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1:00pm

Gramart presents: Tom Jackson´s Live Music Makeover - Getting a Vision for Your Show
    Thursday February 16, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm @ Mono
    Two things will happen when you exceed your audience’s expectations: 1) they’ll ask you back, and 2) they’ll tell someone else about you. But in order to exceed their expectations, you need a vision for your show! Learn Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method and see how you can turn your “songs” into moments, and your “set list” into a captivating show.Tom Jackson, world renowned live music producer, helps artists develop their show into “unique memorable moments!” What a live music producer does onstage with the live show is akin to what a record producer would do in the studio. Tom’s “Live Music Methods” make your live show engaging, exceeding audience’s expectations and creates fans for life. Many successful artists have learned from Tom: Taylor Swift, Jars of Clay, Jordin Sparks, The Band Perry, Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, Gloriana, and other acts you admire! QUOTES
    “Tom Jackson is a jaw-droppingly outstanding live music producer. A true master, and I don’t mean that lightly. I’m recommending him to every serious performing artist I know.” – Derek Sivers, Founder of CDBaby and HostBaby “If you do anything to further your career, listen to what Tom Jackson has to say! It will change everything you thought about performing live, and better than that…it will keep you performing live for years to come.” – Derrick Ross, Slaight Music (formerly with SL Feldman & Assoc. Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies) “Tom makes a major impact…he’s a true creative partner who helps realize the artist’s full performance potential.” – Matt Serletic, Producer (Santana, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Matchbox Twenty)
    Type Seminar (delegates only)


6:00pm

Thea Hjelmeland (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm @ Mono
    Thea Hjelmeland is a twenty four year old singer songwriter from Førde, now based in Paris. Her debut album entitled “Oh, the third..” is now ready for release in February 2012. The record was recorded in ØRA Studio in Trondheim, produced by Jostein Ansnes (Kristin Asbjørnsen, Dadafon) and Jarle Bernoft, who also played several parts on the record. The lyrics, melody and arrangements are all pure Hjelmeland though. In addition to vocals, she also plays mandolin, banjo, guitar, ukelele, piano, percussion and more. The music she describes as blue, acoustic pop, all centered around here vocals. She listens to flamenco, fado, Balkan and Bollywood music as well as straight R&B, and seeks out voices that inspire and challenge her when she’s listening to music. Thea Hjelmeland san the duet “En av oss to” with Lars Vaular on his “Helt om natten, helt om dagen” and has contributed vocals and mandolin to a number of tracks still to come. As previously mentioned she is based in Paris and has already played at a number of key venues there. She’s currently working on projects with the likes of Hugh Coltman (UK), Krystle Warren (US), Melissa Laveaux (CA), Katapult (FR), Hey Hey My My (FR) and Matthew Kerr (UK).
    Type Live


8:00pm

Sandra Kolstad (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 8:00pm - 8:30pm @ Mono
    When Sandra Kolstad’s debut album “CRUX” was released it received great reviews with standing ovations across the Norwegian media. The record, produced by Kolstad herself, even had several critics ready to anoint her as the new queen of Norwegian electronica. Kolstad is known for her highly visual performances. She makes electronic music, but as a classically trained pianist, she has big ambitions for the music’s live potential. Kolstad impressed – and surprised some perhaps – as a live proposition at last year’s Øya festival, when she was joined on stage by a bodybuilder, in addition to noise musician Marck Fuck and her faithful band member, the Swedish jazz musician and improviser Francis Petter Eldh. And Sandra Kolstad isn’t one to rest on her laurels, her next album is already slated for April 2012.
    Type Live


9:00pm

The Avalanche (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:00pm - 9:30pm @ Mono
    The Avalanche play shoegaze tinged noise rock, combined with the best elements from a host of other genres. Catchy melodies hidden beneath endless layers of twisted guitar noise, driving drums and fuzz bass paired with the soothing sound of warm synths push you back and forth between oscillating waves of delicious pop and dirty noise. The Avalanche was recently picked as Urørt artist of the week on NRK P3 calling it “a beautiful piece of dizzy shoegaze”. The Avalanche are signed to Riot Factory’s Sad Songs For Happy People imprint. Their debut album will be recorded at Greener Productions in late 2011 and will be released in 2012.
    Type Live


10:00pm

Beaten To Death (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 10:00pm - 10:30pm @ Mono
    Beaten To Death made their debut on the 23rd of September with eighteen minutes and thirty six seconds of extraordinary, dirty, catchy grindcore! Machine gun drums, agressive guitars, snarling bass and truly evil vocals are the foundations of Beaten To Death. Rising out of this hideous darkness are beautiful harmonies and with a smattering of brutally groovy tracks, “Xes and Strokes” is an infectious and ebullient record, that’s irresistible no matter what your taste is.
    Type Live


