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Boom Boom Magazine 2009 Content Map

Posted in alphabeat, aura dione, boom boom magazine, caroline henderson, danish music scene, ida corr, kenneth bager, mike sheridan, music promotion, sinne eeg, sociale medier, Volbeat with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2009 by boomboommag

The blog version of Boom Boom Magazine has now been online for a couple of months. To sum up all the blog posts, artists and genres, we’ve made a content map —

Boom Boom Magazine Content Map

Boom Boom Magazine Content Map

In tag format —

boom boom —  aura dione —  boom boom magazineida corr —  mike sheridan —  alphabeatdúné — boom boom mag  —  volbeat — aura — sinne eeg — boom magazine — boomboom — caroline henderson — diddan degn karstensen —  aura singer — michael poulsen — kenneth bager — cornstick new music and news — boom boom music — music export — ida corr  — inger/aura — anders houmøller thomsen —  venice — aura dione wiki — boom boom blog   —  dup
sinne eeg blu note —  “spleen united” — mike sheridan blog — caroline, the danish jazz singer — “i’ve been riding all –night” ida corr — bjarne albrektsen — midem 2009 publisher —  singer aura — columbine aura dione — boom boom boom — volbeat sold out cover —  boom ! — thomas thomsen danish

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Boom Boom Magazine — Contacts

Posted in boom boom magazine, Boom Booom Magazine Contacts, danish music scene, pladeselskaber with tags , , , , on February 1, 2009 by boomboommag


12 Tonár Fiolstræde 26, 1171 København K +45 33365644

A:Larm Enghavevej 40, 4, 1674 København V +45 99340700

Aller International Marielundsvej 46 E, 273 Herlev +45 44858888

Art Management Nørrebrogade 34, 2200 København N +45 35374232

Artiscope Music Wildersgade 35, kld. 1408 København K +45 32557744

ArtPeople Ørstedhus, Vester Farimagsgade 41, 1606 København K +45 33113311

Auditorium Blågårdsgade 3, st. tv, 2200 København N +45 33126205

Bad Afro Records Kronborggade 7, kl. th, 2200 København N +45 26379373

Bellevue Entertainment Klokkestøbervej 15, 8800 Viborg +45 70226202

Bonnier Music Denmark Dronningens Tværgade 30, 1302 København K +45 33427700

Calibrated Music Westend 13, 1661 København V +45 70201137

Cope Records Westend 13, 1661 København V +45 70201137

Copenhagen Records Enghave 40, 4, 1674 København V +45 35209090

Cowbell Music Valby Langgade 23, 1. th, 2500 Valby +45 70260807

Crunchy Frog Studiestræde 24, 2. Sal, 1455 København K +45 33115411

Dacapo Records Gråbrødretorv 16, 1154 København K +45 32960602

Egmont Serieforlaget A/S Vognmagergade 11, 1148 København K +45 70205035

EMI Music Denmark Falkoner Allé 7, 3.sal, 2000 Frederiksberg +45 36935400

Evely Records Kirkebjerg Allé 27, 2770 Vanløse +45 26125459

Exlibris Klareboderne 3, 1001 København K +45 33755779

Folkeskolens Musiklærerforenings Forlag Gudenåvej 162, 7400 Herning +45 97129452

Forlaget GUF Brogade 6, 6400 Sønderborg +45 74422302

Fønix Musik Sønder Allé 14 B, 8000 Århus C +45 86195811

Go’ Danish Folk Ribe Landevej 190, 7100 Vejle +45 75722486

Good Tape Records Bredgade 25D, 1260 København K +45 33110060

Heptown Records Kulturmejeriet, Stora Södergatan 64, 222 23 Lund, Sweden +46 462111449

Iceberg Records Julsøvænget 10, Postboks 255, 8600 Silkeborg +45 87206600

ILK Kongovej 5, 2300, København S +45 33226910 Filmbyen 19, 2, 8000 Århus C +45 22112246

