Sounds of Scandinavia: Jimi Somewhere

Sounds of Scandinavia: Jimi Somewhere

Sounds of Scandinavia: Jimi Somewhere

Small town teen turned pop-punk protégé

Small town teen turned pop-punk protégé

Photography: Emilia Staugaard

Styling: Oscar Lange

Text: Matthew Velasco

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“I am inspired by everything,” 23-year-old artist Jimi Somewhere says bluntly. “The best songs are made out of necessity—when you have something on your chest that you really need to get off.”

Jimi, whose real name is Benjamin Schandy, is somewhat of a wunderkind. Born in Hokksund, Norway—a quaint town just outside Oslo—the musician charted his sonic path from an early age, telling childhood friends that he was destined to move to New York and pursue music. Though Jimi is currently Copenhagen-based, his washed-out vocals and guitar-driven melodies are making headwaves globally. The musician’s 2021 debut album, Nothing Gold Can Stay, documents the trials and tribulations of coming-of-age—heartbreak, loss, triumph—and boasts features from the likes of Kacy Hill, Milo Orchis, and Jon Waltz.

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Released in June of this year, Jimi’s latest singles “We Don’t Feel The Same” and “Naive,” prove that the rising artist is a force to be reckoned with. Merging distorted, bouncy production with slow-burning vocals—think indie-pop dressed with tinges of punk—Jimi took a reflective approach for the two tracks. “These songs are about unrequited love—being into someone who doesn’t feel the same can drive you crazy. I’ve had my fair share of that” Jimi explains. “It can be quite the rollercoaster and that’s what these songs feel like to me.”

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Now, off the back of his headline European tour, Jimi is introspective, confident, and fulfilling the childhood prophecy he set over a decade prior. And for his next move? “I’m trying to figure out what I want to say on the next album. That’s the toughest part.”

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