Robert Burås

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Robert Burås
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Burås during a concert in 2005.
Background information
Birth nameRobert Solli Burås
Born(1975-08-12)12 August 1975
Narvik, Norway
Died12 July 2007(2007-07-12) (aged 31)
Oslo, Norway
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active1995–2007
Labels EMI
Associated acts My Midnight Creeps

Robert Solli Burås (12 August 1975 – 12 July 2007) was guitarist and songwriter in the Norwegian rock band Madrugada. He was also a founding member of the band My Midnight Creeps, where he played guitar and was lead singer.

Guitarist person who plays the guitar

A guitarist is a person who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of guitar family instruments such as classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar by singing or playing the harmonica.

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the orignal musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.


On 12 July 2007, Burås was found dead [1] in his apartment by a friend, with his guitar in his hand. After a ceremony in Sofienberg Church in Oslo, he was cremated. His ashes lie at Bjerkvik Cemetery in Nordland, Norway. [2]

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

Bjerkvik Village in Northern Norway, Norway

Bjerkvik is a village in Narvik Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located at the end of Herjangsfjorden, an arm of Ofotfjorden. Bjerkvik sits less than 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of the border of Troms county and about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) across the fjord from the town of Narvik. The 1.34-square-kilometre (330-acre) village has a population (2018) of 1,159 which gives the village a population density of 865 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,240/sq mi).

Nordland County (fylke) of Norway

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Early life

According to a radio interview with NRK disc jockey Harald Are Lund in 2006, Robert Burås' first real contact with rock music came in the form of a mix tape. The first song on the tape was Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll , and 12-year-old Robert was hooked. In later years, he mentioned Rock and Roll as a favourite of his. [3]

NRK state-owned Norwegian public broadcaster

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Led Zeppelin English rock band

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Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin song) 1972 single by Led Zeppelin

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After playing in local bands with friends and schoolmates in his adolescent years, he formed Abby's Adoption with drummer John Lauvland Pettersen and bass player Frode Jacobsen. The three teamed up with singer Sivert Høyem, changed their name to Madrugada and relocated to Oslo shortly after that. Madrugada's debut EP was released in 1998.

Frode Jacobsen is a musician, bass guitarist, songwriter and record producer from Stokmarknes in Norway. He is the founding member of the band Madrugada, one of the most successful acts in Norwegian musical history. Jacobsen is credited as songwriter on all the songs of Madrugada. He produced/co-produced several of the band's albums in addition to producing albums by Savoy, Howl, Ingrid Olava, Phaedra, Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O.

Sivert Høyem Norwegian singer

Sivert Høyem is a Norwegian singer, best known as the vocalist of the rock band Madrugada. After the band broke up following the death of Robert Burås in 2007, he has enjoyed success as a solo artist and is also a member of The Volunteers with whom he released the album Exiles in 2006.

Madrugada (band) Norwegian band

Madrugada is a Norwegian alternative rock band formed in the town of Stokmarknes in 1993. The key band members included Sivert Høyem (vocals), Robert Burås (guitar) and Frode Jacobsen (bass). After Burås' death on 12 July 2007, Høyem and Jacobsen decided to finish recording what was to be their final album. On 21 January 2008, the band released Madrugada and announced that they would split after one last tour. They performed their final concert on 15 November 2008.

My Midnight Creeps

Robert Burås founded My Midnight Creeps in 2005 in which he performed as lead singer/guitarist as well as fronting the band and writing the majority of the material. They released two albums: the eponymous My Midnight Creeps (2005) and Histamin (2007).


Burås' instrument of choice throughout his career with Madrugada was a 1966 vintage, Candy Apple Red, Fender Jazzmaster. This guitar was placed on top of the coffin during his funeral service. Also used extensively were his sunburst Fender Stratocaster, black Gibson Les Paul Custom and In later times with My Midnight Creeps he performed mostly with a brown Gibson ES-345. He also played the Harmonica, electric mandolin and occasionally piano.

The Fender Jazzmaster is an electric guitar designed as a more expensive sibling to the Fender Stratocaster. First introduced at the 1958 NAMM Show, it was initially marketed to jazz guitarists, but found favor among surf rock guitarists in the early 1960s. Its appearance is similar to the Jaguar, though it is tonally and physically different in many technical ways.

Fender Stratocaster electric guitar

The Fender Stratocaster is a model of electric guitar designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares. The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has continuously manufactured the Stratocaster from 1954 to the present. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance. Along with the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecaster, it is one of the most-often emulated electric guitar shapes. "Stratocaster" and "Strat" are trademark terms belonging to Fender. Guitars that duplicate the Stratocaster by other manufacturers are usually called S-Type or ST-type guitars.

Gibson Les Paul solid body electric guitar

The Gibson Les Paul is a solid body electric guitar that was first sold by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1952. The Les Paul was designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty, factory manager John Huis and their team. Its design typically comprises a solid mahogany body with a carved maple top and a single cutaway, a mahogany set-in neck with a rosewood fretboard, two pickups with independent volume and tone controls, and a stoptail bridge, although variants exist.

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  1. "Musician found dead in Oslo". Aftenposten. July 12, 2007. Archived from the original on July 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  2. "Hvil i fred, Robert". Fremover. August 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
  3. "Interview: Madrugada". 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-23.