Behind the artist name TIX, we find Andreas Andresen Haukeland born in 1993 in Bærum, close to the capital Oslo. He took the name TIX as he, due to his Tourettes Syndrome, has involuntarily tics. Andreas was bullied in school, but discovered that through music, he finds rest, and something he can control.
The career started with so-called ‘russ-songs’. These are a kind of electronic dance music with lyrics often being sexist and controversial. His first album released in 2016; Dømt Og Berømt was with that kind of music. In 2018, he changed music style, and released his first singles Shotgun and Håber Nissen Har Råd. Both went 5th at the Norwegian single chart. Inspired by this more serious style, his music became more and more personal. Jeg Vil Ikke Leve (I don’t want to live) became his first number 1 hit. Since then, more has followed, and he now a fully established top artist in Norway with a large fan base.
He represented Norway at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Fallen Angel. This is the English version of the song Ut Av Mørket with which he had won the Norwegian national selection; Melodi Grand Prix. During the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, a romance started between him and Azerbaijan’s Efendi. Was it a PR stunt or was it real, as TIX claims. Time will tell if we ever find out.
Aside from singing his own songs, Andreas Haukeland has also produced music for other artists such as Flor Rida (who appeared as a featuring act on Senhit’s San Marino Eurovision entry from 2021). He has taken part in Paradise Hotel and also been a judge on the talent show Idol.