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Janove Ottesen


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Bryne, Rogaland, Norway (1975 – present)

Janove Ottesen (born Jan Ove Ottesen, 27 August 1975) is a from Bryne, Rogaland, Norway. Together with his childhood friend, Geir Zahl, he founded the alternative rock band Kaizers Orchestra, for which he serves as the band’s frontman and primary composer, and occasionally plays guitar, piano, and the pump organ. Ottesen and Zahl formed several other bands before Kaizers Orchestra became a success, and Ottesen has also formed several solo projects. Aside from being a performer, Ottesen has also served as producer for the studio recordings of Kaizers Orchestra, as well as those of other performers such as Micke From Sweden, Modan Garu, and Britt-Synnøve Johansen.

After playing with Geir Zahl as part of the two-piece group Blod, snått & juling for a number of years, the band dissolved, and Ottesen chose military service as a short-term career path, and was stationed in the northern parts of Norway. In his free time, Ottesen would compose songs, and often performed as a guest musician at a hotel in the vicinity. In 1997, Ottesen recorded an acoustic demo which would later be leaked onto the Internet as a bootleg. Interestingly, “Drømmereise”, one of the songs from this recording, was re-used by Ottesen and Zahl as a “Wake-Up” song bumper for a Norwegian radio station, more than ten years later.


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  • Nokturnal9

    Vi ses i morgen

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ElisabethKaizer

    mannen min jo <3 neida

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Guarlaon

    Forget About Me é fantástica! Simplesmente demais

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • IllusoryKiwi

    This album is so cute!

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • DJNikki

    lovely music<3

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • CoffeeBarGirl

    feels like i'm in a black and white movie.. somewhere..

    8 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Lilientiger

    Love love love love him with and without Kaizers!

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Russians

    janove is a genius

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Samimation

    Oh my god I always wanted to know what he sounded like in english <333 yessssyesyes

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • skinnykid88

    What's up with the scorn towards an artist singing in English? It brings him/her international exposure to a bigger audience. I'm in Asia and I won't never know of his awesome music chops till I hear of him singing in a more universal language.

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Mia1078

    wow..didnt know he was going to sound that brilliant when singing in english =)

    3 May 2009 Reply
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    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • prechtL

    @ ElisabethKaizer: Ok, then I think I'll take a look at the album :D

    25 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Ksssienka

    first time? I've already heard some english words in song die polizei ^^

    25 Jul 2008 Reply
  • ElisabethKaizer

    prechtl: I think you should. This album is a masterpiece!

    18 Jul 2008 Reply
  • prechtL

    i won't listen to any english songs of him, he should go on singing in norwegian!

    4 Jul 2008 Reply
  • StefanieStoeps

    first time i hear ottesen singing english...odd

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • joeisoffended

    love mr ottesen and kaizers, but i want another solo album- can anyone tell me any news about this!? and wish he would play in uk! :(

    13 May 2008 Reply
  • ForgetTheName

    What the hell? Har han gikk ut et nytt album? Den linken lenger nede er ivertfall ikke noe link til hans nye album.

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
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