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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 Presence at MIDEM 2009

Posted in danish music scene, midem - cannes with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by boomboommag

The following people will be present at this year’s MIDEM festival in Cannes.

  1. Ambia Music ApS – Henning Schädler
  2. BandBase – Mads Just-Olesen
  3. BandBase – Doug Griffiths
  4. Big Star Records – Oliver Zähringer
  5. Black Pelican – Jakob Deichmann
  6. BM Music ApS – Bo Møller
  7. Bonnier Amigo Music – Cai Leitner
  8. Bonnier Amigo Music – Thomas Degn
  9. BRO Recordings – Christian Brorsen
  10. Cope Records/Calibrated Music – Peter W Kehl  
  11. Cowbell Music – Jacob Kabel
  12. Dacapo Records – Henrik Rørdam
  13. Dacapo Records – Kristian Lønsted
  14. Danacord – Jesper Buhl
  15. Danacord – Kim Jensen
  16. Danish Dance Music Export – Oliver Zähringer
  17. Danish Musicians’ Union – Mikael Højris
  18. Davs Musik – Kurt Andreasen
  19. Dicentia A/S – Michael Schäbethal Jensen
  20. Dicentia A/S – Michael Persson
  21. disco:wax – Morten Vilhem
  22. DJBFA – Pia Raug
  23. DJBFA – Jens Lysdal
  24. DUP – Nicolaj Hyltén-Cavallius
  25. Edition Wilhelm Hansen – Louise-Marie Törnqvist
  26. Edition Wilhelm Hansen – Claus Kilpatrick  
  27. EMI Music Publishing Denmark – Ole Dreyer Wogensen
  28. Dansk Artist Forbund – Neel Lykkegaard Andersen
  29. Dansk Artist Forbund – Thomas Søemod
  30. Fjellund – Simion Fjeldsted
  31. Fjellund – Christian Lund
  32. Gateway Music – Mette Ellebye-Larsen
  33. Good Songs Publishing – Magnus Österwall
  34. Gramex – Peter Zeuthen
  35. Hithouse-Production A/S – Stefan Fryland
  36. Hithouse-Production A/S – Hans Erik Nielsen
  37. House of Scandinavia ApS – Ejvin Schytte
  38. Iceberg Records A/S & Iceberg Publishing A/S – Manfred Zähringer
  39. Iceberg Records A/S & Iceberg Publishing A/S – Mette Wiene Zähringer
  40. IFPI Denmark – Jesper Bay  
  41. Jazz Danmark – Jacob Haagendal Nielsen
  42. Jazz Danmark – Kåre Emtoft
  43. Johan Schlüter Advokatfirma – Maria Fredenslund
  44. Kick Music – Michael Quvang
  45. KODA – Trine Nielsen
  46. KODA – Martin Gormsen
  47. KODA – Jakob Hüttel
  48. Kuanhsi Consulting – Niels Boe Sørensen
  49. Lifted House – Meedom
  50. Lifted House – Rosén
  51. Mis.Label ApS – Lars Verhof
  52. MXD – Thomas Rohde
  53. MXD – Søren Krogh Thompson
  54. MXD – Christian Hald Buhl
  55. MXD – Lars Skovgaard
  56. NCB – Martin Westermann
  57. NCB – Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen
  58. NCB – Lars Hey
  59. NCB – Henning Jacobsen
  60. Nordicx A/S – Bjarne Albrektsen
  61. Nordicx A/S – Peter Skak
  62. OH Musik ApS – Ole Hoeglund
  63. OUR Recordings – Lars Hannibal
  64. PH Distribution – Poul Erik Skindballe
  65. PromoXon – Bo Johansen
  66. Replicateur A/S – Christian Boie Claussen
  67. RMC – Thomas Borre
  68. Roskilde Festival – Rikke Øxner
  69. ROSA – Gunnar K. Madsen
  70. Scanbox Entertainment Denmark A/S – Thomas Dyring
  71. Scanbox Entertainment Denmark A/S – Frank Lykke
  72. Slow Shark Records – Jon Madsen
  73. SonicMusic – James Thomas
  74. SonicMusic – Anne Horlyck
  75. Storyville Records – Mona Granager
  76. Storyville Records – Anders Stefansen
  77. Sundance Music / Publishing – Peter Littauer
  78. Sunshine Music Publishing – Michael Hammerlund
  79. Syntonetic Media Solutions – Mikael Henderson
  80. Syntonetic Media Solutions – Peter Berg Steffensen
  81. TESO – Jean Louis Cornu
  82. TG Management ApS – John Aagaard
  83. TG Management ApS – Lotte Aagaard
  84. TUTL – Kristian Blak  
  85. Upright Music ApS – Jeppe Kaltoft
  86. Upright Music ApS – Diddan Degn Karstensen
  87. Voices Music & Entertainment Denmark – Tom Jensen
  88. Voices Music & Entertainment Denmark – Allan Skov
  89. Warner/Chappell – Lars Sjelle
  90. Your Favourite Records – Lars Winther

The list is courtesy of


Press Release — Boom Boom Magazine #03 — 2009

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


The latest edition of the international magazine about Danish music and the Danish music scene has just hit the street – with feature articles on and sampler tracks by successful Danish artists such as Ida Corr, Aura and Alphabeat.

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

Boom Boom Magazine publishers DUP, Danish Independent Record Labels, MXD, Music Export Denmark, and IFPI Denmark are looking forward to present this year’s magazine at MIDEM09 in Cannes. Think of the magazine as an annual introduction to the Danish scene, directed at music enthusiasts all over the world.

Thus, a united Danish record industry is proud to present the cream of the crop of Danish artists with marked international success – Aura, Ida Corr, Mike Sheridan, Volbeat, Dúné, a Kid Hereafter & Alphabeat.

Free music and tapwater
Boom Boom Magazine also sheds light on one of the music industry’s greatest challenges, namely digital distribution possibilities and addresses the key question – should music be free? Free in the same way as tap water, which isn’t really free anyway. The general attitude in some teenage groups is that music is downloadable and for free. They’re confident that musicians earn heaps of money and if they don’t, they should consider other career options. Regardless if one agrees or disagrees with such statements, it’s the name of the game for record labels. On a positive note, IFPI Denmark has just published a survey showing that online music sales doubled in 2008.


In the magazine’s editorial, General Manager of Playground Music and IFPI Denmark board member, Søren Krogh Thompson, speculates whether we will see a new value estimation and prizing of music resembling the significant price differentiations we’ve seen in relation to drinking water during the last couple of years.

One thing remains certain, the future of music remains unwritten… And that’s part of the charm!

BOOM BOOM #03 is freely available at

For additional information and press material, please contact
Nicolaj Hyltén-Cavallius
Chairman, DUP / cell +45 222-77-921

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

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