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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.

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