Hafdis Huld was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. From the age of 15 onward she toured and recorded with the iconic Icelandic eletro-collective Gus Gus. Two world tours later, she left the band to collaborate with chill-out electronic outfit F C Kahuna, co-writing and performing on the classic ‘Hayling’ and ‘Machine Say Yes’. She later studied music at the London Centre of Contemporary Music graduating with Distinction in 2006. Her debut solo album, ‘Dirty Paper Cup’ won Best Pop Album at the 2007 Icelandic Music awards and featured songs co-written with Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys), Pascal Gabriel, Boo Hewerdine (Natalie Imbruglia, Eddi Reader) and Chris Corner (Sneaker Pimps). The album received considerable acclaim from the world’s music press and brought her to the attention of national radio in the UK.
Her second album, ‘Synchronised Swimmers’ was released in 2010. Produced by French Grammy award winning producer Calum MacColl and Alisdair Wright, and recorded by legendary engineer Phill Brown (Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Talk Talk) it reached no. 2 in the Icelandic album charts (only kept off the top slot by the death of Michael Jackson). The album gave Hafdis three Icelandic number one singles, and was subsequently licensed to several independent labels across Europe and the USA.
Radio support from BBC Radio 2 (Jeremy Vine, Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe & Maconie, Janice Long), BBC 6 Music (Chris Hawkins, Mark Riley, Lauren Laverne, Phil Jupitus), BBC Radio 4 (Loose Ends) and a raft of other national European and US radio stations continues to raise her profile worldwide. Her reputation for being a totally original and delightfully different artist is perfectly captured in her videos on YouTube that continue to attract high viewing figures.
Hafdis has played many of the biggest festivals in Europe, including Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Festival, The Big Chill and Camden Crawl in the UK, Hultsfred in Sweden, Airwaves in Iceland, Spot Festival in Denmark, Les Femmes S’en Melent and Europavox in France and The Midnight Sun Festival in the Czech Republic. She has supported major pop acts such as Paolo Nutini and Mika and played music industry conferences In The City in Manchester and South By South West in America. In 2010 alone she completed an official Midem showcase, two international tours, several festivals, over 20 live radio & TV sessions and signed a worldwide publishing deal with the highly respected independent publisher, Bucks Music.
Her recordings have been used for several TV ad campaigns across Europe and she even appeared in person in a TV ad for Mercedes Benz and an award-winning promo campaign for Reyka Vodka. She was also a featured vocalist on Tricky’s much-praised album ‘Knowle West Boy’, on which Tricky commented that he “thought she sounded like Jesus”.
In 2011, she was asked to record the theme track for the acclaimed film, ‘The Borrowers’, staring Stephen Fry. The film, featuring Hafdis’s version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, was premiered on BBC One television on Boxing Day.
During 2012, Hafdis took a break from touring to concentrate on being a mother to her and partner Alisdair’s first child. Never able to stay away from the studio for long however, she and Alisdair managed to find time to record an album of lullabys sung in Icelandic, called ‘Vogguvisur’.
Hafdis’s new album (her third album of all original songs) is due for release in Spring 2014. The album is called, appropriately, ‘Home’. Home for Hafdis is just outside Reykjavik in Iceland – a beautiful place surrounded by mountains which is perfect for writing and recording music, baking cakes and raising a daughter.