11:00pm

Anja Elena Viken (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 11:00pm - 11:30pm @ Mono
    Anja Elena Viken is, according to Bergenavisen, one of the standout new acts of the last year. After putting up only two songs on her Urørt profile (NRK equivalent of BBC Introducing) she already had Made Management (Young Dreams, John Olav Nilsen og Gjengen) and Up Front Artist (Fjorden, Baby!, 120 Days, Lindstrøm) on board. According to Bergenavisen she is the middle ground between Bergen’s hottest acts John Olav Nilsen and Razika and is a long awaited shot in the arm for the Bergen music scene. Anja Elena Viken is near the top of Musikknyheters ones-to-watch in 2012 and with tracks like “Gatekredibilitet” and “Klæssar deg ned”, even at this early stage it looks like she’s got a big year ahead of her.
    Type Live


 
 

12:00am

Gerilja (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 12:00am - 12:30am @ Mono
    Word on the street is that if Dave Mustaine and Marc Bolan had a son, (…not considering biological issues etc..) it would be Aleks, singer/guitarist (lead) of GERILJA. Since Aleks’ bro Simon plays bass in Gerilja too, Dave and Marc could also be held responsible for him. No one really knows where Ottar comes from, but he has gold teeth and the babes love him so who cares? This, in combination with GERILJA’s unconditional love for analog synths and the almighty 808 drum machine, has resulted in their rad sound. To cut a long story short, GERILJA has merged early Megadeth-style intensity with T-rex groove and flair and added just a tsp of synthesized sci-fi. The combination may seem unlikely, but that’s not the case folks. It’s the classic rock of the future!
    Type Live


5:59pm

GAFFA presents Friday @ Mono
    Friday February 17, 2012 5:59pm - 6:29pm @ Mono
    Gaffa Magazine presents Friday @ Mono, featuring; Snorri Helgason (IS), Siinai (FI), Bendik (N), Little Majorette (S), The New Tigers (FI), Iceage (DK)
    Type Live


6:00pm

Snorri Helgason (IS)
    Friday February 17, 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm @ Mono
    Snorri Helgason, formerly of Sprengjuhöllin, is a singer-songwriter from Reykjavik, Iceland. At age 19, Snorri decided to devote his life to the only thing that ever truly interested him – music. He taught himself to play guitar, sing and write songs. When Sprengjuhöllin went on hiatus in 2009, Snorri recorded a solo album focusing on the folk and Americana influences at the centre of his musical tastes. The album, “I’m Gonna Put My Name On Your Door” was released in Iceland in November of 2009 and in Europe and the US in December 2010 through Kimi Records, to the usual critical acclaim. Since 2009, Snorri has toured excessively, building a diverse and spread-out fan base while honing his craft as a performer and songwriter. He’s played shows in some far flung parts of the world like Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Faenza, Italy and performed sold-out shows in international music nexus points such as New York, Berlin and London. His personal, understated yet intense live shows, whether playing solo or with a band, have garnered positive reviews from blogs and magazines all around the world. With his home grown and self-taught approach to songwriting, Snorri has been favorably compared to singer-songwriter greats like Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson and Neil Young. While his music resonates with past greats, his mixing of diverse influences of everything from soul to Britpop to glam-rock into his primarily folk-based songs, not to mention his Icelandic background, leaves us with something entirely unique. Snorri is now based in London. He released his sophomore solo album, “Winter Sun” in Iceland in August 2011. The album was produced by Icelandic indie-pop great Sindri Már Sigfússon (Seabear, Sin Fang) and has received unanimous critical praise domestically.
    Type Live


8:00pm

Siinai (FI) - Nordic Music Prize nominee
    Friday February 17, 2012 8:00pm - 8:30pm @ Mono
    Coming from the same neo-kraut scene as bands like K-X-P and Joensuu 1685, Siinai was formed in the cold of the Finnish winter by four friends who all share a long background in the Finnish music scene. With members from bands like Joensuu1685, Zebra and Snake & Äänijännite the band immeadiately began to create a buzz in Finland. “Siinai were brilliant: almost totally instrumental, with intense Krautish rhythms, ebbing and flowing melodies delivered with an intensity that only Finnish bands can summon.”
    -Kieron Tyler (MOJO/The Arts Desk) on their set at SPOT
    Type Live


