A doctor and a teacher by day…. musicians by night. Dikta talks about the Icelandic music scene
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Dikta, an Icelandic verb meaning “to compose or make something up,” remains immersed in the same passionate and soulful atmosphere it was formed in, inspiring their melodic alternative rock sound. They followed up with their first English language album, Hunting for Happiness, in 2005, expanding their European audience. Dikta filled every venue and played every festival in Iceland and opened for The Kooks during their 2010 European tour before releasing their third album, Get it Together, through their recent union with German record label Smarten-Up. Prior to releasing the album in Germany, Get it Together, also sung in English, reached Platinum in their home country.
Late in 2011 Dikta’s song “Thank You” and the music video to Dikta’s “Goodbye” were pre-loaded on the new Blackberry Bold 9900/9930 mobile phones, produced in around 8 million copies worldwide.
Dikta shows no signs of slowing down, winning the People’s Choice Award for “Most Popular Artist” at the Icelandic Music Awards for two years running.
Dikta are now finalizing recordings, with the German producer Sky van Hoff, on their new album to be released in September 2015.
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-plays piano and guitar, main singer of Dikta
-was added later in the band
-I studied Piano in music school , I had to teach myself how to write music
-Then i thought guitar is more cool than piano. Taught myself how to play guitar in 2 years
-When i go to parties, i leave the room when asked to play.
-I´m not good at playing other people´s stuff
-I was playing electric guitar and no one sang. I first sounded like a Frog
-We´ve been in the year for 17 years. I´ve been moving further from the guitar and back on piano
-My father is a doctor and pianist so I wanted to do the same
-started rocking out in the garage at age 10
-at age 15 we left our town and invited Haukur to band practice.
-I met Haukur in the boss and invited him to band practice
-I learned to play keyboards, played the piano in a former band
-The teachers did a sketch where i was trying to teach the kids to sing Thank You
Our former name was GRUFL (EXCLUSIVE)
We were tired of not having a name. His dad picked the name from the dictionary
Dikta is an icelandic verb that means to make something up/lie
We were all in music school as kids
We were sort of in a school, in a garage together, 4 of us learning our own instrument, songwriting etc
The music scene has been very active. People in 2-3 bands. The scene is very small.
Very few people that can live off of music.
Try to feel good about any circumstance you´re playing. Otherwise you´re dissing your audience.
We had a good year in 2010 and we went through every town in Iceland. The crowds are different.
We had success with that album and number of hits on the radio.
We had been playing for 6-7 years in the bars in Reykjavik so we had good live show at that time
Its a sublabel of Sena called Kölski (aka Satan). The head of the label is Barði from Bang Gang.
He was enthusiastic about signing us.
He was an artist that was unsatisfied with Sena so to shut him off they gave him his own label.
We have a lot of radio stations so it´s easy to get airplay: they are supportive of the scene.
I was working in the ER and one time a guy came with an allergic shock and said “Its you, i was listening to you on the way to calm me down
Sign only had a slot at 7:30 pm at a really shitty bar. Only people from the industry and us. Lights came on and they did the most insane show i´ve ever seen
Finding time for the band
Appreciate every audience and go out there and HAVE FUN
This is your brain on Music by Daniel Levitan
CAR SING A LONG
SONG OF THE SHOW
“Sync or swim” by Dikta