He’s just flying back from the U.S. where he played some gigs after his album, In the Silence was released at the end of January. And the first stop for his coming European tour is going to be Denmark with a date in Copenhagen ( Vega ) and one in Aarhus (Train).
Early this year we had a talk with Ásgeir, the young Islander songwriter that seems to have stroke down the American critics of the Huffington Post and Time Magazine.
When we asked him what the Aarhus audience should expect from his performance on the 22nd he told us that “We are gonna play this album and a couple of new songs. nothing crazy. just a nice and relaxed atmosphere around us.”. So pop by Train to have a listen, and keep reading if you want to know something more.
How did you find your music style and influence in such a short time?
My family was a big inspiration and brought me into music. I grew up in a very musical family. I started playing guitar at the age of six as I received a guitar. My mum is into classical music, she’s an organish. My father sings. My siblings plays piano…and I have five siblings. And my older brother, who’s 14 years older than me played guitar as well. I did not grow up with him, but when he was visiting he was bringing his guitar. He was the only one in the family that was doing what I was interested in doing. And when I was 8-9 years old I felt I was really interested in writing my own songs and that I loved to do it.
Did you feel there has been skepticism or surprise from the music critics about your age ?
I actually just got good reaction, that is what I feel, no negativity about that. It is actually more special and it is kind of a story as it might be strange for some people that I am so young. But there not been so much discussion about it.
You first released an album in Islandic (Dýrð í dauðaþögn) , that then became the world known as In the Silence? How did it felt to switch from Icelandic to English?
It took us four months to record the Icelandic version, the first album, we put a lot of emotion into it and then, you know, when we finished we kinda felt relieved. And the most difficult part was to open again what we closed, the album, the sessions, and try to feel the same mindset and trying to put the same things into it and doing it in the same way. So we had to do it three or four times to be satisfied in the end, with it.. But it worked out.
What is it turning to be like this year for you, and what plans do you have for the future?
As the album got released at the very beginning of the year (27th January 2014) we started by touring and we are gonna tour this album around for most of this coming year. Hopefully we will be able to not be busy by the beginning of 2015 and by then I would want to take some months or maybe a year to write some material, stay in Iceland and don’t worry about anything.