WHAT WE DO

We work to create value for you

Our clients take many forms: Large corporations, SMEs, creatives. And they’re all looking to break into Los Angeles. To do this, relationships are key. The right matchmaking and curating is key. We at NordicLA have a deep network that allows us to do exactly that - that’s our key value.

Our core values

It’s difficult to break into Los Angeles without being there. We see it as our job to get you there. To make you meet people. To get the deals. All to make your dreams come true.

We’re proud to say we have a long track record of providing successes to our clients, both public and private companies.

At NordicLA we: 

  • Create a dialog to solve, innovate, and achieve results using a creative approach.

  • Use universal values from the Scandinavian approach to sustainability, sharing, and sense of community.

  • Build bridges into Los Angeles by being your local team in the Nordics AND the U.S.

"Without a reputation and relationships in Hollywood you are at a huge disadvantage.
NordicLA saves you years of banging your head against the wall trying to figure it out"

- Kristian Riis, Founder of NordicLA

How we operate

We match you with resources and relationships to grow. Our team has a creative DNA with experience and traction of this bridge-building journey through their own trailblazing. We know LA, we know the Nordics, and we know how to best combine the two.

At NordicLA we operate by: 

  • Connecting you to an international network, including local and international creatives and companies.

  • Match you with creatives or businesses for collaborative co-creation or innovation.

  • Activate you in the U.S. using our team in Hollywood with deep relationships and the needed knowhow to make things happen.

ABOUT US

Your Nordic / LA Connection

NordicLA activates business by connecting creatives and building bridges for international opportunities.

Who we are

Our founder Kristian Riis, based in Denmark has been an Entrepreneur for 25 years and has been director of Music Export Denmark (MXD), Bremen Theater and FROST Festival, among others. He is also co-founder of the cultural company Volcano, co-founder of the data company Backscatter, Entreprenerdy Denmark, the ticket company Tikkio Denmark and the idea person behind the incubator course Royalties for talented music industry people. Kristian Riis is also a founding member and guitarist in the band Nephew.

Our man on the ground in Los Angeles Dylan Berry is a partner in NordicLA. He is a media industry executive, TV producer, Aria Nominated award winning music producer and Celebrity Talk Show Host (Soundcloud Radio, BompopTV, Dash Radio, Slacker Radio, KPFK LA…) who is rated in the top 1% “most prolific” composers in media music by IMDB. He is founder of Noiz Society, a secret society of leading music and entertainment professionals in Hollywood and owner of Smash Haus Music Group as well as a Music & Media Entrepreneur, Investor.

It doesn’t stop with the founder and partners however, all of NordicLA has a creative DNA with actual experience and traction of this bridge building journey through their own trailblazing. 

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NordicLA was founded by Kristian Riis, a Grammy Award winning musician and founding member of the Danish band Nephew. Additionally in 2019, industry Entrepreneur, award winning Music Producer Dylan Berry entered into a joint venture with NordicLA to spearhead U.S. operations.

Our Team

Management
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Kristian Riis

Founder & CEO

Founding member and guitarist of Denmark's biggest band Nephew, Kristian Riis is one of the most active entrepreneurs in the Danish music industry. He is the co-founder of Volcano, artist management, booking and management of the Copenhagen venue Bremen and more.

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Dylan Berry

U.S. Partner

Dylan Berry is a music industry creative, TV producer, Aria Nominated award winning music producer and Celebrity Talk Show Host (BompopTV on Dash Radio / Slacker Radio) who is rated in the top 1% “most prolific” producers of media music by IMDB.

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Christian Søndergaard

COO

Christian has been in charge of one of the most interesting festivals in Denmark, Alive Festival, and have been working in the cultural industry for several years. He has a master in Political Communication and Management from Copenhagen Business School.

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Eskil Dante

Communications Manager

Hailing from Norway, Eskil has many years of industry experience, running his own Record Label, being a Booker for RUST, and project manager for Volcano. He also poses a BA (Hons) in Music Production from the University of West London, and a lifelong track record as a creative in various capacities. 

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Caroline Ravn Andersen

Project Manager

Caroline is a true all-rounder driven by helping others reach their goals. She works to professionalize the music industry, and considers clarity the most important factor towards increasing value both individually and externally in organizations.

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HEATHER HRUTAY

Production Coordinator

Heather is currently pursuing a career in Media Production and Marketing from Ohio University. With her passion for creativity her goal is to create media that has a positive and meaningful impact on society.

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Justin Cudahy

Production Manager

Justin has several years of experience with the media and music industry. He is also working at the music distributor Smash Haus.

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CHRISTY DOKBUA

Communications- and Project Coordinator

Christy aims to center diverse outlooks in all facets of the creative process. She is currently enrolled in the Management of Creative Business Processes masters program at Copenhagen Business School.

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CLEMENS WAHLIG

Project Development and Management Assistance

Clemens is fresh to the music industry and originally comes from the world of strategic consulting. With his master in Management of Creative Business Processes he wants to combine the best of both worlds and translates creative ideas into concepts and projects.

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Laura Dalgaard Christoffersen

Communications- and Project Coordinator

Laura’s experience within the music industry extends from festival coordination to communication strategies, to project development. She is about to finish her Master’s Degree in Musicology. Laura believes that the best opportunities happen when creativity is taken into action and strives for challenging traditional formats.

 
 

Affiliates

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Thøger Riis Michelsen

Partner

Thøger is a sociologist and expert in management and organizational development. He has over 20 years of experience in helping people and organizations take the script from vision to realization in daily practice. He is also the co-founder of Volcano.

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Nicky Furdal

Partner

Nicky is a founding partner of the investment group GrowYou. He has several years of experience within the music industry as a music producer and artist manager.

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Kaare Breinholt

Partner

Kaare has more than 20 years of experience in making things happen, within event management, concept development and corporate branding among others.

We offer the following services for a fee

Relationship building
Recording Sessions
Writing sessions
Video Shoots
Radio and TV appearences
Activations
Showcases and more

We can help with

Relationship building
Recording Sessions
Writing sessions
Video Shoots
Radio and TV appearences
Activations
Showcases and more

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EXAMPLES ON OUR SERVICES

We can create a roadmap and action plan for your business that includes introducing you to valuable people needed to make it happen. We identify your need, create a budget for all services.

We can put you in recording studios with top producers, songwriters, known or emerging talent... We charge a fee for this service as an action plan. We may also participate in the content's income streams or any variation of this that makes sense finanically in relationship to the effort or value provided.

We can produce your event, tour, showcase or product launch top to bottom and work within your budget.

We can inroad your music to top talent, publishers, labels and licensing agents to increase it's likelyhood of success or income potential. We typically do this as a paid service or revenue share depending on effort and content.

We can produce your event, tour, showcase or product launch top to bottom and work within your budget.

We can inroad your music to top talent, publishers, labels and licensing agents to increase it's likelyhood of success or income potential. We typically do this as a paid service or revenue share depending on effort and content.

OUR CLIENTS INCLUDE

  • CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
  • MUSIC BUSINESSES
  • RECORDING ARTISTS
  • MUSIC PRODUCERS
  • SONGWRITERS
  • OTHER
  • SERVICES

SERVICES

  • 360° BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
  • Key relationships
  • Matchmaking
  • Brand Activation
  • Event Production
  • Studio Facilitation
  • Service providers
  • Ground level support