Northern Disco Lights
Norway is a country of long winters, oil reserves, high prices, black metal...and some of the best house and disco in the world.This film find out why.
Starting in the mid 90s, this relatively small Scandinavian country has been a hotbed of creativity and developed a unique, individual style of house music that has been exported all over the world.
From the disco town of Bergen and modern international city of Oslo to the northern lights of Tromsø and oil capital Stavanger, producers and DJs have created a sound that has absorbed and reflected the landscape and long winter nights but given it a killer groove. Mixing up underground disco, 80s synth pop, krautrock, dub, progressive rock, italo, jazz, soul, hip hop, latin, afro and house, a form of leftfield dance music has emerged that is instantly recognizable as Norwegian. It has also gone on to help shape modern dance music.
From originators like Bjørn Torske, Erot, Per Martinsen, DJ Strangefruit and Those Norwegians on record labels like Paper Recordings and Tellé, a new sound was pioneered that continues to develop to this day. Their musical message has spread across the world with acts like electronic popsters Røyksopp, cosmic disco warriors Prins Thomas & Lindström, house hero Ralph Myerz, synth chanteur Annie and next big thing Todd Terje.
And it is still growing with a new breed of youngsters emerging like Proviant Audio & The Treatment.
Using a combination of interviews, home video, news footage, landscape shots and animation, the film will trace the historical origins of Norwegian house and disco, trying to find out why the Scandinavian country has developed such a unique, influential and international sound. By interviewing the movers, shakers, players and makers it will find out where it came from and where it is going.