Anonymous asked: how would you say Bjork and Sigur Ros influenced the culture in Iceland?
I don’t think they have influenced the Icelandic culture very much. As I see it they are more the offspring of the Icelandic culture. Neither Björk nor Sigur Rós produce mainstream music, so they can’t be considered the most popular musicians locally. However Björk is a very respected person in Iceland and both the success of Sigur Rós and Björk contributes to most people’s national pride.
The greatest influence they have caused is opening a door to international fame. Eying the possibility of success outside Iceland is a great inspiration for young talents. The association of Björk and Sigur Rós with Iceland also aspiring talents a greater chance of getting noticed. Sigur Rós might still be a garage band if Björk had not paved the way. I’m quite sure that Björk’s success at least speeded up Sigur Rós’ success.
Another band that often is forgotten is Mezzoforte. Mezzoforte predates Björk and was perhaps the first band to become internationally recognized. Just as Björk and Sigur Rós they focused on an alternative music style, funk fusion jazz, and became a great success within their own niche. Their greatest hit was Garden Party in the early 80’s and they are still touring.