i am a singer / songwriter
words and music by egil olsen

01. singer / songwriter
02. california
03. you and i (and the dog)
04. deep down the basement
05. same old fool
06. papers and pens

07. playlist
08. back on my feet
09. little green apples
10. yeah i know
11. wannabe
12. no name (so far)

released oct #15 2007
iknowwhatyoudidlastrecords / bonnier amigo
also released in japan by lirico / inpartmaint and in china by pocket records

i am a singer / songwriter

i am a singer / songwriter is egil olsen's first 100% solo album. after releasing two albums under the solo / band monkier uncle's institution, egil olsen found himself deep down the basement. after months of doing nothing he finally got a chance to go to california. he had always wanted to go there. he bought himself a new guitar and spent the rest on motels and a rental car. alone with nothing but a guitar he discovered a new lust to write songs. it didn't take long before he found himself performing live on stage in san francisco, santa cruz and at the legendary club largo, in hollywood. to avoid complicating things he just introduced himself: my name is egil olsen, i am a singer / songwriter.
it felt right. this is where a new era begun. egil olsen had found himself. in hollywood.

egil olsen moved to oslo, where most of this record was recorded, in his own studio. he also spent a night at the beautiful studio propeller in oslo to record acoustic guitar and celeste.

the music video to the song singer / songwriter, directed by janic heen was awarded best norwegian music video of 2007 at the grimstad short film festival. egil olsen was also nominated for best animated short with the music video to the song wannabe at fredrikstad animation festival.


"an insanely good experience. a straight A!"

"the album is only supported by the strength of the melodies and the prencence of the vocals and egil olsen shows himself as a good songwriter and finally gets to show the more voulnerable sides of himself."

"egil olsen has a nice touch with meolodies and delivers 12 songs with a fine pop nerve only supported by himself on electric, or sometimes accoustic guitar."

"egil olsen is uncompromising and does not flinch from his accoustic idea. this is not bad."

"i am a singer / songwriter is just as much a reflection upon the artist himself and the creation of the album, as a deliverence of external impressions, without in anyway getting embarrassingly selfsentered."

"an honest and at times quite humorous album with pretty melodies and lyrics."

"strength in writing great, simple melodies suited for the personal and simple lyrics."

"a good voice and a great songwriting talent."

"such a quiet little thing - you can't avoid being touched."

"extremely well-sounding and cosy little album, as made for melancholic autumn nights."


recorded at our little mansion, oslo
except track #01 recorded in da house, ørsta
guitar on #02 + celeste on #04 recorded at propeller, oslo

track #09 written by bobby russell

produced, recorded and mixed by egil olsen
mastered by svein erik åmås at audiofarm, ørsta