Marketa Irglova

Based: Reykjavik, Iceland
Label: Anti


Most people get to choose their calling in life while, for some, life just seems to make that decision for you. For 23-year old Academy Award winner, Marketa Irglova, the latter scenario seems to have been the case. In 2006 at the age of 18 she was chosen to act and write music for a small independent movie that would thrust her into a global spotlight on Hollywood’s biggest night. That moment and the subsequent success of her musical career as one half of The Swell Season were the furthest thing from her mind when she accepted the role of “girl” in the film Once. There was no plan in place, no career path, just a teenager enjoying an opportunity offered from a friend which led to a magical moment and the current of life sweeping her up and taking over.

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