Seasick’s show in the live TV show Live On Jools Holland in December 2006 is considered one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of music. After the performance, the artist, thinking that no one listened to him, threw his guitar angrily and returned home. Before he could wake up the next day, he was famous.
An American, living in Norway, in the following years published platinum albums, received two Brit Awards nominations and thousands of invitations to major international music festivals.
The distinctive punk blues performed by Seasick Steve carries all the hallmarks of self-taughtness. Raw voice and always customized fingering while playing hand-made guitars – these are his trademarks. He can create instruments from cans of cigars, car parts or even … from a pickaxe, and his guitars have two or three strings.
When asked about his nickname has said: “because it’s just true: I always get seasick”. When he was ill on a ferry from Norway to Copenhagen, later in his life, a friend began playfully using the name and, despite Wold not rising to it for a while, it stuck. When asked about his name on British Sunday morning television show, Something for the Weekend, he replied, “I just get sick on boats”. On Top Gear, when asked about his name, Wold replied: “Well, I guess I just don’t like boats!”