Hans-Ole Amossen is the leader of Da Bartali Crew – but he is involved in numerous projects on a music scene where there is a lot of activity just below the surface.
It is little wonder that Hans-Ole Amossen has taken a fancy to music. The 33-year-old electronic musician was born in the town of Sisimut on the Greenlandic west coast but grew up in the capital Nuuk, where there was lots of music and culture. His father played the guitar and accordion while his mother and his three sisters are all singers. Two of his sisters were actually part of the setup for Björk’s “Vespertime” tour.
“My entire family were always musical”, says Hans-Ole, who is the founder and driving force of Da Bartali Crew. “In general there is a lot happening in music in Greenland. Practically everyone can play the guitar”, he says and expands, “In addition to the original, traditional Inuit throat singing and drum dance, Greenland has had an actual rock scene since the 70s, and nowadays a lot of young people make hip hop.”
However, not a lot of Greenlanders have chosen Hans’Ole’s path making electronic music, but he also has very particular background. For one thing he is an event technician with sound and light studios as part of his training, and his graduation project focused on MIDI control. He served his apprenticeship in NUUK’s arts centre Katuaq, where he graduated in 2016 becoming the first event technician in Greenland, after which he worked as an event technician at the arts centre for a year. Since then he has been able to work as a freelance event technician, but he also uses his training when it comes to his own music.
“I have always written songs, but I actually started as a DJ, before changing tracks and began playing the synthesizer”, says Hans-Ole, who is also the founder, songwriter and band member of experimental rock band Torluut.
“I founded Da Bartali Crew in 2012 and it was at a concert in Nuuk’s arts centre in 2016 that we got our breakthrough. It was a very popular concert”, he says about the group’s fusion of Greenlandic and Western inspirations. Da Bartali have played in practically all arts centre in Greenland – and over the last couple of years also in Iceland and Denmark and in October this year also in Madrid as part of the Días Nórdicos festival.
Festivals and workshops
In addition to his two bands and his continued work as a DJ, Hans Ole Amossen is also involved in music in a lot of other ways. He has been very committed to the Naqqarmiut festival, which premiered in 2013. “We wanted to make a festival for electronic music, and the interest in the festival was so great that it has been running for five years now”, he explains.
“There are also a lot of young people who send me music – for instance hip hop beats. And then I host workshops for young people in electronic music and hip hop – or people who work with electronic throat singing”, he says and stresses how fond he is of spontaneous collaboration.
And we must not forget that he has worked with Swedish music cirkus The Burnt Out Punks, who invited him along for their shows as composer and DJ. It included among other things gigs in Stockholm and Prague.
Hoping for freestyle rap collaborations in Latin America
His fondness of spontaneous collaboration makes him enthusiastic about the trip to Latin America. He hopes that there will be local rappers and hip hoppers in Lima, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Sao Paulo, who feel like joining him and the other member of Da Bartali Crew, Kasper Mathiesen on stage at the concerts in Latin America for some freestyle rap for Da Bartali Crew’s electro house and hip hop. And not least he is looking forward to the week of workshop collaboration with Argentine musicians in Buenos Aires:
“First of all it’s fun. What is more I learn something every time”, he says
Días Nórdicos Latinamerica 2018 is supported by Statens Kunstfond, The Nordics, Instituto Ibero Americano de Finlandia, Nordens Hus in the Faroe Islands, FFT – Den Færøske Sangskriverforening, and Atlantic Airways.
Días Nórdicos Latinamerica 2018 is arranged by ROSA and Zona de Obras in collaboration with Nordens Institut på Åland, Nordens Institut in Greenland, The Animation Workshop, Centro Cultural Recoleta (AR), Sesc (BR), Difusa Fronteira (BR), Plastilina (PE), and Contrapedal (UY).