Stargate Master Class

Ecstatic Master Class

by Webmaster, 19.05.2011

The feedback on the Stargate master class, which took place in New York in May, has been amazing.

In May, Music Export Norway presented a unique master class together with award winning production duo Stargate, who have had sensational international success with artists like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Ne-Yo.

Around 35 Norwegian artist, songwriters, producers and record label professionals traveled to New York and Tish School of the Arts/Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University where the master class was held.

Stargate put together an impressive program, with speakers such as LA Reid (X-factor judge, Ex Island Def Jam President), Jay Brown (Rihanna & Stargate manager, president Roc Nation) and Guy Moot (president EMI Music Publishing UK/Europe). In addition, Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen of Stargate talked about their own experiences with succeeding in one of the world’s toughest and most competitive industries. They also shared valuable advice on songwriting and world class music production.

To finish off the event, the participants were given the opportunity to receive direct feedback on their music through a feedback session in Roc The Mic Studios, the studio Stargate share with music mogul Jay Z.


Tor Erik Hermansen of Stargate was overwhelmed by the interest in the event, which received close to 400 applications.

-    The response to the master class has been overwhelming and we hope we´ve been able to inspire all the participants to work harder and dream bigger. It was impossible not to be impressed by the panelists and the sum of their experience. We´re grateful for their candor and honesty about what it takes to succeed in the US. We were especially fascinated by the music the participants played in the feedback sessions, and we look forward to seeing what the future brings for all of them, he says.

The feedback so far has been incredible, according to project manager Helene Dolva Broch of Music Export Norway. She is truly impressed by the quality and honesty of the speakers.

-    We could not be happier with this master class. All the lecturers did a super job. The whole event was characterized by honesty, openness and great knowledge. A very good combination for the participants in the audience. A big thank you to the Stargate team for all the insight they so generously shared and to Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music for being great hosts!

Here is some of the feedback we have received so far:

A unique insight on how the best have worked their way up and how they work on top of the industry. I am left with the idea that nothing is impossible if one has a talent and works hard. Play your cards right and anything can happen. - Alex “Rykkinfella” Austheim

I found the masterclass to be even better than what I had hoped for. Just reading the program I knew it would be interesting, but after two days of intense lectures, q&a's with an unbelievable panel of some of the best in the game, topped off with an actual direct feedback session with Stargate I'm Impressed!  I'm much better prepared for my next album release and I can't wait to go swimming with the sharks! - Samsaya

Although we work in different genres the overall mechanisms are the same. The seminar was excellent and gave new insight and great inspiration to keep working the US market. - Erlend Gjerde, Indie Recordings

Over two days in NY, I had the great pleasure of attending the Stargate Master Class. Very professional set up, with a great numbers of high level music business guests and a brilliant New York Times journalist who interviewed everyone from Tor Erik and Mikkel to LA Reid and kept the program running smoothly. With two excited artists signed to Universal Music Norway among the attendees, it made the whole event even more interesting for me.- Yngve Næss, Universal Music

It was a privilege to attend this great seminar. I was able to soak up new knowledge and also getting confirmed certain things I already had an insight to in the industry. It was truly inspirational and motivating.  - Omer Bhatti

This masterclass has been very inspiring and educational for a young artist like myself. I think it is very important for expanding the horizon mentally for the Norwegian music industry.- LidoLido

I had such an amazing experience at the Stargate Masterclass! If you're gonna learn, why not learn from the best!? And the best they brought; managers, publishers, A&R's and most importantly, themselves. We got smart and useful advice on how to make it, brilliant feedback on our songs and fresh, new input to keep on working! -  Hanne Sørvaag

The event was supported by the Consulate General New York, New York University/Tish School of the Arts/Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

(Images: Jørn Dalchow)

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