Óli Dóri is a Grapevine music columnist a downtown DJ. He’s operations manager at Bíó Paradís and a host of the Straumur radio show on x97. Read his Straumur columns here.
First thing in the morning?
I wake up around 9:30, and skip breakfast. After a hot shower and a shave, I’d put on an outfit that I’m digging at the moment. The weather would, of course, be perfect, so I would walk to work. I live in Langahlíð, so I’ll go for a walk around the Miklatún park just around the corner. It’s the perfect start of any day, and a refreshing walk with some great tunes in my ears.
Soundtrack: Washed Out – Hard to Say Goodbye (Lone Remix)
One of my favourite things to do is to discover new music, so mid-morning would be spent pumping up the volume on the new sound system at Bíó Paradís, listening to fresh new stuff while working.
Soundtrack: Kedr Livanskiy – Ariadna
At lunch I would go to the newly opened Hlemmur Mathöll for a bite. They have such a good variety of great food to choose from. The Kröst burger is to die for, especially with a glass of champagne. Afterwards I’d swing by Lucky Records for a treasure hunt. On my way back to work I’d stop by the Reykjavík Record Shop for some fresh titles on vinyl.
Soundtrack: Evolution – Kelly Lee Owens
I play basketball twice a week in Austurbæjarskóli, and on a perfect day I would go there for an hour of basket, followed by an hour at the nearby Sundhöllin for a swim or a soak in the hot tub (unfortunately Sundhöllin is closed at the moment—but, hey, this is my perfect day, so they will open it for me).
Soundtrack: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything
I would pick Hverfisgata 12 for dinner—I’m a big fan of pizza and cocktails, and it doesn’t hurt that they always have some great DJs playing there.
Soundtrack: Steve Monite – Only You (Frankie Francis Disco Jam Edit)
Late at night
I would start my perfect night at Bíó Paradís, going to one of our great party screenings and then sticking around for a DJ or band afterwards. After that I would go to Bar Ananas for a basil Gimlet, and then I’d finish the night with a sweaty DJ set at Húrra, Paloma or Kaffibarinn.
Soundtrack: Bicep – Glue
Read more Perfect Days here.