Friday was a great day. First Benin City, and then over to fríkirkjan - only a short wander from Tjòrnin and Iðnó - to meet with illustrious Axel Flóvent. Well loved in the Icelandic music community, and well known around the world for his touching, poetic songs. This was fantastic. We met after his Airwaves soundcheck, and took another walk back up to Safnahúsið (or the Culture House), an historic, decadent building housing much of Iceland's history.
axel let's rip in the culture house
This was beautiful, melodic, peaceful even. Until the moment he went for it - energy burning and his voice echoing around the chamber. The emotion, so much feeling. The song title 'Years' very apt.
After a little partying, some more live music (but no camera) and a good(ish) night's sleep, it was time for Saturday and a very new Icelandic band, Young Divers. With only two songs out at the time, this was the peach of new music. We met them out on the balcony at Loft Hostel, for a smoke and to play some guitars. Three in fact, and a rendition of their newest song 'Oh No.' Mellow harmonies, rhythmic guitars and a little laughter.
capturing tuvaband at fríkirkjan
What a beautiful way to end our session activity over Iceland Airwaves. Following Tuvaband after their soundcheck, in the incredible environment of Fríkirkjan. A perfect fit for the melancholic vibe of the band.
Slightly breaking our unplugged rules, we allowed Tuvaband to maintain a very minimal, quiet vein of electricity in support of the quant, cutting vocal of lead Tuva. The result was epic. Tuva completely in the zone, everybody on the wavelength - swaying, smiling, in the moment.
An incredible experience to film in such a unique setting, with such a lovely group of people. In fact everyone we worked with over the festival was a pleasure, so we can't wait to be back out doing more sessions in 2019.
You can see all our Airwaves 18' sessions here
(all pictures captured by Patrik Ontkovic)