9:00pm

Bendik (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 9:00pm - 9:30pm @ Mono
    Bendik is where noise, ice-cold pop and warm ambience converge, creating something achingly beautiful, siren-like that can lead you into dangerous waters. Bendik’s music belongs to a fantasy universe, like something emanating from deep inside a dark forest. “Foggy ambient pop from a wide, dim landscape that can make your heart ship a beat – or sometimes, if the conditions are right, even stop completely.” – No Fear Of Pop In March 2011 Bendik released the homemade “Silent EP” limited to just 100 copies, and at the same time were picked as an Urørt artist of the week for the song “Again” on NRK P3. Bendik plan a beautiful and exciting little EP for release in Spring 2012 and their debut album is slated for release later in the year. In 2011 they’ve enjoyed a busy festival season having played among others Slottsfjell, Øya and Pstereo. Bendik are:
    Silje Halstensen – vocals, guitar, synth
    Erlend Sveen River – Moog, synth, vocals
    Eivind Helgerød – drums, vocals
    Type Live


10:00pm

Samsaya (N)

11:00pm

The New Tigers (FI)
    Friday February 17, 2012 11:00pm - 11:30pm @ Mono
    The New Tigers are a Finish fuzzy pop group based in Turku. The music of The New Tigers sounds like you were sitting next to a jet engine and listening to 60′s pop on a walkman that plays the tape slightly too fast. Their songs come in many shapes; fast, slow, loud, hushed, long, short… but their melodies are always blissful. The New Tigers are influenced by a zillion different artists. Some people have said they sound a bit like Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine and Teenage Fanclub. In September 2011 the Finnish label Soliti released The New Tigers’ eponymous debut album. The album gained excellent reviews in Finnish music press and country’s biggest newspapers, and was also positively reviewed on various international music blogs.
    Type Live


 
 

12:00am

Iceage (DK) - Nordic Music Prize nominee
    Saturday February 18, 2012 12:00am - 12:30am @ Mono
    Iceage formed while at school in Copenhagen aged 12, and they quickly became a vital part of the city’s heavy music scene. It doesn’t do any good to cite influences, rather, Iceage mixes punk, post-punk, Goth and hardcore as if they invented it. Now all between 18 and 19, they have created an album overflowing with youthful energy, a 12 track sprint, crammed into just 24 minutes, recorded in 4 days. It’s long enough to hit you in the chest, short enough to make you wonder what happened. It’s immediate, catchy and clever. Everything a debut album should be. The band can currently be found playing shows in every corner of America, sleeping on floors, bloodying noses and getting everyone from The New Yorker to VICE magazine very, very excited. Their shows are still notoriously physical, sometimes aggressive, often destructive and always fun. You may get pushed around. Deal with it.
    Type Live


2:15pm

Dag Häggqvist, intervju med en skandinavisk musikkbransjebauta
    Saturday February 18, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm @ Mono
    by:Larm er stolte over å presentere en intervjusamtale (Q&A) med den legendariske svenske forleggeren og plateselskapsmannen Dag Häggqvist.Født i 1941, akkurat tidsnok til noen år senere – som 15-åring – å bli med på tidenes største eventyr; vanvittige oppturer, nedturer og opp-igjen-turer i musikkbransjen. Uten blygsel startet han sin karriere i 1956 med å skrive brev til Charles Mingus kone, Celia, for å sikre utgiverrettighetene til plater med Mingus, Miles Davis og Max Roach. Den skandinaviske bransjebautaen tilbragte senere flere tiår i Sonet og jobbet med flere av Skandinavias og verdens største artister. Jazz, rock, pop, konserter, innspillinger, og reiser verden rundt; kort sagt, Häggqvist har gitt en mengde betydelige bidrag til årevis med musikalske minner og vært med på å legge grunnlaget for den skandinaviske musikkbransjen. Han har også vært med på å hente frem noen av tidenes beste A&R-menn i Skandinavia, inkludert Ola Håkansson og Terje Engen. Akkurat som sine gamle kolleger i bransjen, som for eksempel Ertegun-brødrene og Chris Blackwell, er han en gentleman som besitter mye kunnskap om kreativitet og det bransjemessige håndverket som det er lett å glemme i disse digitale tider. Häggqvists samtalepartner under by:Larm er Kai Lofthus, tidligere Nordic Bureau Chief i bransjebladet Billboard, som har tilbragt endel tid med ham og observert hans arbeid i en årrekke. Intervjuet av Kai Lofthus
    Type Seminar (delegates only)


