Electronic music band from Iceland

Interview: Elena Savlokhova
Photo: Vidar Logi

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What’s it like to be you?
Biggi Veira: It’s exactly as I wanted, but the neighbourhood is getting trickier every day.

In your opinion, what is it that we’re meant to do as humans?
Biggi Veira: We can not be sure if there is meaning embedded in this existence. And then we are given limited senses to figure out where this existence came from, at least reliable senses. We can not calculate our knowledge behind the beginning of time, and if there was anything, then both the words behind and anything might not be part of the concept if it was a concept. So we are basically forced into the freedom of picking a meaning of choice or none at all. I think we should pick one we can be proud of and I think it should be a personal thing.

What was the most beautiful thing you have ever seen or experienced in your lives?
Daniel Agust: Birth.

What do you think about interviews? Do you enjoy answering questions or do you do them because you sometimes have to?
Daníel Ágúst: I don’t have to do interviews, but it helps with the marketing and promotion of our music. I think that considering the number of interviews we’ve done, we have to have a light-hearted attitude towards doing them and not look at them as some kind of a burden but something you try to enjoy.
Biggi Veira: I like them.

What have you learned through working on your upcoming 11th studio album ‘Mobile Home’? Did you somehow reinvent yourselves during the process?
Daníel Ágúst: I think we learned a great deal existentially and creatively collaborating on the lyrics and concept of ‘Mobile Home’. We have never worked so thoroughly together on so many tracks on one album before and I believe that can be felt and heard on the record. It is probably our most consistent piece of work to date.
Biggi Veira: I also learned a lot about Covid and how to do my mixes better. And with “mixing” I mean creating the 3-dimensional emotional experience that music is, or at least can be if you wield it in that direction.

If you could travel in time then where would you go and why?
Daníel Agúst: I think I would go a bit deeper into the time that is actually now.
Biggi Veira: The past is done like boring homework and I am already on my way into the future, second by second.

What art piece resonates with you at this moment in life the most and why does it?
Daníel Ágúst: I am actually reading a graphic novel I borrowed from Biggi called ‘The Incal’ by Jodorowsky and Moebius which is a fictional universe where science, fantasy, and mysticism blend in the most intriguing way. It resonates with my observation of dystopian elements of corruption and populism in today’s society.
Biggi Veira: I’m just blown away about this reality show called “our times”. It’s mind-bending stuff.

What is the wisest thing you’ve ever heard and why did it stick with you?
Daníel Ágúst: 

I once read that how you use the moment between when you are asked something until you respond is extremely important. At that moment you have the power to turn things in any direction you choose.

This stuck with me because I observed how it can make a difference in how one responds.
Biggi Veira: It is actually,

only in the silence that you can experience wisdom.

What recent trend bothers or even frightens you the most?
Biggi Veira: Stupidity.
Daníel Ágúst: Social media possesses the most frightening tools of the market humankind has ever encountered and how we are turned into users by the companies and advertising industry is horrifying. I’m afraid there’s no way out and that is scary.

If you were music instruments, which ones and how would they reflect your personalities?
Daníel Ágúst: The cello is the most beautiful sounding instrument of all. I would like to be a cello which would be reflecting my emotional personality…and my vanity.
Biggi Veira: I am a music instrument.

Taken from the upcoming LP ‘Mobile Home’

Could you share a bizarre or awkward story from touring?
Daníel Ágúst: The most bizarre thing about touring is that nothing awkward happens, ever.

Looking back at the beginning of your music journeys, what do you wish you had known back then? What were you naive about?
Biggi Veira: Those years were not about knowing, they were more about experiencing.

Did you reach your personal definitions of happiness? What does happiness consist of for you?
Daníel Ágúst: Happiness consists of two elements: laughter and love. I try to make sure there is plenty of both around.

How to get through times that suck?
Daníel Ágúst: 

Times don’t suck. Just zoom out of that problematic thinking void and tap into gratitude and appreciation for things you have taken for granted.

Read a good book and talk to constructive people. Or if there is something to be done to better the situation: DO IT
Biggi Veira: I wait.

Could you highlight a best-loved fairy tale and explain why it was or is your all-time favorite?
Biggi Veira: It’s called Búkolla, It is Icelandic, and about a cow, well, it’s complicated. Björk did a song about her. Ben Google also has some insights.

What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would you answer?
Biggi Veira: I somehow manage to arrange my answers in a way, so that the questions don’t become an issue.