In The Spotlight

Saga Festival Takes The Spotlight!

May 16, 2015 at 1:51pm

Who's that in the IMX Spotlight? Why, it's the brand new Icelandic arts / music festival Saga Fest, that's who! The event is a 'transformative' festival taking place on May 23-24 on the Stokkseyrarsel farm near Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki. The confirmed music line-up features a great swathe of top notch Icelandic acts including the likes of Sísý Ey, Ylja, Fufanu, Kira Kira, Soffía Björg, Kippi Kaninus, Lord Pusswhip, last year’s Músíktilraunir winner Vio AND MANY MORE! And it's a festival with a difference! The event is partnering with organisations such as Landvernd to create a sustainable festival that encourages participants to live more sustainably. Saga Fest is a not-for-profit registered in Iceland, and the goal of the festival is to connect people to each other and nature through music and arts. We had a chat with organiser Scott Shigeoka to find out more...

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Incense, Bonnie Tyler & Schizophrenic Hedgehogs? It's Dynfari!

May 03, 2015 at 7:49pm

Atmosphere-conjuring, post rock / black metal-splicing duo Dynfari (Jóhann Örn - vocals, bass, guitars & Jón Emil - percussion, guitars) are celebrating the release of their new album 'Vegferð Tímans' (Aural Music). This, their third long-player, has been described by Metal Hammer Magazine as "an immense and thoroughly immersive experience" and "one whose boundless emotional weight enters charged but rarefied realms". They will mark the birth of this most excellent album with a party at Gaukurinn on May 16th, should you be in Reykjavik on that auspicious date. 'Armed with candlelight, incense and mesmerizing music [we] intend to sail the audience on a voyage to another world,' they insist. Sounds pretty irresistible to us, But first... let's have a chat with them, shall we?

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VÖK In The Spotlight!

April 13, 2015 at 9:21am

Who is that handsome bunch standing in the glorious gleam of the IMX Spotlight? Why, none other than the fabulous VÖK, 'obvs'! They've got a top-notch new single out, titled 'If I Was', which features on their upcoming EP 'Circles', and it's capturing hearts, being featured on Amazing Radio, hailed by the press and generally being grooved to left right and centre. We had a chat with them about the new release, working with Biggi Veira (GusGus), who makes the coffee in their home studio. You know, the BIG questions. This is what happened:

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Exclusive Interview: Of Monsters and Men!

March 27, 2015 at 1:12pm

We are thrilled to say our latest interview is with the marvellous Of Monsters and Men! Singer / guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson tells us about their upcoming tour and the making of their hotly anticipated NEW ALBUM 'Beneath The Skin' (out on June 8th), a record which has been two years in the making. He even reveals their essential tourbus ritual and a secret hitherto unknown...

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Nordic Affect: 'Clockworking', Collaborations & Creativity!

March 15, 2015 at 6:11pm

We at Iceland Music Export were thrilled to hear of chamber group Nordic Affect's new record deal with the US label Sono Luminus, not to mention the fact they have a brand new album coming out - titled 'Clockworking' - featuring the work of some of our favourite Icelandic composers (Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Hafdis Bjarnadottir, Hildur Gudnadottir to name but three). We got in touch with NA's Halla Steinunn Stéfansdottir to find out more about what's a-happening...

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Stefán Stefánsson In The Spotlight!

March 02, 2015 at 12:00pm

Fresh from his Icelandic Music Awards success (winning the 'Composer Of The Year' and 'Album Of The Year (jazz)' categories), jazz maestro Stefán Stefánsson is in the Iceland Music Export Spotlight to lift the lid on twenty years at the helm of the Reykjavik Big Band, his great love of jazz and much more besides. Take it away, Stefàn!

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Bang Gang - Bardi Is Back!

February 15, 2015 at 1:46pm

Bang Gang, the pop brainchild of the enigmatic Bardi Johannsson, has returned, and the upcoming album promises to be a deep affair, exploring the 'full 360 degrees of emotion - everything from life to death'. After speaking to Bardi, we are EVEN more excited about what we know is going to be a very special release (the first single from the upcoming long-player, 'Out Of Horizon', is already available digitally). Bardi also talks us through what he's up to during Bang Gang's hiatus, and promises more Starwalker (his project with Air's Jean-Benoit Dunckel) material in the near future... Step this way!

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Toneron Want To Massage Your BRAIN!

February 02, 2015 at 2:08pm

Toneron want to massage your BRAIN! Hey, come back! What they *mean* is they wish to bring solace to your cerebral cortex by means of the beauteous mind-expanding music they make. Phew, that IS a relief. The chaps are just back from a tour of Germany (where there is now not a tense frontal lobe to be seen anywhere) and they are on the brink of signing a deal with distribution label Sportklub Rotter Damm, who are set to release Toneron's new EP in the Spring! They're on a mission to make us feel better through the power of music, and that's a cause we can get behind. Let's get to know these groovers a little better.

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Rökkurró Lift The Lid On 'INNRA'

January 16, 2015 at 10:25am

Rökkurró, one of the 19 super-duper Icelandic acts featured at this year's Eurosonic, have been working hard and honing their sound for the past eight years, and with three albums under their belt, the latest, 'INNRA', represents a real, and joyous, departure for them. Guitarist / percussionist Axel took some time out from rocking and a-rolling to talk about their latest album, their tour, their favourite Icelandic acts and... what animal they would be. Read on!

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Júníus Meyvant - 'You're doing regular stuff, then magic happens!'

January 05, 2015 at 1:19pm

Júníus Meyvant. It's an unusual name but, mark our words, it won't be for long - this man is Iceland's next big thing, and he's joining a stellar cast of Icelandic talent for Eurosonic Noorderslag's Iceland Erupts extravaganza this month! He's had a hit with the gorgeous 'Color Decay' and is in the process of completing the album we're all waiting for. He's also a bit of an urban mystic. Well, don't just sit there, read on!

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