By HLIF OLAFSDOTTIR
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Guðrun Ýr, I'm 22 years old, and I'm an Icelandic singer/ songwriter. I study jazz singing and jazz piano and write and release my own music by the name of GDRN.
How did you get started in music?
I started studying classical violin at the age of 5. When I was 11, I wanted to try something new and got interested in singing. I started auditioning for the music school in my hometown. I had never sung before so I was extremely stressed over these auditions yet I got into the program and that's where it all started for me. I then started to make music with my two friends, Bjarki and Teitiur, who go by the name ra:tio. We released out first song "Ein" which translates to Alone". Shortly after that, the record label Alda Music reached out to me with a record deal. This opened many opportunities for me, such as exciting gigs and other things. As we speak, my first album is on its way. The release date is August 17th, which is one and a half year after I released my first song.
Who are some of your biggest influences? And how do these influences translate into your work?
I find inspiration is all sorts of things. Not just music, but also literature and even movies. My parents always played music for me when I was younger, from jazz to rock. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where I find inspiration, I get a little bit of inspiration everywhere.
What's it like to be a woman in the Icelandic music industry?
Best to say, it's been amazing. I've had a lot of support and up until now, I've not had any problems being a woman in this industry. There are so many incredible women in this industry, but there definitely could be more. I do think that there's a lot of good things happening in the music industry in Iceland and there are constantly new and exciting women being discovered.
What are some of your future plans? and where can people find your music?
I will be releasing my album in the near future and I will continue to make music. Music gives me so much, and I could not live without it. I will be creating more and more, and I also have been wanting to go abroad and play in big festivals - one day! People can find my music a youtube, apple- music and spotify, under the name GDRN
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