Surreal that millions listened to my music

An Iceland based musician is the brain behind the opening theme of a brand new show that aired on the largest TV-network in Indonesia last Sunday, April 24th.

“I've been told that I'm good at writing film/TV music, so that's definitely something I would love to do more of.”
“I’ve been told that I’m good at writing film/TV music,” says Juvicsa, here with girlfriend and fellow musician Steinunn Ósk Axelsdóttir.

“I feel really proud that all these people listened to my music, it’s just great,” says Juvicsa Vela, an aspiring musician living in Iceland, when asked what it felt like knowing that last Sunday millions of people watched a brand new TV show featuring a song that she wrote.

The show, which is called Jonsson & Robinsson Journey after it’s main hosts Icelander Árni Þór Jónsson and Indonesian Robinson Telaumbanua is an adventure show that was aired on Kompas TV, the largest TV-network in Indonesia. The show is sponsored by the country’s tourism board along with big companies like Mitsubishi and Motorola with the aim of showing the “real” Indonesia.

Juvicsa was approached by one of its producers who is a mutual friend of hers and Árni. He was looking for a musician who could write an original intro song for the show. Something edgy, rocky. “They already knew what kind of music I write, so I met Árni and the producer and we went from there,” she says and admits that it was a bit unusual to write music for a TV show in Indonesia of all places.

“I feel really proud that all these people listened to my music, it’s just great.”

Does the song reflect what you’ve been doing in music?
“The song was made for the show, so I styled it to what the client wanted. It’s not connected to what I’m doing right now, but it’s what I’m going for,” says Juvicsa, who is currently working on her debut EP album, entitled “Eyes to Land” , which is scheduled to come out in May.

“I’ve been working on that for the past one and a half-year. It’s kinda my baby that I’m waiting to give birth to. (Laughs.) I’ve been working with a couple of producers in LA and here in Iceland. It’s been many a sleepless nights, with the time difference and stuff, to get it together.”

Arni Thor Jonsson has been visiting Indonesia for over 20 years, and is currently working there for an Icelandic company. Robinson Telaumbanua, his best friend, is an Indonesian who works as a tour guide and a hunter. Robinson also runs a production company and it was he who came up with the idea of taking Arni around Indonesia to less known destinations. The idea is simple; the experienced adventurer (Robinson) shows his big-city loving friend (Jonsson) another side of Indonesia, the “real Indonesia”. The whole show is in Indonesian and the friendship and polar-opposite characters of the two friends plays a big role on the show.
The stars of TV show Jonsson & Robinson Journey: Robinson Telaumbanua (left), works as a tour guide and a hunter in Indonesia, and also runs a production company there. He came up with the idea of taking his big city loving friend Árni Þór Jónsson, who also works in the country, around Indonesia to lesser known destinations. The whole show is in Indonesian and the friendship and polar-opposite characters of the two friends plays a big role on it.

Juvicsa is originally from Peru but moved with her family to Sweden at the age of twelve. Last summer she moved to Iceland with her girlfriend Steinunn Ósk Axelsdóttir who she met two and a half years ago at the Musician Institute, on Hollywood Boulevard, in California which they both graduated from. “It happened really fast,” says Steinunn Ósk and Juvicsa agrees. “Yeah, almost love at first sight, which is odd since I didn’t believe in that kind of stuff!”

So are the two of you working on similar kinds of music?
“No not really,” says Steinunn. “I am way more rock than Juv, who is more pop. I listen to Metallica or Mötley Crew, which I got from my brother Grétar Örn Axelsson who is also a musician and played the guitar in Juvicsa’s intro song. We kept it in the family!” (Laughs.)

When asked if it’s difficult for two musicians to live together Steinunn Ósk laughs. “Well it’s interesting, that’s for sure! It can be challenging at times, having two people who are so artistic, creative and passionate. But it can also be inspirational and great. We help each other out a lot and we motivate each other. And we want the same thing, not just for ourselves but for each other. There is no jealousy. Nothing but respect and support.”

She says it can be challenging though when it comes to space especially when you live in a tiny apartment. “For a while we only had one computer so we had to schedule computer time for one another. Sometimes you’d have to say: “It’s my time now!” We just made it work by respecting each other. If one of us is feeling super inspired and knows what she want to do, she’ll get the space. The other one must go do something else, clean or go for a walk.”

“We help each other out a lot and we motivate each other. And we want the same thing, not just for ourselves but for each other.”

Juvicsa agrees that it can be inspiring and motivating. “And because you get to see someone else go after their dreams, their plan A, it makes you work twice as hard to get to where you need to be. But then it can also be a little annoying to have to listen to them work on the same melody over and over and over again or do loud vocal warm ups! (Laughs.) Basically, you need a big house to have two musicians living together!”

The couple say that they’ve been working hard to save money so that they can move back to Los Angeles to continue working on their music. But why LA?

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Steinunn Ósk and Juvicsa are planning on going to Los Angeles, where they want to continue to work on their music.

“The great thing about living in LA is that you can literally step out of your home and go to the store and you can meet people who are in the industry,” Juvicsa explains. “It’s an ideal place to network and meet people to work with. It’s a very surreal place if you actually think about it but once you’re in it, you understand it and it becomes part of your daily life. For example, it’s surreal to have had a teacher who’s now an Oscar nominee or a songwriting teacher who wrote an album that’s recently been on Top 5 Billboard charts or hanging out talking about music or songwriting with Prince’s former backup singer.”

“Yeah, there are endless opportunities there,” says Steinunn Ósk. “Besides, LA is our home now.”

Do you expect to get more work in TV after this show?
“I sure hope so,” says Juvicsa. “I’ve been told that I’m good at writing film/TV music, so that’s definitely something I would love to do more of.”

The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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        Ísey skyr
        - once tasted never forgotten

        Our Story
        Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

        For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

        Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
        This is our secret and you are in on it

        You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

        Núðluskálin
        - noodle bar

        Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

        All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
        We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
        Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

        Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

        Seatours
        - adventure cruise

        Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
        and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

        The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

        600x400-seatours-tasting

        This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

        600x400-seatours

        The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

        Birds, possible to spot:
        -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
        -eider ducks
        -shags
        -kittiwakes
        -fulmars
        -white-tailed eagle

        The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
        Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

        Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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