reykjavík, ísland

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Paradís Sessions: Live unplugged sessions

Reykjavík, Iceland.

© Paradís Sessions 2018

The Paradís Sessions 
@Airwaves

#01 Girlhood

There we were, standing mesmerised, watching London band Girlhood riff through what already sound like hits. All of them. Through each one thinking 'that would sound great unplugged.'

A quick after-set chat, long walk, and street corner later there we were. Tessa & Sarah ready to do their first ever 'a cappella' rendition of Bad Decisions.

No rehearsal, no prior thought. Just the moment. We captured the energy between the two - something to behold, and of course, the vocals. Like a dream.

#02 Axel Flóvent

The festival provided us with a chance to catch Axel here in reykjavík, and capture his charming personality 'unplugged' in a worthy location.


We had just the place. The decadent setting of safnahúsið (or culture house.)

Off up the stairs we went, to the meeting room. Old paint, old chairs, old tables.

A room full of history, full of stories. Another one soon to join them. We set the camera and let Axel go.

My did he go, his voice echoing the room like a shooting star. So much feeling.

#03 Benin City

We asked a lot of Benin City. Take your sound, your style, your being. And unplug it. All of it. Reinterpret yourselves.

A challenge Josh, Shanaz & Tom got straight into, like ducks to water (a lot of those behind us, too.)

It was a joy to behold. One solid run-through, and like the song "let's start again" ... well, the second go was just perfect. The band totally in the moment.

Dancing along, the message remains the same: go out and embrace being, embrace yourselves, and have fun along the way.

#04 Tuvaband

The dynamic between any band is the key element to the live performance. For Tuvaband that energy is pure and alive.

Standing in a sort of circle, at the front of Fríkirkjan, feeding from that energy, the band created a living organism. An intensity and focus which for about three minutes was totally unbreakable.


The swaying, the smiles, the glances. Just vibing. Live music in churches is usually amazing but for this stripped back version of 'Horses' it was something else. Something ethereal. A fitting location.

#05 Young Divers

This one we got excited about. Since their debut track ´Caroline´ went online in October, we´ve been chasing new Icelandic band Young Divers.

Quaint, polished and suave, the release sounded like they had it all. Already. So we got them involved with our Airwaves plans - on stage, and, in session.

Up in the skies on the balcony at Loft, with three vocals, three guitars. A celebratory jam, really, and the passion and buzz for the music can be seen in their faces (in the moments the wind
isn´t blowing hair over them.)

Over the course of Iceland Airwaves, we took to the streets.
Roaming with camera in-hand to capture a host of new, exciting local and international artists, performing live and unplugged.

Embodying the atmosphere, energy and intimacy of the festival
celebrating its 20th year.