Get To Know... Briis
A talented multi-instrumentalist and born story teller, Norway's Lars Husby's latest venture, briis, is an exploration of a multitude of different genres.
Latest single, Oxytocin, is an amalgamation of Husby's various influences, taking on classic indie pop tropes as well as numerous house and funk driven riffs a carefully curated and endlessly intriguing track.
Constantly striving for new ways to express his creativity, we caught up with briis to chat soundtrack dreams, talent for production and nostalgic influence.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
My name is Lars Husby, I am 29 years old from Ålesund, Norway. I’m currently studying clinical psychology at NTNU, Trondheim and will be a licenced therapist by next summer. I am also a musician and have been since I was about 13 years old. I started making music right away, but gradually I would become just as interested making fully realized tracks. At about age 19 I almost completely stopped practicing on my instruments in favour of exploring the endless possibilities of shaping songs through music production. For almost 15 years I’ve been doing pretty much all the writing, instrumentation, recording, production and mixing on my own, and I still feel like I’ve just scratched the surface of the art of making music. briis is the natural result of my basic need to figure out what I’m capable of creating.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I don’t really dream of becoming an “artist”, as such. The most important thing to me is to keep writing songs. But after putting in countless hours into a track, I find it equally important to get my music out there so that other people may enjoy it.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I can’t write more than a single note if my heart’s not in it. I find it incredibly inspiring when the notes I lay down evokes some emotion in me. Usually it’s akin to nostalgia. I’m absolutely in love with that feeling. However, melodies, beats and atmosphere doesn’t appear out of nowhere, so naturally, whatever comes out is heavily guided by the tunes that have been imprinted in my DNA over the years.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
To me, writing music is rewarding in and of itself, but it also lends itself to discovering some hidden away emotions that feel like long forgotten memories. It’s a way to express things lying under the surface.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
Make it your job to make music, and nothing else. Don’t do everything by yourself. It sounds great on paper, but it obliterates all the fun. Let skilled and passionate people help you out with getting your music out there.
What would your dream tour and rider look like?
Personally, I prefer well produced semi-live sessions. These days it would be cool to do a 30-minute filmed concert with great cinematography. This way I could get creative by doing some production in post, which is half of the fun of making music. My dream rider would include Bareksten Gin and tonic, snacks and nachos.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
All of them! No but seriously, I feel like much of my upcoming album would be perfect for the moody Nordic noir genre. On the other hand, I would love to see the currently promoted single “Oxytocin” in a film or show where a character feels safe around someone, as this is what it’s about in my ears.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
I’m not sure why, but I dream of a sync deal. I eagerly await the day I watch a film or TV show and hear my music compliment the scene with atmosphere.