Artist-2-Artist #5 :: Snorri Helgason & Soffía Björg
September 12th, 2016 | In The Spotlight
It’s been a while, but Artist-2-Artist is back! We tracked down two lovely music makers to ask each other a bunch of questions to find out a little bit more about them. This edition we have Snorri Helgason and Soffía Björg.
This is an opportunity to glimpse into the minds of the interviewees as well as the interviewers. This series is all about delivering some delicious morsels of fascinating tidbits into the lives of our most loved and creative music aficionados.
Snorri: So Sossa Bjössa… You recently recorded an album with a hot shot English producer. I have never made an album with somebody who is not a close personal friend of mine. How was that experience to having to trust somebody you have never met before?
Soffía: What an excellent question. To tell you the truth I almost chickened out the night before we had our first Skype meeting. I thought to myself, what the fuck is this guy gonna mess with my head and my music. But after our chat I was really excited to meet up and try 2-4 songs maybe. We ended up recording 13 songs in 2 weeks and it was one of the most fun musical experiences I’ve had. Learned a whole lot and also the act of letting go and trusting was maybe the hardest one, but you know – I am just starting, I don’t know it all. But now I know a little bit more after this session.
Snorri: You told me that a lot of the material on your new album were really rough ideas when you started working on the album and that the arrangements and the songs kind of came together in the studio. Did the band and/or the producer have a lot of input in that or did you mostly control the process yourself?
Soffía: Everyone had equal input, and then Ben steered the ship home in every track. I came in with the songs and explained the feel or what I had in mind and then we worked on it. Sometimes we just went a new direction and that came out really nice as well. Everyone pitched in with their ideas so it really was a tight collaboration. Also shout out to Kristofer Rodriguez for being a champ in the studio, because the producer is also a drummer/percussionist and he was on his back the whole time. No mercy.
Snorri: So I hear you are some sort of a tour guide on a glacier these days. What is the dumbest question some tourist has asked you about Iceland?
Soffía: Yes, I am a guide on Langjökull, showing people the man made ice cave up there. My days consist of yelling at tourists that do not follow my rules and riding up and down the Glacier on 20 ton MAN trucks. I dig that. Gives me a lot of outlet. The dumbest question.. hmm maybe not so many stupid questions, but what bothers me the most is when people come up there just wearing heels or sandals and a sweater. Then 5 min in their face and fingers turn blue and they complain about being cold. I mean come on! You are in the friggin highlands of Iceland! Dress properly. I have zero tolerance for that.
Snorri: What is your favorite pizza topping combo?
Soffía: Yum yum! Pepperoni, mixed olives, mushrooms, onion, cream cheese and jalapeño. Not too much pizza sauce, that ruins it for me. Now you made me hungry. I just ate.
Snorri: Which would you rather like to be a) a really fun and outgoin housefly or b) a very boring tiger that has no friends.
Soffía: I first thought the tiger because he lives longer. But not really, the flies live just really fast compared to other species! So I would say a) A really fun and outgoing housefly. I’d rather burn out as a happy housefly than fade away like a boring tiger. Thank you Neil. Thanks Snorri!
****Not to be outdone Soffía asked Snorri some questions also, so we have a double whammy for you this edition! BONZA!****
Soffía: Hey Snorri my friend!
Congratulations on your new album, sounds really good. I have a few questions for you if you don’t mind. Ok, here it goes.
Soffía: What is the weirdest fan mail you have received?
Snorri: Humm. I don’t know. I am always so pleasantly surprised that anyone makes the effort to write me at all that I guess I consider every “fan mail” that I have ever received weird. I can sometimes get so caught up with writing and performing my music that I don’t think about anything else. It’s the the biggest danger of being a musician that you can get so completely self absorbed that you don’t even realise that other people are actually paying attention and connecting and being moved by what you are doing. It’s stupid but true.
Soffía:Are you getting a lot of attention from the ladies with your “folk-star, hey look at me with my Martin, I could be broken – you can fix me” look?
Snorri: I honestly don’t know. I used to be single and then I thought about these sort of things but now I have a girlfriend and I am completely content with living out the rest of my life with her so other ladies can go fuck themselves. She’s the one.
Soffía: Your girlfriend Saga is super hot, but also taller than you. Do you try to act taller when you guys are out and about in public?
Like some people have that look on their face when they pass someone, like they are really cool and tough but super insecure so they just look stupid? Im not asking if you look stupid, just do you act different to seem taller?
Snorri: I don’t know how I can act to seem taller. I could maybe try some Mussolini/Hitler type gestures with my hands and shout at people and have them executed but I don’t think that is quite my style. I’m a 32 year old, balding, average sized guy with a slight beer belly. My girlfriend is a super hot, fit nordic sex goddess. That’s just the way things have turned out. If people don’t like it they can also go fuck themselves.
Soffía: Worst gig you ever did?
I’ve played soooo many god-awful gigs in my life that it would be hard to pick one. I used to live in London where I played hundreds of shitty gigs in shitty bars to shitty people. That was my schooling. I actually wanted to do that. I’d been raised in the Reykjavík music scene where everything is easy… getting gigs, plugging those gigs on the radio or in the press, getting your songs airplay…. everything is just one phone call away. So I decided to remove myself from this bubble and trying my hand at some class A cold cynical London-ness. It was very educational.
Soffía: Best place just to power down, reboot and write music?
That’s easy. That is the Galtarviti lighthouse in the West Fjörds of Iceland. I go there pretty much every summer and write. I’ve written about 70% of all my music there for the past 5 years. It’s heaven.