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Vitne - Make Believe

Melodic Rock


Band Description

“Make Believe” and “Lost & Found” showcase Vitne’s searing synergy of 80s melodic rock, punk, and hard rock. He is a 2016 IMEA Award nominee for "Rock Artist of the Year” and "Rock Song of the Year."

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Artist Biography

Vitne is a solo rock artist located in Norway, playing a type of 80s-influenced Melodic Rock with a progressive, slightly gothic lean. Weaving together elements of glam metal, Japanese rock, punk and even RPG soundtrack music, Vitne creates a personal style of hard rock complemented by the addition of flute on many of his songs.
During his time as frontman for the Norwegian glam metal band SEKS, Vitne met hair-metal guitarist Julian Angel of Beautiful Beast, leading to their on-going collaboration. The combination of Julian’s first-class guitar solos and Vitne’s punkish vocals has led to their camaraderie being likened to that of Billy Idol and Steve Stevens.
January 17, 2017 - 12th Single "MAKE BELIEVE"
October 1, 2016 - 11th Single "LION"
June 25, 2016 - 10th Single, "MASQUERADE"
Recommended if You Like:  
Gackt, Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Crumb, Sum 41, Winger, Yohio, Kamijo
Awards and Achievements:
Nominated 2x - IMEA Music Awards 2016
Winner 4x - Akademia Awards 2013 & 2015
Over 60,000 downloads on Jamendo
Born Joseph “Jo” Kimbrell in Charleston, SC USA, he relocated to Norway in 2010 and adopted the name Vitne (meaning “witness” in the Norwegian language), starting his solo career after his band activities were put on hold. Vitne has gone on to embrace Creative Commons, becoming one of the few hard rock artists of his type to release all his music under the Creative Commons (CC-BY) license.
Vitne’s debut album Neon earned him critical acclaim from music critics, with SleazeRoxx saying “Think of Vitne and Julian Angel’s relationship like a modern-day incarnation of Billy Idol and Steve Stevens….” His follow-up EP Endless Blue continued that legacy with fans calling it a “little EP with a lot of heart,” as well as music critics proclaiming “His vocals are intoxicating and the music is like a drug…” (VENTS Magazine) and “…thank you for those few moments in your company which reminded me that sometimes the world is a fabulous place” (Metal-Impact). In 2016, Vitne's single "Masquerade" earned him nominations by the IMEA Awards for "Rock Artist of the Year" as well as "Rock Song of the Year."
“I want my music to have a soul, to have feeling and atmosphere. A personal quality I suppose you could say. My songs aren’t intended to be pop hits, and I don’t do fillers. Every song has a purpose, no matter it’s length.”
A multi-instrumentalist, Vitne sings and plays guitar, bass, flute and some piano. His flute work reminds the listener of his love for Jethro Tull most notably heard in his latest works. Vitne casually pursues an acting career as well, having been an actor in multiple music videos, an extra in the Hollywood feature film Dear John, as well as an actor in multiple episodes of the Norwegian TV series Hotel Cæsar. An avid language learner, Vitne speaks both English and Norwegian, and is actively learning Japanese.
Vitne recently released his 11th single "Lion" in October of 2016, and his upcoming single "Make Believe" will be released worldwide on January 17th, 2017.

Press Release
Vitne Releases “Make Believe” Single Details
Vitne’s latest songs “Make Believe” and “Lost & Found” expand on his introspective melodic hard rock sound.
On January 17th, 2017, Vitne will release his brand new single “Make Believe” featuring the b-side song “Lost & Found.”  The title track showcases Vitne’s ability to hook the listener almost immediately with irresistible melodies and strong vocals, developing into an introspective, atmospheric hard rock anthem.  “Lost & Found” is another hooky hard rock track with heavy punk influence, a remixed version of Vitne’s 2015 single of the same name.  Both tracks feature the lead guitar work of glam metal guitarist Julian Angel, wrapped up in a fantastic mix and master by Crematory’s Rolf Munkes.
As a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist, the former SEKS and HART frontman has largely left his glam-metal past behind, save for the evident influence it has had on his songwriting.  “I love great glam and hair-metal, but as a solo artist, I am not constrained one specific thing,” states Vitne.  “That freedom is liberating.  And ultimately, that is the theme of this single: Liberation from one’s self-limiting habits.”  In terms of sound and style, both songs exhibit hints of Vitne’s primary musical influences like Gackt, Billy Idol, X Japan and Winger.
“Make Believe” will be Vitne’s first release of 2017, coming off two single releases in 2016, “Masquerade” and “Lion,” with the former earning him two award nominations by the 2016 IMEA Awards.  It also marks Vitne’s first release on Patreon.  Through Patreon, Vitne offers an array of patron-only exclusive bonus material including original demos, pre-mixes, hand-signed lyrics and behind-the-scenes videos during the making of the songs.
Vitne’s “Make Believe” will be available worldwide on January 17th, 2017.

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