D'sound

Norway

D'sound

D'Sound stylized as d'sound is a Norwegian pop/soul band based in Oslo, Norway. The band is composed of lead vocalist Simone Larsen (now known as Simone Eriksrud), bassist Jonny Sjo and drummer Kim Ofstad.

Drummer Kim and bassist Jonny met while both attending Berklee College of Music. D'Sound was formed back in 1993 in Oslo with vocalist Simone Larsen (now known as Simone Eriksrud) at a coincident rehearsal-meeting. Their debut album, Spice of Life, was released in 1997, followed by the successful single "Real Name", and was nominated for two "Spellemannpriser", the Norwegian equivalent of the Brits (United Kingdom) and the Grammys (United States).

D'Sound's blend of jazz-pop with funky elements was well received, and they also gained recognition as a live act. Their second album, Beauty Is a Blessing, was released in 1998 and won the "Spellemannpris" for Best Norwegian Pop Group. It received platinum certification in Norway; however, the album was never released internationally.

The second single, "Down on the Street" (originally a hit for British jazz-funk band Shakatak) also entered the UK club chart. Musical influence shifted more to a drum-n-bass and modern soul sound in the following albums. The single "Tattooed on My Mind" was released and received with favourable reception in Southeast Asia. After extended touring, the band took a break.

In 2000, the band resumed working together on their next album in Jonny Sjo's home studio. After a long period of writing material, Talkin' Talk was recorded. For the first time, the band also produced the album, along with their long-time keyboardist Stein Austrud. In the production of their third album, D'Sound was heavily influenced by modern rhythm and blues American artists such as Angie Stone, D'Angelo, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. The album Talkin' Talk was mixed in Virginia Beach, United States by Serban Ghenea, whose credits include work for Janet Jackson and Prince. For the subsequent tour, D'Sound joined with numerous national and international musicians and toured Norway with the songs from their three albums. Several international musicians like DJ Kemit from American hip-hop group Arrested Development also joined the band in touring.

In 2003, the group released Doublehearted, which featured the hit single "Do I Need a Reason". In 2004, their first greatest hits album was released, entitled Smooth Escapes - The Very Best of D'Sound. The album was followed by the release of their fifth studio album My Today, the following year. The band took a break after the release of their fourth album. Kim Ofstad left D'Sound in 2010, paring the band down to a duo of Larsen and Sjo, but returned in 2013.

In 2014 they released a new album - Signs.

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