Daði Freyr

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Daði Freyr
Birth nameDaði Freyr Pétursson
Born (1992-06-30) 30 June 1992 (age 27)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals, Keyboard, Bass, Guitar and Drums
Years active2012–present

Daði Freyr Pétursson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈtaːðɪ freiːr ˈpʰjɛːtʏrsɔn], born 30 June 1992 in Reykjavík), known professionally as Daði Freyr or by the mononym Daði, is an Icelandic musician living in Berlin, Germany. He was due to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song "Think About Things", before the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Early life[edit]

Daði was born in Reykjavík but grew up in Denmark until the age of nine, then his family moved to Iceland and settled in Iceland's Southern Region, first in Laugaland and later in Ásahreppur. Daði graduated from Fjölbrautaskóli Suðurlands (Sudurland College) in 2012 and received a BA in Music Management and Audio Production in Berlin in 2017.[1]

Music career[edit]

In his youth, Daði practiced drums and studied piano and bass guitar. He was in the band RetRoBot, joining singer Gunnlaugur Bjarnason and guitarist Guðmundur Einar Vilbergsson, whom he had met at the South Iceland Multicultural School. In 2012, the band RetRoBot won the Músíktilraunir ("Music Experiments") and Daði was chosen as the best electronic musician of the year.[2] RetRoBot released one album, Blackout, a year later.

Söngvakeppnin and Eurovision[edit]

In 2017, Daði participated in Söngvakeppnin (competing to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017) with the song "Hvað með það?" ("Is This Love?"). They came in second place after Svala Björgvinsdóttir who performed the song "Paper".[3] Daði participated in the 2020 Söngvakeppnin, with the song "Think About Things" (the alternative Icelandic version is titled "Gagnamagnið").[4] He participated with a group of friends—his sister, Sigrún Birna Pétursdóttir (backing vocalist), wife Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir (dancer), and friends Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir (backing vocalist), Stefán Hannesson (dancer) and Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson (dancer)—credited collectively as "Daði og Gagnamagnið".[5][6] The group is characterised by their signature teal–green sweaters bearing pixel art portraits of the performers.[7] They won the 2020 competition, and were planned to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several countries that would have participated in the 2020 contest held their own alternative competitions, broadcasting the entries and crowning a winner. Daði og Gagnamagnið won six such competitions, in Austria, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. [8]

Personal life[edit]

Daði Freyr is married to musician Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir; a daughter, Áróra, was born in 2019.[9][10] Their daughter was the inspiration for the lyrics of the song "Think About Things".[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
& Co.
  • Released: 12 June 2019[12]
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Samlist ehf

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Næsta Skref
  • Released: 26 October 2017[13]
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Self-released

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
ICE
[14]
BEL
(FL)
Tip

[15]
IRE
[16]
SCO
[17]
SWE
[18]
UK
[19]
"Seinni Tíma Vandamál"[20] 2018 Non-album singles
"Skiptir Ekki Máli"[21]
"Allir Dagar Eru Jólin Með Þér"[22]
"Heyri Ekki"[23]
(featuring Don Tox)
2019 & Co.
"Endurtaka Mig"[24]
(featuring Blaer)
"Ég Er Að Fíla Mig (Langar Ekki Að Hvíla Mig)"[25] Non-album singles
"Think About Things"
(as "Daði og Gagnamagnið")
2020 1 3 3 10 33 34
"Where We Wanna Be"[26]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daði Freyr ætlar ekki að flytja aftur til Íslands á næstunni". DV (in Icelandic). 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  2. ^ inporter (2013-05-08). "Hljómsveitin RetRoBot frá Selfossi sigraði Músíktilraunir 2012". Reykjavíkurborg (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  3. ^ "Svala fulltrúi Íslands". www.mbl.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  4. ^ "Daði Freyr snýr aftur í Söngvakeppnina". www.mbl.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  5. ^ "Daði Freyr - Think About Things (Daði og Gagnamagnið)". YouTube. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Eurovision 2020: in Islanda trionfano Daði Freyr e i Gagnamagnið con "Think about things"". Eurofestival News (in Italian). 2020-02-29. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  7. ^ "Iceland: Daði & Gagnamagnið release the music video for "Think about things" ahead of semi-final 2 of Söngvakeppnin 2020". wiwibloggs. 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  8. ^ "10 countries have decided: This song should have won Eurovision 2020". Eurovisionworld. 2020-05-17. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  9. ^ "Daði Freyr og Árný Fjóla eignast stúlkubarn - Vísir". visir.is. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  10. ^ "Daði Freyr: "I originally wrote the song in English to me that is the real version of the song"". ESCBubble. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  11. ^ "Daði Freyr: "I originally wrote the song in English to me that is the real version of the song"". Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  12. ^ "& Co. by Daði Freyr on Apple Music". Apple Music. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Næsta Skref - EP by Daði Freyr on Apple Music". Apple Music. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  14. ^ "TÓNLISTINN – LÖG" (in Icelandic). Tonlist. Archived from the original on 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Discografie Daði Freyr". Ultratop. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Discography Daði Freyr". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Discography Daði Freyr". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  19. ^ "DADI FREYR | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Seinni Tíma Vandamál (Áramótaskaupið 2017) - Single by Daði Freyr". Apple Music. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Skiptir Ekki Máli - Single by Daði Freyr". Apple Music. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Allir Dagar Eru Jólin Með Þér - Single by Daði Freyr". Apple Music. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Heyri Ekki (feat. Don Tox) - Single by Daði Freyr". Apple Music. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Endurtaka Mig - Single by Daði Freyr & Blaer". Apple Music. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Ég Er Að Fíla Mig (Langar Ekki Að Hvíla Mig) - Single by Daði Freyr". Apple Music. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Where We Wanna Be - Single by Daði Freyr". Apple Music. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
Preceded by
Hatari
with "Hatrið mun sigra"
Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020
(as "Daði og Gagnamagnið")
Succeeded by
Incumbent