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In a course at Listaháskóli Íslands called Popular Music Cultures, Erik DeLuca has led a crew of students in mapping out and reflecting upon the unique ways humans have participated with “popular” music around the world. The crew has curated a benefit concert for Stelpur Rokka at Húrra on April 27th called “Mixed Emotions: A Post-Everything Happening.” All the proceeds from this event will go directly to Stelpur Rokka (Girls Rock! Iceland)--a volunteer-run non-profit organization working to empower girls, trans boys, gender queer and intersex youth through music. The crew has assembled an online mixtape ( Mixed Emotions: A Post-Everything Mixtape) of the Reykjavík-based musicians who will appear at the concert. This online mixtape deals with an array of complexities like appropriation, authenticity, genre, technological affects, gender, queer sensibilities, identity, migration, ethnicity, and global economics.

 

Rex Pistols (interviewed by Sævar Helgi Jóhannsson)

Hedonism is the value of music according to Rex Pistols. "Money is meaningless."

 

Óskar Þór Ámundason of Spünk (interviewed by Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson)

Spünk's music is a cocktail of thrash, garage, and hardcore spilled into the sewers of Reykjavík. Their track titles including, “Trash” and “Gutterfuck” embody this gritty mixture. One of the bands vocalists, Óskar Þór Ámundason says, "the idea of a frontman in a punk band is an interesting one; it’s basically just a man who somehow has the license to go crazy.” The band often receives questions about “the dude jumping around on stage” during their set. They reply, “he is our speed dealer."

 

Sura (interviewed by Veronika Kiselev)

Sura is an Icelandic rapper, DJ, and member of the Band Cyber is Crap. In their music and performances they play with the borderline of what we consider to be normal in culture and all the horror in it.  "We are rapping about ordinary things but it could also be something disguting.  You kinda have to read between the lines or not. Like you can take it this way or it can mean a totally different thing. (...) It’s also how the listener expresses it. Maybe the artist isn’t talking about it at all but I think the expression is such a beautiful part.”

 

TORA (Interviewed by TORA)

TORA is a transgender and a contemporary artist. She is working with music “in order to subtract the subliminal narrative from her psyche”. With roots in punk rock and classical, TORA is a bedroom musician with no real ambitions of making it in the music industry.

 

Ceasetone (interviewed by Ásgeir Ásgeirsson)

The band Ceasetone is "all about contrasts."

 

Bagdad Brothers (interviewed by Andrés Þór Þorvarðarson)

Bagdad Brothers write summer hits with a lo-fi attitude. The bands singer, Bjarni Daníel says, “We were in our rehearsal space when we heard a weird indie, folk music from another room and joked about them having a dumb cheesy name like Bagdad Brothers.”

 

Samúel Jón Samúelsson (interviewed by Iðunn Snædís Ágústsdóttir)

Samúel Jón Samúelsson funks up the Icelandic jazz scene with some afro grooves, his trombone, and the rest of his big band. "People are often stuck in their bubbles--listening only to what the radio offers, which tends to be very homogeneous music. I see it as musicians’ role to introduce people to the music the world has to offer."

 

Dead Herring (interviewed by and Salvör Gullbrá Þórarinsdóttir Valentin Valle Domring)

When you feel the warmth of the sonic impact of a super vivid being: Hot blood of the Dead Herring. This band is nonconformist on many levels. “At some point we all agreed that we’d never play on stage, just to be able to be on the same level as the audience.”

 

Finnur Sigurjón (interviewed by Davíð Sighvatsson)

 It's for that special moment of a sudden connection with a chord or a musical idea that drives Finnur in his music making. For him this is magical, “it just happens.”

 

Sara Mjöll Magnúsdóttir (interviewed by Hanna Mia Jonstam Brekkan)

 Pay me: how to make a living as a jazz musician? "There is a fine line between getting the gigs and being paid decently."

 

Sunna Fridjons (interviewed by Anna Þórhildur Gunnarsdóttir)

The dreamy chamber pop artist, Sunna Fridjons intends to express her "authentic self” through music. Sunna has transcended her background in classical music to create a unique blend of baroque pop and experimental music.

 

Sacha Bernardson (interviewed by Scout Parks)

Sacha Bernardson is a DIY “home” musician who blurs style and convention using a versatile musical instrument--a computer. “It [the music] is a reaction of being able to make music at home.”

 

IDK | IDA (interviewed by Michelle Site)

IDK | IDA has to make music. “There was nothing else in the world. This is what I had to do.” Hauntingly beautiful, IDK | IDA knocks the air out of the room while luring you into the underbelly of a dreamy sonic world.

 

Spaðabani (interviewed by Brynhildur Karlsdóttir)

Spaðabani writes songs are about school frustrations, periods, owning 50 Red Bulls, purple shoes, and Helgi Björnsson.  The band is vocal about the problems they face as teenage women; problems that are framed by innocence and humor. From the song Fjólubláir skór, the band sings, “Þó að bekkurinn sé í rústi þá þurfum við ekki að vera í rústi.”

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