Ivan Ave’s relationship with music started in the CD shelves of his older sisters. Today the Norwegian MC makes songs clearly shaped by sneaking into 90s bedrooms to play albums by The Fugees and Janet Jackson. In the last few years he has put out several projects, all deeply rooted in the R&B and hip-hop of his childhood, perhaps even more the 70s jazz and soul that inspired it.
Ivan signed with Berlin based Jakarta Records in 2014 to release Low Jams, a five track phenomenon produced by Stones Throw artist Mndsgn. The EP was described by Okayplayer.com as “an enveloping head nodder that peppers irresistible grooves with vivid double-entendres and exists in the same elusive strata of true school perfection occupied by Nas’ debut Illmatic LP.” In 2015, Ivan and long time collaborator Fredfades released another duo project, entitled Fruitful LP. In early 2016 Jakarta Records releases Ivan’s debut solo LP Helping Hands, produced exclusively by Mndsgn. Ave is currently touring and working on his next LP, but started 2017 off by dropping Also, a loosie co-produced by Kaytranada and Kiefer.
Opening acts: Walla P and Lou Phelps