Keeping a finger on the pulse

Q&A w/Árni Grétar aka Futuregrapher

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Words by Bartek Wilk

Reykjavík on Stage takes a dive into the universe of Árni Grétar, aka Futuregrapher, half of Árni², a member of Weirdcore collective and co-founder of Möller Records label.

These days you’re one of the most recognizable and well-known artists of the Icelandic electro scene. But you worked long and hard to get there. You played lots and lots of concerts and I can’t even count all of your releases. How much energy and work did you have to put in before it finally paid off?

I began writing music early – at the age of 13 in 1996 – and at first it was just for fun, to try and make sense of this life. There is this music competition in Reykjavík called ‘Músíktilraunir’ and it all started there. I once got into the finals with my band, and then a year later another one of my projects won a prize for “best electronic music”. So, before I was 20 I had this dream of making records and traveling the world and playing music. But it took hard work and dedication for many years. I started this Futuregrapher project around the age of 24 and then things started happening. I met Biogen and the Weirdcore – and the rest is history.

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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