ASGEIR’S COOL, LIVE CHANGE
Icelandic sensation Asgeir Trausti made his Australian festival debut at Splendour in the Grass last year to 10,000 fans, prompting the monomoniker Asgeir to call Australia one of his favourite places in the world.
“I've never been as far away from my home country,” the 22year-old said from home in Reykjavik recently, where he was having a rare moment off the road since the release of breakthrough album In the Silence two years ago.
“I didn't know how many people would show and five minutes before we played there was nobody in the audience and I was nervous,” Asgeir admits.
“But 30 seconds before we went on stage everywhere was packed with 10,000 people shouting and it was unbelievable.”
The musician heads to Brisbane this weekend to play alongside Alt-J.
Buoyed by the recent addition of a keyboardist, Asgeir says he’s keen to establish his live show as a multi-sensory experience.
“We’re always trying to get the live set to the next level, we just got a pianist in the band who adds to the soundscape and we’re going to have a brass section and our own visuals and lights and it’s going to be more of a live experience than just seeing a band perform,” he explains.
Asgeir’s Icelandic-language version of In the Silence, Dyro i dauoabogn, is reportedly so popular in his home country that one in 10 homes has a copy. As a result his sets vary greatly depending on where he is in the world but they nearly always feature songs in both English and Icelandic.
“In Australia I’m probably going to have two or three Icelandic songs in there.”
This year Asgeir will start work on the follow-up to In the Silence but this time it will be one release.
Iceland’s Asgeir Trausti.