Ray grew up in the comparatively tranquil climes of Norway, travelling through cities like Oslo and Paris before settling in London. He has always been massively influenced by the metal, industrial and rock movements, cutting his teeth on artists like Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.
Striking out on his own at just fifteen, he surrounded himself with like-minded people and environments. By eighteen he was working in Bodymap in Oslo, a notorious emporium of cult trinkets, frequented by some of Scandinavia’s best-regarded rock and metal elite. This is where he met the bands that would inspire him to start doing music. He went on tour as a crew with bands like Gothminister, Mortiis, Theatre of Tragedy and Lacrimosa around Europe, UK and Scandinavia.
Ray started as a DJ, but always wanted to make his own music. After meeting Frankmusik at a party in London, the two collaborated in the studio, and birthed Ray’s frst hit, punk/industrial stomper ‘Double Trouble’. It was released on Frankmusik’s label VDI records in late 2014, to critical success from publications like Esquire Magazine, Gay Times, and perezhilton.com, as well as international attention from South Korea to Colombia. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is a big fan of Ray Noir. The song charted at the German Alternative Charts & the Digital Hoarders Club Mix entered the international House Charts at number 1.
After the success of RAY NOIR has teamed up with Mariann Rosa of Surferosa fame for his new single “ALL ALONE”, a dark pop hymn about a break-up and the anger that comes with it. For the music video, Ray started a mind-blowingly unique Kickstarter campaign, tattooing the names of all contributors on his own body.
RAY NOIR has been a stable fixture in the London DJ Scene for a few years and is now taking Europe’s dance floors with his own productions. Ray’s smokily sexy look are mirrored in his music: different, defiant and original.
“I wanna do music that is catchy but with an edge,” says Ray “As an artist I'm here to entertain people and give them a show.