Oslo based drummer and producer Bård Berg is the latest in a wave of Norwegian talent on route to becoming a household name
Having released his debut album, Oslo Beats back in 2019, Berg has more recently unveiled his double A-side single Close Your Eyes / What Next - offering a combination of blissed out grooves and free flowing grooves for some truly intimate, but addictive listening.
We caught up with him to learn more about his childhood introduction to music, the Oslo scene and his bucket list goals.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I grew up in a small town outside Kristiansand, south in Norway. Or at least that’s where
I spent most of my years, we moved around a lot. In a way I started with music very
early, I got my first drum set when I was 7. While the other classmates played war games
on their computers I played in a note sheet writing program called Finale on my dad’s
computer, but it wasn’t until I was like 16 that I started practicing a lot and take music
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I don’t think I can name a certain point in life. Since 16 I have practiced a lot and spent
more and more time focused on music. I have had a lot of short term goals, I kind of knew
the direction, but not the destination. So after a long time of just doing what I love I ended
up actually having music as what I do for a living, which I’m super happy for. I know I didn't think I would become a musician when I was 16; but at what point I realised that I
couldn’t do anything else, I don’t know. It must have gradually occurred to me.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
It’s a tough one to answer, I have done so many different things in my music career. It’s
definitely not a straight path to where I am now, but one record that really influenced me
and have affected me a lot is the first Emelie Nicolas album Like I’m a Warrior. I had
already started producing music on my computer but my main focus was on playing
drums, and what I made on the computer was more just a fun hobby. But the way that
album was so focused on sound really inspired me to dig deeper into the production side
of things, and I started taking it more seriously.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I found out that I´m super dependent on confirmation from others. I never dare to put out
anything until I have had a thumbs up from all my friends at least twice. I sometimes wish
I had the confidence to be more like "I’ve made this track, and it is awesome" but I don’t.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I wish I was a bit bolder. Not so afraid of showing my music to other people, not thinking
that everybody now something I didn’t. When I listened to music that I loved, it seemed so high up there and so unreachable. It shocked me how normal and nice those
people are even if they make great music; and I have been so afraid of showing people
stuff that was half finished or that I think I have missed the opportunity for some good
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from Oslo?
Oslo is a city with a lot of great music, I feel really lucky to be surrounded by so many
great musicians. Han Gaiden is a really cool electronic trio. They only have one track out,
but it’s one you should check out and wait for more. The rock trio Kanaan are also worth
checking out, really cool stuff.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Right now with lockdown and all, just to go anywhere to play would be great! But I’ve had a dream to go to Japan for some years now, that is something I really would love. For riders I don’t ask for much, people that enjoy my music, some food and a place to sleep and I’m good.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
As one of many people I really got hooked on the Norwegian series SKAM if there was
to be 5th season, and my music got featured, that would be the coolest!
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
I would say going to Japan to perform, that’s something I have to do. This one is more
like a dream than a bucket list, but the ultimate gold would be if Disclosure remixed one
of my tracks.