DJ Of The Issue: Young Nazareth - The Reykjavik Grapevine

DJ Of The Issue: Young Nazareth

DJ Of The Issue: Young Nazareth

Published July 18, 2016

Hrefna Björg Gylfadóttir
Photos by
Art Bicnick

Arnar Ingi Ingason, better known as Young Nazareth, is one of Prikið’s resident DJs and a member of Sturla Atlas. Despite his young age, Nazareth is known for attracting the city’s most turnt hip-hop devotees and keeping them jumping till dawn. Don’t miss him working his magic July 30 at Prikið.

When did you start DJ-ing?

I started out in 2009 playing house music. I did my first gigs at my school and then started playing house at places like Nasa and Besta Útihátíðin. Happily, that was just a phase and I switched to playing hip-hop in ca. 2012. Today I perform at bars in Reykjavík, mainly Prikið. I also play quite regularly here and there with my gang, Sturla Atlas and the 101 Boys. Shouts out!

What styles do you play?

I try to stay in the loop and play the freshest hip-hop and RnB available.

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What’s your favourite Reykjavík venue to play?

Prikið, all day long. Nothing beats overlooking a crowded, turnt up dance floor at 4am at Prikið. I started playing there last August and have done a back-to-back set on a monthly basis with my dear friend, Egill Spegill. Shouts out to that beautiful soul.

What kind of gear do you use when playing?

I use the software Traktor from Native Instruments. Hardware-wise I usually use a Traktor Kontrol S2 controler but when I’m doing smaller gigs I tend to use a bundle of Traktor Kontrol X1 mk2 and a Traktor Kontrol Z1.

If you were an audio effect, which one would you be?

I’d be a flanger—I have my ups and downs.

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What kind of crowd is the best crowd in your opinion?

People who aren’t self-conscious and show up just to have a good time and dance. When I think about it though, I also like the people who sit in the window sill of Prikið, who just came to drink beer, listen to the music and recognize every single track I play.

What are your five essential tracks of the moment?

“Crime Riddim” by Skepta, “Sweetheart Flow” by Sturla Atlas, “Ten (feat. Yung Lean) by Adamn Killa, “Why You Always Hatin’ (feat. Drake and Kamaiyah)” by YG and “Pick Up The Phone (feat. Quavo)” by Travis Scott X Young Thug.

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