NORWAY – TIX is currently one of Norway’s biggest pop stars with record streaming numbers, a string of chart-toppers, and an unrivalled press presence – but beyond the sunglasses and fake fur is Andreas Haukeland, the man behind the persona.
Speaking to the EBU site, the Norwegian participant talks about growing up with Tourettes Syndrome and OCD (Obsessive–compulsive disorder) and how this has impacted on his adult life. As a mental health awareness advocate, Andreas supports the Norwegian non-profit organisation Mental Helse.
The musician, producer and songwriter performs as his persona TIX, a nickname he chose so he could take ownership of his experience of growing up with Tourette’s syndrome (a condition that can lead to different types of involuntary tics).
In 2015, the singer-songwriter had his first major breakthrough with the Sjeiken which became a party anthem for that year’s “Russ” (Norwegian high school graduates). The hitmaker then went on to create a name for himself co-writing Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho, which became the most played song of 2018.
A string of Spotify chart-toppers followed, with Karantene (‘Quarantine’) becoming an enormous hit in May 2020.