Postcard From Iceland :: Part 3
October 12th 2011
Nick La Rosa
Day three of our Northern Lights adventure saw Tank and Rainbow Chan back in the studio with another talented Icelandic musician called Petur Ben. Petur has played on all the records by well known Icelandic artist Mugison. He's also produced many others and written scores to films including Children and Parents. I dropped Rainbow and Tank off at Petur's studio, which is a converted out-building behind the apartment where he lives. Walking in to see instruments hanging all over the walls looked to be a good omen for our travelling music makers and they, yet again, managed to finish a brand new track in one day. Petur was heavily involved in the process and contributed a lot – he also took Rainbow and Tank to a local bakery for lunch, which was a winner from all reports. Petur will start on a remix of the track for us soon and I'm looking forward to seeing his new outfit Petur Ben & Eberg at Iceland Airwaves Festival later this week, with fellow Icelandic act Eberg (who I've played on FBi in the past).
While our competition winners were doing what they do so well, I took a trip to Hvalfjörður which translates as "whale fjord". Pictures will do the area much more justice than my words can, so check them out below.
The evening heralded the opening event for You Are In Control, the creative conference which preceeds the Iceland Airwaves Festival. The conference was launched with video art, digital technology discussions and free wine. A pretty entertaining and interesting combination. This morning the conference kicked off in earnest and was stacked high with really interesting talks and panels around technology, digital marketing, copyright law and the future of creative industries. It was a lot less dry than it sounds, largely due to the passion and progressive perspectives of the people involved.
Tomorrow, it's Tank and Rainbow's first live shows in Reykjavik – one of three we've got lined up before our trip of a lifetime comes to a close. Oh, and tomorrow will also be the homecoming of Bjork's Biophilia show at the gorgeous Harpa Concert Hall, which we're falling-over-excited to be seeing. Bjork in her hometown with a new show and new record. Yep, feeling pretty lucky right now.