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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

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!?

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?

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.

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 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.

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.



Kenneth Bager: Quality Music for Dreams

Posted in aura dione, boom boom magazine, danish music scene, kenneth bager with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by boomboommag

Kenneth Bager is a pioneer in Danish pop.


With a past life as the ideas man behind the  record companies Como (KLF, Shamen and Moby) and Flex Records (Los Umbrellos, Cartoons, Infernal and DJ Aligator), the DJ, producer and entrepreneur Kenneth Bager is the go-to guy when it comes to running a record company. Over the years he has propelled four of his artists into the UK Top 40 (The Cartoons, DJ Aligator, Los Umbrellos and Beatchuggers). Since 2001 he has been focusing his energy on the Music for Dreams label, which initially went in for dreamy and atmospheric downtempo music. Music for Dreams emerged in 1995, around the same time as the legendary double compilation of the same name, which is considered one of the major achievements of downbeat and chill-out music.

In Danish — Læs mere om Kenneth Bager.

How does Aura fit into your dream-music profile?

“The idea was never to run a label with a narrow profile. I’m interested in good music, irrespective of genre. Quality and timelessness is my trademark,” explains Bager. He is still very musically active himself – Universal in the UK will be releasing his solo album early in 2009. Bager is hugely enthusiastic about Aura: “She’s incredibly creative and has a fantastic voice. And she’s really good at writing pop songs. She’s also very visual. Aura’s a born star with a strong, captivating personality.” Bager has several releases due in the near  future: the debut by the tech-electro duo Fagget Fairys; an album by dub duo Djosos Krost, also known as producer Pharfar (Natasja, Emo, etc.) and LA-based Filip “Turbotito” Nikolic, who is also a member of Ima Robot and Guns‘n’Bombs; and a new record from Bliss, whose two previous albums sold over 140,000 copies.

Text: Thomas Borre
Photography: RAW Format


Aura Dione — Colourful singer with global ambitions

Posted in aura dione, boom boom magazine, danish music scene with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by boomboommag

Ever since she was a child, Aura has dreamed of taking the world by storm with her music. Now, the 22- year-old Danish songbird is able to spread her wings via a major deal with Sony BMG in Europe.  […]


The hair is black as coal. The lips pink. The eyes focused. And the voice enthusiastic. The word “Aura” is of Greek origin and is said to be a field of coloured energy. It is a description that also applies nicely to the singer Aura Dione, a folk- and country-inspired singer-songwriter who incorporates discreet electronic undertones and is fuelled by pure pop energy. She has a certain undeniable affinity with other creative female artists like Kate Nash, Feist, Kate Bush and Emiliana Torrini, but Aura is most definitely her own woman.

In Danish — læs mere om Aura.

Musical dreams

In Denmark, her debut album “Columbine” was released by Kenneth Bager’s label Music for Dreams in January 2008. “It appealed to me to be signed to an independent like Music for Dreams,” says Aura. “They give you a plenty of elbow room. It’s not far from idea to reality, and I am able to do things on my own terms. That’s very important for me.” Aura met label-owner Bager in Ibiza three years ago. The dialogue between the two was informal until the day she invited him round for coffee, sat him on a chair in the kitchen, picked up her acoustic guitar and played 30 songs. Bager immediately insisted that they start recording the album that would later become “Columbine”, on which he is also credited as producer. As well as Europe, Aura also dreams of performing and releasing music in America. “I think the USA and I would go well together,” she says with an arched smile – although for the time being her eyes are fixed upon the European musical battlefields.

Text: Thomas Borre
Photography: Raw Format


Press Release Boom Boom Magazine #03 – DK version

Posted in boom boom magazine, danish music scene, press release with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by boomboommag

Et nyt nummer af det internationale magasin om dansk musik og den danske musikbranche er på gaden – denne gang med en forenet dansk pladebranche bag udgivelsen!

Aura Dione -- Fra forsiden af musikmagasinet Boom Boom, udgivet af DUP, IFPI og MXD

Tredje gang siges at være lykkens gang, og noget kunne tyde på det, når BOOM BOOM #3 på mandag bliver præsenteret på den danske stand under MIDEM09 i Cannes. Organisationen bag de to første udgivelser Danske Uafhængige Pladeselskaber (DUP) har nemlig denne gang delt både det redaktionelle og det økonomiske ansvar med ”storebroderen” IFPI Danmark og Music Export Denmark (MXD). BOOM BOOM #3 varsler således helt nye vinde med fælles fodslag og samarbejde mellem de tre musikorganisationer og er et helt håndgribeligt bevis på, at den danske pladebranche for alvor er begyndt at arbejde sammen omkring eksporten af dansk musik.

BOOM BOOM #3 præsenterer en række af de danske kunstnere med størst international succes og de tilknyttedes selskabers ambitioner om at operere på et langt større marked end det danske – Aura, Ida Corr, Mike Sheridan, Volbeat, Dúné, A Kid Hereafter og Alphabeat er blandt de kunstnere, der præsenteres som det bedste af det bedste fra Danmark. Derudover sætter magasinet fokus på en af branchens største udfordringer omkring de digitale muligheder og stiller blandt andet spørgsmålet ”skal musik være gratis?”

Værdisætning af musik og postevand

Den generelle holdning til musik er allerede i dag hos nogle teenagere, at musik naturligvis skal være gratis. De er sikre på, at musikerne i forvejen tjener styrtende med penge, og dem der ikke gør det, de burde finde sig et ’rigtigt’ job. Og uanset om man så er enige med dem eller ej, så er dette en del af den hverdag, pladeselskaberne befinder sig i.

I bladets leder sætter direktør Søren Krogh Thompson fra Playground Music fokus på, hvordan fremtidens brugere vil værdisætte musik, og hvad dette vil betyde for branchen. Søren, der også er formand for MXD, næstformand i DUP og bestyrelsesmedlem i IFPI, stiller spørgsmålet: ”How do we make sure that future generations (and the current crop of teenageres) understand the value of music?”. Bør musik være “gratis” på samme måde som postevand (som på ingen måde er gratis i virkeligheden), og vil vi se en ny værdi- og prissætning af musik, der minder om netop den vand har gennemgået over da sidste par år, hvor differentieringen mellem billig og dyr er enormt stor?

Tværgående samarbejde

Uvisheden om fremtiden for musikken betyder, at der er et stort behov for at arbejde på tværs af traditionelle brancher. På samme måde som DUP og IFPI stille og roligt arbejder tættere sammen, og at Music Export Denmark har fået en platform, der bringer den danske musikbranche tættere på eksportmarkederne, er tiden moden til, at alle i musikbranchen indser behovet for samarbejde – om fremtiden og de nye modeller, fra pladeselskabet til rettighedsorganisationer, interesseorganisationer, bookere, managers.

En ting står fast – vi står over for en fantastisk fremtid, og der er ingen af os der kender den endnu. Men musikken lever videre – med eller uden DUP, IFPI og MXD.

BOOM BOOM #3 kan læses online og downloades på

For yderligere information og billedmateriale kontakt venligst – Nicolaj Hyltén-Cavallius, formand, DUP / mobil 22 27 7921

Boom Boom Magazine #03, Press Release, Danish, PDF