Students enrolled in the Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland arrive in Reykjavík for Iceland Airwaves on Wed. Nov. 5! Follow their journey here. Check out their preview show, which aired on WCRX 88.1 FM below.
The Covering International Festivals: Iceland class is gearing up for the flight to Reykjavík, Iceland! We took over the WCRX 88.1 FM airwaves on Monday, October 27th for a few hours playing music from the bands we will be covering, the stories we have produced and some previews to the pieces that we’ll be working on while we’re over there. No worries if you missed it; catch up on everything you need to know right here. Click “continue reading” below to hear the show.
Austin Montgomery looked at gun culture in Iceland and Chicago, focusing on legislative and social differences in both countries. Looking at a band playing Airwaves, he also profiled Icelandic shoegaze rock group, Oyama. They just released their debut album, Coolboy.
Joe George talked about geothermal energy in Iceland and how it compares to the clean energy movement in the United States. He also profiled Filipino-Icelandic rapper CELL7 who released her first solo album CELLF last year.
Tom Moran presented Lucy in Blue, a young psych-rock band from Reykjavìk. They’re all between 16 and 18-years-old, making them one of the youngest bands playing at Iceland Airwaves. What’s even more impressive is they got booked to play the festival after jamming together for less than a year.
Dan Hibbitts covered the Icelandic power group Mammút, a band that’s been making waves in the Icelandic Indie Rock scene for last 10 years. He also talked about his upcoming story concerning how the Icelandic Language influences musicians and artists from Iceland.
Erika Kooda told an Icelandic Ghost Story, Djákninn á Myrká (Deacon of Dark River), a tragic love story. She also talked about one of the bands she will be covering while at Iceland Airwaves, Kaleo, who are playing more than three times throughout the festival, returning after playing exclusively off-venue shows in 2012.
Delaney Morris covered the band FURA and spoke with songstress Björt Sigfinnsdóttir about her work with FURA and outside of FURA. She also covered the currently erupting volcano, Bárðarbunga. She spoke the leader of the Nordic Volcanological Center and a member of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. While in Iceland she will be speaking with some bars and breweries about the beer culture there and also covering the whaling industry in Iceland and the controversy behind that.
Megan Caruso previewed Just Another Snake Cult, a lo-fi psychedelic pop band that experiments with sampled sounds and live instruments. After talking to an Icelandic band, she also contacted two different records labels to discuss artists’ careers breaking internationally and mostly into the U.S. When she arrives in Iceland, she will be talking to environmental and government officials about the controversial Aluminum smelting industry in Iceland, as well as speaking with medieval historians to discuss Iceland’s history with anarchy and how our views on anarchy differ as Americans.
Jessica Braun Gervais spoke with Arnar Gudjonsson, lead singer of Leaves, on the band’s journey in the Icelandic music scene. While in Iceland she will be looking into the contemporary art scene and feminism in Iceland.
Melaina de la Cruz talked with frontman Gestur Guðnason of Atónal Blús about the formation of their layered genre. She also spoke to the department head of research in social services, Erla Björg Sigurðardóttir, and city guard Arnar Gylfason about the initiatives being taken to solve homelessness in Iceland. While the class is in Reykjavík, she will be exploring sustainability, both in nutritional practices and in environmentally conscious architecture.
Dominick Cavaiani covered Icelandic artist Hafdis Huld known for her vivid images and catchy hooks. Huld started her musical career at the age of 15 when she joined GusGus. Since then Huld has also worked with artists like FC Kahuna and has released four solo albums. While in Iceland he will also be speaking with the Icelandic Coast guard on the reasons why Iceland has no standing army and no plans to acquire one anytime in the future.