Aged 22, HM Johnsen has already developed an extraordinary style of guitar playing and song writing. He grew up with the guitar as his closest friend and playing has been his passion since the age of 9. His ear for new sounds and details makes his songs tell stories. In his music one can detect a modern take on Pink Floyd, alongside genres like pop and indie. With his background as a long time Iron Maiden- and metal lover, heavy guitars and drumbeats are also recognizable in his music.
After chasing his dream of becoming a long-haired rockstar, like Dave Murray, he became more and more comfortable playing the blues. Through the years his music interest shifted from heavy rock over to blues and while his love of Dave Murray remained, new idols like Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa would appear. During a year of living in a caravan in the woods HM started practising singing.
It was now apparent that the genre in which HM played was considered Blues and Rock.
In 2017 HM released his debut album “Chased” which was entirely funded by the small, local community in Western Norway, where HM Johnsen was born and raised. The album was mastered in the legendary Abbey Road Studios where the national broadcaster of Norway joined HM to do a story of this young and talented musician, following his dream. After signing with a Blues/ Rock management following the broadcasted reportage HM did concerts around cities in Norway. In 2018 he was rewarded the title “Norwegian Blues Union Artist” of the year. The title brought with it over 50 concerts in both Norway, Germany and America.
As the feel and genre of HM Johnsen’s music continuously developed, he also found himself in the landscape of jazz, pop and, somehow, everything in between. His latest musical expression combines all of the blood, sweat and experiences of the young musician’s life. The music is influenced by, and portraits our world and the people in it, told by a young man with big thoughts. His latest single ‘Walk This Road’ tells of a young man’s journey to find himself – to find the ‘right path’. As HM says:
“Often in life, we go different ways. The song is about trying to help an old friend stay on track. My friend has been struggling to find himself, and has made some bad decisions over the years. I wrote this song to him hoping he will find his way home, and that he will one day find his purpose in life”.