Kaleo — Icelandic blues-rock band
JJ Julius Son, David Antonsson, and Daniel Kristjansson met each other back in middle school in Reykjavik suburbs. When they turned 17, the young musicians decided to form a band. In 2012, they were joined by a guitarist Rubin Pollock. The name Kaleo came from the Hawaiian word, which means “sound”.
In November 2012, the band gave its first performance at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. At about the same time they presented their first song “Vor í Vaglaskógi,” which brought them popularity in Iceland. It appeared on the national radio station Rás 2 and became one of the 10 most popular songs there. At the end of 2012, the group signed a contract with the largest recording label in Iceland, Sena.
In 2013, Kaleo recorded their debut album, which received the group’s name. It earned a gold certification in Iceland. Five songs from the LP became top hits in the musicians’ native country. After the release, Kaleo went on their first European tour.