Ørjan Nilsen (born June 14, 1982 in Kirkenes, Norway) is a Norwegian trance and progressive producer-DJ.
At the age of 7, Nilsen got his first keyboard, and started to practice on it frequently for the next couple of years and at the age of 16, Nilsen got his first very own synthesizer.
At the end of 2004, Nilsen had made several unofficial remixes and a couple of own productions, that got the attention of the trance community. His tracks began to be played on radio stations and clubs all over the world, though nothing was signed by any label.
In 2006 Nilsen has released his first signed vinyl – "Arctic Globe / Prison Break" on Intuition Recordings. "Arctic Globe" was voted #1 on the Dutch Dance Charts at that time. Since then, he has released a handful of prime level tracks including La Guitarra, Lovers Lane, GO FAST! and others. Nilsen is currently taking gigs all over the world and his music career is developing rapidly, although the DJ Governor moniker is at rest.
In recent years, he has been impressing audiences across the trance community with his take on what a 21st-century DJ and producer should be. Born in 1982 in the Norwegian town of Kirkenes, Ørjan had very little doubt about his career path, having listened to countless CD compilations, and witnessing well known producers DJing, Ørjan concluded that the DJ booth would be his domain one day. Ørjan's work with the Dutch label Armada Music commenced with his track "Red Woods" released in 2006 under his DJ Governor alias. Over the years Ørjan refined his style, creating tracks known as 'La Guitarra'(2008), 'Lovers Lane' and 'So Long Radio' (2010). Ørjan succeeded to release his first artist album in 2011 titled "In My Opinion" which stormed up sales charts and catapulted Ørjan onto the watch-list of every multiple EDM spotlights. Although "In My Opinion" was very successful, Ørjan showed no intention of slowing down, quickly releasing critically acclaimed tracks "Viking", "Atchoo" (2011) and opening 2012 in collaboration with Armin van Buuren and the aptly titled "Belter" followed by his own "Amsterdam" and "Endymion" before concluding out the year with "Copperfield" and "Filthy Fandango". As a DJ, Ørjan Nilsen quickly established himself with an infectious blend of all things chunky and groovy, his energy and presence behind the decks has taken him around the world playing at some of the world's finest clubs and biggest festivals, from São Paulo to Sydney. His ventures have been a remarkable journey which resulted in recognition from industry heavy weights.
Awards and nominations
2012 – Classified #32 on DJ Mag Top 100
2012 – Nominated as Break-Through DJ by IDMA
2013 – Classified #49 on DJ Mag Top 100