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More Norwegians at Reeperbahn

By Lisa Blödorn Posted: 18. Sep, 2015

Over 20 delegates from the Norwegian music industry are attending Reeperbahn Festival 2015. Today we present Cathrine Heen (Grappa), Miranda Moen (Oslo Records), Tomas Linnes (Musikkoperatørene) and Cecilie Torp-Holte (Circle Management and NEMAA).

Miranda Moen, Oslo Records

Miranda Moen, Oslo Records

I work for the Norwegian record label Oslo Records where I am mainly in charge of booking. We represent hip hop, disco, funk, electronic, urban pop artists such as Proviant Audio, Maya Vik, Kimichi, Kappekoff, Yoguttene, Oral Bee, $ushi x Kobe, Skogslosjen & Chris Lie. I guess I’m also the in-house Germany correspondent since I find myself here now.

What are your projects in Germany for the time being?

– Just spreading the word about our artists and the label. We will set up a label showcase sometime in the future in Berlin. I am also here to reconnect with the German industry and people. I used to live in Berlin feeling very local and street smart, then after 2 years in Oslo I woke up one day with a sudden panic attack realizing I had gotten too Norwegian again; jaywalking and drinking expensive beer without blinking an eye. So now I’m in Berlin on a 2 month intensive Bio Currywurst/Ritter Sport/Becks/Club Mate only diet, while I sort trash in 10 different bins and roll my eyes at the uneffective Bürgeramt 🙂 I also work very hard of course.

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Have you been at Reeperbahn before? What is your memorable experience?

– I have been in a overfilled small boat on the Elbe with Norwegian joddlers doing their thing, got confirmed that Germans (and everyone else) can get just a sloppy drunk as Norwegians at the industry after party – and I guess Susanne Sundfør and Einar Stray performing in the church can fall into the “memorable” category as well, though slightly more sacred than the industry after party..

Which artist should everyone check out at Reeperbahn this year?

– I can recommend whoever joddling or playing in churches.

 

Tomas Linnes, Musikkoperatørene

Tomas Linnes, Musikkoperatørene

– I am with leading Norwegian indie distributor Musikkoperatørene. I’m in charge of exporting our roster world wide.

What are your projects in Germany for the time being?

– We are already cooperating with a few German distributors, but are always looking at getting new partners, mostly because our repertoire is very diverse, and will need different partners for different labels and projects.

Have you been at Reeperbahn before? What is your best experience?

– I attended the Reeperbahn festival last year and had a great time. Besides a varied seminar programme, what impressed me the most was probably to experience new music in such wonderful venues.

What is your agenda for this years’ festival?

– This year I hope to meet up with some well-known contacts as well as find some new. I’ll also pick some seminars to go to, and of course enjoy some great music.

Which artist should everyone check out at Reeperbahn this year?

– I think everybody attending Reeperbahn should check out Jonas Alaska. Undoubtedly one of the finest songwriters and performers of Norway.

Cathrine Heen. Label Manager , A&R and promotion for Grappa Musikkforlag.

 

Cathrine Heen, Grappa Musikkforlag

– Grappa Musikkforlag AS (established 1983 in Norway) is a Norwegian record label. It is one of the oldest and biggest independent record companies in Norway today. The name Grappa is associated with musical breadth and quality. The company represents prominent Norwegian artists, and the catalog consists of over 2000 CD albums in all genres. The classic catalog is marketed through Simax Classics (1997-). Folk and world music released on Heilo label (1995-).

– Besides representing the ECM catalog in Norway, Grappa is also engaged in several other music companies such as B Barneselskapet, Blue Mood Records, Curling Legs and Rune Grammofon. Grappa is the Norwegian Music Publishing company that have the most nominations for «Spellemannprisen» (The Norwegian Grammy) Their DVD releases have also set Norwegian sales records.

What is your projects in Germany for the time being?

– For time being we are focusing on artists like Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen, Marcus Løvdal Band and Adam Douglas in Germany.

Have you been at Reeperbahn before? What is your best experience?

– I’ve been to Reeperbahn one time before – last year. As a first-time-goer it’s sometimes a bit difficult to get your head around where everything is, how things works and where to be for the first couple of days, but I found the whole Reeperbahn-experience really good. All in all, a great place to meet new contacts, huge number of fantastic concerts and an unique atmosphere. I’ll bet it will be an even better experience this year.

What is your agenda for this years’ festival?

– My agenda for this years’ festival is to meet up with the people I had the pleasure to meet last year. Hopefully make some new contacts – new contacts that we can work with on the artists/ projects we’re now focusing on for the European market.

Cecilie Torp-Holte, CEO/Owner at Circle Management and Artist Management and A&R Consultancy company based in Oslo, Norway, and Chairman of NEMAA (Norwegian Entertainment Managers and Agents Association) witch also is a member of IMMF.

– Circle represent and work with some of Norway’s leading pop artists and producers.

What are your projects in Germany for the time being?

– Marion Raven who’s signed to Sony Music Germany / RCA.

What is your agenda for this years’ festival?

– Meeting with current and hopefully what can be new contacts and collaborators for our acts in Germany. This is my first time at Reepherbahn.

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