Krister Axel

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Krister Axel
Krister axel sf07.jpg
courtesy of kristeraxel.com
Background information
Birth nameKrister Axel Bjornson Tidics
BornMay 14, 1974 (1974-05-14) (age 44)
Paris, France
GenresBlues, Folk
Occupation(s)Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Engineer
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Piano, B3, Harmonium
Years active1994–present
LabelsNoonchild Records / RockStarAlley
Associated actsPaper Sun, Whitestarr, Chris Pierce, Saucy Monky, Cheyenne Kimball, The River South
Websiteaxel.me, CHILLFILTR.com

Krister Axel (born May 14, 1974) is a French-born musician, poet and software engineer living in Ashland, Oregon.

Background[edit]

Krister Axel, born in Paris, has been writing and performing roots and blues music for 30 years. He began his career as a songwriter performing in the streets of Paris, then New York City, Madison, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now Ashland Oregon. Krister Axel claims the legendary Chris Whitley as the greatest influence on his writing. His work encompasses pop songwriting as well as a roots-based approach to instrumental pieces commissioned for movie projects. His credits include pieces for the soundtracks to Hate Crime and A Colombia and licensing with NBC Networks, Regent Theaters, and many others. Most recently, Krister had a few songs placed on the season 5 DVD of Friday Night Lights (TV series) which has been very successful in generating interest about his music. These songs are Illuminate the Sky and Georgia Rain (both from the EP Swexico), as well as Something Beautiful from the album Arms Around the River.

Krister Axel plays finger-style guitar and electric piano. Krister is a co-founder of the band The River South. In February 2018 Krister launched CHILLFILTR, a roots-based music blog.

Discography[edit]

Albums and EPs[edit]

  • Swexico (EP), Noonchild Records (2004)
    produced by Krister Axel and Brian Susko
  • Permanent Friday Night, Noonchild Records (2005)
    produced by Krister Axel
  • Arms Around the River, Noonchild Records / RockstarAlley (2007)
    produced by Krister Axel, Cynthia Catania and Brandon Krueger
  • Fast Train, RockstarAlley (2008)
    produced by Krister Axel
  • Pain & Joy, Avian Recording Company (2010)
    produced by LOONER (band)
  • Sky Meet Sea, RockstarAlley (2012)
    produced by Krister Axel
  • The River South EP, Ashland IO (2016)
    produced by Krister Axel
  • Follow the Light, Ashland IO (2018)
    produced by Shawn Pander

Other Productions[edit]

  • Sunshine Allison, Rise, Riggadig records (1995)
    produced by Krister Axel, David Kellogg, and Sunshine Allison
  • Sunshine Allison, Eastside, Riggadig records (1997)
    produced by Krister Axel and Sunshine Allison
  • "Always on My Mind" (single), unreleased (2002)
    produced by Krister Axel and Chris James
  • Paper Sun, "Tragic" and "Brooklyn" tracks 1 and 6 from Humanity (EP), digital release (2003)
    produced by Krister Axel, Paper Sun, and Chris Fuhrman

AWARDS[edit]

  • Songprize Winner 2005 (for "Georgia Rain")
  • Two-time Rock City Music Awards nominee 2005
  • NXNE Showcasing Artist 2005
  • SXSW Showcasing Artist 2006
  • Four Songs featured at Cinequest Film Festival 2006 ("A Colombia" by Ryan Byrne)
  • Three-time Rock City Music Awards nominee 2006
  • Amoeba Records Homegrown Artist, March 2006
  • Songprize Winner 2008 (for "Always A Circle")
  • ATMA - Best Independent Artist December 2017 - link
  • ATMA - Best American Song December 2017 - link
  • Hollywood Songwriting Contest - Adult Alternative Finalist 2017 (for "Seeing Stars") - link
  • Hollywood Songwriting Contest - Adult Alternative Finalist 2017 (for "There's Nothing Beneath Us") - link
  • Hollywood Songwriting Contest - Adult Alternative Nominee 2017 (for "Never Say Goodbye") - link
  • International Songwriting Awards - Semi-finalist 2017 (for "Seeing Stars") - link
  • International Songwriting Awards - Semi-finalist 2017 (for "Follow the Light") - link
  • Song of the Year semi-finalist 2018 (for "There's Nothing Beneath Us") - link
  • American Songwriting Awards - Winner 2018 (for "Go My Way") - link
  • American Songwriting Awards - Nominee 2018 (for "A Little Dying") - link
  • American Songwriting Awards - Nominee 2018 (for "Someday") - link

Software Engineering[edit]

  • game development
  • database design
  • Ruby on Rails

References[edit]