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Icelandic music goes international

May 18, 2013

„I heard them calling in the distance, so I packed my things and ran.“ This quotation of the song „Mountain Sound“ by „Of monsters and men“ seems to be the new philosphy of life from many young music groups in Iceland and the Icelandic presence in the worldwide music scene is increasing constantly.

Live band

If you had asked  somebody in the continent a few years ago about how they like icelandic music, the answer would have probably been: „Iceland? Isn‘t that somewhere in the north? Are there people living at all? And are they really making their own music?“ Oh yes, indeed they do. And they are pretty good in it. Most of the Icelanders are able to play at least one instrument, as music is quite important for the social life of the icelandic people.  Making music is part of their daily life, so acutally we should not be surprised any more by figuring out that the catchy song from the radio, we cannot stop listening to, is interpreted by an icelandic group.

The importance and the leading part of music in Iceland became recently obvious during the Eurovision Song Contest.  The whole country was excited about the performance of Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson, who represented Iceland this year in the famous competition. He and his song „Ég á líf“  were the main topic of conversation during the last weeks and on Saturday evening, 18th of May 2013, all the bars that did not broadcast the Eurovision Songcontest, were almost empty.

„Iceland can be a very isolated country and that translates to the music. We get stuck in our little world“, says Nanna, the front singer of „ Of monsters and men“, a music group that shot to fame in less than a year. These days, whole nations can sing the lyrics of their songs by heart and the music group is actually going to perform at the most famous german festivals Southside and Hurricane. A chance, a lot of german bands can only dream about. Nevertheless, even though icelandic music groups perform on the world‘s stages, they never forget about their home. So it‘s not unlikely to see  a famous musician sitting on a simple wood chair in the corner of a little coffee store in Reykjavik, performing a spontaneously private session.  Without any entrance fees for sure. Just for fun and for their landsmen.