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My name is Roger Houdaille and I am in the band Ex Norwegian. I also do various other stuff…including but not limited to producing an online sitcom called All My BJ, working at Dying Van Gogh Records, running another label, Dippy Records, writing songs, audio/video trading, researching as well as freelance work including but again not limited to webmastering.
Ex Norwegian is a band I formed in the summer of 2008. Our first single “Something Unreal” became a bit of an underground hit and I had a good time not signing with Columbia Records. Albums came after, Standby, Sketch and most recently House Music in 2012.
Ex Norwegian came out of the band Father Bloopy which essentially was my stage name in another group The BJ Experience which I formed with BJ in 2000. The BJ Experience is still together…in semi-retirement performing at least one show a year, in some shape or form…or more recently just one song a year. As Father Bloopy I released solo work cultivating in the proper release of Ginger, Baby in 2007 and I put together a band to support the album. As a musician in South Florida, I have performed with almost countless local bands and some not-so-local professionals including playing bass in a memorable debut live show by Mika to getting ripped off by latin singer sensation Noelia. I’ve put together a more detailed list in the bands section.
My musical tastes developed fast after discovering The Beatles and moving on to Badfinger. By middle school it was The Who and The Kinks. In high school I delved into more obscurer music (at least compared to my peers) and became obsessed with bands like Family, Patto and the whole British psychedelia scene. I was recording my own songs and music along the way…most of which wore my influences very directly. During high school I had the opportunity to perform in the Miami Beach Senior High School Rock Ensemble directed by Doug Burris. With this group, not only did I get to miss a lot of class but more importantly I got to perform around the country including Disney World and inside the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. It was a ruthless schedule of rehearsing and performing which I have yet to experience again. In 2000 I established an underground indie label of sorts, Dippy Records, mainly as a vehicle to release and promote my music as well as friends. It still pretty much remains as so; however, in 2008 I helped form Dying Van Gogh with Transcendence leader/bandmate Ed Hale, effectively merging his TMG Records with my Dippy Records into one “super indie” label. The state of the music industry is very interesting right now and it will be a challenge to keep up and stay ahead of the trends in a biz that seems to have lots of headless chickens running around.
Aside from music, I took up to philately a couple years ago [but money, interest and time no longer permits] and had a political and spiritual awakening in 2007 when I heard Republican congressman Ron Paul on the Daily Show, promoting his candidacy. This has led me into a journey that I only wish I had started back in high school. I have now been slowly but surely unlearning all the lies we are fed in this world. I’ve posted some cool links in case you want to take up some research. Why are you still reading this anyway?
12.26.08 [updated 06.24.11]