Danheim

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Danheim
Birth nameMike Schaefer Olsen
BornCopenhagen, Denmark
GenresAmbient, electronica, nordic folk music
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Singer
Years active2016–present
LabelsBallista Records
Websitehttps://danheimmusic.com/

Danheim (real name Mike Schæfer Olsen; born in 1985, Brøndby, Denmark)[1] is a Danish ambient and Nordic folk musician.[2][3][4]

Works and style[edit]

Olsen was born in Copenhagen in 1985 and produced mostly in the electronic genre until 2016, when a strong interest in Norse mythology led him start combining that with his music.[2] His stage name approximately means Danish Home, taken from the Old Norse language word 'heim', meaning home.[5]

Since 2016, Danheim has released eight records on his own independent label.[6] His style has been described by reviewers as 'Brian Eno doing the soundtrack for Game of Thrones'[3] or 'inspired folk music, with dark undertones'.[7] Lyrically, his music deals with such mythological tales as Hrungnir's fight with Thor, the story of Fimbul Winter and much more.[7]

In his 2019 release Hringrás, Danheim recorded the last three minutes of a track using only parts of dead plants and animals, as well as some real human bones.[8]

In 2019, Danheim also contributed music to the soundtrack of three episodes from the second half of the sixth season of the History Channel series Vikings.[9] One of the actors from the show, Georgia Hirst, enjoyed Danheim's contributions to the score so much that she released a social media video praising his music.[10]

As of January 2020, his YouTube channel receives an average of 90,000 new viewers each day. He has 247,000 subscribers and over 50 million video views in total.[11]

In March 2020 Danheim released his third full-length album of 11 tracks, Skapanir.[12] He decided to release the album earlier than planned, to help entertain his fans under lock-down or in isolation due to the 2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic.[13] Reviewers praised the album's 'visceral and hypnotic' composition, and noted the varied instrumentation that produced a 'multidimensional Viking soundbath'.[14] Teemu Esko of Kaos Magazine called Skapanir 'versatile and touching, while rich and immersive'.[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Munarvágr (2017)
  • Mannavegr (2017)
  • Herja (2018)
  • Friðr (2018)
  • Runagalðr (2018)
  • Hringrás (2019)
  • Skapanir (2020)

Singles[edit]

  • Munarvágr (2017)
  • Jörmunganðr (2017)
  • Temple of Odin (2017)
  • Ivar's Revenge - Danish Viking Music (2017)
  • Angrboða (ft.Sigurboði) (2017)
  • Jörmunganðr - Vocal Version (2017)
  • Tyr (2017)
  • Gjallarhorn (2017)
  • Myrkviðr (2017)
  • Floki's Last Journey (2017)
  • Alfaðir (2017)
  • Ulfhednar (2017)
  • Tyrfing (2017)
  • Gleipnir (ft.Fader Sol, Moder Jord) (2017)
  • Valravn (2017)
  • Gripir (2017)
  • War of the North (2017)
  • Valhal - Viking War Song (2017)
  • Berserkir (2017)
  • Gungnir (2018)
  • Ginnung (2018)
  • Fornheim (2018)
  • Vikinger (ft.Sigurboði) (2018)
  • Vigja (2018)
  • Vega (2018)
  • Glitnir (2018)
  • Fella (2018)
  • Feikinstafir (2018)
  • Rùnatal (ft. Sigurboði) (2018)
  • Egilsson (2018)
  • Heilagr Domr (2018)
  • Hausrùnir (ft.Sigurboði) (2018)
  • Hefna (2019)
  • Bana (ft.Gealdýr) (2019)
  • Reida (2019)
  • Blodfest (ft.Heldom) (2019)
  • Ymir (ft.Gealdýr) (2019)
  • Niu Heimar (2020)
  • Skylda (2020)
  • Runamal (2021)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  2. ^ a b Rosvald, Jonas (2018-05-02). "Interview med Danheim". Heavymetal.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  3. ^ a b "Modern-Day Thors Drop the Hammer: These Vikings Show Us How to Rock". InsideHook. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  4. ^ "Viking Music". Sons of Vikings. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  5. ^ Rotar, Tim Raven (2017-12-10). "RavenzCraft Arts Interview Project: Interview with Danheim". RavenzCraft Arts Interview Project. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  6. ^ "Discography – Danheim | Official Page". Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  7. ^ a b "Danheim - Herja". Heavymetal.dk (in Danish). 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  8. ^ "Danish Viking musician Danheim uses real human bones in upcoming album about Life & Death". GRIMM Gent. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  9. ^ Vikings (TV Series 2013– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-01-28
  10. ^ "'Vikings' Season 6 Episode 9: Artist Danheim's music has fans asking for more Norwegian folk melodies". meaww.com. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  11. ^ "Danheim's YouTube Stats (Summary Profile) - Social Blade Stats". socialblade.com. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  12. ^ "Danheim - Skapanir (Full album 2020) Nordic Folk & Dark Viking Music". Danheim - Skapanir (Full album 2020) Nordic Folk & Dark Viking Music. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  13. ^ mythologica (2020-03-18). "Danheim | Projeto dinamarquês lança álbum 'Skapanir'". Mythologica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  14. ^ "Album Review : Skapanir – Danheim". Folk N' Rock. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  15. ^ Esko, Toimittaja: Teemu (2020-05-01). "Koskettava katsaus pakanalliseen sielunmaisemaan – arviossa folkia ja ambientia esittävän Danheimin "Skapanir"". KaaosZine (in Finnish). Retrieved 2020-05-25.