Magnet (musician)

Magnet (musician)

Magnet during the Skral Festival in Grimstad, Norway.
Background information
Birth name Even Johansen
Born June 7, 1970 (1970-06-07) (age 41)
Bergen, Norway
Genres Folk, Pop, Electronic
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, lap steel guitar
Years active 2000–present
Labels Hermetix Recordings/Sony BMG
Filter Recordings (US)
Associated acts Libido
Chocolate Overdose

Magnet is the pseudonym of Norwegian singer-songwriter Even Johansen (born 7 June 1970, Bergen, Norway).[1] To date, he has released four full-length studio albums as well as several singles and EPs. Johansen draws upon many influences, including folk, pop, and electronica. His albums are composed and produced solely by him, and he usually performs live sets on his own, using preset loops or creating them as he plays.



Even Johansen was born, raised, and resides in Bergen, Norway, but he has also lived just outside the southern Scottish town of Lockerbie, where he recorded his On Your Side album.[2] Initially, Even was a founding member of the Norwegian rock bands Libido and Chocolate Overdose. During his involvement with Libido, Even conceived a series of songs he thought were inappropriate for the band.[3] His first solo album, Quiet & Still, was released in 2000 under the alias Magnet (in the US, the album was released under his real name). The name "Magnet" originated from when Even was a child with anemia; he was prescribed a special magnetic tattoo on his left shoulder so it could attract iron.[4]

Magnet's second album On Your Side was released in June 2003 on Ultimate Dilemma to positive critical acclaim. The album features Magnet's duet with Irish singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes on a cover of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay," which was later featured in the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith (see also: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (OST)). Following European and North American tour dates throughout 2003 and 2004, Magnet signed to Atlantic Records for his third album The Tourniquet, which was released in May 2005 to further positive acclaim.[5] In 2006, he contributed several songs to the soundtrack of the video game Dreamfall: The Longest Journey.[6] His fourth studio album, The Simple Life, followed in March 2007 on the Hermetix Recordings label, an imprint of Sony BMG.

Over the years, Even has toured with Phoenix, Engineers, Zero 7, Isobel Campbell, Gemma Hayes, Ed Harcourt, Stars, and Doves.[7][8] Even also provided a remix of Doves' song "The Last Broadcast," which was featured on the bonus disc of their 2003 B-sides and rarities compilation Lost Sides.

On July 16, 2011, Even posted a new single to his Myspace page entitled "Doldrum Days". It is unknown if this song will be featured on any album, thought the song itself is available through the Norwegian iTunes store and other retailers.

According to his management, Even is currently working on a new album for a 2011 release.



  • Quiet & Still
    • October 10, 2000 – Norway
    • May 15, 2001 – US (the album was released under the title Even Johansen in the US)
  • On Your Side
    • June 23, 2003 – Norway
    • July 7, 2003 – UK
    • September 28, 2004 – US
  • The Tourniquet
    • May 30, 2005 – Norway
    • August 22, 2005 – UK
    • February 14, 2006 – US
  • The Simple Life
    • March 26, 2007 – Norway
    • September 18, 2007 – US
    • March 24, 2008 – UK


  • Where Happiness Lives EP (June 3, 2002) (CD, 10")
    1. "Where Happiness Lives"
    2. "I'll Come Along"
    3. "Heaviest Heart"
    4. "Nothing Hurts Now"
  • Chasing Dreams EP (September 23, 2002) (CD, 10")
    1. "Chasing Dreams"
    2. "Little Miss More or Less"
    3. "Home Song"
    4. "I'll Come Along" (Psychonauts Remix)
  • The Day We Left Town EP (April 21, 2003) (CD)
    1. "The Day We Left Town"
    2. "Clean Slate"
    3. "Dead Happy"
    4. "The Big Black Moon"
  • "Last Day of Summer" single (November 24, 2003) (12")
    1. "Last Day of Summer"
    2. "Last Day of Summer" (Tom Middleton Cosmos Vox Remix)
    3. "Last Day of Summer" (Tom Middleton Cosmos Deep Dub)
  • "Lay Lady Lay" single (March 22, 2004)
    • CD:
    1. "Lay Lady Lay" (with Gemma Hayes) (Radio Edit)
    2. "Wish Me Well"
    3. "Last Day of Summer" (Tom Middleton Cosmos Vox Remix)
    4. "Lay Lady Lay" (enhanced video)
    • 7" vinyl:
    1. "Lay Lady Lay" (with Gemma Hayes)
    2. "Clean Slate" (The Bees Remix Edit)
  • Minus EP (November 29, 2004) (Norway-only CD)
    1. "Let It Snow"
    2. "Clean Slate"
    3. "Heaviest Heart"
    4. "Dead Happy"
    5. "The Big Black Moon"
    6. "Clean Slate" (The Bees Remix)
  • "Hold On" (August 15, 2005)
    • UK double 7" set:
    1. "Hold On"
    2. "The Mute"
    3. "The Pacemaker"
    4. "Good Mourning"
    • US Tour EP CD:
    1. "Hold On" (Radio Edit)
    2. "The Mute"
    3. "Good Mourning"
    4. "Grinder"
    5. "Hold On" (Metronomy Remix)
    6. "Hold On" (Lindstrøm Remix)
  • "Fall at Your Feet" (December 5, 2005)
    • CD:
    1. "Fall at Your Feet" (Jack Joseph Puig Mix)
    2. "This Bird Can Never Fly"
    • 7" vinyl:
    1. "Fall at Your Feet"
    2. "Hold On" (Metronomy Remix)
  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Soundtrack EP (April 5, 2006)
    1. "Be With You" (previously unreleased)
    2. "My Darling Curse"
    3. "The Pacemaker"
    4. "Nothing Hurts Now"
  • "Lonely No More" (June 30, 2008) (digital download-only[9])
    1. "Lonely No More"
    2. "Pennydrop"
    3. "1997"
    4. "Selfhelper"

External links


  1. ^ | biography
  2. ^ | biography
  3. ^ Magnet's Biography -
  4. ^ Scene article, 2003
  5. ^ MIC Norway: Magnet to tour the UK; press reviews
  6. ^ Funcom News: Warner Music and Funcom to release Dreamfall EP by Magnet, last retrieved on 3 September 2006
  7. ^ According to his MySpace bio
  8. ^ NRK Upunk: May 6, 2002 (Doves tour)
  9. ^ Lonely No More EP: Magnet: MP3 Downloads

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