Label Kollektiv Poul Paghs Gade 9,, 9000 Ålborg +45 20877153

Lifted House Langebrogade 5, Suite 3.08, 1411 København K +45 33910398

Loadstar Records Bulgariensgade 1,, 2300 København S +45 32849343

Lolita Industri Borups Allé 33,, 2200 København N +45 26191918

Mad Man Music +45 60767276

Master Punk Recordings Sortedam Dossering 55, 2100 København Ø +45 35373575

MBO A/S Fuglevænget 9, 9000 Ålborg +45 96311711

Melodika Tinggade 12,, 4100 Ringsted +45 20868771

Merger Management Schleppegrellsgade 3, kld. tv, 2200 København N +45 40979145

Morningside Records Steingata 49, 4024 Stavanger, Norway +45 27649259

Mungo Park Fritz Hansensvej 23, 3450 Allerød +45 48131300

Music For Dreams Vesterbrogade 95 H, 1620 København V +45 33260046

Naxos Denmark/Olga Musik ApS Landemærket 49, 1119 København K +45 86892428

OH Musik Jersie Strandvej 5, Postboks 49, 2680 Solrød Strand +45 56146644

Orpheus Records Åbakkevej 9, 2720 Vanløse +45 38338004

OUR Recordings Nordskrænten 3, 2980 Kokkedal +45 45862577

Playground Music Grønnegade 3, 1107 København K +45 33143320

PlayRec Kronborggade 7, kld. th, 2200 København N +45 28458755

PonyRec Tranegilde Strandvej 48, 2635 Ishøj

Quartermain Records Oehlenschlaegersgade 41A, 4, 1663 København V +45 23737976

Rigel ApS Mårkærvej 4, 2630 Tåstrup +45 88700400

Roar Music Nørrevej 7, 4180 Sorø +45 60681700

Rump Recordings Dybbølsgade 57,, 1721 København V +45 60668657

Sand Lerholm Vænge 17, 2610 Rødovre +45 38713813

So What Film Westend 13, 1661 København V +45 20640858

SonyBMG Vognmagergade 7, 1120 København K +45 33760300

Spangster Records, Alisio Christian Winthersvej 3B, st, 1860 Frederiksberg C +45 33861610

Spin Records/Spin Entertainment Rådhusstræde 3A, 1466 København K +45 33142244

SteepleChase Productions Postboks 35, Slotsalleen 16, 2930 Klampenborg +45 39644244

Sundance Gothersgade 107, 1123 København K +45 33338720

Sweet Silence Njalsgade 19 C, 2300 København S +45 32571260

Target Distribution Godthåbsvej 26 B, 2. Sal, 2000 Frederiksberg +45 33210737

Transistor Music Mejerivej 2, 8305 Samsø

TUBA Entertainment Søndre Jagtvej 27, 2970 Hørsholm +45 45866655

Tutl Reynagøta 12, FO-100 Thorshavn +29 8314815

Universal Music A/S Grønningen 25, st, 1270 København K +45 33912110

Varano Music Kronprinsessegade, 3. tv, 1306 København K +45 24252898

VME Vesterbrogade 95 H, 1620, København V +45 33210135

Warner Music Denmark Falkoner Allé 63, 2000 Frederiksberg C +45 36166888

Whiteout Music Westend 13 A, 1661 København V +45 26291523

World Records Holmehaven 3, 2670 Greve Strand +45 43903732

Your Favourite Records Kronborggade 6, 1. th, 2200 København N +45 29724639



Volbeat — Danish Dynamite

Posted in boom boom magazine, danish heavy metal, danish music scene, metal, Volbeat with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by boomboommag

The Finns have bowed down in admiration in the snow. The Germans have hailed them as über-cool. Their own compatriots have succumbed too. Volbeat are Denmark’s biggest-ever heavy sensation!

Volbeat -- Danish Dynamite
Volbeat — Danish Dynamite

It’s been many years since singer Michael Poulsen and his band played to tiny audiences and slept in flea-pit hotels or on cold trainstation benches while on tour. At the time Poulsen was in Dominus, a  hard-hitting Danish death-metal band that released four albums between 1995 and 2000. Not many people were listening, but Poulsen kept up both the momentum and his faith in the music.

