BYRTA Written by Stephan Lücke
BYRTA is a new electro pop duo from the Faroe Islands that just released a fabulous debut album filled with catchy pop melodies. Its members are not new to the business; Guðrið Hansdóttir, 32, has been a successful folk singer and songwriter for many years, while Janus Rasmussen, 26, is best known for his role in the Icelandic electro band Bloodgroup. In 2011, they both lived in Reykjavík where they discovered that they had something in common and started experimenting with electronic pop music. BBYRTA´s first single, “Loyndarmál,” was released in February and became a massive radio and dance floor hit in the Faroe Islands. We chatted with Guðrið and Janus about how they first met, why they consider themselves as something new in Faroese music history, and what it’s like growing up on a remote archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
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