Artist-2-Artist #6 GKR vs Úlfur Úlfur
May 19th, 2017 | IMX Inside Iceland
Artist-2-Artist is back! It’s our hard hitting series where we ask Icelandic artists to interview each other in order to reveal their deepest and darkest inner most workings.
Both are the darlings of the Icelandic hip-hop scene with Úlfur Úlfur recently releasing their second album Hefnið Okkar to rapturous applause.
So lets get inside the heads of our heroes and let GKR take it away with his questions…
GKR: What was the hardest part when making HEFNIÐ OKKAR? Was there a big difference between the working process of Hefnið Okkar and Tvær Plánetur?
Úlfur Úlfur: Tvær Plánetur was basically a collection of songs we scraped together over three years. When we made Hefnið Okkar we sat down and decided to make an album in one sitting, so to speak. Just lock the doors and do a god damn album. It was about 5 months in the making and the hardest part was definitely to keep focus, you know. Because of this approach Hefnið Okkar is a stronger whole, the songs are better linked together.
GKR: What is your one craziest gig and why?
Úlfur Úlfur: I wish we had already thrown a release party for Hefnið Okkar because its going to be nuuuuuuts – but until then the release party for Tvær Plánetur remains in the top seat. There’s just something about concerts like these where you put your heart on the line. Its like harvesting crops from your soul, man.
GKR: Have you had any crazy fan moments?
Úlfur Úlfur: Yeah of course, that’s why we do what we do. Crazy fans are the best fans. It’s cool that people like the music but I’m not satisfied until somebody wants to wear my skin. That’s dedication.
GKR: Why are you so fond of space?
Úlfur Úlfur: Because of it’s incomprehensible force and mysteries and possibilities bro. The space is a crazy place and it inspires us in every way. We are Elon Musk in this rap game.
GKR: What is the hardest song to perform live? What about the most fun one?
Úlfur Úlfur: Our first big single, Ég er farinn, gave us a hard time. Not because it was boring or hard – but because for some time it was way bigger than the damn band. It was like being in the shadow of something you made. For a few months we didn’t even play it, we got so tired of our whole existence revolving around that one song – but afterwards I’ve realised how ridiculous that was. Today I love playing it and remember how it all started.
It’s always fun to play new material, we love doing each and every song of Hefnið okkar – but I think Tarantúlur is the most fun to perform. It workes every time no matter the circumstances.
GKR: Gigs abroad vs gigs at home, what’s the difference?
Úlfur Úlfur: In Iceland you pretty much know how everything is gonna go down, you know, we’ve done this for such a long time that there aren’t still many surprises. When we play abroad we don’t know anything, people are most often seeing us for the first time and it’s almost like we’re a new band. We approach people differently, in a whole new way and nothing is given. That is so refreshing after doing this in every venue there is in Iceland for 5 years – not that we’re getting tired of that.
GKR: If you could give one advice to a person that want’s to succeed in music, what would you say?
Úlfur Úlfur: Hah, it’s hard to say what works and what doesn’t without going into branding, marketing or riding the waves in popular music. I haven’t experienced anything with as many highs and lows as being a musician. Keep it behind your ear at all times WHY you make music, no matter how it is going or what position you’re in. If the reason goes deeper that wanting to be popular or make money you should be able to keep going no matter what and hopefully succeed.
GKR: Where do you see yourselves when you are 54 years old?
Úlfur Úlfur: Hanging out in Bora Bora, working on our 13th album.
GKR: How hard was the horse riding in Brennum allt?
Úlfur Úlfur: The hardest part was to keep a straight face – but I had been preparing for this role my whole life.
GKR: Is GKR lit?
Úlfur Úlfur: Oh fuck me, he gets so arrogant when complemented but yeah, he is one of the littest motherfuckers out there.