Born and raised in the Northern fishing village of Húsavík, Axel recorded his first EP Forest Fires, it was here where the songs were written under the influence of everything from Bon Iver to Bombay Bicycle Club.
It yielded an international phenomenon in the form of the title track, generating over 40 million streams. At 19 years old, he moved into his first apartment in Amsterdam and "felt so isolated." He admits, "I was supposed to be in a music mecca, but I never left the apartment." So, he traded Amsterdam for the seaside town of Brighton in the UK where he recorded his latest EP Youthful Hearts. Living in Brighton gave Axel "the clarity to move to Iceland." This year, Axel returned to Iceland, and chose to plant roots in the capital Reykjavík. Tapping into the DIY spirit of his earliest recordings, but with a sense of refinement and newfound wisdom, Axel is currently working on brand new material with producer Ian Grimble (The 1975, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Daughter, Bear’s Den, Mumford & Sons), to be released on his new label home Nettwerk (Passenger, SYML, Angus and Julia Stone).