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See these Norwegian acts at Eurosonic 2019

By Christian Gran Svenningsen

Ondt Blod, Fieh, Ina Wroldsen and Jimi Somewhere. (Photo: Press photos)

Smerz winners of Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2019 and will receive award in Groningen.

The year of 2018 is coming to an end, which means the beginning of a new year with new conferences, festivals and music.

As usual, there will be a music festival during the conference in Groningen, and so far seven Norwegian acts have been confirmed to be seen on stage. Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) 2019 will be held between the 16th and 19th of January in the youngest city in the Netherlands (according to the city’s website)

girl in red

Marie Ulven aka girl in red, is a 19-year-old girl from Horten, Norway. Just in the two last years, her talent has been recognized both domestically and abroad. According to her numbers on Spoitfy, her most loyal listeners are from Norway, the US and Mexico. She has been praised for her song writing skills and energetic presence on the stage, which scored her an award and live appearance during Norwegian NRK P3’s music awards this year. Take a look at said performance here to see what you can expect in Groningen.

Fieh

Often misunderstood as a solo act, the band “Fieh” consists of numerous musicians. The band was created by Sofie Tollefsbøll, who’s nickname is “Fieh”, the name thereof. The other members are fellow students from the jazz course at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The frontlady started by releasing Garage-band-produced songs on Soundcloud three years ago, and a lot has happened since then. Their music has been praised by Elton John and mentioned by NME as ones to watch under this year’s edition of Øya Festival. Here you can catch a glimpse of why:

Ina Wroldsen

Ina Wroldsen has had an outstanding career so far writing songs for artists as Shakira, Britney Spears and One Direction, to name a few. In late 2016 and 2017, two Wroldsen credited songs became the soundtrack of Europe and North America as Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne Marie “Rockabye” spent 9 consecutive weeks on #1 in UK and topped the charts in 20 other countries.

Later in 2017, Clean Bandit teamed up with Zara Larsson to perform another Wroldsen written track. “Symphony” climbed to #1 in UK, topped the charts in several other countries. To date, “Rockabye” and “Symphony” have been streamed more than 1.7 billion times and watched more than 2.5 billion times on Youtube – numbers few songwriters or artists will ever experience.

Jimi Somewhere

On August 18th 2016, Jimi Somewhere uploaded his first ever release, “ MEMORIA EP ” on Soundcloud. The date was also his 18th birthday and two years later his music got noticed by a lot of people.Two of the EP’s songs – “ Escape ” and “ The Beach ” – have been released as singles and both have been received well by international music press. The renowned music blog Pigeons and Planes has premiered both of the songs’ music videos. After the release of the EP, Jimi has played a lot of gigs including at by:Larm , Slottsfjell and other big Norwegian festivals. He’s also been invited to make music with a lot of prolific musicians in LA. There is a lot of new music ready to be released in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.

Amanda Tenfjord

The 21-year-old, half Norwegian, half Greek Amanda Tenfjord has already gained traction in the music sphere. Signed alongside Dagny, Sløtface, Hanne Hukkelberg and Highasakite on Oslo’s Propeller Recordings, we have seen three releases from her so far in 2018. She started making music at an early age playing the piano and taking vocal lessons, but we did not see an official release before 2014. Her latest single Let Me Think was released in October, and has joined her previous singles in racking up streams on Spotify. NME says she has “a promising power inside her which is definitely worth keeping an eye on in the year ahead.”

“Amanda Tenfjord might just be Norway’s newest superstar in the making” – The Line of Best Fit

Ondt Blod

Deemed the “pride of the north”, Ondt Blod have been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy’s in the category “newcomer of the year”. They have toured Norway with their “big brothers” from Kvelertak, played at Roskilde, Wacken Open Air and supported Helmet and Therapy across Germany. Earlier this year the band from Kirkenes, Norway, released their sophmore album “Natur”, and was met with praise from numerous music critics in Norway. Their music is described by themselves as “a mix of pummeling classic hardcore, soaring pop hooks and heavily politicized rhetoric, all delivered searingly in their native tongue.”

“You can guarantee the five piece will be offering some takes you won’t hear anywhere else in the metal scenes in 2018,” Metal Hammer wrote back in March.

SIBIIR

From Oslo, Norway they formed in 2014, and have been polishing their special brand of blackened hardcore since. Taking their name from Siberia in Russia definitely suits their style: Cold metal with hints of hardcore, thrash, black gaze, and a tasteful, fearless joy of pushing genre boundaries. They released their debut single in September 2015, a 7″ with the tracks Swallow & Trap Them! and These Rats We Deny, on Norwegian underground label Disiplin Media.  Swallow & Trap Them! was premiered exclusively on MetalSucks.net, who wrote: “This is one of those songs you pretty much have to be a crazy person not to dig.” Their critically acclaimed live shows both at clubs and festivals like Roskilde, Summer Breeze and Øya Festival surely have given them quite a reputation so far -earning them two tours in Europe with Kvelertak, and shows with Enslaved.

Winners of Music Moves Europe Talent Awards (MMET) 2019

Formerly known as the EBBA Award, this years winning artists will receive their prize at the opening of Eurosonic 2019. The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards celebrate the emerging artists who represent the European sound of today and tomorrow. Every year, artists will receive a Music Moves Europe Talent Award in recognition of their international success, as well as being rewarded with a performance at ESNS, a training program and financial support for touring and promotion.

Former Norwegian winners: 

2011: Donkeyboy

2014: Envy (Nico & Vinz)

2015: Todd Terje

2016: Aurora

2017: Alan Walker

2018: Sigrid

This year’s winners: 

Electronic (& EDM): Smerz (Norway) and Stelartronic (Markus Füreder aka Parov Stelar from Austria).

“Henriette and Catharina, a.k.a. Smerz, were raised in Norway but it wasn’t until they relocated to Denmark that they started collaborating. Their signature synth pop is made up of speaker sucking bass and soulful vocal melodies, creating a modern sound that is uniquely Smerz, a collision of musical genres that, as FADER notes, “was incubated over years of late-night clubbing.” Their EP’s Okey and Have Fun are produced, programmed and sung entirely by the duo and released on XL Recordings,” the MMET write on their website.

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