William Wiik Larsen

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William Wiik Larsen
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Background information
Also known asWill IDAP, Nasty Kutt
Born (1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 32)
Oslo, Norway
GenresPop, Hip hop, Country music, Rock music, Electronic dance music
Occupation(s)Record producer & Songwriter
Years active2005–present
LabelsIDAP Music
Associated actsTrain, Nico & Vinz, Kygo, Florida Georgia Line, Maty Noyes, Akon, Method Man & Redman, Jessie J, Stargate

William Wiik Larsen is a Norwegian record producer, songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles CA. He has crafted several global and US hits like "Am I Wrong" for Nico & Vinz ,"H.O.L.Y." for Florida Georgia Line, "Stay" for Kygo, and "Play That Song" for Train.

Early life[edit]

Larsen was born in Oslo, Norway. His father was a professional musician and his mother a singer. Growing up in a musical family, he was exposed to instruments, drum machines, keyboards and turntables from an early age .[1] At the age of 6 he started playing the drums in the school band. He later moved on to study drums and percussion at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Norges Musikkhøyskole) at the age of 10.

DJ & artist career[edit]

At age 14, Larsen started touring and competing in several DJ competitions under the aka Nasty kutt, among them the DMC National DJ Championships which he won 2005 and 2006, to go on to represent Norway in the World finals (DMC World DJ Championships[2]).

In 2004, Larsen joined music-collective and record label Pass It Records, where he released the official mixtape Homework the same year. During his time at Pass It Records he would DJ for several of the Norway's more prominent urban acts. In 2005 retired from DJ’ing and went on to focus on music production.

In 2011, IDAP Music in collaboration with Universal Music, launched the single Min Ting at VG-lista Topp 20. The single featured rappers like Norwegian Vinni from Paperboys, Yosef from Madcon, Lars Vaular og OnklP, and Swedish rappers Timbuktu & Promoe.[3]

Music production & songwriting career[edit]

In 2008, Larsen and his longtime collaborator and manager Julian Alexander, launched the production and publishing company IDAP Music and started taking on more international projects.

In the years to come, Larsen worked in the Scandinavian music industry as an urban/pop producer with 21 IFPI[4] (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) Certifications, 5 of them being multi-platinum.

In 2009, he had his first major US placement with the song City Lights featuring Bun B from Method Man and Redman's album Blackout 2. The Def Jam/Universal release debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[5] The same year Larsen started his collaboration with Envy (now known as Nico & Vinz).

In 2013 Larsen relocated to Los Angeles and signed a worldwide Joint Venture deal with IDAP Music & BMG Chrysalis.

Bands and artists[edit]

Nico & Vinz

The collaboration between Larsen and Nico & Vinz started in 2009. Their first single One Song,produced and co written by Larsen, became their breakthrough in Norway,[6] and charted at #19 on the Norwegian billboard and received massive airplay. The music video for the song also won a Norwegian Grammy for video of the year. Larsen and Nico & Vinz reconnected in 2011, and together with Larsen they created the sound for the follow-up album Black Star Elephant. Including "Am I Wrong",[7] and topped the iTunes charts in over 40 countries.[citation needed] The album was recorded in Oslo, Botswana and Los Angeles. Larsen produced and co wrote 10 songs on their international album Blackstar Elephant.

Train (band)

Larsen produced/co wrote 6 songs on Train (band)'s 10th album A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat working closely with singer Patrick Monahan including platinum single Play That Song (Train song) . The songs were written and recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle

Florida Georgia Line

Larsen co wrote the bands 4x platinum single H.O.L.Y. alongside songwriters Busbee and Nate Cyphert, winning BMI Country song of the year among other certifications.

Kygo

Larsen produced and co wrote Kygo's hit single Stay (Kygo song) along with dj Kygo and singer Maty Noyes, landing them 5 gold and 1 double platinum certification. The song also charted as one of the most streamed 100 songs on Spotify in 2016 . He also co wrote and produced Noyes debut single In My Mind (Maty Noyes song) on Republic Records.

