Georg Hólm

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Georg Hólm
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Georg Hólm playing live in 2008
Background information
Born (1976-04-06) 6 April 1976 (age 38)
Iceland
Origin Iceland
Genres Post-rock
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, piano, keyboards, glockenspiel, vocals
Associated acts Sigur Rós
This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a family name, but this person is properly referred to by the given name Georg.

Georg "Goggi" Hólm (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈcɛːɔrk ˈhoulm]; born 6 April 1976) is the bassist of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He is the most prominent member of Sigur Rós in the English press, as he does significantly more press than the other members due to his being the most fluent English-speaker in the band; part of Georg's fluency in English comes from briefly living in Brighton, England.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He has a wife named Svanhvít Tryggvadóttir.[1] He has a stepdaughter, Salka Þorra Svanhvítardóttir, who has a song named after her, a younger daughter Elena Holm, and another younger daughter Iðunn Holm. His father, Haukur, is a news reporter on a local TV station, Stöð 2 (Channel 2). His mother's name is Helga. He is the only member of Sigur Rós without a patronymic name: the majority of Icelanders have a patronym rather than surname. The song "Salka", a former live only song, released on Hvarf/Heim in 2007, is named after his stepdaughter.

Georg has two brothers; Kjartan Dagur Hólm [2] (1989), a guitarist in For a Minor Reflection [2] and Starri Hólm (1999).

Professional life[edit]

He and Jónsi are the remaining founding members of Sigur Rós. He sometimes plays using a cello bow. As do other members of Sigur Rós, he plays multiple instruments during a typical live show. This often includes, in addition to electric and acoustic bass guitars, keyboards, glockenspiel, and drums.

A few days before the release of the album Valtari, a quote was shown on Sigur Rós band's official website saying:[3] "I really can’t remember why we started this record, I no longer know what we were trying to do back then. I do know session after session went pear-shaped, we lost focus and almost gave up...did give up for a while. But then something happened and form started to emerge, and now I can honestly say that it’s the only Sigur Rós record I have listened to for pleasure in my own house after we’ve finished it." - Georg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise - sigur rós news » 2005» August» 17". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir (15 May 2012). "Sigur Rós Denies Split Rumours, Confirms Others". grapevine.is. The Reykjavík Grapevine. 
  3. ^ http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/valtari/