Musicscan: Who am I talking to? Could you please shortly introduce yourself to
My name is Rúnar and I'm 21 years old, born and raised in a Reykjavik
capital area suburb and play the drums in Lockerbie. Along with me is
Guđmundur, who is of the same age, has the same background, is from
the same area and slaps the bass in Lockerbie.
Musicscan: Because at this point Lockerbie is not that popular here in Germany,
I´m interested in your status as a band in Iceland. I can imagine that
it differs a lot. What can you tell us about that?
Our release in Iceland was a small one as the one in Germany and we
just recently released our first music video so the status is
according to that, although we did play a lot of shows around the
country when the album was released so we should be a bit recognized.
Musicscan: What about the overall feedback on Olgusjor in Iceland and in Europe?
Did you notice any differences?
Yes of course, when you release your first album people around you
really see what you are doing and become more aware of your work and
also some new faces come around and the whole battery gets bigger.
Musicscan: By the way: Is it important for you that Olgusjor can now be
officially bought in Central Europe or do you just care about your
home market? How did the cooperation with Kapitaen Platte came to be?
Recording Ólgusjór was really just a project we worked on during all
our high school years and some of the songs and the ideas on the album
are since we were 15-16 years old so being able to releasing it in
Iceland was a true win and this release in Central Europe is truly
beyond our expectations for our debut. This cooperation with Kapitan
Platte came through an interview we had on the show Breitband with
Christian Grasse on the Deutchlandradio. It was there were we
interested Kapitan Platte and they contacted us.
Musicscan: Some People who were introduced to know your band are speaking about
the somehow 'artistic' approach to music you seem to have. What do you
think about statements like these? Is there any truth to it?
It's a really tough question to answer. We approach our music with
things we like in music and try to do our best every time.
Musicscan: Lockerbie does exist for some years now. How does the music differ
from the early days to now? How did your interests change over time?
Some of the songs on the album are really old ideas which have evolved
a lot over the years and listening to old demos can be quite amusing.
I think each and every member has evolved too, so their interests and
influences have changed and that reflects in what they bring to the
table each time.
Musicscan: When you were starting Lockerbie – did you know you would create
something completely different than you did in your former bands and
projects? Or was it kind of a conscious decision to just let creativity flow?
In fact the Lockerbie songs aren't way different from our former
projects. We started playing together as Lockerbie when we're around
16 years old and before that we had already begun experimenting with
this kind of music, bringing together brass and strings for our songs
along with ambient sounds.
Musicscan: Olgusjor sounds intimate, melancholic, epic, catchy and is digging
deep at the same time. It is definitely a unique piece of music. But
how did you go about writing the songs to achieve something like this?
Most often we just start playing someones idea where everybody bring
in ideas of their own, when it has a shape we write lyrics and when
it's almost ready Davíđ takes it and makes the arrangements for brass
and strings if it is a part of the whole idea.
Musicscan: From my point of view your debut is a mix of extremes: Some songs seem
to be pretty melancholic, in the next minute you seem to embrace the whole earth.
Would you agree to me on that one?
One hundred percent. The album is
written over a long period of time. Ólgusjór, Í draumi and Reyklykt
are probably the most recent and Snjóljón, Gengur í garđ and Kjarr at
the other end. We think this factor along with the crazy Icelandic
weather shapes the dynamic of the album.
Musicscan: How important is the improvisation factor to the music of Lockerbie,
and is it different when you enter a stage?
We improvise a lot while
practicing and our songs live are not always the same.
Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you
do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially
in the context of your band of course - what will be the future of the
sound of Lockerbie?
We have already written some new tunes and they
are quite different in some way. Some a bit heavy and others relaxed and warm.
Just wait and see, at least we are really excited!
Musicscan: What is Olgusjor all about? Is there a special concept, an overall
idea behind the whole album as such that connects all of its songs?
The lyrics are most often some kind of journey which we try to match
with the atmosphere of each song. This album also has strong
connection to a certain era in our life since we were working on it
for 4 years, starting when we were 16 and releasing it in the summer
when we became 20. It was a really great feeling to release it after 4
years of work and almost 2 years of recordings.
Musicscan: What makes the band special to you, and how would you describe the
essence of Lockerbie?
Since most of us are childhood friends we can say that it's really
great to be doing all this with people you have known for such a long
time. We are all best friends and we spend a lot of time together not
just making music. The essence of Lockerbie is maybe best described by
saying that we are 4 best friends making music together.
Musicscan: Lastly: Let´s have a look into the bands´ future. Where do you see
Lockerbie by the end of this year? Where would you wish to be and what
do you wish to achieve?
We wish that our first abroad tour this summer
goes well and also that we can record new songs as soon as possible.