3:30pm

Piratliv; En prat med Anders Odden
    Saturday February 18, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Mono
    Vi tar en prat med Anders Odden om hans bok “Piratliv”. Anders har spilt med noen av de beste innen norsk metal, og han har førstehånds innsikt i norsk black metals opprinnelse.Anders var med i norsk black metals barndom på 90-tallet og var personlig venn med Øysten Aarseth. Han opplevde miljøet fra innsiden da det stormet som verst med kirkebranner, satanisme og drap. Som medlem av flere band med internasjonal suksess har han vært mye på veien og har sett metalscena fra innsiden. Boka forteller også bakgrunnshistorien for hans nye band, Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult med Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby som frontfigur.
    Type Seminar (delegates only)


6:00pm

Sóley (ICL)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm @ Mono
    A beat is laid out, hesitantly moving along at first, then careering, taking off; soon sepia-toned clouds of piano gather overhead, shimmering, turning darker and richer, and then Sóley raises her voice – a voice that, until five years ago, she didn’t even consider a proper “singing voice”. It’s true: the bespectacled multi-instrumentalist from Iceland, now in her mid-twenties, had been around the world and back with her band, Seabear, when she finally discovered her own vocal skills.
    Even though Sóley Stefánsdóttir sings non-stop in private, creating a musical backdrop to pretty much everything she does, it just took her a while to get used to the sound of her own voice. We all know this, don’t we? It’s the sound of this voice that’s at the very core of her intricate compositions, tracks that flare like a bunch of magic lanterns, taking shape, growing hazy, flaming up once again, then moving on.
    Sóley sans Seabear – and the band’s mastermind Sindri was, after all, the first to go solo, as Sin Fang Bous, one should keep in mind – is basically a storyteller who has come up with her very own wonderland. Meet her on the street and she seems rather introverted; yet, she’s far from shy in this self-created musical sphere, a sonic realm she freely expands, stakes out, reinvents, turns upside down. Throughout the album, Sóley spins one yarn after the next; at one point, unfortunate “Smashed Birds” have to give their feathers for a new dress, while the guitar, making a special appearance, sets the tone. Elsewhere, she focuses on the moment when a dream is exposed as such, this time over a huge sonic expanse drowned in reverb. She moves gently over magic carpets, woven landscapes, majestic like movie scores (“Fight Them Soft,” which might as well be her mantra), only to serve the listener a plate of “Blue Leaves” next. Song after song, the former student of composition manages to combine seemingly disparate elements with stunning ease, a snap of her fingers, a click of the tongue, a carefree mood reminiscent of earlier projects hailing from Iceland. Not to mention the sound of the letter R when she sings, wobbling smoothly off the tip of the tongue, all straight at first, then branching off, 180 degrees, eventually hitting the home stretch – reflecting the shape of the letter itself. After “Theater Island,” last year’s 6-track EP, Sóley returns with her first full-length, an album full of rhythmic makeshift creatures, of handclaps hidden in the undergrowth, tempting us to join in.
    The 13 tracks are sometimes incredibly catchy; amazingly quirky at other times: think cardigan-folk from the northern hemisphere, an ocean of stained glasses bopping up and down in the shared apartment’s dishwater, leeward in limbo. The result is refreshing in its lack of edginess; think Joanna Newsom minus her harp, or the Casady sisters circa 2004, but then clearly better trained, less crooked. In other words: her voice, those loops moving around like wooden toys, and finally the piano – that’s the backbone, the essence of her compositions; at least until some unexpected element appears elsewhere, a rhythmic creaking or the lack thereof, like a hidden Rube Goldberg machine, setting off yet another component, thus paving the way across the threshold and on into the next realm of sound.
    And thus we keep on sinking, deeper and deeper, until we stand on terra firma once again, realizing that somehow, next to us, above us, around us, a beat is laid out, hesitantly moving along at first, then careering…
    Type Live


8:00pm

I Got You On Tape (DK)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 8:00pm - 8:30pm @ Mono
    “We believe that you have the ability to write big, important songs, and to reach a much larger audience” was the justification when I Got You On Tape in January 2010 received the prestigious P3 Gold Award. An award that was the beginning of a new musical journey for the band. With two sold-out tours in Denmark during the past year, SXSW concerts and a successful Benelux tour, the band has now truly tapped hole in the abscess. From being indie darlings and critic’s favorites, yet still a well kept secret for the few, they are now establishing themselves as an international name. Eighteen months after receiving the P3 Gold Award I Got You On Tape are finally ready to unveil what they’ve been working on, and a first taste of their new album is ready in the form of single “Run From The Rain”. As a natural response to I Got You On Tape’s last and very introspective album “Spinning For The Cause” the band members have applied a brighter and more open expression. Keyboards are used far more explicitly than previously, and the sampled drums takes the tempo on the record up a notch. Several of the heavy and dark layers are pealed away to achieve a simpler, more playful sound, still with the characteristic I Got You On Tape-feeling and with Jacob Bellens sonorous vocals as the focal point. “Church Of The Real” was released in September 2011 hitting number one in the Danish album charts.
    Type Live


