Dedicated, hardworking, and energetic – three words that constitute the best attempt to briefly describe what the Norwegian hot-shot Ørjan Nilsen is all about. In the last few years, he has been wowing audiences across the planet with his take on what a 21st century DJ and producer should be.
Born in 1982 in the Norwegian town of Kirkenes, Ørjan has had very little doubt about what he wanted to do with his life. Having listened to countless CD compilations, and seeing some of the legends DJing live, Ørjan knew that the DJ booth would be his domain one day.
Ørjan’s work with the Dutch label Armada Music started with the track ‘Red Woods’, which was released in 2006 under his DJ Governor alias. Over the years, Ørjan found his groove, flashing samples of his huge potential with ‘La Guitarra’ (2008), Lovers Lane, and So Long Radio (2010). Ørjan went on to release his first artist album in 2011, titled ‘In My Opinion’, which stormed up sales charts and catapulted Ørjan onto the watch-list of every EDM-fan.
Even though ‘In My Opinion’ was very successful, Ørjan showed no intention of slowing down, quickly releasing mammoth tracks like ‘Viking’, ‘Atchoo’ (2011), and opening 2012 with a collaboration with Armin van Buuren and the aptly titled ‘Belter’, followed by his own ‘Amsterdam’ and ‘Endymion’ before finishing out the year with the club-destroyers ‘Copperfield’ and ‘Filthy Fandango’.
As a DJ, Ørjan Nilsen quickly established himself with an infectious blend of all things chunky and groovy — his energy and presence behind the decks has taken him around the world playing at some of the world’s finest clubs and biggest festivals, from Sao Paulo to Sydney and loads of places in-between. It’s been a remarkable journey, which has resulted in significant recognition from industry heavyweights.
One thing is certain, there is no stopping this Norwegian prodigy — He is on a mission, be it in the studio or in the DJ booth, Ørjan Nilsen is determined to surprise, amaze, and entertain, and that’s something you would not want to miss out on.