Q1. WHY START A NORWEGIAN MUSIC MAGAZINE IN ENGLISH?
A: Our ten-part response: 1. Helluva good stuff from Norway hardly passes the shores of Manglerud, so we want a wider audience to take notice. 2. Shit, we believe, is shit no matter what language it’s in. 3. Norway, a country of nearly 5 million, is like subculture ground zero. Pretty much every underground scene exists in reified form, so much so that we forecast whatever happens in Norway is probably a minuscule eruption of what’s happening in the world in music on a larger scale. Read: worth closely monitoring. 4. We believe in acting as a foil/watchdog for starstruck Norwegian journalism. 5. And hammer a dent in the global economy of self-perpetuating music reviews. 6. We want to have a cult of good writers. 7. We want to annoy _____. 8. And lose a lot of money. 9. And improve your English reading skills. 10. We suffer from bad ennui.
Q2. HEY, I KNOW YOU. I’M SLIGHTLY PISSED YOU DISSED MY BAND. I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS. OR AREN’T YOU FRIENDS WITH SOME OF MY FRIENDS?
A: Part of the prevalent mediocrity in the Norwegian music scene is because too many folks in a genre-hopping manner concede firm ideals to scratch somebody’s (or everybody’s) back. We could go into the socialistic nature ingrained into a typical Norg ethos here, but we believe there is a lack of journalists stopping the buck to call out shitty art as exactly that. We know it ain’t “cool” and we aren’t the mud-slingin’ type, we just believe too many musicians are elevated to the status of gods, and frankly, we don’t give a fuck. If we criticise your band or music please don’t take it as a personal vendetta. Unless your name begins with an “S” and ends in ‘øyem, of course.
Q3. I LIKE YOUR SHIT. CAN I WRITE FOR YOU?
A: We are a tightly knit klan of nerds, and if you feel like you’d fit in, please send samples of your writing to badsoundsmagazine(@)gmail.com. Please also be prepared to answer a 50-part music test, including questions pertaining to Sly & the Family Stone circa 1965, the words to Metal Machine Music, and where Dolly Parton stores her implants.
Q4. CAN I SEND YOU MY MUSIC? (updated April 2013)
A: Yup. We listen to pretty much everything that enters our hands, but can’t guarantee a review, or that it won’t be thrown into the hotpot for Mr. Leung (Chinese dude) to stir fry over. We also give Norwegian records a priority, but we don’t review single-track singles. Nor do we review your music video for your single.
We love getting stuff in the mail.
(for Norway/Europe) Revolver Booking A/S, attn: Benjamin “Sadhu” Sand, Møllergata 32, Oslo 0179 NORWAY
(for USA) Ann S. Lee, 12531 Provincetowne Dr., Charlotte, NC 28277 USA
Q5. WHAT ARE HOTPOTS?
A: Short reviews our writers, or special writers, each with their distinct music tastes (you can probably guess what Chris Martin likes – average, listener-friendly radio rock, for example) of mostly Norwegian bands. The stars are for YOU the reader to pitch your own rating.
Q6. I DON’T UNDERSTAND IF THIS IS A NORWEGIAN MAGAZINE, WHY YOU HAVE COLUMNISTS FROM USA AND UK?
A: It’s so you can put your thinking caps on. Learn new perspectives. Learn to utilise your indoor voice since yr obviously the type to whine and scream at bartenders five minutes after 3am closing with a drink order.
Q7. I’M A DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER/ILLUSTRATOR. CAN I CONTRIBUTE?
A: We are in endless need of art to accompany articles, and photographers to cover shit. We can’t really pay anyone at the moment, but hoping this’ll change. In the meantime, there’s plenty of room for artists to showcase their work here. Please get in touch!
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A: Please send to badsoundsmagazine(@)gmail.com with the heading ‘LETTER TO THE EDITOR’. Be aware that anything mailed to us becomes our property and ripe for publishing in an upcoming, “Letters to the Editors” section. Names, address, photos included.
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A: Our aim is to publish monthly editions, with a second feature/interview to the cover story, released halfway through the month. News will be updated frequently throughout the week.
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