Born and raised in Reykjavík, songwriter Jón Þór Ólafsson has been a familiar figure on the Icelandic independent music scene for many years. In his time with bands such as instrumental jazz-rock group Isidor, to power-pop darlings, Lada Sport he has spanned the wide spectrum of indie-rock. Jón Þór’s first recorded output was Isidor’s debut LP, “Betty Takes a Ride”, released in 2004, but it was fronting Lada Sport that his distinctive voice came to the fore.
Before releasing Lada Sport’s debut, “Time and Time Again”, the band found themselves in the same orbit as Quentin Tarantino; performing at Guero’s Taco Bar in Austin, Texas in 2006, the same year that scenes from the director’s movie “Death Proof” were filmed there. Later that year, the band performed a stand-out show at the Iceland Airwaves festival to promote their single, “Love Donors”, doing so surrounded by hundreds of heart-shaped balloons, a brass trio, and a roomful of adoring fans.
By 2008, he was working with musician and engineer Axel ‘Flex’ Árnason in the dance-rock trio, Dynamo Fog, and by the turn of the decade had decided to go solo, dropping his patronymic name and performing, simply, as “Jón Þór”.
In 2012, Jón Þór released his debut album, “Sérðu mig í lit?” to some acclaim, and the Reykjavík Grapevine proclaimed it “up there with the best Icelandic albums of 2012”
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