In The Spotlight

Kimono In The Spotlight!

April 06, 2014 at 11:15am

Attention! The fabulous math-rockers Kimono have a brand new single out, titled 'Specters', AND they are celebrating their 13th anniversary by re-releasing their back catalogue of albums on vinyl via the crowd-funding platform Karolina Fund. There are all sorts of goodies you can get if you pledge, so here are the band themselves to tell us all a little bit more about it...

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ADHD: 'Supergroup? Really?'

March 20, 2014 at 1:44pm

Those chaps in Icelandic alt-jazz group ADHD are nothing if not modest. But the fact is, all of them are star musicians in their own right and names that will be familiar to many - go-to drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, sax king Óskar Guðjónsson, the iconic guitarist Ómar Guðjónsson and the brilliant Davíð Þór Jónsson on keys. They have a short tour of Germany in May and a new album in the works - not to mention a documentary film - and the atmosphere and sound they conjure onstage is unparalleled, spirited, and definitely defies the usual 'Icelandic music' cliches that are tagged on to bands from these chilly climes. We have no idea how drummer Maggi made time for a chat with us (he plays with EVERYONE, including the mighty Moses Hightower) but he did, and for that we must salute him. Read on!

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Mammút: 'M Is A Beautiful Letter'

March 08, 2014 at 8:46am

After a fantastic 2013 which saw the release of the long-awaited album 'Komdu til mín svarta systir’, it was high time we caught up with those crazy kids Mammút for a chat! They are soon to appear at Harpa for STOPP! - a concert in aid of Icelandic conservation with a bill that also features Björk, Patti Smith and Of Monsters And Men (we know! Swoons all round!) and they've got a busy year ahead - but they still made time to answer our questions. Read on, dear reader!

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The Vintage Caravan - 'What a surreal year...'

February 22, 2014 at 1:08pm

Rejoice! We at Iceland Music Export are very excited to announce that the latest Spotlight interview is with the mighty Vintage Caravan. These boys have been causing tremors over the past few years with their own brand of hard rock (not to mention a thrilling range of facial expressions on stage), and since signing to Nuclear Blast and rocking Eurosonic, world domination is surely within their grasp. What's more, they're about to embark on a European tour (dates below) and are leaving Iceland for Denmark for the forseeable... Lead singer Oskar talked to us about future adventures, fighting sexism and how he keeps his lustrous mane of hair looking so damn good.

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Albums, Anger and a duet with Lay Low! It's Sign's Ragnar Zolberg

February 08, 2014 at 7:16pm

Icelandic hard rockers Sign have just released their fifth album, 'Hermd', their first since 2007 release 'The Hope'. In advance of the band's launch party at Austurbær, Reykjavik on February 13th, we decided to see if Ragnar Zolberg, frontman and founding member of Sign, (and member of Swedish prog band Pain of Salvation) had time for a chat in between blowing up balloons. Fortunately for us, he did!

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Good Moon Deer In The Spotlight

January 27, 2014 at 4:02pm

This week in the Spotlight we have Good Moon Deer - a super cool two-man band from Reykjavik, spearheaded by Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson. Good Moon Deer (a play on his first name) plays experimental electronica with atmosphere. The other personage in this creative twosome is one Ívar Pétur Kjartansson (Miri, FM Belfast, Benni Hemm Hemm). How do they describe their current sound? 'Anything from a slight jazz fuzz to a distorted Four Tet vibe filled with an intriguing array of programmed beats and samples.' Sounds good to us. We caught up with them just after their Nordic tour (which includes an appearance at Sonar on February 13th) kicked off...

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Daníel Bjarnason In The Spotlight

January 13, 2014 at 5:09pm

To welcome in 2014, we have the award-winning composer and conductor Daníel Bjarnason in the IMX Spotlight. A star of the Bedroom Community label roster, Daníel has had a super-successful 2013 culminating in a collaboration with the LA Philharmonic, plus he has been signed to label Edition Peters. Add to that a nomination for an Icelandic Music Award for the album 'Over Light Earth' and an appearance at the forthcoming Dark Music Days festival at Harpa, and you're talking about a rather busy person. He kindly fought the jet-lag after a transatlantic flight to answer our questions. Read on!

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IMX, ATP and Beyond - Tómas Young

December 21, 2013 at 4:36pm

As we prepare say goodbye to 2013, we also are saying farewell to the inimitable Tómas Young - a man who has long been at the heart of Iceland Music Export as our project manager. Tommi is heading off to be the managing director of Hljómahöllin in Keflavik, a cultural hub which will incorporate the first ever museum dedicated to the history of Icelandic Music. As well as his ongoing work with Roskilde, Tommi was also at the forefront of ATP Iceland, and will continue to be so. When it comes to Icelandic music, quite frankly, he is the man. We will miss you, Tommi. But fortunately there's time for one last chat.... and here it is!

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Dr Gunni On 'Blue-Eyed Pop'!

December 09, 2013 at 7:29pm

Are you a fan of Icelandic music? Of course you are - why else would you be reading this? Well, get hinting for the Christmas present to end all Christmas presents - 'Blue-Eyed Pop': a fabulous book charting the history of Icelandic music up to present day, written by scene stalwart Dr Gunni. We caught up with Dr Gunni to find out a bit more about this tome that takes us from pre-Sugarcube surrealism to Of Monsters And Men and beyond...

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From Sólstafir to Spidersharks... It's Legend!

November 23, 2013 at 2:27pm

Have we got a Spotlight interview for you? Yes, in the hotseat we have the mighty electro legends... er... Legend! This incendiary bunch have not only been courting global attention with debut album 'Fearless', they have also just collaborated with metal icons Sólstafir to release a split vinyl 7-inch. As if that wasn't enough, there's a star-studded remix album in the pipeline. Don't just take our word for it - read our chat with frontman (and Minus singer) Krummi Björgvinsson!

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