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DJ culture in Reykjavík

DJ culture in Reykjavík

By: Lovísa Arnardóttir Photos curtesy of: Aníta Björk, Ársæll and Dj Kocoon Article from the winter issue 2016 Follow my blog with Bloglovin I have been a DJ in Reykjavík for five years. I’m part of a duo called Kanilsnældur. We play house and sometimes techno, and we are female DJ’s. We both have day jobs but DJ’ing is an integral and important part of our lives. As it is dark for almost nine months of the year in Iceland, I think a lot of people turn to music to express themselves. Mostly, it keeps us from becoming depressed in the cold, long and dark winter nights (and days). Iceland has a large and thriving DJ culture. On an average weekend you may find everything from reggae to rock to hard-core techno. You won’t find all genres during the same night, mostly because there are not that many places to go, but over a whole weekend (which of course includes Thursday) you will find a good mix of genres around downtown Reykjavík. Because there are not many bars or clubs that play each genre, it is hard for DJ’s to get booked every weekend. Some DJ’s have residencies, but places usually try to book each DJ one or two times during the same month. If they DJ two times in the same month, it’s common that they don’t play the same genre or maybe even join a collective. Each genre has its mix of DJ’s in Reykjavík. Some have been doing it for years and some not. I think the best part of the DJ culture here in Reykjavík is that it’s not too closed-off to newcomers. If you’re interested in DJ’ing you might have to network and get to know the lay of the land, and meet booking agents…