The List has a new face in our midst, and it’s Tina! Our new intern from BI, Tina will be working with us on sales and marketing for the next few months. She is from Molde, has got a super cute little dog called Simba. Yesterday she joined us at day one of Pstereo. We had to find her a waterproof hat because, despite being from Norway, she was not prepared for the weather.
A lot of people were unprepared, to be honest, but that didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits. Magnums of wine helped matters surely, as did some excellent music from artists such as Cezinando and Sigrid.
Lil Pump was also on the main stage, but barely. The young star who turns 18 today, didn’t put in much of a show and was criticised in today’s media. The crowd didn’t seem to give two shakes of brolly though, and people were rocking in the mud throughout. Finally, Kraftwerk mesmerised the crowd with their 3D show.
Our pick of today’s line up is Brazilian heavyweights Sepultura. Should be a mosh. Check out Gåte after on the main stage too.
Get to know one of Trondheim’s most eclectic group of musicians, working tirelessly to bring the clubbing vibe back to the city. This crew, two of which were interviewed here, arrange intermittent concerts with extensive lineups, and an occasional festival, throughout the year, having held around a half dozen already, under the flag of Maskinmassakren.
Perhaps the greatest story is how the group began its formation: a chance, Trøndersk meeting at the Roskilde music festival in Denmark.
“I got lost in the crowd, and far away in the midst of all of it I heard someone singing Rosenborg songs. So I thought, well, if it’s not my friends it’s at least someone friendly and headed in that direction. I found this guy [pointing to his partner in crime] and we’ve been friends ever since.” – S
The sound of each of the musicians involved in the group, and the eventual creation of their very own concert platform, evolved from trends in the clubbing and electronic music scenes in Trondheim; trends that they didn’t really identify with and branched out into their own thing.
“At the time there were a lot of underground raves around and outside of Trondheim. We felt like they staled a bit music-wise. The people that arranged the events seemed to be more keen about creating a place to just go and party and get sh*t faced. And we figured that it wasn’t going anywhere and decided to just do it ourselves.”
“The clubs scene has been stagnant for the last 10 or so years. There were a lot of cool DJ’s and lots of new and creative music. But then something happened, I don’t know, but it lost its identity a little bit and everything just became the same, everything sounded the same wherever you went – and it has stayed the same ever since.” – A
What has emerged from this unique collection of artists is the one of a kind concert series: Maskinmassakren. Each edition of the concert sees a new line-up of experienced and up-and-coming artists; each bringing with them their own take on electronic music.
“One of the things we focus on is to highlight both established and up and coming artists. So we always reserve at least one slot at on the schedule for a new, local act. This also helps us keep a variety to sound at each event.” -A
“We give people who don’t really get recognized for their music a stage to play on.” –S
UFFA has become the stage for the Maskinmassakren concept, with the electronic music clashing slightly with the punk roots at UFFA. But variety is the spice of life, and while some people might have been skeptical of the success of electro in a punk arena, the shows have been a resounding success.
“The UFFA crowd has come around to the idea. After the first concert was such a success, we don’t even have to ask to use the stage now!”
Looking to find some new music to groove to, or want to check out one of the coolest concert venues in Trondheim? Keep an eye out for the next edition of Maskinmassakren!
Olavsfestdagene continued tonight with a moving and memorable concert by the American folk singer and activist Joan Baez, in the imposing Nidaros Cathedral.
This beautiful voice has been charming crowds and leading protest songs for over 50 years, and the woman behind it has led a colourful and involved life. She is often referred to in her capacity as Bob Dylan’s ex-lover and one time collaborator, but Baez embodies much more of the American folk scene than her relationship with its chief protagonist. Indeed her set tonight was steeped in the tradition of coffee shop musicians sharing (and sometimes stealing) one another’s songs. She covered a whole range of old and new, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Anthony and the Johnsons, John Lennon…
Many of these songs never really had any owners anyway, a sentiment which suits Baez’s open heartedness and goodness in spirt. She spoke lovingly about the current refugees crisis and wove in some stories about her history in the protest movement. You would not believe she is 75, and when she played House of the Rising Sun, the years rolled back in the audience too.
Opportunities to take photos were pretty limited by the organisers, but here is a selection: