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Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel (Gentofte, October 28, 1980) is a Danish composer and singer.
Agnes, and her younger brother Holger, grew up in an unconventional environment, her father had three children from another marriage and loved collecting foreign objects and musical instruments. His mother, Katja Obel, was a jurist, but also a brilliant performer who used to play Bartók and Chopin on the piano.In a house surrounded by music, Agnes Obel learned to play the piano from a young age. On his learning, Obel says: “I had a classical piano teacher who told me not to play what I did not like, so I only played what I liked, they never forced me to play anything else.”
In 1990, Obel joined a small band as a singer and bass player. The group appeared in a festival and recorded some titles, in 1994 it had a small role, just two scenes in the short film The Boy Who Walked Backwards / Drengen der GIK baglæns produced by Thomas Vinterberg. His brother, Holger Thaarup, was the main character in the film.
Agnes attended the institute Det frie Gymnasium, a free school where he had the opportunity to play a lot of music. However, he soon left school. “At seventeen, (…) I met a man who ran a studio, I quickly left my musical studies to learn sound techniques.” Later, and with the help of the Danish producer and musician Elton Theander, Obel founded the Sohier band in Copenhagen.
Since 2006 he has lived in Berlin, a city where he has found the right environment for musical creation, together with his partner, photographer Alex Brüel Flagstad, who has directed some of his music videos.
In 2009, Obel published a one-song show, “Just So,” on Myspace. The telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom used “Just So” for an advertisement and, after this great opportunity, it was easier for Obel to find a record label for his first album.
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