Storsveit Nix Noltes

Founded in the autumn of 2004 by nine musicians living in Reykjavik, Iceland, Stórsveit Nix Noltes (Stórsveit meaning ‘Big Band’) are a hugely talented and creative collective united through a mutual fascination for folk music from Bulgaria and the Balkan areas. Comprising of members of múm, Benni Hemm Hemm, Lost in Hildurness, Númer Null, rúnk, Kanada, Hestbak, and Kria Brekkan, among others, the group initially took shape at a class led by guitarist Hilmar Jensson at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (all were composition students except for Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, who at the time was the singing and playing as an original member of múm).

Due to their sheer size and volume, the band’s live debut at the school saw them marked apart from their student peers, being the only performance to include drums and electric guitars. After the show they were told that their music was far too loud and were advised to tone down. Instead, after continuing their path with a handful of rowdy shows at parties in school and at a local venue, local label 12 Tónar offered to put out their first record. Recorded in an old farmhouse in the countryside, during the long, dark days of the Icelandic winter, ‘Orkideur Havaí’ was released on 12 Tónar in 2005. Well received locally, including a nomination in The Icelandic Music Awards as indie album of the year, Stórsveit Nix Noltes soon found themselves playing much bigger venues and festivals, whilst continuing to enjoy the direct social connection and intimacy of playing in small venues where people would dance the whole night through.

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