A song I play at least once a day since it's release is 'Inspector Norse' by Todd Terje. What was easily my favourite song of last year has become somewhat of an obsession. It’s been dubbed my ‘happy’ song, a tune that I feel instantly happy whenever I hear it. Strange, but it’s true. It’s a song that can easily take me out of whatever environment I’m in and transform me to a better place.
After finding out that there was a man behind the song, namely Youtube drug and dance sensation Marius Solem Johansen, I was curious to find out more. So naturally my interest was peaked when I heard that a documentary had been made around the man that is ‘Inspector Norse’. Marius is a failed musician who lives in a small town in Norway and became an internet phenomenon when he started to upload videos on to Youtube. These videos included two things; Marius making his own drug batch, namely the ‘Inspector Norse Special’ and the subsequent dance party in his living room that followed.
Whateverest is a documentary that tracks the man down and joins him in his life for a few days. The documentary was released last year, but remains a firm viewing favourite of mine. Whateverest, the sometimes sad, sometimes funny and always strange film is produced by Kristoffer Borgli who won the Special Jury Award at the AFI Awards for the piece. His other shorts are full of incredible Scandinavian filmmaking and scenery, and are well worth checking out. For now, enjoy Whateverest.