It feels like moments in forever since I started making chords, melodies and words that are now combined into a finished piece of music, a hard copy, a master. It’s satisfying and giving in so many ways. At the same time it feels like I’m stuck between a beginning and an end. Until now I’ve had an aiming point. It was to make the best possible album, surrounded by people that I trust and love. What now? How do I get people to listen? How do I get people to give me their moments.
Me and my band have been in the studio on and off since April. We recorded 16 tracks. It took us a while to decide what songs would make it to the album but after some sleepless nights we made a choise. A good combination between joy and sadness.
I had a strong idea what I wanted the album to sound like. And I think that the 3 standing members of the band know me inside out. Our harmony was inspiring and beautiful. Arnar on drums, Jakob on bass and Birkir on guitar. Then I had the privilege to work with two keyboard players on the album. Magnús Árni Öder and Hrafn Thoroddsen.
I’ve always had a huge passion for words. They mean the world to be. Mostly because my whole exsistense is understood through words. My language is Icelandic. My thoughts are Icelandic. Still I wanted to sing in English. That’s why I talked to a dear friend of mine that knows the English language, lives in Texas making words and melodies and also knows what I’m thinking and what I need to say. Together we took my Icelandic thoughts and translated them into English so you all can understand me too or at least put your own feelings into our words. His name is Matthew Sever, better known as Matt the Electrician.
Before I started making the album I went through a time of self discovery. I quit my day job working as a CEO at a record company in Iceland. Took a chance to live on air and love like a hippie. It was a whole lot of work. Taking myself for a spin, analyzing myself and everything that I’m made of, mostly thoughts and feelings of what I’ve become and what I wanted to be. There is a thin line between needing and being, and sometimes it’s easy to get lost. I did get lost, but I’ve found my way back. Love is what keeps me on track. Love for people and love for words, expression and music. I’m going for a ride and I hope that you come join me on this spin. I promise you that it will be fun. At least interesting.