Ateria is the winning band at Icelandic Music Experiments 2018. The members are two sisters and their cousin. Ása Ólafsdóttir, age seventeen plays the guitar and sings. Her sixteen year old sister Eir Ólafsdóttir plays the bass and cello as well as sings. Their cousin Fönn Fannarsdóttir of twelve years plays the drums.
The Icelandic Music Experiments has been a major factor in Icelandic musical life for over thirty years.
The origins of IME can be traced back to the cooperation of Tónabær (Youth Center in Reykjavík east side) and SATT (Association of folk poets and musicians), organizing a marathon concert in the basement Tónabær in November 1982. Four to five semi-finals were held, and the winners from these nights played in the finals.
This format of IME is still used today. Attendance was extremely good, with an audience reaching up to 500-600 people, making it a milestone for music lovers in the land of ice and fire. Studio recording hours have always been the grand prize of IME and soon more sponsors started helping out in various ways. A special jury committe was hired early on in IME history to contrast the so-called “popular elections”. The jury chose interesting bands to play in the finals, regardless of what the audience had chosen.
It is often referred to IME as a platform for young inexperienced bands out in the “strenuous music business”. Bands like Kolrassa Krókríðandi (later Bellatrix), Botnleðja (Silt), Mammút, Of Monsters And Men, Mínus, Samaris, Jakobínarína, Agent Fresco etc. is good evidence of the many adventures bands have enjoyed after winning IME. Many of the aforementioned jumped into the deep end of the pool, recording their first albums, touring abroad working with new collaborators and experience the “rock n’ roll dream”. Of course we can not forget all the bands and musicians who did not get on to the finals or received awards. Many of them have continued their careers and reached far, in many cases with new amalgamations of their bands. The experience and association with other musicians is especially valuable and an important factor for the parttakers. New ideas and bands form to flourish in the music scene. This is one of the main purposes of IME.