The Musical Slave
Kristin Vollset (aka *The Musical Slave) is a travelling musician, filmmaker and producer. She writes songs about people, love, cosmic forces and the world economy. But she is equally passionate about filmmaking and has created her own unique style, producing short films that combine the genres of documentary, fiction and music video.
The Musical Slave is from Bergen on the west coast of Norway, but she´s happiest when she´s out wandering. She started making music, jamming on the streets of Lyon in France around the year 2000. In 2001 she moved to London where she attended the London Film School, and also ended up making vocal- and noisebased soundscapes with a small group of musicians. In 2003 she travelled to Mexico, where she worked as a street musician. She also worked as a fisher in the Mexican lagoon of Temascal.
When she moved back home to Norway she started writing her own songs. In 2004-2005 she attended the Grieg Academy in Bergen, where she studied musical composition. She has also worked as a school assistant, painter, scaffolder, bricklayer, gardener, and on a farm making cheese and sausages. The Musical Slave still performs in the street, as she has been doing since 2003. When she´s on the move she sometimes makes money selling pancakes.
From 2006 to 2010 she was in the band Bergen Beach Band, and they toured extensively in Norway, Sweden and Ireland.
From 2011 to 2014 she lived in Ireland, which she desribes as her soul´s true home. She ended up buying her own horse and becoming part of the urban horse community around the Guinness factory in Dublin. In 2013 she released her first documentary music video, "Cold Wind Blowing", which marked the founding of her production company, Up Your Hole Productions.
In 2016 she released the ballad, "No Plan", about life in an inner-city horse yard in Dublin. She also made a short documentary for it, that won the audience award for best short documentary at the Irish Film Institute´s Documentary Film Festival in 2017. "No Plan" was also screened at the 29th Galway Film Festival in Galway (Ireland), Irish Screen America in New York, and Panorama Eurofilm in Cairo, amongst other film festivals.
In February 2017 she gave birth to her daughter, Lovis, but is now back working on her music and short films.
In 2020 she released another song and short musical documentary from inner city Dublin, "They can´t stop you". It recently won the award for best Norwegian music video at the Bergen International Film Festival, in October 2020.
* "I call myself "The Musical Slave" because I believe that the money system turns us into slaves, and stops many people on this planet from doing what they really want to do. When you are always stuck, struggling to survive, you can’t be creative, and you don’t have time and energy left to really live.
But we´re all born with a heart, and we can use this heart to express ourselves, and to fight to turn this world back into the dream its meant to be. And music is a way to spark each other’s hearts, and remind each other to not let anything stop us from doing what we want and being who we want to be."