Hatari (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhaːtarɪ]; transl. "Hater") are an Icelandic techno, industrial and punk rock band from Reykjavík. The band consists of Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson and Einar Hrafn Stefánsson, and has released one extended play as well as four singles. Hatari represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with their song "Hatrið mun sigra", finishing 10th in the final.
Hatari was formed in 2015 by Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan and Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson, and was later joined by Einar Hrafn Stefánsson. Throughout 2016, they 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. Hatari's debut extended play (EP), named Neysluvara, was released through Svikamylla ehf. via Spotify and Bandcamp on 31 October 2017. Leading up to the EP's release, the band also released music videos for two songs from the EP, "Ódýr" and "X".
On 21 December 2018, Hatari announced that the board of directors of Svikamylla ehf. had passed a resolution to dissolve the band. However, Hatari was already shortlisted to appear at Eurosonic Noorderslag, a music event held in the Netherlands. Simultaneous to the dissolution announcement, Hatari released the music video for a new single, "Spillingardans". 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". Hatari won Söngvakeppnin 2019 in March that year, and thus represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest in May. In the lead-up to the competition, Hatari made headlines with a number of political statements over the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other antics, 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. 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. At the same time, Hatari's Instagram account posted images of the flag. In response, the EBU issued a statement following the event, saying that the Eurovision Song Contest reference group would discuss any consequences. Overall, Hatari received 234 points in the final, finishing 10th. They followed the contest by announcing a collaboration with Palestinian singer Bashar Murad for their next single.[better source needed]
Hatari consists of cousins and vocalists Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan and Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson (both aged 25–26), and producer and drummer Einar Hrafn Stefánsson. Klemens 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. Matthías is the son of Haraldur Flosi Tryggvason, the owner of LMB Mandat and brother of Rán, and Gunnhildur Sigrúnar Hauks, an artist. Einar is the son of Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, the Icelandic ambassador stationed in London. Contributors to Hatari include choreographers Sólbjört Sigurðardóttir, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson and Ástrós Guðjónsdóttir.
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Album|
|"Hatrið mun sigra"||2019||1|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Grapevine Music Awards||Best Live Performance||Hatari||Won|||
|2018||Grapevine Music Awards||Best Live Performance||Hatari||Won|||
|Icelandic Music Awards||Song of the Year – Rock||"Spillingardans"||Nominated|||
|Performer of the Year||Hatari||Won|
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