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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 Music Magazine Sampler 2009

Posted in alphabeat, aura dione, boom boom magazine, ida corr, mike sheridan, sampler, sinne eeg, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by boomboommag

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ALPHABEAT Fascination
The Brits have already demonstrated their unconditional love for the pop sextet Alphabeat – several of  their singles have been highly placed in the UK Top 40. This is pop with a big, bold capital P, and what we have seen so far is probably just the tip of the iceberg! Fascinated? It’s hard not to be!

02 IDA CORR Ride my Tempo (Radio edit)
Ida Corr rules dance floors from Bangkok to Bergen. Her sweaty, super-sexy new single is a delicious,  electro-groovy follow-up to the international hit “Let Me Think About It”, which reached number 2 on the British singles chart. Still wondering whether to check out her retro-soul-dance sound? Enough thinking already!?

03 CAROLINE HENDERSON Bang Bang
Forget everything you thought you knew about Cher’s heartbroken drama “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot  Me Down)”. Elegant jazz chanteuse Caroline Henderson reinvents the old Sonny Bono classic with a  defined arrangement full of offbeat, stealthy rhythms and sophisticated phrasing that’s more supple than an elite Chinese gymnast. A clear example of just how the former pop singer has managed to seduce an international jazz audience.

04 MOI CAPRICE The Town and the City
Moi Caprice have been plugging away on the Danish rock scene since the mid-’90s, but their pop masterpiece “The Art of Kissing Properly” reached a much wider audience. The album contains so many sing-along moments that you will be in serious danger of losing your voice within a week of getting it. Universal simplicity, intelligent lyrics and perfect, luxurious, melancholy pop. Moi Caprice: Denmark’s next big export?

05 MIKE SHERIDAN Stilhed
Lapping soundscapes, poetic melodies and rhythmic finesse are among 17-yearold Mike Sheridan’s  specialities – as showcased here on “Stilhed” (“Silence”), which features the delicate vocals of Frida Hilarius. Sheridan’s thoughtfully composed and largely instrumental debut album “I Syv Sind” (“In Two Minds”) is surely just the start of this promising young producer’s career….

05 Sinne Eeg Just You, Just Me
“Her dark vocals have such strength, intensity and calm that the firmament might as well reserve a place  for a new North Star,” wrote one Danish reviewer of Sinne Eeg. The jazz singer received a Danish Music Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2008 and is slowly but surely on course to conquer the world. Enjoy this taster, and expect to see her on the bill at your local jazz club soon.

07 CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS Next Summer
A sensitive and grandiose love song from this critically acclaimed one-man choir – also known as 25-year-old Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. “Next Summer” demonstrates his gift for monumental and heartfelt melancholy, as lauded by trendsetting American website Pitchforkmedia.com. local jazz club soon.

08 FIGURINES The Air We Breathe
“‘Catchy’ is without a doubt the right word to start with when talking about ‘Skeleton’,” said music website Pitchforkmedia of Figurines, who also had the honour of landing a magazine cover in the New  York Times. The indie band released “Skeleton”, their second album, in Japan, the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The reaction to the 2007 album “When the Deer Wore Blue” was also overwhelming.

09 DÚNÉ 80 Years
Emotions on the edge and an insistent melodic momentum; the sound of being pursued by a heavily hung-over Franz Ferdinand. Danish rockers Dúné have gone gold in their native country, and “80 Years” is just one of many gems on their debut album. See the cool video on YouTube, where one user has penned this piece of poetry: “Denmark = the best music in the world! The best music in the world = Roskilde Festival. Roskilde Festival = beer. Beer = Denmark!” Cheers mate!

10 SMALL Cosmic Girl
A big sound emerges when electro-pop trio Small let rip on “Cosmic Girl” – airy synth aesthetics mix with noisy guitars, sculpting a soundscape around a contagious semi-falsetto pop song in praise of the free world. The sky’s the limit; Small are already big!

11 AURA Song for Sophie
With Sony BMG Continental behind her, songstress Aura is on the verge of a potential European breakthrough. “Song for Sophie” is an excellent example of her spellbinding ability to combine folk and pop. Add to that a particularly strong visual image, and you get an obvious cover star for this edition of Boom Boom. You might want to turn back to the front page!

12 CALLMEKAT Flower in the Night
Curiosity dominates in CALLmeKAT’s quirky universe. “Flower in the night” is a clattering and groovy piece with a particularly catchy hook. At the centre are Katrine Ottosen’s distinctive vocals and her inventive use of several instruments, manipulated via a laptop. Her imagination seems to know no bounds!

