May I Interest You in a Brief Survey: Reykjavik Calling's Icelandic Bands Answer Our Questions

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Reykjavik Calling is finally upon us! The event, which has served as a bridge between our city and the Icelandic capital, will take place in the Gathering Space this Saturday evening (that's tomorrow) and will feature Icelandic artists Vök, whose debut LP Figure, received the award for Best Electronic Album of the Year at the 2018 Icelandic Music Awards, and Gyda, whose sophomore album Evolution will be released today on figure eight records. Of course, the event will have local representation as well, with Seattle electronic duo NAVVI – who released the spiritually immersive album ULTRA (click here to read about the release in their own words) – rounding out the bill. Doors for the event open at 7 pm, show starts at 8.

Earlier in the day, the Gathering Space will hold an Iceland Day celebration, commemorating 100 years of Icelandic independence. All things Iceland will be showcased at KEXP’s Gathering Space during this day of celebration, including presentations and discussions, focused on Iceland’s independence, geothermal energy, design and literature. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn firsthand about some of Iceland’s top businesses and exports from companies including Icelandair, Icelandic Provisions, Brennivin, Reyka Vodka, Blue Lagoon, Icelandic Glacial, and Landsvirkjun. Our Iceland Day celebration will be held from 12 pm to 3.

Because we are so very excited for performance from Vök and Gyda, we sent each group a short questionnaire.


What’s the weirdest American food you can think of?  What Icelandic food do you think is weird?

Weirdest Icelandic Food: Fish jerky.
Weirdest American Food: Twizzlers.

Who’s your favorite Icelandic music artist?

Emilíana Torrini


What do you think is the best/worst reality TV show in America?

Jerry Springer.


Who would win in a fight? Your president or ours?

Trump would win every time, he’s a bully!



What’s the weirdest Icelandic food you can think of?  What American food do you think is weird?

Weirdest Icelandic Food: Brauðterta; Breadcake ( its propably originally from denmark ); A Cake made of white sandwich bread smothered in mayonnais & decorated with shrimps! 
Weirdest American Food: Animals who have bin filled with hormones & antibiotics, mistreated & lived a sad horrible live in small cages (we do have some of those in iceland too).

Who’s your favorite American music artist?

Aaron Roche.


Do you have reality TV shows in Iceland?  If so, what’s the worst and/or best?

Yes, we have this thing called Netflix; it is amazing! I watch mostly documentaries, those are kind of reality TV.
I also like RuPaul´s Drag Race; it kind of mixes the worst with the best.

Who would win in a fight? Our president or yours?

Our president wouldn´t fight; he's so kind he´d probably ask a mosquito kindly to leave if he was being bitten.
Your president would probably punch himself in the face in order to get the mosquito.