The Gentlemen of Iceland Airwaves- Raggi from Of Monsters and Men

Only a few days to go and I have the last but not least Gentlemen of Iceland Airwaves this year. Of course it´s the lovely Raggi from Of Monsters and Men. They seem to never disappoint anybody with their amazing songs and magnifying stage performance. This time they will be rocking out the nostalgic stage at Nasa. This night is going to be something to remember. We met up with Raggi and did the airwaves talk.

What is the best thing about being a musician from Iceland?

It kinda feels like you’re a part of a very small and exclusive group of people that seem to really take pride in their art. It makes you push yourself even more and keeps you inspired.

How many shows are Of Monsters and Men playing at Iceland Airwaves? 

We’re just playing once and it’s at Nasa which is very exciting for us. It’s been a long time since we played that venue and although Harpan is a brilliant concert house,  in the end,  there’s nothing that really beats a sweaty club.

Which artists were you inspired by when growing up? 

When I started getting inspired to write my own music i was in my mid teens.  I was listening to Death Cab for Cutie a lot. Their songs felt easy enough for an inexperienced guitarist to at at least play along to and I could sing most of Ben Gibbard’s parts, although pretty badly. So yeah, that was kinda my gateway into thinking differently about music which I found very inspiring.

What bands will you be checking out at the festival? 

Definitely going to see Björk. I’m also pretty excited to see GKR. Other than that, I haven’t really thought about it much. I might just see where the night takes me.

Have you gained that Airwaves feeling yet? 

I’m getting there. But it’s a different experience now when I’m on stage and not as much in the crowd. The most fun part about the festival is loosing track of time and getting lost in the experience so once you’re on a schedule you kinda loose that a little bit but I’m not complaining. It’s definitely going to be a lot of fun this year!

Any Iceland Airwaves advice for the people out there? 

Just go with the flow! I’ve had some amazing nights during Airwaves when I don’t have any plans and just randomly stumble into venues. You experience music and meet people that you might not have seen or met, had you planned everything out.

Pictures by Ágústa Sveinsdóttir for Bast Magazine.

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