offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance, medical expenses, psychotherapy, and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses.
Of Monsters and Men has come a long way from their native Icelandic roots. They quickly became a phenomenon in 2011 with the quadruple-platinum track, “Little Talks.” Since then, they’ve lent their single, “Dirty Paws,” to a trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, while “Silhouettes” was featured on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Their chart-topping debut album, My Head Is An Animal, has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The band’s sophomore album, Beneath the Skin, was released this past June and “Empire,” their most recent single, premiered on August 7th. The band is currently in the midst of their world tour.
However, Of Monsters and Men is interested in more than just performing — on Oct. 18, the band played an intimate concert for the MusiCares Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping those in need within the music community. The band’s selflessness shined through as they utilized their talent to contribute to the cause; their dedication to helping others proved to be just as strong as the band’s passion for creating great music.
Read on as Of Monsters and Men’s Ragnar Porhallsson discusses the band’s recent charitable acts, personal musical inspirations, and his slightly peculiar obsession.
So how did you first get involved with The MusiCares Foundation? Are you involved with any other charitable organizations you’d like to bring attention to?
Ragnar Porhallsson: This is the first time we’ve been a part of the MusiCares Foundation and we’re very excited. We’ve done some charity work back home in Iceland involving the Children’s Hospital where we raised money for new hospital equipment, in addition to another charity for Rett Syndrome. That one hit close to home since [Of Monster and Men’s] Brynjar’s niece suffers from Rett Syndrome.
What advice do you have for young musicians who are new to the music industry?
RP: Do your thing, believe in it, and enjoy it. This is an important thing — I often need to remind myself.