The Team

Founder and Head of Monument

Henning Karwowski

Henning is one of the original founders of Monument, a visionary techno(logy)-head who started this project six years ago. Today he is running Monument and the management team of eight people. He is also the director of the Monument festival and our events in Oslo.

As a leader, Henning works on the overall strategy and vision of Monument and have been a key player to grow the team from 2->44 people. One of the main focuses for the team today is being able to change fast, test new ideas, and staying motivated and happy while doing so.

During his weekdays, he works with emerging technologies and exciting companies such as: Vipps, IOTA, DnB and more.

Henning also work with corporate venturing, helping startups collaborate with established firms.

Chief Editor

Conor O’Gara

Conor O’Gara is the chief editor of Monument.

His responsibility is to lead the writer team to create the highest quality content related to techno. Through reviews, interviews, exposés, and collaborations with artists in the global techno scene they work to showcase the most exciting and interesting aspects of contemporary techno.

Conor also produces and DJ techno in his native Dublin, as well as running his own monthly event.

Head of podcast

Sam Rubinstein

Our head of podcast as of the summer of 2018, someone with a deep passion for ambient, techno and various other forms of music. Sam made his debut as a DJ at MNMT Festival, and what followed were gigs in Tokyo, Fukoaka and Brussels. As per his daily life, he works as a conference manager for a company that organizes events on sustainability and Impact Investing all over the world.

Born in Amsterdam, but currently based in Antwerp and with roots in the United States, Sam aims to curate a high quality and diverse podcast series that fits within the identity that Monument has established. 

Head of Social Media

Laura Bestle

Our Head of Social Media is an explorative and always motivated mind constantly moving to the next project, making sure Monument’s brand identity is visible throughout all of our channels and connecting our loved followers and artists. 


With her lovely social media team, packed with powerful engagement and talented heads, she makes sure to create a warm digital world representing the core values of Monument and the love for deep sounds in connection with nature.

Besides Monument, Laura is constantly on the go from country to country, consulting, teaching, organizing events, dj-ing as Laura Mrls and also secretly started producing as Psychatrian.

Creative Director

Umer Ahmed

Umer joined Monument in 2017 to redesign our visual identity, which today plays a crucial role on our communication platforms, both digital and analogue. Today he is maintaining and guiding our vast visual landscape with his creative approach.

He is also a DJ under the alias “Feber”, appreciator of melodic tunes and face melting BPM.

In his daily life, he works as a professional graphic designer at Neue Design Studio.

Head of Premieres

Paula Koski

Paula Koski is a passionate music-digger, and therefore a natural fit for her role as Monument’s Head of Premiere. Each week Paula listens to a lot of new music from numerous labels, hand-picking the most interesting tracks and presenting them on Monument’s sound channels before anyone else. Paula also contributes to Monument Magazine mainly with her in-depth artist features.

Paula is Monument’s resident artist and lately travels around Europe playing her favorite techno and ambient tracks for like-minded music enthusiasts. She especially likes to perform in the nature, where she finds the best connection between music and crowd.

On her free time Paula keeps digging music, spends time with her friends, enjoys plant-based food, tries to read more books and listens to her favorite band Tame Impala.

Record label head

Victor Jousselme

Deeply passionate about nature and music, Victor joined the team in late 2017 to co-organize the first international Monument rave in Sweden.

With his knowledge of creating moods and atmosphere by selecting the right artist at the right time, he took the role of festival booker and artist host at the Monument festival.

He has also been contributing with sets and podcasts, articles and premieres.

Today, Victor is working on creating the Monument label, soon to be launched.

Head of Art

Marit Launes

Marit is originally from the islands in the North of Norway, with deep roots in the South. Based in Oslo.

Full of fire and energy she seeks to find the perfect merge between the audio and visual experiences. As head of art she collaborates with artist to manifest Monuments vision into what can be seen, touched and felt.

Marit works with and studies children with special needs and the structures of the education system. She is leading various art projects, creating spaces and inspiration, and have been doing so for the past 5 years. Always challenging the “state thought” on what music is while dancing with the next generation.

Head of Facebook

Andrea Domeniconi

Andrea is a great marketing enthusiast that uses his time for Monument as Head of the Facebook page and content creator.

As a young professional working in the social media world, He is always passionate and rigorous about his work. Being proactive and creative, He sees things from a holistic perspective with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Andreas is also techno DJ and producer, born and raised in Bologna 1996, and currently living in Amsterdam,

Social media

Hanna Heinonen

Hanna joined our SoMe team in 2019, as a content creator and photographer. Her focus is on the Instagram team, where she uses the time to understand the platform and what kind of content we should publish.

