Georg Hólm: Moving the Air Around You

In his first bass interview, Hólm discusses the origins of Sigur Rós’ unique sound, playing without drums, and what makes Iceland a music hub

Georg Hólm: Moving the Air Around You

Photo by Rudy Filippini

In his first bass interview, Hólm discusses the origins of Sigur Rós’ unique sound, playing without drums, and what makes Iceland a music hub

Photos by Tim Dunk There are times in music, and all forms of art, when something comes along that’s so vastly different and so independently unique that it must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Merely describing the music of Sigur Rós — a reclusive band from a small Iceland village that plays slow-building, atmospheric compositions, sometimes without drums, and sings in a made-up language — doesn’t quite translate to much on paper. But listening to any of their eight studio albums, or even better, seeing them perform, reveals why this trio from Reykjavík has a global following and millions of record sales, and exists as an anomaly without genre classification.  Having co-founded the band back in 1994, Georg Hólm has been in constant awe of the success Sigur Rós has reached. It’s taken him 30 years to overcome his self-doubt and to quit questioning their success, while rediscovering his purpose along the way. His initial reason for starting the
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