Whatever Happens, Don’t Be Yourself!
Whatever Happens, Don’t Be Yourself is a band/project initiated by Nils Are Drønen. The drummer, bandleader and composer is educated at the Academy of Music in Bergen, Norway.
WHDBY started as a project with several participants. The self titled debut album was released on Christmas eve 2016 at maximum non-comercial effect!
The new album is recorded live with a more or less new lineup. The Barcelona based trumpeter Audun Waage is still a part of this. Mads Berven and Snorre Bjerck are the new veterans of the band. The line up is completed with the new breed of jazz musicians of Bergen: Aksel Røed, Isach Skeidsvoll and Nils Henrik Sagvåg. Nelly Moar sings on the album, and may join the band live. The legendary master of noise, Lasse Marhaug is featured on both albums, and may be a part of the concert line up on request.
The recording of “Simple Thought for a Troubled Mind” was done live in a few sessions. The mood of it all made the project drift into a band format, as everyone involved in the sessions wanted to keep doing this. Whatever Happens, Don’t Be Yourself!