Originally from Finland, but now based in Berlin.

Head of Twitter

Ian Cunningham

Ian “Widow” is a man of many talents who focuses on our social media engagements within Twitter. He is also one of our staff writers who spends his time studying pieces of art/music, as well as the hands who created them.

Hailing from the New York City area, Ian has lived a very unique life. His state of mind can only be described as a marvelous detail driven by authenticity. Being a professional audio engineer both FOH & in-studio, an event coordinator in the pharmaceutical industry, a music producer specializing in cinematic styles of sound design, and an inspiring composer for the film industry – The intensity in his work ethic is known to be his greatest feat.

Business Development

Joakim Johannessen

Joakim has been a supporter of Monument for a long period, but started seriously to contribute in the autumn of 2017.

Joakim is our business developer that have many projects in Monument. He was responsible for sales, bar and food at our festival, but also contributes to our events in Oslo.

He appreciates life, food, smiling people and a good dance! Joakim has a background from sales, marketing, business development and works daily as a business developer at Unloc.app

Social Media Contributor

Arikas Pačešiūnas

Arikas Pačešiūnas takes care of our premiere videos on social media. He is an electronic music enthusiast, DJ, an active member of Lithuanian electronic music community.

At the moment, Arikas lives in northern Norway, where he and other co-minded people support the movement of the electronic scene. Together with music loving people, he is developing projects such as Tamsioji Pusė, Monument, and the DJ collective „Behind the river“.

Web Developer

Robert Sæther

Web developer by day, techno-lover by night. Robert lives in Oslo and became a part of the Monument-team in late 2018.

Since then he has helped develop the Monument-websites further. In 2019 he also developed the Festival webpage. His main focus is to develop future-proof and sustainable systems that are user-friendly and intuitive.

On his spare time, he likes to travel, going hiking in the woods, making new friends and discovering new music.

Writer

Vy Tran

Writer and member of Monument since 2019 who is regularly contributing high-quality content in the form of articles, interviews, and reviews.

Vy`s main focus is the german techno scene where he is constantly searching for new sounds and interesting developments. Like everyone in Monument he is also a techno enthusiast and a passionate vinyl collector.

Besides his work for Monument, he is studying organizational communication and working in a student magazine

Head of communication and volunteers for Monument festival

Henriette Wulff

The strategic getting shit done-person. An enthusiastic, dedicated and structured project manager. Head of communication and volunteers for the Monument festival.

Easily recognized and loved on the dancefloor.

Oslo/Copenhagen based.

Podcast Coordinator

Leroy Moeller

From Melbourne, Australia. Leroy assists in introducing, organizing and planning the future podcasts of Monument. He is working towards providing intimate experiences with a focus on sound and visual experimentation to push the mind.

He is also a full-time tradesman and co-creator of emerging brand Dilate.

Writer

Lara Palmer

Lara Palmer is one of our writers that are focusing on the interview format. She is a techno loving social anthropologist, who grew up partly in Berlin and partly at the polar circle in Norway.

Recently, she moved to the outskirts of Berlin, closer to the woods and lakes surrounding the metropolis. In her day job she works with visitor information, event planning and organization at a center for political and cultural events.

Decoration and writer

Hanne Agathe Magnussen Wathne

Agathe contributes with decoration for events and writing on the magazine.

As a yoga instructor and body therapist she studies how sound journeys affects people on an energetic and therapeutic level. She works with ancient instruments like Tibetan singing bowls as a method for healing purpose.

Agathe works in Humana as a personal care assistant. She believes that everyone deserves a good life, to feel good and to love music.

SEO responsible

Eddy Frodé de la Forêt

Eddy works to optimize our web presence so more readers can see the articles published in our magazine.

He is writing guides and training our writers to better understand how to publish good articles. Eddy also look at the technical aspects of our magazine.

Eddy is a professional marketer for a tech company in Paris.

Head of Infrastructure and web

Dennis Spinn

Dennis is the head of infrastructure at Monument. He has been an important part of the Monument team helping set up everything to build our online magazine.

Today he takes care of security, back-up, servers and everything else regarding back-end systems. He is a progressive programmer, with his own company in computer science.  

Dennis also has a deep passion for techno music, organizing events and playing as a DJ in his current town Zagreb.

Writer

Austeja Tamaliunaite

A writer for Monument since Autumn 2018, Austeja has a taste for dissonant yet hypnotic sounds. Equally interested in techno heavyweights as well as more ambient soundscapes. For Austeja techno is an embodied meditation, because experiencing music for her is inseparable from moving to the rhythm.

