Meet Eivind Knapper, a member of the Norwegian pop band LYX. Eivind shares his experience about being the support act for British pop group a1, and how the world-famous singers inspired him and the rest of his band.
By Michael Hartmann. September 1, 2020. (Photos of Mark Read and Ben Adams were updated on May 20, 2023).
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ctober 4, 2019, at Vulkan Arena in Oslo: The four members of the upcoming pop band LYX is on stage. They are killing it with funky pop songs and their energetic stage presence.
I was standing in front of the stage. I knew that these four musicians – all in their early twenties – easily could have continued with more music. The crowd around me was enthusiastic.
Even after the concert with a1, the pop group known for hits like Caught in the middle, Like a rose, and Take on Me, it was hard to forget LYX and how they transformed Vulkan Arena into a party.
-Supporting a1 was like a masterclass.
These words belong to LYX member Eivind Knapper. Earlier this week, I asked him about the concert.
-Supporting a1 was like a masterclass for us, he told me. -We learned a lot about how a1 communicated with their audience. Ben, Mark, Christian, and Paul are professional artists. They are also skilled songwriters. We learned a lot from watching them at Vulkan Arena.
He continues: -Every single one of the a1-legends was super nice and supportive when we met them backstage, something that really made us feel comfortable and confident when walking on the stage as their support act!
I asked Eivind to share how the members of a1 inspire him and the other band members, Thomas Clausen Nerstad, Marie Valø, and Lars-Petter Bjørnstad.
-They create catchy pop music and will continue to make music as soon as the corona situation is over, he told me earlier this summer.
-They are in their early twenties, but already skilled musicians. I will help them on their journey. It’s exciting for me to see young musicians in their early twenties who have great musicianship already.
LISTEN: Christian Ingebrigtsen: -I will help them on their journey.
After I talked with Christian, I told Eivind about the conversation and how strongly Christian believes in the band.
Eivind: -It’s great that Christian supports us, it means a lot! Christian is very good at spreading enthusiasm and positive energy. He is a pop star and a member of a1, but he’s very down to earth.
The first song from LYX is Feel The Rhythm.
Their second single song is a little “darker”. It’s about moving forward in your life, to start over. Still, it’s a funky song.
Main Photo: Runhild Heggem.