Presenting Gud Jon – a leftfield musical project consisting of Icelandic native, Gudjon Bodvarsson, Henry Counsell and Richard Jahn. Last month they released 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 followed 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. A new single ‘Water’, from the EP is streaming now. “The water in Iceland is the clearest in the world” explains Gudjon, “so we wanted to write about it, and emphasise its power.” Listen to ‘Water’ here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4dSLSGaWAHlvU2Nwt47PnY?si=Gk6C8FImRk-3raDdMJtsgw
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 hymns.”
“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 Out Now. Listen to new single ‘Water’ here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4dSLSGaWAHlvU2Nwt47PnY?si=Gk6C8FImRk-3raDdMJtsgw