TIX will represent Norway at Eurovision 2021 with his song “Fallen Angel”.
TIX — otherwise known as Andreas Haukeland — got the ticket to Rotterdam by winning Norway’s national final Melodi Grand Prix. He was a clear favourite, winning the gold final with a margin of almost 100,000 votes.
But who is the man behind the sunglasses and bandana? We’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about TIX. Let’s do this!
Norway at Eurovision 2021: Facts about TIX
1. He co-wrote Ava Max’s international hit single “Sweet But Psycho”
As well as being a performer in his own right, TIX is also an established songwriter for other artists. Most famously, he was part of the team behind American singer Ava Max’s hit 2018 single “Sweet But Psycho”. TIX joined Ava Max for an impromptu duet of the song in 2019. TIX also co-wrote Flo Rida’s sporty 2017 single “Game Time”.
2. He’s open about his life with Tourette syndrome
Otherwise known as Andreas Haukeland, TIX has been open about having Tourette syndrome and OCD. His stage name comes from a childhood nickname that referenced the involuntary tic movements he experiences as part of Tourette syndrome. It’s also why he wears his trademark sunglasses — to help disguise the tic movements he sometimes experiences with his eyes. Being open about his Tourette syndrome and OCD has also been helpful for his fans dealing with similar issues. TIX said, “Even if I only get one message from a parent saying their child is doing better because of me, I know I’m doing something right.”
3. He got his start making party music
Anyone who has seen the hit Norwegian teen drama series SKAM will know about Norway’s Russ party culture. TIX got his start in the mid-2010s making music that would be the soundtrack to wild Russ parties. His debut single was the controversial “SJEIKEN 2015”, which sang the dubious praises of drinking heavily and shagging. However, TIX has since reflected a lot on his Russ phase and said he accepts that, in retrospect, he should have “used other words and phrases” in the songs. He also accepts his position as someone with influence, and said “I am now in a position where I can do a lot of good for people through my music and message – that is what I intend to focus on in the future.”
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4. He spent some time in Paradise Hotel
In 2019, TIX was a VIP participant in the Norwegian edition of the popular reality romance show Paradise Hotel. He also penned the theme song for that year’s series. The song, “Kaller på deg”, was a hit in Norway and reached No.1 in the singles chart.
5. He has had four number-one singles in Norway
In 2019, TIX hit No.1 in the Norwegian singles chart with his debut solo single “Jeg vil ikke leve”. He has also had No.1 singles with his Paradise Hotel song “Kaller på deg”, his lockdown jam “Karantene” and “Ut av mørket”, the Norwegian version of his Eurovision 2021 song.
6. He’s open about his mental health issues
TIX openly talks about the mental health issues he has faced in recent years. He has spoken about feeling isolated and anxious while hiding behind the confident rockstar persona of TIX. But he is determined to no longer hide, being more open in both his music and his public life. TIX recently said, “I made it my mission that instead of trying to fit in, I would put mental health on the agenda”. In turn, TIX has been praised by Norwegian mental health experts for speaking out about his issues.
7. One was his lucky number at Melodi Grand Prix
Viewers may have spotted the giant golden dice TIX wore at the grand final of Melodi Grand Prix. All sides of the dice showed a single dot. This was a reference to the reaction towards TIX from Norwegian music reviewers who had rated “Fallen Angel” only one out of six dice. One reviewer even declared he would “eat TIX’s headband” if the song won MGP. TIX turned the low rating into a piece of bling that brought him good luck.
8. He was the most-streamed artist in Norway in 2020
TIX’s music is super popular in Norway. Last year he was the most-streamed artist in Norway, proving more popular than international pop icons such as The Weeknd, Juice WRLD, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and Eminem, and fellow Norwegian stars Kygo, Alan Walker and Astrid S. Even Ava Max couldn’t beat the might of TIX!
9. He joined the judges’ panel on Norwegian Idol
Last year, TIX put his expertise as a hitmaker to work and joined the judges’ panel on the Norwegian version of Idol. Sitting alongside Tshawe Baqwa of Madcon and music journalist Silje Larsen Borgan, TIX helped mentor the acts competing in the 11th edition of the popular talent show.
10. He has two songs nominated as Song of the Year in the Norwegian Music Awards
From feeling like a music industry outsider, TIX has now been recognised by his peers by picking up nominations for two songs as Song of the Year in Norway’s Spellemannprisen music awards. His singles “Karantene” and “Kaller på deg” have both been nominated. The winner is decided by public vote, and while TIX says he’s grateful for the double honour, he’s asking his fans to only vote for one of the songs, his feel-good lockdown song “Karantene”. TIX wrote, “‘Quarantine’ has had a real impact on our society. It is a song that has helped people and put into words a common feeling the whole Norwegian people have been with.”
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What do you think of TIX’s career? Are you excited to see “Fallen Angel” at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.