In 2001 he formed a new band, Volbeat, whose heavy sound also reflected his love of ’50s rock’n’roll. One bright scribbler dubbed the band “Elvis metal” – and that’s alright mama, ’cos soon the heartbreak hotel days were behind them, and Volbeat no longer faced being lonesome tonight when they played live.

The band’s 2007 breakthrough album “Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil” was a bona fide sensation that topped the Danish charts and went platinum – something no other Danish heavy metal band has ever achieved. The follow-up, the critically acclaimed “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood”, also made it to the top in Denmark.

Volbeat’s success has also been spreading through Europe. The famously metallic Finns sent the album  right to the top of the charts, the Swedes took it to no.4, and it entered the Top 30 in Germany, Austria, Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

The hard road
All this success may just be the beginning, as the group continue to tour with an intensity that would impress even B.B. King. “We played about 30 festivals this summer, and now we’re touring Denmark and the rest of Europe,” says Poulsen. “If we can fit it in, we also hope to make it to the USA in 2008. We’re on a real roll at the moment – in 2007 we played 103 gigs in nine months. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. When I get home from touring I soon get restless. As soon as I’ve zapped through all the TV channels I start thinking: ‘I’ll go for a walk, then.’ Musicians are like rats in a cage. If you pull us off our wheel, it won’t be long before we jump back on again.”

The singer and songwriter thinks that the lean  years, when they had to fight tooth and nail forgigs and a breakthrough, helped toughen the group’s metal soul: “We put up with a helluva lot. But ultimately it’s helped us. Our success  hasn’t been easy, like winning a competition, but our boyhood dream has been fulfilled. We make a living from playing, and we enjoy it. Who knows when the ship will sail in the other direction…? But even when things do start to turn we’ll just keep on going, ’cos we’ve already tried  scraping rock bottom,” he promises.
As the King sang, “It’s now or never!”


Spot on Denmark

Posted in alphabeat, boom boom magazine, danish music scene, danske uafhængige pladeselskaber, dup, mxd with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2009 by boomboommag

Marketing music to promote a particular nation? All you have to do is produce some glitzy material, hire   trendy nightclub in the capital city of the country you want to make it in, and then just spoil a mob of party-animal industry types with live music hors d’oeuvres and lots of free drinks. Right?!


Erase and rewind. If they even remember anything the next day when the hangover kicks in it’ll probably be a blurred mixture of coloured cocktails and a band that was called, err, ‘something or other’. No, a completely different strategy is called for, according to Music Export Denmark (MXD). The organisation has staged successful “Spot on Denmark” events in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany  and France in recent years in collaboration with ROSA — the Danish Rock Council — and DUP (Danish Independent Records Labels).

Instead of trying to force feed industry people with Danish music, MXD tries to engage record company people, managers, venue staff and journalists in choosing what music they’d like to get to know better.

“What’s unique about Spot on Denmark is that we build on a ‘pull’ strategy. It’s the local industry people who decide what we promote in their regions. For example, we invite them to the Danish SPOT festival in Aarhus, where they help decide which bands should take part in Spot on Denmark events in their countries. It stops MXD acting like some kind of omniscient arbiter of taste. Greater involvement helps push the music,” says Thomas Rohde, the head of MXD .

The strategy pays good dividends. Following a promotion in Brussels in 2007, melancholy dreamrockers Murder played several gigs around Belgium, and ended up selling more records there than at home.


The 2008 promotion in the three Benelux countries also generated a great deal of media coverage for the groups Slaraffenland, Tone and Said the Shark, who have since had contracts waved under their noses for record deals and/or live gigs. “SPOT on Denmark is a good method of building Danish music as a brand. It’s all about drawing the links between the big hits – like Trentemøller and Alphabeat – and Danish music as a whole. It helps up-and-coming Danish bands on their way. In the autumn, when SPOT on Denmark came to Utrecht in the Netherlands, a lot of people told us the hype about Danish music right now is on a par with the buzz that surrounds Icelandic music. Names like Saybia, Mew and Under Byen are well-known among music fans in the Netherlands. The whole of the Danish scene is skyrocketing because the music is associated with quality, excitement and innovation,” says Thomas Rohde, who plans to roll out the SPOT on Denmark concept in several other countries.

