Check out the HIF Facebook Page
Follow HIF on Twitter
Watch videos from HIF on YouTube.
Back to the home page.
Search the artist database.
Your chance to win is a click away.
Get a free song every week.
Want a free song every week?
Sign up now
11/4/2009 - Dreampilots Fly Into Rock Radio Airspace
(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) – Red Hammer Records rock band Dreampilots fly into rock radio airspace this week with their debut single "Comedown" from the album of the same name. With the music video already generating attention at top outlets like Gospel Music Channel and JCTV, the radio single debuted at #28 this week on both the Billboard Christian Rock Chart and the CRW Signature Rock Chart.
Glowing reviews are touting Comedown as one of the top releases of the year:
“Dreampilots simply have far more talent than most groups currently on the scene and their debut is, easily, one of the best rock albums released in the Christian market this year.” - Shawn McLaughlin, Christian Musician Magazine
"Rock 'n' roll snuck across U.S. borders with a Norwegian swagger....Future headline: 'Dreampilots Make Rock 'n' Roll Fans Dream Again.'" - Rob Vischer, CBNmusic.com
“Beginning to end, the guys in Dreampilots have created a sound that not only defies the current Scandinavian scene but the Nashville one as well. And therein lies in the beauty of Comedown. This is one of the few purchases worth every penny this year.” – Matt Conner, Soul-Audio.com
“Rock and Roll!! These boys are about to show American bands how its done.” – Carl Johnson, Greater Than Magazine
10/7/2009 - Dreampilots Land on iTunes 'New and Noteworthy' List
(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) – After only one week, Dreampilots' North American debut album Comedown (Red Hammer Records/E1 Entertainment Distribution) has landed on the iTunes "New and Noteworthy" list of current rock genre releases. The album is currently featured on the top of the Rock genre page at the iTunes store alongside such popular artists as Flyleaf, Creed, Tokio Hotel, Joe Perry and others.
The Norway-based foursome, which has drawn comparisons as diverse as U2, Switchfoot and Foo Fighters, is made up of veteran musicians with an incredible track record. Frontman and former Word Records UK artist Oddi Nessa is joined by bass player Gulleiv Wee, a founding member of the platinum selling pop band The September When, sought after keyboard player Inge Engelsvold and drummer Karl Oluf Wennerberg, who is also the current drummer for the multi-platinum group a-ha.
The debut single (and title track) "Comedown" has been released to radio, and a music video is also being serviced. With major marketing initiatives planned for the fall and winter, Dreampilots is poised to be one of the most promising artists of the new year.
9/29/2009 - Dreampilots Land in America with Debut Album in Stores Now
(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) – Comedown, the highly anticipated American debut album from Norway-based foursome Dreampilots, has officially landed on U.S. shores with today's release through Red Hammer Records and E1 Entertainment Distribution (formerly Koch Entertainment).
While new to stateside audiences, the Dreampilots have already found fame and fanfare in its homeland thanks to their debut album If You Ever Come Down (2005), international touring and performances at such world renowned venues as Oslo's Valle Hovin (which has literally hosted every prominent music act including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Madonna and more).
It also doesn't hurt that the band is comprised of music veterans with an incredible track record. Frontman Oddi Nessa is a former Word Records UK artist, and bass player Gulleiv Wee is a founding member of the platinum selling pop band The September When. The pair was later joined by sought after keyboard player Inge Engelsvold and drummer Karl Oluf Wennerberg, who is also the current drummer for legendary Norwegian band a-ha, best known for their global smash hit “Take On Me.”
The imagery created by the band's name is intentional. “It comes from our fascination for planes and flying, we like the word ‘dream,' plus we want to pilot people to the Lord,” explains Gulleiv. Adds Karl, “For me it reflects some of the mission in the band. We want people to fly away from daily life, both mentally and spiritually. When people are traveling, they are more open minded, and based on our stories, hopefully this can point people to God and their ultimate salvation.”
Earning comparisons as diverse as U2, Switchfoot and Foo Fighters, the Dreampilots consider themselves to be the cure for musical and spiritual complacency. “We wanted simple, catchy and energetic music that would have humor and depth at the same time,” explains Inge of the songs that make up Comedown. “It's about facing the real world and taking the fight head on - not the easy way out,” adds Oddi of the theme that runs throughout the record. “We want to play great music that can change people's lives and write songs that matter. We want to reach young and old and make a difference by singing from the heart and sing about the cross in an honest and truthful way.”
9/28/2009 - Dreampilots Take Flight and "Comedown" with Debut Album
Hailing from the fjords of Scandinavia, Norwegian rock band Dreampilots will release their North American debut album Comedown on September 29th. The highly-anticipated project will be the first release through Red Hammer Records' new major distribution partnership with E1 Entertainment Distribution (formerly Koch Entertainment).
In April, Dreampilots became the surprise “buzz band” at GMA Music Week in Nashville, where they stole the media's attention with their striking personal stories and the desperate plea for hope that can be found throughout their debut.
Originally started as a ministry project, frontman and former Word Records UK artist Oddi Nessa heeded God's call and set out across the Norwegian countryside with a guitar on his back, a Bible in his hand and a deep desire to share the hope of Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen. He was soon joined by bass player Gulleiv Wee, a founding member of the platinum selling pop band The September When, and production and keyboard maestro, Inge Engelsvold. The evolution of Dreampilots was complete with the addition of drummer Karl Oluf Wennerberg, who is also the drummer for the multi-platinum super-group a-ha.
Dreampilots' powerful stage presence and captivating lyrical imagery pull back the veil of social and spiritual awareness. The lyrics contained within Comedown are not afraid to back down against a world that is rapidly losing its soul.
“We recognize our responsibility as a band to do what we can for humanity while upon a world stage,” says Nessa. “But of equal importance is connecting with the human being who is standing in front of our stage who is jaded and confused, and has lost his ability to know truth. That person has lost their moral compass and ethical boundaries. The desperate part of that situation is that the 14-year-old kid in the audience is the person who will represent our future.”
© 2013 HEAR IT FIRST