13 JONG PANG Small Cut Sensations
Loose-jointed indie excesses from Anders Rhedin, who also occupies the producer chair for other Danish bands from time to time. “Small Cut Sensations”, from Jong Pang’s debut album “Bright White Light”, clearly demonstrates the band’s talent for seductive, subdued melodies and gripping guitar sounds.

14 EFTERKLANG Caravan
The Efterklang collective are among the most subtle Danish musicians around. Their seductive,  convoluted arrangements create exceptional, entrancing atmospheres. “Caravan” is an excellent example of their work.

TEXT THOMAS BORRE & ANDERS HOUMØLLER THOMSEN

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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?!

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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.

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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

Pop Excess – This Is Alphabeat

Posted in alphabeat, boom boom magazine with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2009 by boomboommag

At the time of writing, the Danish pop sextet [Alphabeat] are riding high in the UK, where their debut album has sold over 100,000 copies in the wake of the huge hit singles “Fascination” and “10,000 Nights”. In addition to their knack of coming up with catchy hooks, Alphabeat’s success is also based on hard work in the rehearsal room.

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Diligent pop preferences

The Brits are still astounded that Alphabeat aren’t a manufactured pop act, but a real band that has worked hard in the rehearsal room for years. “We are forever finding out that Brits are amazed that it’s possible to play pop music the way we do and at the same time be a ‘proper’ band with years of experience,” explains guitarist Anders Bønløkke, the main architect behind the band’s songs. It’s around him that the rest of Alphabeat – Rasmus Nagel (keyboards), Anders Reinholdt (bass), Troels Hansen (drums) and vocal duo Anders SG and Stine Bramsen – stack up the songs’ colourful building blocks.

In Danish — Mere om Alphabeat.

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London calling

In autumn 2007, Alphabeat moved en masse to London in order to pursue their dreams of musical conquest. EMI spotted the sextet and were captivated by their catchy songwriting – but they weren’t the only ones. Their giant competitors Warner and Universal also fancied Alphabeat’s contagious pop, and a bidding war broke out. Iain Watt (Mika, etc.) was drafted in as the band’s international manager, and Alphabeat found themselves in the hands of experts who have launched superstars such as Blur, Coldplay, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Daft Punk, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.

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COPENHAGEN LINKS

Under the name Sodastar, Alphabeat took part in a local talent competition in 2004. They took judge Christian Backman, A&R for Copenhagen Records (Nephew, Spleen United, Mads Langer, etc.) completely by surprise. “They held a cracker of a 25-minute party. The band’s energy was so massive that you couldn’t help but get caught up in it. I didn’t think their songs were good enough at the time, but if they developed then I was in no doubt that this band would have something really special.”

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In addition to a visit to the USA, Alphabeat also plan to record a new album in 2009. As well as working with Alphabeat, Copenhagen Records also has plans to sell Spleen United in the Benelux countries, and there has been interest from abroad in the label’s singer-songwriter Mads Langer too – and the story of Nephew’s co-operation with Timbaland still never fails to raise a smile in the label’s office.

Text: Thomas Borre
Photography: Søren Solkaer Starbird

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Boom Boom Magazine — #03 — Table of Contents

Posted in boom boom magazine, danish music scene with tags , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2009 by boomboommag

Table of Contents — Boom Boom Magazine #03 — 2009

INTRODUCTION
YOUNG DANISH CHART ATTACK:
IDA CORR, DANCING QUEEN Page Five
AURA, COLOURFUL SINGER WITH GLOBAL AMBITIONS Page Eight
DÚNÉ, SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER! Page Twelve
DANISH PRODUCERS, ARTISTIC MIDWIVES Page Fourteen
SPOT ON DENMARK Page Sixteen
POP EXCESS, THIS IS ALPHABEAT Page Eighteen
DAZZLING DANISH JAZZ DIVAS:
SINNE EEG Page Twenty
CAROLINE HENDERSON Page Twenty One
MIKE SHERIDAN, TECHNO BOY WONDER Page Twenty Two
THE DANISH MUSIC REVOLUTION Page Twenty Four
SOMETHING’S ROCKING IN DENMARK Page Twenty Six
VOLBEAT, DANISH DYNAMITE Page Twenty Eight
STRIPPERS, T-SHIRTS, DUBPLATES & DISCOUNT STORES Page Thirty
THE TOP TEN Page Thirty Two
AMONG ANGELS & HITMEN Page Thirty Three
YOUR RECORD COMPANY, YOUR NEIGHBOUR Page Thirty Four
BOOM BOOM SAMPLER #03 Page Thirty Five
ALBUM RELEASES Page Forty
CONTACTS Page Forty Three


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