Photography: Raw Format
Text: Anders Houmøller Thomsen

Your Record Company, Your Neighbour, interview with Nicolaj Hyltén-Cavallius, DUP & Artiscope

Posted in artiscope music, boom boom magazine, danish music scene, danske uafhængige pladeselskaber, dup, mxd, nicolaj hyltén-cavallius with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by boomboommag

Nicolaj Hyltén-Cavallius – chairman of DUP / Danish Independent Record Labels – is a man with a mission. He wants to modernize the record industry and kill off the myth that it is dominated by greedy, brain-dead speculators.


“These days, record companies are very much populated by energetic enthusiasts, and we have to get that message across better. I hope we will be able to convince music consumers to think of record companies as a kind of neighbour – something close to their everyday lives – rather than as remote multinationals and  speculators who fritter away fortunes on the high life.” So says Nicolaj Hyltén-Cavallius, record company director – or, in his own words, “music company director”. His label, Artiscope Music, is small and the primary driving force is sheer enthusiasm. Artiscope is one of Denmark’s many indie companies, and Nicolaj also chairs DUP (Danske Uafhængige Pladeselskaber/Danish Independent Record Labels).

Hyltén-Cavallius believes that the myth of the greedy and cynical record company is so tenacious that a lot of music fans download music illegally without any qualms. “But in reality that’s a bit like chancing upon a  roadside fruit stall on a drive in the countryside. You fancy some strawberries and a sign asks you to put money in a tin. Who’d take a couple of punnets and not pay?! Surely everybody agrees that it’d be dishonest, and definitely not cool. And yet a lot of people think they can cheat record companies by downloading illegally because they think labels are ‘cynical multinational companies’ run by greedy misers. It’s a load of rubbish, of course. It’s exactly the same as cheating the farmer – so many labels are run by enthusiasts, hard-working everyday folks with bills to pay. We need to change attitudes.”

Hyltén-Cavallius also has other ambitions in his role as chair of DUP. “We need a greater degree of professionalisation in the music industry. In the past, people who sold a lot of records had a tendency to be a little bit spoiled by their success. Many of the folk who worked in the industry didn’t have much specialist knowledge about what they were dealing with. These days, with CDs selling less well, we need more properly trained people in the industry. We need people who know about market mechanisms – law, money, marketing, human resources – before they throw themselves into publishing and promoting music. In the past, it was common for musicians to move from playing gigs to sitting on the other side of the record company desk – and some of them turned out to be extremely good at the business side. But I think it would be a positive thing if there were more properly qualified people in the industry, people who also have academic theory and practical tools from higher education to draw upon. It has already started to happen in Denmark.”

“I think the music industry still has a long way to go,” says Hyltén-Cavallius. “If you compare it with agriculture, for example, they’ve got the Danish Agricultural Council to look after the interests of their industry and to lobby opinion formers, politicians and the public. The music industry should stand up for itself more, and work harder to find common ground. Those of us who work in publishing and promoting music are very different from each other, but deep down we want the same things. We want Danish music to be heard and sold, and we want exports  to increase. MXD [Music Export Denmark, ed.] is a good initiative that’s progressing positively and harmoniously. DUP also works closely with IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), an organisation that we think understands our situation. We must focus more on overarching objectives, and not think in terms of narrow self-interest and our own names. It’s all about branding Danish music as a whole, and in that context I think that MXD’s ‘SPOT on Denmark’ campaign is really good. We should all support it and listen to our partners abroad – who do they think are exciting? Involving the French music industry, for example, in deciding which Danish acts they think that we should support makes for a pleasant change in strategy.”

From Boom Boom Magazine #03.

Text: Anders Houmøller Thomsen
Photography: RAW Format

Danish Producers — Artistic Midwives

Posted in boom boom magazine, danish music scene, frederik thaae, midem - cannes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by boomboommag

The Danish underground is seething and bubbling with talent and resourcefulness. The creative boom is personified by the new generation of inventive PRODUCERS who fiddle about with, screw together, play with and respond to the music, endowing it with that final, crucial and dynamic impact. BOOM BOOM zooms in on some of the most prominent musical midwives on the Danish scene. We asked this diverse bunch, whose sole common denominator is their individuality, what they feel are the most important features of a producer as an artistic facilitator.