Selected discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Credit
2018 Alan Walker Single "Darkside" Writer
2018 Maty Noyes Love Songs From A Lolita EP "Boys Like you" Producer
2018 AJ Mitchell Hopeful EP "High Like You" Producer & Writer
2018 Train Single "Call Me Sir" feat Cam (singer) & Travie McCoy Producer & Writer
2017 Jessie Reyez Kiddo "Gatekeeper" Producer & Writer
2017 Train a girl a bottle a boat "You Better Believe" Producer & Writer
2017 Train a girl a bottle a boat "Lost and Found" Producer & Writer
2017 Train a girl a bottle a boat "Valentine" Producer & Writer
2016 Train a girl a bottle a boat "Working Girl" Producer & Writer
2016 Train a girl a bottle a boat "Lottery" Producer & Writer
2016 Keke Palmer Single "Figure You Out" Producer & Writer
2016 Maty Noyes Single "In My Mind" Producer & Writer
2016 Nano Single "Day I'm Gone" Producer & Writer
2016 Kevin Hart Single "Give It Back" feat Akon Producer & Writer
2016 Train Single "Play That Song" Producer & Writer
2016 Tish Hyman "Dedicated to" "Lesbehonest" Producer
2016 Tish Hyman "Dedicated to" "Absolutely" Producer & Writer
2016 Tish Hyman "Dedicated to" "Dreams" Feat Ty Dolla Sign & Fabolous Producer
2016 Tish Hyman "Dedicated to" "4 Letter Word" Producer & Writer
2016 Broiler Single "Daydream" Producer & Writer
2016 Florida Georgia Line Single "H.O.L.Y." Writer
2016 Broiler Single "Money" Feat Bekuh BOOM" Producer & Writer
2015 Tish Hyman "Dedicated to" "Home For Christmas" Producer & Writer
2015 Kygo Single "Stay" Feat Maty Noyes" Producer & Writer
2015 Nano Single "Perfect Melody" Producer & Writer
2015 Broiler Single "Fly By Night" Feat Tish Hyman" Producer & Writer
2015 Nano Single "Lion" Producer & Writer
2015 Tish Hyman "Dedicated to" "Subway Art" Producer
2014 Nico & Vinz "The Good Lie" Movie Soundtrack "Find A Way" feat. Emmanuel Jal Producer & Writer
2014 Jessie J Sweet Talker "Personal" Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "Am I Wrong" Producer & Writer[6]
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "Know What I'm Not" Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "Miracles" Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "My Melody" Feat Ntirelang Berman Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "Another Day" Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "People" Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "Imagine" Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "Homeless" Feat Ntirelang Berman Producer & Writer
2014 Nico & Vinz Black Star Elephant "When The Day Comes" Producer & Writer
2013 Dirt Nasty Palatial "Bang Her" feat. Too $hort Producer
2013 Dirt Nasty Palatial "Threesome" Producer & Writer
2012 Angel Haze Reservation "CHI (Need To Know)" Producer
2012 Three Loco Three Loco EP "Beer" Producer
2012 Three Loco Three Loco EP "Make Em Wait" Producer
2010 Madcon Contraband "Walk Out The Door" Producer & Writer
2010 Madcon Contraband "City Lights" feat. Bun B Producer & Writer
2009 Method Man & Redman Blackout! 2 "City Lights" feat. Bun B Producer

Scandinavian awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Song/Album Artist
2012 NRJ Radio Awards Most Played Song of the Year “Kjører på” Madcon
2011 MTV Europe Music Awards Norwegian Album of the Year “Back to business” Erik & Kriss
2011 Swedish Grammy Awards Best Hip Hop/Soul Album of the Year[8] “Sagolandet” Timbuktu
2011 Norwegian Grammy Awards Video of the Year[9] “One Song” Envy
2010 Norwegian Grammy Awards Best Hip Hop album “Helt om natten, helt om dagen” Lars Vaular
2010 MTV Europe Music Awards Norwegian Album of the Year “Aldri solgt en løgn” Karpe Diem
2008 Norwegian Grammy Awards Best Hip Hop album “Fire Vegger” Karpe Diem
2006 MTV Europe Music Awards Norwegian Album of the Year “It is what it is” el Axel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nasty Kutt". discogs.com. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  2. ^ DMCWorld.com, Dan @. "DMC World DJ Championships". dmcdjchamps.com. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Hiphoptoppmøte på VG-lista-showet på Rådhusplassen". vg.no. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ "About — IFPI — Representing the recording industry worldwide". ifpi.org. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Eminem's 'Relapse' Tops Billboard 200". billboard.com. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b http://www.nobelpeaceprizeconcert.org/artists/envy/
  7. ^ "Nico & Vinz Don't Care What You Think About 'Am I Wrong?'". mtv.com. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Timbuktu wins at the Swedish Grammis - Bad Taste Empire". badtasteempire.com. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.nobelpeaceprizeconcert.org/artists/envy//