Jófríður Ákadóttir is one of Iceland’s most talented and productive young musicians, and at age of 24 she’s a veteran of the Reykjavík music scene, with eight albums under her belt and acclaim from the likes of fellow Icelander Björk.

Jófríður’s been making music since she was 11 and her first band Pascal Pinon grew out of a fake radio station she invented with her twin sister Ásthildur during a hike with their mother.

Three years later Pascal Pinon self-released their debut album and Jófríður’s DIY attitude and collaborative approach led to central roles into two more bands – the electronic trio Samaris and Icelandic trap collective GANGLY.

She’s collaborated with the likes of Lapalux and Dena and last year she dropped Brazil, her first proper solo album under the name JFDR.

Jófríður has been a mainstay of the annual Iceland Airwaves music festival, playing almost every year, and that’s where we met her to talk about her obsession with matcha, against the backdrop of Kumiko, a teahouse in the hip Grandi area.

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February 16, 2018