TIX is a Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer. He was born in Bærum. TIX is known for its colorful and flamboyant style with fur coat, sunglasses and headband applied with the text «TIX». The artist’s name comes from Tourette’s syndrome, which Haukeland has had since childhood. The syndrome causes involuntary twitches, so-called “tics”. These made him being bullied at school, but he chose to take ownership of “tics” by taking the artist name “TIX”. TIX wears sunglasses to hide twitches with the eye.
TIX rose to fame in Norway in 2015 with the controversial song Sjeiken 2015. The lyrics contained lines like “Everyone knows it’s the Sheikh who rules, chilling in the lounge with 400 wives, we have champagne waterfalls, gonna push you there. My name’s Sheikh Yer Bouti” In 2016, he released his first and foremost single album, Dømt og berømt, which was on the official Norwegian album list for 79 weeks.
TIX has worked as a songwriter in Los Angeles, where he has written “Game Time” for Flo Rida and “Sweet But Psycho” for Avea Max. In the summer of 2017, TIX has opened for Justin Bieber at Forus Travbane in Stavanger.
After several years of Russian songs and party music, Haukeland released his first solo single, «Shotgun», in 2018. In 2019 he topped the VG list for the first time with the deeply personal song “Jegg vil ikke leve”. He has since followed up with a number of personal songs. He topped the VG list again twice.
In January 2021, he was a guest on the talk show Lindmo on NRK1, where he told about his loneliness, depression and suicide attempt. There he said that the song “Jegg vil ikke leve” was based on the findings from this difficult time.
In 2021, TIX won Norsk Melodi Grand Prix and thus represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Fallen angel”. He took the opportunity to ask for attention to Gilles de la Tourette. His alleged blossoming love with the Azerbaijani contestant Efendi also attracted a lot of attention.
“Fallen angel” reached the top of the Norwegian charts, as the follow up “Engel, ikke dra” did. That song was a dedication to a fan who passed away.
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