(Murder, I Am Bones, The Late Parade, Lise Westzynthius, Prins Nitram etc.) Thaae is a graduate of the Academy of Music and plays in – and produces for, naturally – the manic, hard-hitting rock band A Kid Hereafter. “A producer’s main task is to make every job a project special,” he says. “It’s about having a profile and setting an aesthetic agenda.” He thinks the fact that many of the producers are also musicians is to their advantage when working behind the mixing desk: “It provides a shared perspective.” Thaae is currently in dialogue with Jesper ‘Junior’ Mortensen (ex-Junior Senior), the DJ known as Turkman, and Jacob Bellens (Murder) about new partnerships.
Text: Thomas borre
Photography: Raw Format

China in her Hand — Sinne Eeg

Posted in boom boom magazine, danish music scene, jazz, sinne eeg with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by boomboommag

Jazz has gone from lobby to hobby in China, which is good news for songstress Sinne Eeg. Asia has  served as her springboard to the rest of the world.


Sinne Eeg has taken both Danish and international jazz audiences by storm in recent years. Whether singing her own songs or interpreting classics, she has been widely praised for her soft, elegant phrasing with just a hint of danger.

Early on in her career, Eeg realized that if she was ever going to get anywhere she’d have to make it happen herself. “You have to take it from the bottom up,” says Eeg. “You get nothing from sitting and waiting for Blue Note Records to call, or waiting to be asked to plays tadium gigs. I’ve learned that you have to take the less lucrative jobs first if you want to forge the right contacts. I paid for my first recordings myself and did most of the practical work associated with the releases. I made sure that jazz clubs and the media knew all about my music by making lots of phone calls and sending lots of e-mails.  It has been a long, slow process to reach the stage I’m at now. It takes patience.”

Big in Japan
Eeg’s journey began back in 2003 with the release of her self-titled debut album, which was to take her, somewhat by chance, to Japan  and China. She found herself in Japan as the conductor of an amateur  choir, which enabled her to meet new people and led to a tour of the country with the Martin Schack Trio. Pianist Martin Schack’s brother was living in Shanghai at the time, which opened the gateway to China. “We punted my CD around various clubs in Shanghai,” she recalls. “One owner wanted to hire us  for three months. That was a bit unusual, but of course we said yes. It was in Shanghai’s oldest jazz club, which is owned by a famous Chinese actor who is also a jazz enthusiast. It was a great job.”

Wild response

Eeg has learned that there are big  differences between Japanese and Chinese jazz audiences. “The Japanese have a long tradition of being into jazz and listening to the music in clubs,” she says. “The first time I played a gig there, I was a bit taken aback by the enthusiastic response. The audiences are definitely not as shy and polite as you might think. They holler and join in, and a lot of them have an almost nerdy interest in Scandinavian jazz. Jazz is a bit more of a recent phenomenon in China, but a lot has changed since our first visit. A few years ago, jazz was mainly confined to expensive hotel lobbies –  s little more than background music. Now, you can tell that a lot of Chinese listeners have acquired a  deeper interest in the music and its artistic dimensions, which is nice.”

Eeg’s music is also starting to win over audiences beyond China, Japan and her home country. Sweden, Norway and Germany are showing interest, and her most recent Danish-language album – “Kun en drøm” (“Only a Dream”) – has just been reissued in English as “Remembering You”. Curiously enough, she first met the album’s Danish producer, Chris Minh Doky, in Tokyo. “I often meet Danish colleagues abroad, which says something about the impression that Danish jazz has made,” Eeg explains. “I met Chris Minh Doky via Diana Krall’s manager Mary-Ann Topper, who had heard us play a club in Tokyo. Later, she met Chris, who was also touring Japan, and encouraged him to go to one of my gigs. He did  so, and a few months later we were recording “Kun en drøm” together, which includes interpretations  of old Danish film and stage classics.”