When I came to Norway for the Oslo Musikkfest, I expected to hear songs with a different musical style sung in Norwegian, a language I don’t understand.
Imagine my surprise when I attended a concert with artists performing country and rock tunes, some in English, complete with a familiar country accent. The songs wouldn’t sound too out of place on any American radio station.
We interviewed the first band we heard, Mark Steiner and His Problems. We assumed the band was made of native Norwegians, as they seemed fluent in speaking it to the crowd. We were surprised to learn the band has members from around the world: Lead singer Mark Steiner is from New York, and American drummer Ted Parsons has experience with the British band Killing Joke, to name only two. When asked what influenced his music, Steiner cited Australian bands as more of an influence than American. Mark Steiner and His Problems exemplify the growing internationalization of music.
Video: Mark Steiner and His Problems
(This blog post was written by Ethan Reddish, with photos by Liam Carroll. The blog was produced by Ethan Reddish.)