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December 06, 2022

Kóboykex riding through Europe

We want to know what´s next for the colorful duo.

Seemingly coming out of the blue (and pink), Kóboykex seems to be on everyone´s lips in the showcase festival circus this year. With just one single out the duo made a mark at this years The Great Escape festival, from where they were instantly picked to play Les Rencontres Trans Musicalesin in France. Kóboykex, consisting of Heiðrik á Heygum and Sigmund Zachariassen then made a strong impact at Iceland airwaves, gaining praise from media like Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Vegan, Clash and Dork. 

 

A new single has just been released and a performance at Eurosonic (ESNS) is announced.

 

So, what´s next on the agenda, Heiðrik and Sigmund?

 

Heiðrik: We're performing at Trans Musicales in Renné France next week which we are super excited about. And in January we're going to The Netherlands to perform at Eurosonic. These are two internationally acclaimed festivals so we're quite honored to be invited.

Sigmund: Very lucky indeed. 

 

First of all – who are you guys? It seems like you came out of almost nowhere! 

Heiðrik: Hmm good question. Sounds like an existential question. Haha! We're just two hillbillies from Faroe Islands who like old school music and decided to make music together after meeting drunk outside a bar. We didn't expect our little drunken project would become Kóboykex. But here we are!

Sigmund: We made a drunken agreement to start a country band. Then during lockdown we found out that we were neighbours. No excuses but to get to work!

 

Welcome back from Iceland Airwaves. It was quite a success, wasn’t it? Did it go as expected? 

Heiðrik: Went better than we expected! It was a full house and people loved our show and most people have not heard of us before so that was so surprising and we were just super happy about it. 

Sigmund: It feels slightly absurd to get mentions in magazines like Rolling Stone and Clash this early on, but that somehow happened. Even Brooklyn Vegan noticed us! Again, I feel like we're very lucky. 

 

How many days where you there for, and what did you do over there? Any spare time at all, or all work?

Sigmund: we can only travel to Iceland on Fridays and Mondays. So we played on Friday night Iðnó. Then I spent the entire saturday being ill in bed and very nearly losing my voice. Later played at Gaukurinn and went to an afterparty and danced all night. Spent Sunday at the pool, visiting friends, and being generally homeless for a night. Went back home on Monday!

 

Did you meet any interesting people?

Heiðrik: Yes we did! We met a lot of nice people whom we got in contact with after the festival who we want potentially to work with. Bookers, managers and so on. FMX did a really good job promoting our show and got us in touch with a lot of good people.

Sigmund: I keep meeting Bjarni from Supersport everywhere. He's a cool dude. Really dig the Post-dreifing scene they've got going in Reykjavík.

 

What did you learn from the experience? Anything you should have done differently?

Heiðrik: I mean you always learn something new - we never played for such a big crowd which was a very experience of its own. Personally I have a hard time mingling with strangers but I'm getting better at it haha!

Sigmund: Over the last few years, I've built up this habit of not turning the heating on in my apartment. It's pretty small and well insulated so natural body heat is more or less enough to heat the place. I learned that this is not a good idea in Iceland.

 

Dork (Magazine) says that “Kóboykex are the Faroese electro-cowboys you never knew you needed in your life.» Are you?

Heiðrik: Of course we are! I think in a world full of Kardashians we are definitely what you need.

Sigmund: Well we're not exactly obvious. We sort of came into existence by accident. I wish we could collab with a Kardashian!

 

What are the next steps for Kóboykex?

Heiðrik: As I said we're going to perform at some really good festivals where we hope to come in contact with more people in the business so we will be able to release more music to a broader audience. We have a lot of good songs coming out. 

Sigmund: We're slowly syphoning out our album. Yes, there is an album on the way. Hope people will like it and enjoy spening their evenings on the porch listening it. 

 

Good luck with Transmusicales and Eurosonic, Kóboykex!

February 01, 2023

Three Faroese acts heading to Trondheim Calling

A few changes have been made in the lineup, but still: The Faroe Islands are represented with three acts at Trondheim Calling next week. Jazzygold, Dania O. Tausen and Joe & The Shitboys will all be…

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December 06, 2022

Kóboykex riding through Europe

We want to know what´s next for the colorful duo.

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November 29, 2022

Kóboykex and Brimheim announced to Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) 2023

We´re happy to announce that both Brimheim and Kóboykex are confirmed to Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) 2023. We are very much looking forward to January!

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October 18, 2022

Marius DC is ready for the next step

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September 28, 2022

Trondheim Calling 2023

Today we are delighted to share Trondheim Calling's selection for the first collaborative night of Faroese music, where FMX & G! Festival will take over Lokal venue in central Trondheim for the night,…

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August 29, 2022

A busy autumn for our up-and-coming ones.

Our up-and-coming ones are getting busy this autumn! The Faroe Islands are represented at all the big European showcase festival.

Dania O. Tausen is playing Vill Vill Vest, Brimheim and J…

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June 29, 2022

Five Faroese acts confirmed to Iceland Airwaves 2022.

No less than five Faroese acts have been announced to Iceland Airwaves 2022. Guðrið Hansdóttir, Kóboykex, Marius DC, Janus Rasmussen and Brimheim have all been added to the program for this years fest…

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March 30, 2022

Four Faroese acts confirmed to The Great Escape Festival

The Great Escape has announced more names performing at this year's festival today, including four acts from The Faroe Islands, Joe & The Shitboys, Brimheim, Kóboykex and Marius Ziska.

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November 26, 2021

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In 2021 FMX created and launched a UK and Pan Scandinavian PR initiative for Faroese music and artists, across 4 priority markets, with local PR specialists in each country

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November 15, 2021

The Line of Best Fit - Faroe Islands take over

The biggest independent online music mag in the UK shine a light on new Faroese music this week

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November 15, 2021

Trondheim Calling 03 - 05 Feb. 2022

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November 03, 2021

Eivør wins the prestigious 2021 Nordic Council Music Prize 

Last night, Tuesday 2nd November, from the Skuespilhuset in Copenhagen.

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October 07, 2021

FMX x G! Festival @ Trondheim Calling 2022

We are delighted to announce a showcase night of Faroese music at Trondheim Calling, 3-5 February 2022. 

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September 15, 2021

Workshop in the Faroe Islands with Emmy nominated composer Miriam Cutler

We are happy to announce this special workshop for Artists in the Faroe Islands, taking place on November 30th 2021.

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September 13, 2021

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September 08, 2021

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August 27, 2021

Nordic Music Days festival in the Faroe Island

Established in 1888, Nordic Music days is amongst the oldest festivals for contemporary classical music in the world.

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April 22, 2021

The Great Escape 2021 - UK

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March 26, 2021

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Global release day served up a some big moments for Faroese music

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February 12, 2021

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