Musik Direkt just started a few days ago and the young musicians of Sweden have began to register. It is a national music competition, including all sorts of music, where everything from metal to traditional folk-music is represented in the music event and everybody is welcome.
Musik Direkt is the biggest music-arrangement for youths between thirteen and nineteen in Sweden. There is no selection on skill-level of the participants. In fact, the only requirements apart from age that the organisation have is that you should like to play and create music, and that is obviously the main reason for the musicians who sign up for the competition. The concept of Musik Direkt is that every one can do music, it doesn’t matter where you are from or what kind of music you are playing. At the official page of Musik Direkt they often mention the importance of respect. Respect towards the people working with the organisation, respect towards the audience, and foremost, respect towards the musicians. This is the key-element of the whole organisation, the very foundation and the reason for why Musik Direkt has been alive so vibrantly.
This competition was founded in the beginning of the 80’s and it has grown like fire since the beginning. It is active in twenty of the twenty-one provinces of Sweden and the number of bands joining the competition has increased almost every year since the beginning.
Musik Direkt can be seen as a chance for young musicians to have access to the best material on stage. It is also an opportunity to be seen by a bigger audience than the local café, a common situation for many musicians in Sweden.
I have been in this competition myself with my band once, it was a very good experience and a very nervous moment in my life. I felt my hands all sweaty and the heart beating like an overloaded metronome. It was a huge trigger for me when I participated in competition and I think that that feeling is shared by many people who’ve also competed in Musik Direkt. It is a rush of adrenaline which is hard to describe.
Musik Direkt has been a success-story, but last year the organisation struggled with economical problems, the number of applicants to the competition decreased and, it was difficult to see what the future of Musik Direkt would look like. Luckily, this year’s version has just started and Musik Direkt seems to be on its feet again.