Hatari (band)

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Hatari
Hatari performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel
Hatari performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel
Background information
OriginReykjavík, Iceland
Genres
Years active2015 (2015)–present (present)
LabelsSvikamylla ehf.
Websitehatari.is
Members
  • Klemens Hannigan
  • Matthías Haraldsson
  • Einar Stefánsson

Hatari (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈhaːtarɪ]; lit. 'Hater')[1] are an Icelandic techno, industrial and punk rock band and performance art group from Reykjavík.[2][3] Their public image incorporates elements of anti-capitalism and BDSM-inspired attire.[4] The band consists of Klemens Hannigan, Matthías Haraldsson and Einar Stefánsson, and has released one album and one extended play, encompassing several singles. Hatari represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with their song "Hatrið mun sigra", finishing 10th in the final.

History[edit]

Early history (2015–2018)[edit]

Hatari was formed in mid-2015 by cousins Klemens Hannigan and Matthías Haraldsson.[2][5][6] At the time, Klemens had begun writing electronic music that Matthías would provide screaming vocals for.[5] Klemens later presented the songs to Einar Stefánsson, who joined the duo as their drummer.[5][7][8] Klemens and Einar, together with drummer Sólrún Mjöll Kjartansdóttir, had previously also formed the band Kjurr in late 2012; in the band, Klemens played the guitar and provided vocals, while Einar played the bass.[9] Throughout 2016, Hatari performed five times, including appearances in Reykjavík, at Eistnaflug, at LungA Festival, and at Norðanpaunk, prior to their break-out performances at Iceland Airwaves, held at Kex Hostel in Reykjavík, on 31 October and 6 November 2016.[6][10] The band's debut extended play (EP), named Neysluvara, was released through Svikamylla ehf. via Spotify and Bandcamp on 31 October 2017.[11] Leading up to the EP's release, the band also released music videos for two songs from the EP, "Ódýr" and "X".[11][12] In December 2017, Hatari was featured on the song "Hlauptu", released on the album Horror by Cyber.[13]

On 21 December 2018, Hatari announced that the board of directors of Svikamylla ehf. had passed a resolution to dissolve the band.[14] However, Hatari did not dissolve as they appeared at Eurosonic Noorderslag, a music event held in the Netherlands, shortly after that.[15] Simultaneous to the dissolution announcement, Hatari released the music video for a new single, "Spillingardans".[14]

Eurovision Song Contest (2019)[edit]

In January 2019, Hatari was confirmed as one of the ten acts competing in Söngvakeppnin 2019, Iceland's national selection for its entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with their new song "Hatrið mun sigra".[16] Hatari won Söngvakeppnin 2019 in March that year, and thus represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.[2]

In the lead-up to the competition, Hatari made headlines with a number of political statements over the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other matters, resulting in Jon Ola Sand, the executive supervisor of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), warning them that they had reached the limit of the EBU's patience, and would be disqualified should they choose to bring its political statements to the stage.[17] However, when Iceland's televote score was announced at the end of the final, members of Hatari held up banners displaying the flag of Palestine.[18] As a result, the EBU fined RÚV for €5,000, the lowest possible punishment.[19] Overall, Hatari received 232 points in the final, finishing in 10th place.[20]

Subsequent history (2019–present)[edit]

On 23 May 2019, the day of their homecoming concert, Hatari released "Klefi / صامد", a single featuring Palestinian musician Bashar Murad, with a music video.[8][21] The video was filmed in the desert by Jericho, Palestine, and the song features lyrics in Icelandic and Arabic.[8] A further single, "Klámstrákur", was released that October.[22] Hatari's first album, Neyslutrans, was released on 17 January 2020, also featuring all four prior singles.[23] Hatari plan to tour Europe throughout 2020 on the "Europe Will Crumble" tour, with Cyber as their supporting act.[24][25]

Members[edit]

Hatari primarily consists of musicians Klemens Hannigan, Matthías Haraldsson, and Einar Stefánsson, as well as several contributors.[2]

Klemens Hannigan[edit]

Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan (aged 26–27),[26] is one of two vocalists in the group, and the cousin of Matthías.[2][7] He is the son of Nikulás Hannigan, the head of the trade office division at Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Rán Tryggvadóttir, a lawyer for legal firm LMB Mandat.[27] Klemens has two daughters with his partner, Ronja Mogensen.[7][28] He graduated from Tækniskólinn as a furniture maker.[7]

Matthías Haraldsson[edit]

Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson (aged 26–27),[26] is the other vocalist in the group.[2][7] He is the son of Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, an artist, and Haraldur Flosi Tryggvason, the owner of LMB Mandat and brother of Klemens' mother, Rán.[27] Outside of Hatari, Matthías is a playwright; he graduated from the Iceland University of the Arts with a one-man play entitled Griðastaður (transl. Sanctuary), which was later shown at the Tjarnarbíó theatre in Reykjavík.[7][29] Matthías subsequently won the "Newcomer of the Year" award at the Grímuverðlaunin 2019.[30] He also acted as a news reporter for Icelandic broadcaster RÚV.[7]

Einar Stefánsson[edit]

Einar Hrafn Stefánsson (also known as Einar Stef) is the drummer and producer for the group.[2][31] He is the son of Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, the Icelandic ambassador to the United Kingdom.[27] Outside Hatari, he is also the bassist of Vök, an Icelandic indie pop and electronica group formed in 2013.[7] Einar is in a relationship with Sólbjört, and they have a daughter.[7]

Contributors[edit]

Contributors for Hatari include Sólbjört Sigurðardóttir, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson and Ástrós Guðjónsdóttir, all of whom are considered part of Hatari.[7][32] All three act as choreographers and dancers for the group, while Sólbjört and Ástrós also provide backing vocals.[7][31] Sólbjört first joined the group as a dancer in 2016, acting alongside Ronja Mogensen, who had previously done the group's make-up.[5] Due to pregnancies and other influences, the backing line-up changed several times; the line-up with Sólbjört, Andrean and Ástrós was arranged by Sólbjört in the preparations for Söngvakeppnin 2019.[5] Andri Hrafn Unnarsson and Karen Briem are costume designers for Hatari, and Ingi Kristján Sigurmarsson acts as their graphic artist.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Neyslutrans

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Neysluvara
  • Released: 31 October 2017
  • Label: Svikamylla ehf.
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SCO
[33]
UK
Down.

[34]
"Ódýr" 2017 Neysluvara
"X"
"Spillingardans" 2018 Neyslutrans
"Hatrið mun sigra" 2019 92 85
"Klefi / صامد"
(featuring Bashar Murad)
"Klámstrákur"[35]
"Engin Miskunn" 2020
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 Grapevine Music Awards 2017 Best Live Performance Hatari Won [36]
2018 Grapevine Music Awards 2018 Best Live Performance Hatari Won [37]
Icelandic Music Awards Song of the Year – Rock "Spillingardans" Nominated [38][39]
Performer of the Year Hatari Won
2020 Grapevine Music Awards 2020 Singer of the Year, Male Klemens Hannigan Nominated [40][41]
Song of the Year "Hatrið mun sigra" Won
Lyricist of the Year Hatari Nominated
Composer of the Year Nominated
Musical Event of the Year Hatari at Eurovision Nominated

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