We were lucky enough to catch up with musician ALDÍS FJÓLA following the superb release ‘Pipedreams’. Read the full interview now!
Hi Aldís, how did you first get into music?
I was a very musical kid, growing up on a Farm in East Iceland doing make-believe Musicals all the time. In High school, I started going up on stage to sing but with a very fragile voice since I never thought I was good enough. After struggling with those kinds of thoughts for a long time and trying to go ‘the normal way’ in life, I signed up for Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen in 2006, and that completely changed my life, my voice and my courage.
Who influenced your brilliant latest release, ‘Pipedreams’?
I would say that it was Stefán Örn, my co-writer and my producer. After doing my first album together, we wanted to do an EP with a theme, and 90s grunge just kept coming up.
‘Pipedreams’ is a wonderful EP; why did you choose to release an EP over singles or an album?
I released a full album, ‘Shadows’, at the beginning of the pandemic, so two years passed before I could even promote it. At that time, I wanted to make more music but maybe not the same as before. So EP it was.
What’s the music scene like in Reykjavík?
It’s small, but it’s big. We have so many brilliant artists coming up in the scene now, but there are not many venues that we can play in, unfortunately. But it’s kind of like a big family once you get in with the scene.
What motivates you to make music?
My life, my friends, nature and knowing that I cannot function without music and singing.
If you could open for any artist/band, who would it be?
Easy. Skunk Anansie.
What is your biggest mistake in the music industry so far?
Not believing in myself and not listening to my gut sooner.
What are your other passions aside from music?
I am a huge farmgirl by heart, and I love being in my childhood home with my dad. I also love travelling and seeing the world, I am a big TV and Movies nerd, and I have a passion for helping people find their strength and follow their dreams.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Wow. Probably more income for the smaller artists on streaming, concerts, festivals etc.
What sets you apart from other artists?
Right now, I am following my heart and going to my roots. I have amazing bandmates that I have collected through the years and are all my dearest friends today. Most importantly, I am now doing this for myself, and I think that you can hear that by listening to my music.
What is the best music advice you have ever been given?
You and only you burn for your music. If you’re not your biggest cheerleader, then you won’t go anywhere, no matter how many are cheering you on. You make it happen.
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
Emiliana Torrini and the Colorist Orchestra have my heart now, and I am also currently obsessed with Yebba.
What musical plans do you have for the next two years?
I am currently finding more gigs and would love to tour parts of Europe and anywhere that people want me to be; I will be there. I am so looking forward to the next years, and I know there will be plenty of fantastic musical experiences.
FVMusicBlog March 2023