Austeja has a multidisciplinary educational background, namely in Philosophy, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Her academic interests lie in music psychology, and she is especially fascinated by involuntary synchronisation to the rhythm. She is currently working in The Interdisciplinary Center for the Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (RITMO).

Builder and promoter

Lasse Kleven

Lasse has been a part of the Monument team since the beginning. Working in construction, one of his main missions for Monument is coming up with creative and cool ideas; and then figuring out how to build them.

Lasse lives in Oslo and helps out on most of the events at Blå and the more secret ones.

Everyone likes Lasse, as he is always spreading lots of love and doing an amazing job with promotion.

Responsible of the Monument YouTube Channel

Alejandro Izuel

Alejandro is responsible for the Monument YouTube Channel. He takes care of uploading, editing and publishing premiers, and podcasts weekly.

In his free time, he produces electronic music under his alias “iZueL_” and works within IT in a big company in Munich. He is originally from Zaragoza (Spain) but moved to Munich in 2011.

Head of festival operations

Hallvard Müller

Hallvard is from Oslo, Norway. His interest for techno originally comes out of the original scene of industrial and avant garde music, and to him it has always been about the energy and the sensation of the music.

Hallvard has a key role in the Monument festival team, where he is head of operations. He is the man that gets everything done; from planning to execution. Hallvard also writes the occasional review for our magazine.

He is also a musician, both as a solo act under the name of UE and as part of the techno duo Bazalt.

In his daily work, Hallvard works as a consultant, specializing in privacy and personal protection. He is a strong supporter of everybody’s right not to have their freedom infringed or limited. Hallvard also is a married family man, with two grown-up children. Unfortunately, all things techno seems lost on them.

Administration and promotion

Siw Laukvik Tønnesland

Siw is currently studying project management arts and creative industries at Westerdals School of Arts, Communication and Technology. To build up competence within the field, she uses some of her study time to work on the Monument festival. Her mission is to professionalize all documents, applications, and forms. At the same time Siw is a part of the team that organizes the Oslo events, doing promotion and fieldwork.

Siw enjoys being close to the sea but also out in the mountains. Physical activities and social gatherings with people are some of her main priorities in life.

Writer

Stefania Trinchero

Italian-born, London-based writer, Stefania has a strong passion for all things techno and ambient. Collaborating with several international music publications, she found in Monument a techno family “away from home”.

Particularly interested in club culture and its power to transform and create communities with a strong sense of belonging, she sees dancing as a therapy for the body, the mind and the soul. 

Stefania is also a yoga student/teacher wannabe, nature lover and passionate about architecture and art. 

Writer

Lora Mateeva

Lora got into the underground music scene as it nurtures a strong sense of community built around individual nonconformity and multi-cultural expressions rooted in music. She affinity to share this through writing, although her background is in Marketing and PR.


Lora approach electronic music with curious ears, leaving prejudice to the experts. Through seeking the creator’s influences she is able to immerse herself in their personal sound journey and expand her human knowledge.

Berlin based since 2014, currently starting a new endeavor as a Booking Agent.

Writer

O-Ma – Tak

O-Ma is a live artist and track maker from Japan, with no conventional musical background. Obsessed with nature and hardware he is constantly exploring new sounds with his gear.

Covering a wide range of genres from techno, ambient to experimental, jungle and idm, with a heavy emphasis on sonics and sound quality. He performs regularly in Japan and overseas, taking his modular rack with him whenever he goes. He loves finding inspiration through collaboration with other artists whether musical, visual or literature.


O-Ma is an IT consultant by day and artist/raver at night, he has found a good balance between music and this Babylon system we are all bound by.


Formerly a jungle/DnB DJ in Manchester then Tokyo. With roots deeply embedded in the UK having spent most of his life there, he moved to Japan 13 years ago and has been involved in the Tokyo electronic music scene since then.

Artist Host

Nobu Eriksen

Nobu`s passion for electronic music comes out of countless childhood hours spent in epic video game universes.  After living in tune with Tokyo’s subcultural techno cityscapes for seven years and witnessing Funktion-One stacks flirting with trees in the Japanese mountains he has a special place in his heart for techno and nature.

Bulider

Halvard Solvoll

Halvard has been contributing with his steady and amazing building skills to Monument events since they first took place. He combined his knowledge of music and construction and built the scene for Monument festival 2019. The scene was inspired by Norwegian nature and had a special purpose to fit into the surroundings and deliver a truly special look to our festival.

Halvard is born and raised in Oslo, were he has been contributing and arranging music events from an early age. Halvard works as a carpenter with his own company. He has a deep passion for traveling and boats.