Norway's Kim Hiorthøy is a Jack of all Trades – musician, graphic designer, illustrator, filmmaker and writer – perhaps is best known for his Rune Grammofon, Smalltown Supersound and Norwegian rock band Motorpsycho cover designs. His debut album Hei
(Smalltown Supersound, 2000) was an unexpected success, which he has since followed up with several more albums and EPs on Smalltown Supersound and other labels.
Hiorthøy (1973) was born and raised in Trondheim, Norway, and studied at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (1991–96) as well as the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1999-2000). While at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Hiorthøy spent a year abroad in New York to attend the School of Visual Arts.
Hiorthøy’s unofficial debut album was a thirty-six track CD called Fake that was included in a book of Hiorthøy’s artwork published in 1996. Four years later, Hei
was released on Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound, for whom Hiothøy had been doing graphic design work. His second record, Melke
, a collection of remixes, 7 inches, rejected tracks and tracks for compilations, was released in 2002.
Each of Hiorthøy’s recordings has been an exploration of a different aesthetic in keeping with his ‘amateurist’ approach. His live sets also differ considerably from the records with faster speeds and louder beats, often ending up more dance-friendly.
Hiorthøy was a participant in CTM.05 where he created a large-scale wall drawing for the Wasted event. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
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