved to Dublin to work and gain new life experiences. This was when he was introduced to the Irish music scene when he joined musicians and bands, which led him frequenting all the Dublin venues such as Whelan’s, Odessa Club, Academy, Grand Social etc. During this time he supported Welsh rockers Feeder at the academy. In 2013 he recorded his first solo album in a home studio in Norway. The album received widespread acclaim in Norway. This lead to a Nationwide tour in Ireland in 2014 with his band the Existentialists. They return in September to play Whelan’s on Friday 18th. This will be in the support of the new single ‘Sorry’ which is out on July 10th.