9:00pm

I am Sound (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 9:00pm - 9:30pm @ Mono
    I am Sound was founded by songwriter Tore Kobbeltvedt with a desire to create something that draws the audience into a world of both sorrow and joy. I Am Sound was picked out to be NRK Urørt artist of the week with for the track “Soul Mates”. “I am Sound arranges sounds, instruments and harmonic vocals beautifully. “Soul Mates” is an embracing, epic, and warm song – and it feels just as magical as meeting a soulmate." – Trine Jørgensen Aandahl, NRK P3 With his fellow musicians he takes the listener on a musical journey with instruments such as glasses, glockenspiel and accordion. Musical reference points are artists such as Sigur Ros, echo, Fever Ray, Björk, Bugge Wesseltoft and Arvo Pärt
    Type Live


10:00pm

Masquer (S)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 10:00pm - 10:30pm @ Mono
    “Swedish synth-pop outfit Masquer’s debut consists of pop hits with a dark edge” (Dazed Digital) Masquer entwine lonesome, broken guitar lines drowned in chorus with beautiful teen angst vocals and catchy synthesizers backed by lo-fidrum machines. They remind you of your favorite 80’s mixtape, and it hits you right there, like they’re channeling that poetic pop love from your past. The long awaited debut album “Cover My Face As The Animals Cry” had Scandinavian release September 14th, through Rough Trade distribution and was produced by Swedish artist and composer Per Egland. Their first single “Happiness” was released in May together with a remix by Swedish-German techno act The Field (Kompakt). “Happiness” was played frequently on national radio and Masquer recieved critical acclaim amongst music- and fashion blogs such as Dazed Digital and PSL. Next single included a remix by Swedish electronica artist Andreas Tilliander, and was also added to frequent rotation on national radio. The Stockholm based duo has performed frequently the past year and played at venues together with acts like Niki And The Dove and also toured as opening acts for artists like The Field and Asha Ali. They got booked for Swedish festival Way Out West, summer 2011, and played at the same venue as Warpaint and Radio Dept.
    Type Live


11:00pm

Scarlet Chives (DK)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 11:00pm - 11:30pm @ Mono
    A landscape of sound, pictures and feelings that draws you in to a magical musical wonderland! Hypnotic shoegaze which makes your dreams go pop. Maria Mortensen’s dreamy vocal is at the very centre of their noisy, orchestrated and playful alternative-pop which harks back to classic shoegaze and dream-pop. From Winter 2009 until Autumn 2010 the band worked on recording their self-titled debut album. Produced and mixed by Brian Batz (Sleep Party People) and English producer Paul Schroeder (Stone Roses, The Verve and Talk Talk). The album was released in February 2011 in Denmark via A:larm Music / Sureleaf to excellent reviews, the record being subsequently released in Norway on Riot Factory.
    Type Live


 
 

12:00am

Hedvig Mollestad Trio (N)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 12:00am - 12:30am @ Mono
    Outgoing and progressive instrumental guitar jazz rock, inspired by Led Zeppelin, Terje Rypdal, The Melvins and Motorpsycho: Hedvig Mollestad Trio released their debut album “Shoot!” on Rune Grammofon in September 2011. The band have received massive attention and strong reviews for both the album and live shows. The album was subsequently released internationally in November. The label Rune Grammofon has released records by the other power trios a bit like Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Bushman’s Revenge and Elephant9 in recent years. They all play hectic jazz-rock and are all in the "kicks ass live” category, but Hedvig Mollestad trio is better than both the aforementioned acts. First and foremost because of the band’s compositional talents. In addition, the musical performances are unique. “The album is chock full, without being overloaded, either sonically or musically. Superbly done!”
    - Marius Lien, Morgenbladet “Hedvig Mollestad Trio’s “Shoot!” burns through the speakers and makes scorch marks in your ears. It’s hot guitar tone flanked by a immediate comp, and not least, the lucky connoisseurs find out that this is a guitarist plays with her heart on her sleeve and in such a brilliant way. This record is rock solid and burning hot."
    - Jarle Bernhoft
    Type Live


 

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