Norwegian electronic music is thriving, with artists including Autechre, Deftones, Flux Pavilion and Fluxion releasing tracks this year on labels such as Loma Vista, EMI, Atlantic and Sony Music.
But it’s not just Norwegian artists.
Last year, Swedish artist Markus Persson won the best Swedish music prize at the International Music Awards, and he has also won prizes for his work in his native Sweden and Finland.
He’s also a big fan of the Norwegian electronic scene.
“I think Norway is the first place where electronic music has really developed,” Persson told the Norwegian Broadcasting Company.
“I think it’s really important for the Norwegian music scene to have this kind of a tradition, and the music scene in Norway has a lot of potential.”
The Norwegian Electronic Music Association says that its members are interested in collaborating on new projects.
“We have some big artists who are playing festivals in Norway, so we’d like to collaborate with them and help them achieve their goals,” the association’s head of public relations, Kristin Lund, told The Local.
“There are also some people who are doing great stuff, but I think the most important thing is that they all come together and they all have a shared vision.”
Lund said that the association has already begun to offer support for artists with upcoming releases.
“Our artists are all interested in working with the association and helping us to promote the Norwegian scene, to develop it in other ways,” she said.
“That is really important, because the Norwegian community is really big and they can help each other out.”
Lun also explained that the agency also aims to make the Norwegian market a place for electronic music.
“The most important part is that Norwegian people can access this music, and people from other countries can access it, and we want to have that happen,” she added.
“When people from the US come here to watch the shows, they can listen to Norwegian music, so that makes the Norwegian culture more visible.”
Lisbeth Nel, a Norwegian artist who was nominated for best electronic artist at the 2017 Swedish Electronic Music Awards (SEMA) in Stockholm, said that her collaboration with Norwegian electronic artists had helped her to reach a broader audience.
“It’s really hard to reach people from different countries because they’re so different,” she told The Norwegian Broadcasting Service.
“With Norwegian music and electronic music, it’s very easy for people to get it, so they can hear it.”
But Nel admitted that there are some limitations.
“At the moment, there are many rules for people who want to be invited to listen to electronic music,” she explained.
“Some rules are more strict than others.
I think people are aware of that, so sometimes you can’t play music on your headphones.”
She also said that Norwegian music fans are very welcoming of newcomers, and that there were even a few who attended the event to meet and greet the nominees.
“They were so happy, they were so excited, that was just really cool,” she joked.
“This year we’ll see even more people, because they love music and it’s a great way to meet people, so hopefully we’ll continue to grow.”