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Kristinn Kiddi Agnarsson
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: John Grant
  • Country: Iceland
Kristinn Snær “Kiddi” Agnarsson has been one of the most prolific drummers in the Icelandic music scene for the last decade. He is known for his groove and deep pocket as well as his warm and well-rounded sound. Kiddi has played and recorded with most of Iceland’s top musicians. Kiddi is in high demand as a session drummer as well as a live performer, engineer and producer.

In 2013 Kiddi was recruited by John Grant who recently relocated to Iceland and has since been a member of John Grant’s band as he tours, promoting his latest album Pale Green Ghosts. The band played more than 120 shows in 2013 in venues all over the world and appeared on a number of TV Shows, including the Jools Holland Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

He played on and worked closely with Ásgeir on Ásgeir’s debut album Dýrð í Dauðaþögn, recently released as In The Silence in Europe and America. The album is the biggest selling debut album in Icelandic music history and Ásgeir is being touted as the next big thing out of Iceland since Björk and Sigur Rós. Kiddi reglularly performs live with Ásgeir as well.

Kiddi’s setup for the John Grant tour (left to right):
14” A Custom HiHats
17” K Custom Dark Crash
21” K Custom Special Dry Ride
19” K Dark Thin Crash Ride

Kiddi says:
“My very first cymbal was an old beat up Zildjian that came with my first drumkit when I was 12 years old. It was a 22 inch of unknown type. I could barely make out the stamp to see that it was a Zildjian. Ever since then I’ve loved Zildjians. I love the smokey, warm sound of the K Dark series and the earthy feel of the Constantinopels. Zildjian have been with me from day one of my drumming adventure and have never let me down.”

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