Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Westman Islands born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. As a young boy he was an eccentric to a small degree and he only loved two things, skateboarding and painting. Every now and then he asked the Muses if he should learn to play an instrument but his wild and free behavior terminated his dreams as he was quickly suspended out of music school. All through his teens he rambled on without even considering becoming a musician or even playing any instrument.
In his early twenties Unnar stumbled upon a beat up guitar at his parents’ house and started noodling around. By playing the guitar he managed to tame his inner beast and his sense for songs and melodies burst like rockets. The uncontrollable urge for writing music and constant flow of ideas kept him tossing and turning. For a while he filtered his ideas through a band that didn’t live up to his creative requirements so he decided to undertake his alter ego Júníus Meyvant.
The sound of Júníus Meyvant is a rich and afflicted take on freaky folk pop with a familiar and soulful feel. 2014 saw the release and success of his debut single, “Color Decay”. The single caused quite a stir in his homeland as it peaked at #1 on National Radio 2 for a few weeks and caught the ears of KEXP’s Programming Director Kevin Cole who picked it as the song of the year.
In 2015 Júníus’ finally released his first physical release, a self-titled and praised EP. Denmark’s premier music magazine Gaffa said: “generously melodic material and extraordinary soulful and pleasant listening”.
Júníus was the star of the Iceland Music Awards (I.M.A.) in the year 2015 as he won the award for the Best Song and as the Best Newcomer. In the year 2016 he received two nominations at the I.M.A., best male singer and for the best song.
July 2016 saw the release of Júníus’ debut full album, ‘Floating Harmonies’ which was well received all over the world for example being named one of the top 10 albums released in 2016 by KEXPðs Programming Director, Kevin Cole.
Most recently at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2017 Júníus Meyvant received 5 nominations for Best Album, Best Singer, Best Album Cover, Best Music Video and Best Composer. Júníus Meyvant won Best Album Of The Year for his album ‘Floating Harmonies’.
Júníus has been touring relentlessly in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in Europe halls and venues along big festivals such as Roskilde Festival in 2016.