Announce EP Launch Show At The Old Church Stoke Newington.
Jon – a leftfield musical project consisting of Icelandic native, Gudjon
Bodvarsson, Henry Counsell and Richard Jahn. Next month they release their
debut EP ‘Holmgang’ via Audio
Network and From Concentrate
– the creative collective home to Gudjon , Richard , Henry and a host of
musical talent. The EP follows last year’s ltd. single ‘You Remind Me’ – an enigmatic and uplifting
festive alt-pop song which featured Gudjon’s distinctive vocals, a
multi-layered ‘choir’ and rousing brass section.
Born in Iceland, Gudjon grew up in the US, Russia and Iceland before
settling in the UK age twelve. Henry, Richard and Gudjon met at school the
following year. After writing their first song together, a track called
‘Uniform’ they were inspired to write more and the Gudjon project was born.
“I have been in a choir since I was a boy. There is something about big,
beautiful harmonies that I can’t get enough of.
I currently sing with two choirs – The magnificent London Contemporary
Voices and the beautiful Icelandic Choir of London, singing breath-taking Icelandic
“I also listened to a lot of rock and hip-hop when I was younger.
The first album I bought was Rammstein’s ‘Mutter’ in 2000. I remember my Dad
taking me to a Rammstein concert in Reykjavik when I was 7 years old. My Dad
also introduced me to hip-hop, often playing me Wu-Tang, Warren G and Snoop
Dogg – I particularly remember Snoop’s album ‘Tha Last Meal’. Maybe not the
right kind of music to play to a 7-year-old, but I am glad he did.”
Gudjon admits though that his biggest influence as a singer is Freddie Mercury.
“His passion for music and the way he controls his high notes is unreal.”
With such a broad array of influences, Gudjon was always going to be
something special, and the Holmgang EP is no exception.
The EP ‘Holmgang’ is released on April 19th 2019. Listen to lead track ‘Line Break’ here:
Holmgang EP Track
1. Line Break
4. She Say
Catch Gud Jon live at the EP launch show on April 15th at Stoke Newington Old Church.