thinking Icelandic music, one would naturally think of country mates Björk,
Sigur Rós, and Gus Gus who have found international success with their distinctive
ethereal sonic landscapes. Dikta (dic•tah) is a welcomed departure with their
more approachable alternative rock sound.
“Dikta has been our creative outlet for 12 years, we've been a band since high school, friends since kindergarten… music is a shared passion for all of us so it just made sense to do it together.” Starting in a garage in Garðabær, Iceland, and inspired by bands like Radiohead, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins to name a few, Haukur, Jón, Skúli, and Nonni released their first album, Andartak, in 2002 under their own label, Mistak Records. Andartak’s singles topped Icelandic charts and were constantly played on Iceland’s rock stations.
Dikta, an Icelandic verb meaning “to compose or make something up,” remains immersed in the same passionate and soulful atmosphere it was formed in, inspiring their melodic alternative rock sound. They followed up with their first English language album, Hunting for Happiness, in 2005, expanding their European audience. Dikta filled every venue and played every festival in Iceland and opened for The Kooks during their 2010 European tour before releasing their third album, Get it Together, through their recent union with German record label Smarten-Up. Prior to releasing the album in Germany, Get it Together, also sung in English, reached Platinum in their home country.
Late in 2011 Dikta’s song “Thank You” and the music video to Dikta’s “Goodbye” were pre-loaded on the new Blackberry Bold 9900/9930 mobile phones, produced in around 8 million copies worldwide.
Dikta shows no signs of slowing down in 2012, releasing their new album, Trust Me, and winning the People’s Choice Award for “Most Popular Artist” at the Icelandic Music Awards for two years running.