My name is Roger Houdaille, founding member of Ex Norwegian, still rock’n’rollin’ after (+/-) 10 years. Producer of the proto-YouTube online sitcom All My BJ, former head of the Dying Van Gogh record label and Dippy Records. These days I am working under Think Like A Key records/publishing…writing songs, audio/video trading & researching the esoteric as well as freelance webmastering.
Ex Norwegian started in the summer of 2008. When we released our first single “Something Unreal”…it became something of a viral hit…for 2008 standards at least. It is something which has kept us going, releasing our ninth album in 2018, “No Sleep“. The grassroots interest in our music has also kept us going and something I am very proud of. The highly cultish babysue proclaimed Ex Norwegian to be
“easily one of the best pop bands of the twenty-first century.”
Ex Norwegian came out of the band Father Bloopy which essentially was my stage name in another group The BJ Experience which formed in 2000. The BJ Experience will occasionally reform for special occasions and high paying offers. As Father Bloopy I released solo work [listen here], cultivating in a more mainstream release, “Ginger, Baby”, in 2007. I then put together a “solo” 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 (un)sensation Noelia. More recently I’ve been playing bass on a couple progressive rock outfits – the Dave Kerzner Band; first gig playing alongside Steve Hackett on stage – and as part of Fernando Perdomo’s Out To Sea band performing various prog festivals throughout 2018-2019. There’s a more 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 bore their influences pretty directly, IMHO. Also during high school I had the opportunity to perform in the Miami Beach Senior High School Rock Ensemble directed by the late and great Doug Burris. With this group, not only did I get to miss a lot of class but I got the opportunity 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 oddities, 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 changes in music industry gave us a chance to get a billboard top 30 hit with Ed’s “Scene In San Francisco” – but with that success also came heartache and the label isn’t as active as it used to be. Nowadays, I am working on establishing a new label conglomerate as Think Like A Key, the name of my publishing company.
Aside from music, I was a philatelist for a while but nowadays I am a connoisseur of dank memes. I had a political/spiritual awakening in 2007. It actually occurred hearing Republican congressman Ron Paul on the Daily Show, promoting his candidacy. It’s been a long road since then, and here we are experiencing all that was predicted and that I thought would never happen. Needless to say, I am one who thinks the future looks bright while we fight for the darkness to clear away. Ummm, ok…why are you still reading this anyway?
If you are interested in a retro sixties and seventies approach to your music, I’m your guy. If you need a basic website up and running, I’m also your guy.
I’ll get in touch with you as soon as I can, thanks!