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SNÆLDA - Songwriting class

Snælda is an artist development program from the 101derland studio. The focus in the workshop is getting students familiar in working on Ableton live as well as getting them to know all the basic work that happens within the studio.

The mentors are known figures in the Icelandic music scene, Jófríður (JFDR), and brothers, Logi Pedro and Unnsteinn Manuel.

The main aim of the program is to make the students self-sufficient within the studio, as well as guiding them in music composition on Ableton live. The practical side of the music business will also be introduced.

Students are asked to bring computer and headphones. It would be great if they have Ableton live software but it is not required.

Logi Pedro was born in 1992 in Portugal and moved to Iceland in 1995. From 2006 to 2016 he was a member of one of the leading Icelandic bands, Retro Stefson. Along with being prominant on the Icealndic music scene, the band made major publishing agreements with Universal Music and Sony ATV in 2010 and spent most of the years 2011-2013 playing abroad.

Logi Pedro joined a new band in 2013, Young Karin, who has played on both sides of the Atlantic on various musical festivals. The band was awarded the Icelandic Music Prize as the 2014 newcomer album for their first EP.

Logi has produced and arranged for various musicians, for example Gus Gus, Skítamórall, Sturla Altas and Emmsjé Gauta.

Logi runs the record label Les Fréres Stefson alongside with his brother, Unnsteinn Manuel. On their roster are artists such as Floni, Birnir, Sturla Atlas and Joey Christ. Logi has been on a consultant panel for EBU Eurovision, Iceland Airwaves and The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV). Last summer Logi released his first solo album that was on all top lists in Iceland.

Jófríður Ákadóttir, known professionally as JFDR, is an Icelandic singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in 1994. She is known for her solo project JFDR as well as her work with Samaris, Pascal Pinon and Gangly and works closely with producer and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily.

In 2017 her solo album Brazil was released. It was produced in collaboration with Shahzad Ismaily. She was named Iceland’s 2018 “Artist of the Year” by The Reykjavík Grapevine tabloid magazine. JFDR - White Sun Live. Part I : Strings, an EP of her songs reworked with a string section, was released in 2018. Gravity, a special EP, was released during the 2018 Iceland Airwaves in the form of a bar of chocolate with a download code.

In 2014, Ákadóttir was involved with the conceptual project Gangly with Sindri Már Sigfússon (Sin Fang) and Úlfur Alexander Einarsson (of the Icelandic band Oyama) with the track Fuck With Someone Else. Gangly went on to sign to UK label AMF Records and released a series of video singles. Ákadóttir also collaborated with Low Roar on the single Bones and Brainfeeder producer Lapalux on 2 singles from his album Ruinism. She has also recorded with Daníel Bjarnason, Nini Julia Bang, and Strange Boy.

Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson was born in 1990 and started his musical career as a singer and composer of the band Retro Stefson. The band worked in 2006-2016 and at that time she released 3 albums and 2 short albums. They released an album with Universal Music and played in over 28 countries and held hundreds of concerts throughout Iceland. Retro Stefson also received numerous awards and a nomination for the Nordic Music Prize.

In addition to working as a musician, Unnsteinn has worked on program production at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV), and was Unnsteinn awarded as the Television figure of the year. In 2012, Unnsteinn founded the publishing company Les Frères Stefson, which has in the past year had an average of 3 songs out of 10 of the most listened to Spotify in Iceland. Unnsteinn has taught both electric guitar and composition and performs various confidential tasks.

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