Four friends formed Datarock on a rainy afternoon under a tree on top of a mountain in Bergen, Norway. It was the first summer of a brand new millennium, and the boys were getting into the groove at an outdoor festival of electronic music. Inspired by the heat of the moment, the boys made a life changing decision and came rolling down the mountainside with a tablet of stone engraved with a single word - DATAROCK. The band describes their sound as “a mixture of musical styles [they] like.” A trio of friends, Fredrik Saroea, Ketil Mosnes and Kevin O’Brien, conceived the group while at a festival in Bergen, and soon hired Tom Mæland. O’Brien and Mæland later left the band, but the duo of Saroea and Mosnes continued the project. The band members list their major artistic influences as Devo, Talking Heads and the Happy Mondays.
Alexi Murdoch is a singer-songwriter. He was born in London and raised in Scotland, Greece and France then attended university in the United States in North Carolina, where he had heard there was good mountain countryside. He currently lives between New York and a small house on the remote west coast of Scotland where he spends his days writing and working on a small wooden sailing boat.
Mark Jowett co-founded Nettwerk Productions in 1984. He began his career as the main writer and guitar player for Moev. Mark is the key A&R person at Nettwerk with his focus on the creative aspects of the careers of the artists including choosing songs, producers and studios. He has been involved in expanding Nettwerk’s presence as a label on the international scene, especially in Europe. Mark has sat on many FACTOR juries awarding grant money to artists. He helped produce the Juno award winning album “Shiver” by the Rose Chronicles. Mark is regarded as one of the best A&R representatives in Canada with an extraordinary ability to attract talent and was responsible for brining Sarah McLachlan and Avril Lavigne to Nettwerk’s attention.
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Ric Arboit is the President of Nettwerk Productions, and one of four founders of the Nettwerk Music Group. Arboit’s music-industry career began in 1980, when he founded Public Eye Sound while also serving as an assistant engineer at Vancouver’s famed Mushroom Studios. By 1984, Arboit had moved into the touring world, and was a tour manager, fount of house engineer, and studio engineer for bands such as No Means No, Images In Vogue, Skinny Puppy and the Grapes of Wrath, the latter two who would later become staples on the Nettwerk roster. In 1986, Arboit joined into the Nettwerk fold where he has handled A&R duties and been the Vice President of Operations, prior to his current title of President of Nettwerk Productions.
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