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Published on August 2nd, 2013 | by Sofie Søndervik Sæther

World class workshop

Baard Kolstad, the reigning world champion in drumming held a workshop for 40 Imagine Participants at Samsen today.

Kolstad started his career as a street musician. While he was playing behind the kit, people started posting videos of him on YouTube. Millions of views later he became world champion.

- How did you end up on the street?

“It was really just a summer job. I talked to my dad the summer of 2006, about how I could find a summer job where I could earn a bit, but also work with music. So I started playing on buckets and such with a buddy who played saxophone. After a while I took the drum kit out and people loved it, so I_ just kept playing, says Kolstad.”

- What do you think about a project like Imagine, bringing young musicians from the whole world together?

“First and foremost, I must just say that it seems unbelievably cool, I wish there was something like this when I grew up. It’s international, you can meet other musicians, share experiences as well as creating new connections with other musicians that might be cool to have in the future. I would definitely sign up for this if I had the opportunity when I was younger”

- How was the response from the audience after the workshop today?

“It was a lot better at the end than in the beginning. It’s a bit like typical with musicians, when drummers watch drummers and guitarists watch other guitar players, you sit there with a bit of a “poker face” and everyone is a bit skeptical at first. But towards the end it was just incredibly fun, people were a little freer and asked questions and clapped and all, incredibly, incredibly fun” he says.


Hang on, do your thing and have a little patience with the challenges, you have to if you want to get far . Success costs! – Baard Kolstad


Click here to see clips of Baard Kolstad playing on an Oslo street!

About the Author

Sofie Søndervik Sæther

is the informations officer in Jeunesses Musicales Norway. She is the head of the Young organiser's media group during Imagine 2013, and editor of this website.

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