Reporting for Oslo’s 2016 Musikkfest was one for the books. The day consisted several of band interviews, tasty bites from food trucks, refreshing local beer and best of all FREE quality music. From the several bands that I sat down with, one that stood out from the rest was Norwegian band, Shot At Dawn. This local band from Oslo, was the closing act of the day for Aye Aye Club. This gig was a special and emotional performance for the band because after 11 years together, they decided it’s time for them to move on and go their own way. The band considered themselves “White-trash Metal,” because of their simple lyrics written for the common man, trademark attire of trucker hats and vans and their overall goal to show people a good time and bring happiness, according to lead vocalist Martin Bråthen. The band members expressed a mix of emotion after coming off stage from relief, sadness and bittersweet. Even though it’s the end of the road for Shot At Dawn the band members still plan to continue with their own solo projects. The band expressed their appreciation for Aye Aye club and the space they create for metal bands because it is a genre that has drifted into the shadows since the mid 2000’s, said Bråthen.
Steven Listopad, Henderson State University faculty and NDSU PhD candidate, has been an assistant professor of JMC and student media director at two North Dakota universities. He’s received honors from the Hefner Foundation, AEJMC, JEA, and SCJ for his work with New Voices USA and currently coordinates the New Voices USA website and the national campaign in conjunction with SPLC. His converged student media center at UJ was a finalist in North Dakota’s annual professional entrepreneurial competition, InnovateND, and he was a Scripps Fellow for Entrepreneurial Journalism. He has taught journalism in China, France, Italy, and Norway. He is currently the ieiMedia program director for OsloRocks, a music and culture international journalism experience. Listopad has been a member of CMA since 2005 and has served on the CMA and ACP Advisory Councils. He was chair of the CMA Adviser Awards Committee from 2013 to 2015. Listopad was honored with CMA’s Distinguished Multimedia Adviser Award in 2010 and has received two CMA Presidential Citations. View all posts by Steven Listopad