A month or two back I presented the idea to Asgeir and ICS Vortex about getting engaged with a Youth-Club I’ve come in contact with. This club is named Volt and is located in Lørenskogs Hus which is only 6-7 minutes away from where I live, just outside Oslo. Funny enough they both responded far more positive then I expected and the reasons are very obvious. First of all we have all been connected to different Youth-Clubs in our early music career where we played with bands, learned some tricks and got to try some equipment and ideas. Secondly we now have kids and it feels natural to get engaged with the Youth and learn about the different organized activities our kids can get involved with in the future.
Our engagement is volunteer and without schedules, and we also get to use the facilities they offer which are very good. The whole building named Lørenskogs Hus is brand new and Volt includes both a recording studio, a media/ film workshop, an art/ paint/ graffiti workshop and a “black-box” venue with state-of-the-art sound- and light-equipment. Connected to Volt is also the Music-School organized by the county and the whole eight floors of this building is all about culture with a brand new cinema and a library over three floors! Volt even has it’s own cafe which is open all afternoon.
So far we have scheduled rehearsal hours for ICS Vortex at Volt, although we have not quite started up for real. We want to engage with the Youth here to inspire the music scene to grow, there are already a few rock and metal bands lurking in the corridors and there seems to be some very skilled young musicians taking solo classes with different instruments. We will most likely schedule workshops, advice the bands on different issues, help to produce demos in the studio, organize concerts and so on.
The bands who want to contact us can do so through the coordinator at the Volt Club. I’m thrilled with this, I’ve wanted to work with the youth for a while already and this seems to be a good opportunity.