I 1996 ble det norske folk kjent med Kjell Inge Torgersen gjennom programmet “Stjerner i sikte”, en forgjenger til dagens talløse talentshow. Selv om det skulle gå noen år før han stod klar med sin første soloplate (Aks Av Gull, 2006), føles det som om han alltid har vært der: en artist, en formidabel stemme og formidler av rang. Han har sunget med Sissel Kyrkjebø, gitt ut duett med Ole Paus, bidratt på Manfred Manns siste plate og ble invitert til å fremføres sine egne låter sammen med Stavanger Symfoniorkester. …


Three childhood friends from Bollnäs, Sweden, playing the blues how they see fit and getting away with it? Yeah, definitely yeah. Inspired by both the genre’s greats and contemporaries this bunch has since 2014 toured extensively and released their debut album in 2016.

I remember seeing this band playing live last October in Bergen, Norway, and I must admit, that even though I could hear the blues, I can’t say I have heard anything like it. Raw, hypnotic, original and expressive and yet still familiar. Isn’t that a recipe for success? …


I am at Folken, Stavanger. The venue that, together with Checkpoint Charlie, has a very special place in the hearts of artists coming out of what is Norway’s oil capital. Sløtface is playing tonight.

Photo: Emma Swann, DIY Magazine

It’s pre-soundcheck and the atmosphere is relaxed. No fuzz. I tell the backstage hostess that I have an appointment for an interview with Indie-pop-punk comets Sløtface. I am escorted backstage where I meet singer Haley Shea and guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad. Their backstage is set up to do a live recording with cameras and condenser mics taking up most of the space.

“We’re trying to squeeze a million things into our schedule today”, Shea says. “I’ll be with you as soon as the guys start doing their soundcheck. I’m not needed until they’re set up”, she…


The music world has changed so much over the last 20 years and it’s hard to tell where it will end up. Right now we have a mix of old established, and perhaps obsolete, patterns and chaos. So who decides which artists have a chance of making it today?

Growing up I listened to all kinds of music. It was the glorious 80's. In Norway we had this show called «10 i skuddet», which I guess was a kind of a Jools Holland’s Top of the Pops without the live performances, only that it was a travelling show and people in the audience had to vote for their favourites; it was only on the radio, so you could only listen. The top 10 songs could be immensely different from each other and I remember being really curious about the 5 challengers who were introduced during the show. Every week…


While visiting a local Stavanger event/booking agency called SUB booking (R.I.P.) back in 2001 I noticed a band setting up to play in the lobby. Now when I say lobby, I mean a well worn and carpeted entrance area filled with boxes, unassembled furniture, empty bottles and trash. Going into a meeting I was told that this was the band’s rehearsal space. As it turned out the bass player Hans Arvid Wassvik was an employee at SUB booking at that time and therefore, naturally, would utilize the lobby as rehearsal space. …


Did some math the other night.

My band, World At Large, is not particularly famous. But, we have released 4 albums. The last and self titled one, was released this fall, October 7th to be precise. We release our albums through digital distributor CD-Baby, which for a small fee distributes the album to all significant streaming and download services.

CD-Baby offers a detailed accounting overview which allows us to calculate how much $$ a stream creates. Since we own our own music we receive everything that comes in, minus the microscopic cut CD-Baby takes.

We’ve had approximately 20 000 streams…


Happy new year.

2016 was a year when several great artists left us. These greats leaving us behind, being creators of their own genre, certainly is a wake up call up and perhaps forces us to take a look around. It’s hard to see another Bowie or Prince crashing the music scene any time soon looking at the opportunities, or perhaps lack there of, talents have today when trying to develop as artists. Streaming music is largely a game of remaining labels selling their huge catalogues for the fifth time, and yes that will generate revenue for a few dinosaurs…

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