24: Högni on Basketball

Fri Oct 20 2017 (43:33)

Högni Egilsson is one of the most recognisable faces and voices in Icelandic music. A member of the legendary electronic collective Gus Gus since 2011, he’s also carved out a career with the bands Hjaltalín and Gluteus Maximus.

Högni mastered the violin, guitar and piano in his teens alongside a stint in his high-school choir before studying composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

He has composed music for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Icelandic National Theatre and this year releases his first solo album on the Erased Tapes label, titled Two Trains.

It’s not surprising that someone of his physique and height would also play sports too but Högni's a fan of an unlikely pastime for someone from Iceland: basketball.

We met him on a rainy day at this year’s End of the Road festival to find out why he thinks it’s the most beautiful of all games.

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