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|Born||October 22, 1975|
|Known for||Known as one of the lead vocalists in the Norwegian rap group Warlocks|
|Relatives||Kevin Eriksen (brother)|
André Eriksen (born 22 October 1975) is a multi-platform artist with a career as an actor, rapper, and graffiti artist. He is best known as one of the lead vocalists in the Norwegian rap group Warlocks, which had commercial success in Scandinavia in the 1990s. He is considered a pioneer of Norwegian hip hop.
Eriksen grew up in Stovner bydel, a low income neighborhood in Oslo with a 53% immigrant population. He dropped out of school as a teenager and started making music and painting graffiti with friends in his neighborhood. Both his music and art were anti-establishment and Eriksen was arrested several times for graffiti. In 1995 he was in police custody when his first album with the band Warlocks was released. The incident caught media attention and made Eriksen a public figure. Together with his brother Kevin Eriksen and friend Håkon Lund they became spokesmen for the controversial Norwegian graffiti community. Eriksen won the Norwegian break dance championships in 1997, both solo and with the crew Atomic B-Boys. Together with the rest of the members of Atomic B-Boys, Eriksen wrote, directed, and played in “Evolution of Style”, at Black Box Theatre, later picked up by the Norwegian Riksteatret, Kiasma in Helsinki and Kulturhuset in Stockholm. This was the first of many theatre shows he did with Atomic B-Boys. Eriksen performed in several contemporary dance performances with the Swedish ensemble Moves Per Minute, and toured with the Swedish Riksteatern several times.
Eriksen debuted his acting career in the film Nokas (film) (2010), directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, about a real bank robbery that happened in downtown Stavanger in 2004. Skjoldbjaerg then hired Eriksen to play Aksel Hennie’s brother in the film Pionér (2013). Since then, Eriksen has appeared in a variety of American and Scandinavian television shows and movies. He has played Norse god Odin in Vikings.
|Trio: Odins Gull||Tom||2014|
|Hotel Cæsar||Atle Søgård||2015|
|Julekongen: Full Rustning||Lut||2015|
|DC’s Legends of Tomorrow||Baron Krieger/Captain Nazi||2016|
|Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire||Thorgrim||2017|
|The Navigator (short)||Freddy||2017|
|The Last Kingdom||Earl Ulf||2017|
|Mayhem (film)||Colton “The Bull” Snyder||2017|
|Lethal Weapon||Zovra Umarov||2018|
|Black Lake (Svartsjøn)||Uno||2018|
|Slightly Dead||Daniel / Director||2020|
Music/Hip Hop Career
Andre Eriksen (stage name “Tech Rock”), his brother Kevin Eriksen (“Karma”), and their friend Håkon Lund (“Hawk”) formed the hip-hop trio Warlocks in 1992, releasing their debut album Lyrical Marksmen, on a local independent label (dBut Records) in 1995.
Andre wrote and composed a total of 5 albums together with his brother Kevin and Håkon Lund. Following the success of Lyrical Marksmen, they were picked up by Norway’s leading rap label Tee Productions (owned by Tommy Tee), releasing three additional studio albums and a variety of singles in collaboration with Tee Productions over the next several years, including the widely popular song “Takin Ova” (feat N-Light-N, Diaz, Warlocks, Opaque, and Father Blanco (1998). The album Afterlife, released in 2001, won the 2002 Norwegian Alarm Prize (category: hip hop / rap). Warlocks released their final album entitled The Never Ending Story in 2005 with C+C Records. Andre has toured Europe and Scandinavia numerous times with Warlocks and has shared stages with artists like The Beastie Boys, House Of Pain, Wu Tang Clan, 50 Cent and many more.
|The Neverending Story||2005|
André Eriksen was a member of the break dance crew Atomic B-Boys, together with Lars "PayTwo" Undli and Bjørn "Sean" Hagen. The crew represented Norway in several international competitions and “jams” and held the title as Norwegian champions 1997-2000. Andre won Scandinavian Battle Of The Year 2000 together with the group Nasty9 and represented the Nordic countries in International Battle Of The Year 2000.
In the media
- Holen, Øyvind (18 August 2018). "Da jeg begynte som skuespiller, ville jeg bare spille beinhard groruddalsgangster" [When I started out as an actor, I just wanted to play really hard-nosed Groruddal gangsters] (in Norwegian). Retrieved 25 May 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "Warlocks". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- Leirbakk, Maria J.; Magnus, Jeanette H.; Torper, Johan; Zeanah, Paula (28 November 2015). "Look to Norway: Serving new families and infants in a multiethnic population". Infant Mental Health Journal. 40 (5): 659–672. doi:10.1002/imhj.21804. PMC 6973293. PMID 31318444.
- Mitchell, Molli; Orange, Richard (24 September 2013). "Nokas millions used for drugs smuggling". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- Mitchell, Molli (19 March 2020). "Vikings: Who is the Viking God Odin? Who plays Odin in Vikings?". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- Fossberg, Harald (28 November 2015). "Sang, lek, dans – det er det jeg driver med" [Sing, play, dance - this is what I do] (in Norwegian). Retrieved 25 May 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "En norsk hip hophistorie" [A Norwegian Hip Hop Story] (in Norwegian). 4 June 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "Warlocks: "The NeverEnding Story"" [The NeverEnding Story] (in Norwegian). 12 September 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "Varmer opp for Wu-Tang Clan" [Warming up for Wu-Tang Clan] (in Norwegian). 11 May 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
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