How do you see yourself keeping control of Broiler’s US career? Will you let a US-based management in?
– Granted that almost all communication nowadays is done via mail and phone, geographical distance is no longer a problem. We like to have 100% control over the strategies laid out for Broiler, so we will always have the final saying. An agent for the US is something we have already begun to look into. There are several interested parties who would like to work with us over here, but I’d rather not mention any names yet. Next year, we hope to gain a greater presence for Broiler during the Winter Music Conference, and during this year’s WMC Music Norway brunch we talked to a few different parties that shared great faith in Broiler, so it’s exciting times ahead, for sure. It would also have been great to create a Norwegian Night, where we gather some of the biggest Norwegian acts in one WMC venue, says Huse.
Following their Clevelander Hotel showcase, Music Norway met a tired but happy couple for brunch at the Mondrian South Beach: Mikkel Christiansen and Simen Auke of Broiler.
– We’re really happy now. It was a bit scary and really exciting, says Christiansen.
– In reality, we were totally terrified, but in the end it went down well. You don’t want to botch a gig in front of a crowd that has never seen you before. Before our set, the promoters let a 16 year old photographer play a couple of tracks, and he just went wild. He was so fired up that he played the fastest and hardest tracks in his bag while we had plans to open the gig with down-tempo numbers. A bit of a contrast, but it worked out nicely in the end, says Auke.
What was your favorite WMC moment?
– Tiesto’s show was awesome. He played a lot of new stuff – a new style that’s not so monotonous, says Auke.
Are you comfortable by answering ‘Norway’ to questions of your origin?
– Definitely, everybody are really positive about it – it’s probably due to Kygo’s success, says Auke.
– It’s so cool to see that young Norwegians can make it over here, acts like Nico & Vinz and Kygo in particular. Many US music industry execs now have their sights set on Norway – this could definitely open many doors, says Christiansen.