We’ve been a part of planning and arranging this year’s Fatter Eskil Prisen, and when working with this lovely event, we naturally took interest in looking at the history and last year’s winner in specific; Northern Assembly.
If you win Fatter Eskil Prisen, you win not only 25,000 from Tak Rock!, you also win a gig at SPOT Festival – and we all know, that playin’ SPOT can be really important for your career. So, we decided to document their journey in the best way possible, with an interview, a review and with the lovely guys from Billedstøj documenting their every move (the video can be seen in the bottom of this article).
We met up with Northern Assembly, as they were unpacking their gear and setting up on stage in Lille Sal, Musikhuset A couple of hours later, as the band stroke the very first chord, the place was absolutely packed. Let’s back it up a bit, though; In September 2015, Northern Assembly competed in the final at Fatter Eskil Prisen against Lou Francis, Retro Future and The White Dominos. Here, the jury – containing people from the industry – decided that NA deserved the 25,000 from Tak Rock!, and a gig at SPOT Festival 2016. The obvious question is; what does it mean for a band to win a thing like Fatter Eskil Prisen?
First of all, it obviously meant winning some money, which came in handy. It’s not a bad thing for an upcoming band to have an economic buffer of sorts. Besides that, we’re on the verge of making a deal with local management, who got interested in us at Fatter Eskil Prisen, which is a pretty big deal for us. It also meant something for us, that a jury of professionals from the industry saw us as something special. That really gave our confidence and work moral a boost.
I’m pretty sure, that the local management mentioned is Thomas and Stefan from Heartbeat Management (Go Go Berlin, Lydmor & Bon Homme, etc.), and I guess Northern Assembly left them with no choice after they conquered the stage at SPOT Festival. The audience at Lille Sal seemed incredibly cheerful and pleased with what they’d just experienced, and I know for a fact, that Northern Assembly left a great impression on several people from the industry. However, a couple of weeks ago, the band posted on their FB-account, that they’d signed with Heartbeat. A solid match, if you ask me. It’s safe to say, that the concert at SPOT was a huge success, but still, I wanted the band to put their own words on the experience.
Our performance at SPOT has given us, among other things, approaches from venues and bookers who seem interested in us. It’s incredibly satisfying not just writing an e-mail, but actually being able to show these guys what we do best; playing music. SPOT is also the place where you nurture your professional network, and a lot of new people have seen us this time – it’s always a good thing with new fans and good reviews.
It’s been quite the experience looking at their journey from winner of Fatter Eskil Prisen to signing with Heartbeat Management after conquering SPOT Festival. Obviously, winning Fatter Eskil Prisen doesn’t mean, that you’re guaranteed a contract anywhere. It requires hard work, the right attitude and a lot of talent. But what’s next for our local heroes? Well…
We’ve got a lot of new things in the pipeline right now, but we’re aiming after releasing within a year or so. There’s a few new collaborators, so who knows what’s going to happen, but we’re expecting to be busy, both in the studio and with performing live.