Alternative Rock, Pop, Indie, Adult Alternative
Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, Muse, Foo Fighters
When thinking Icelandic music, one would naturally think of country mates Björk, Sigur Rós, and Gus Gus who have found international success with their distinctive ethereal sonic landscapes. Dikta (dic•tah) is a welcomed departure with their more approachable alternative rock sound.
“The four members of Dikta have been a band since high school, friends since kindergarten… music is a shared passion for all of us so it just made sense to do it together.” Starting in a garage in Garðabær, Iceland, and inspired by bands like Radiohead, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins to name a few, Haukur, Jón, Skúli, and Nonni released their first album, Andartak, in 2002 under their own label, Mistak Records. Andartak’s singles topped Icelandic charts and were constantly played on Iceland’s rock stations.
Dikta, an Icelandic verb meaning “to compose or make something up,” remains immersed in the same passionate and soulful atmosphere it was formed in, inspiring their melodic alternative rock sound. After their debut album in 2002, the four-piece band released their first album in English in 2005 called Hunting for Happiness, expanding their European audience. Dikta filled every venue and played every festival in Iceland and opened for The Kooks during their 2011 European tour before releasing their third album, Get it Together, through the German indie label Smarten-Up Records. Prior to releasing the album in Germany, Get it Together reached platinum sales in their home country and received four awards at the Listener’s Choice Awards.
Late in 2011 Dikta’s song “Thank You” and the music video to Dikta’s “Goodbye” were pre-loaded on the new Blackberry Bold mobile phones, produced in around 8 million copies worldwide. “Thank You,” is an anthemic feel-good rock song the world can relate to as noted by being the most played song in Icelandic radio history.
Playing together for as long as they have, the members of Dikta are able to “feel each other out” while creating new music, explains Haukur: “We’re communicating with each other through our instruments and our music. Music making process allows them to try new instruments and recording techniques, a freedom that carries over to their live performances. Thriving off of the audience’s positive energy which they cultivate, “we often try out new songs that we’ve been writing… we love to play new songs that no one has heard before,” says guitarist Jón.
Now releasing a brand new captivating music video for their single “What are you waiting for?”, Dikta shows no signs of slowing down in 2012, with their album release, Trust Me on 24th of August, and winning the People’s Choice Award for “Most Popular Artist” at the Icelandic Music Awards for two years running.