This issue’s DJ is someone who needs no introduction. Exos, aka Arnvidur Snorrason, is one of the most experienced and respected techno figures in Iceland, and has been active since 1997. With three albums under his belt, released on labels such as Thule Records, Mosaic and Force Inc., his minimal and atmospheric techno beats have influenced a generation of musicians.
Exos has described Iceland, and the island’s raw and untouched nature, as the inspiration for the energy of his music. He’s also given back a lot to the country, by supporting and performing at local festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Sónar and Secret Solstice. As this issue’s DJ, Exos gives us a glimpse into his world.
Where are you currently based?
How frequently do you return to play in Iceland?
I have my monthly residency at my favorite club, Paloma in Reykjavík.
When did you start DJ’ing?
At twelve years old, I started to play some rave music at school dances.
What style do you play? / How would you describe your style?
Usually techno, but I also love to play dubtechno and deep minimal. Depends on the atmosphere.
You’re playing at this year’s Secret Solstice. How do Icelandic music festivals compare with other festivals? Is this your first time at Secret Solstice?
I played at the first Secret Solstice festival. I think Iceland is now ready for festivals. I am also very happy with how the Sonar festival has developed here in Reykjavík. Even though it’s only 120,000 people living in the capital, we still can put on a good festival like Secret Solstice, Sónar or Airwaves.
If you were an audio effect, which one would you be?
Echo echo echoooo.
You’ve played extensively throughout Europe; do you notice changes or shifts in the Icelandic techno music scene each time you return?
Yes, people are more open-minded and ready for action. They like to observe what’s coming to them without judgement. With that kind of attitude, the DJ can play with no boundaries.
What are your five essential tracks of the moment?
- AFX – “P-string”
- Terry Cummings – “Pressure”
- Soschla – “Blumen”
- Samuli Kemppi – “I Dream Of Midi”
- Exos – “Downgarden”
Twelve years after his last album, Exos has also given fans some new tracks to listen to, with the release of his EP ‘Downgarden’ at the end of May. This is his first release on the label трип, which was started by Russian DJ and producer Nina Kraviz in 2014. This summer Exos will also be performing with Nina at Awakenings, a festival in the Netherlands, and at the legendary Berlin nightclub Berghain.