Dæmons, aka David Officer, is an electronic musician from Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire who normally makes music at home and performs occasionally in tiny venues in Aberdeen.
He swapped all that last Wednesday to perform with an Inuit drum dancer in front of the King and Prime Minister of Norway as part of a special opening ceremony for a new museum building.
Oslo’s most popular museum, The Fram Museum, were opening a new building housing Gjøa - the ship which Roald Amundsen used to sail the Northwest Passage - and were on the lookout for some musicians to take part in the festivities. As it happened, David was trying to promote a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds so that he could release a record inspired by Amundsen and his ship Fram. He fired off a quick Facebook message to a few museums asking them to share the campaign on Facebook, not imagining anything would come from it.
The next morning David logged into Facebook to find a message from Marcus at the Fram Museum. They were interested in the project and had decided to back it with £500! Not only that, they wanted a new Dæmons track inspired by the Gjøa expedition as they were opening a new building to house this boat.
“I was speechless. I just sat at my desk making odd noises for five minutes before turning to tell my colleagues. It was a pretty surreal morning!” Says David, who was ecstatic to get the news.
It soon got even better as the museum invited David to take part in the opening ceremony, then told him the King and Prime Minister would be present. The final surprise was when they asked him to collaborate with Joanni Sallerina, Deputy Mayor of Gjøahaven in Canada and an Inuit drum dancer, in a performance to welcome the King and Prime Minister to the museum.
“It was a huge honour. They put a lot of trust and belief in me and I was only too happy to take part in the celebration. I think the King appreciated the mix of tradition and contemporary styles both influenced by Amundsen and the polar regions. The museum were really pleased with how it went.”