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Q&A: Vacationer Ready For Iceland Airwaves

By Staff on October 25, 2012


Q&A: Vacationer Ready For Iceland Airwaves

Vacationer are the second of two lucky US bands who won this year's Reyka Vodka Breakthrough at Iceland Airwaves contest. We caught up with Kenny Vasoli (of Vacationer) to ask what he hopes to experience next week in Reykjavik.

1.  What was your reaction to finding out you had won Reyka's Breakthrough at Iceland Airwaves contest?

I got the call from our manager that this was going down.  I took it as we got entered into this contest to play Iceland with amazing bands, so my instinctual reaction was to not get my hopes up because it seemed way too good to be true.  When he was done explaining it to me I had already tuned out, disbelieving we'd ever win.  So I signed off with "Ok, man.  Let me know if this happens."  He then said "No, you already won.  This is happening."  I then bombarded him with ecstatic "Oh my god!"s.   I'm still in oh my god mode about it. We actually celebrated that night with some Reyka Vodka Tonic's.

2.  Have you ever travelled to Iceland before? If not, what do you think it will be like?

I've never been.  I picture it to be a poetic, vast landscape with tall grass being blown by a cool breeze.  My only education has been through Bjork and Sigur Ros documentaries.

3.  What are you most looking forward to about performing on the Iceland Airwaves stage?

From what I hear, the hall we are playing is beautiful.  I'm excited to be present during our set time and let the reality of where I am inform the inspiration during our performance.  The spirit of this project has always been to transport the listener's consciousness to a paradise, and I think in this case it won't be a stretch.

4.  What are you most looking forward to doing in Iceland?

I imagine seeing Sigur Ros in their homeland will have a mysticism to it. Getting the chance to see Phantogram and Dirty Projectors for the first time is also very appealing. We will be able to visit the Blue Lagoon natural hot springs as well, I'm brimming with excitement over that.

5.  Other than your gear, name 3 "must pack" items you plan on bringing to Iceland.

I'm going to need my camera, absolutely.  I'll also be bringing my notebook and a pen to document this trip with great detail and hopefully bring back some inspired subject matter for some music and lyrical content.

6.  What have you found to be the best way to keep warm when it's freezing outside?

You can't beat a solid jacket and a good pair of boots, right.  I'll probably have a comfy crew neck going on under there as well.  I'd say whiskey or beverage alike would work too but that hasn't been my things for a while now.  A lovely lady would be the best case scenario if it's an appropriate setting.

7.  What's the strangest food you've ever eaten?

I once had pigeon in a Moroccan restaurant in the UK a while back.  From what I remember it was unexpectedly delicious.

8.  Are any Icelandic bands currently on your iPod?

Both Bjork and Sigur Ros have been permanent installments on my listening devices for the last decade.  I look forward to gathering some new discoveries on this trip.

Check out Vacationer's appropriately titled video "Trip" below.

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