He’s overcome bullying and harassment to become Norway’s biggest star — recently winning the Norwegian Grammy for Artist of the Year.
And now TIX — real name Andreas Haukeland — is bringing his journey to life in the official music video for his Eurovision 2021 song “Fallen Angel”.
Speaking of the video, TIX said: “To grow up with something that makes you feel a little bit different than everybody else, can be challenging. When we were planning the video for ‘Fallen Angel’, this was the story I wanted to present, based on experiences from my own childhood, to inspire kids and youths that relates to that situation and those feelings.”
Tix releases “Fallen Angel” music video
“I grew up with Tourettes Syndrome and was named ‘Tics’ due to my involuntarily sounds and twitches in my face. I decided to embrace the name, and the character TIX was born.”
“In Norway, a big part of the population knows me as the one I’ve grown to be, and I believe it is important to tell my background story, and show them that there is always light in the end of the tunnel. Even an ugly duckling can become a swan.”
Directed and produced by Brusjan AS, the video recounts the ugly harassment Andreas faced at school — from being shoved and mocked in the halls to having water poured on top of him.
His now iconic glasses and headband are used as armour to shield him from the anxiety and stress of it all. Eventually we see him morph into the swan, standing on a piano with his signature white coat and feathers flying through the air.
Want to learn more? TIX tells me about the difficulties he’s faced and how he’s overcome them in the interview below. Big love to him for the openness and honesty.