Hi Ólafur, welcome to Rock Werchter! How are you?
I’m good, very good.
It must be a special show for you, because it’s your first time at a major festival in Belgium…
I played Pukkelpop with Kiasmos before, but it’s my first time as a solo act. I didn’t even realize that…
You’re performing in between two rock bands. Does that put any pressure on your shoulders since your music is quite different?
I’m not worried at all, because of the festival scenario. There’s enough time in between bands, so after Mogwai (i.e. played before Ólafur at the same stage) which is maybe the loudest band of the festival, there’s one hour before I’m coming up. People are going somewhere in that hour and reset their mood, so I’m absolutely not worried.
While listening to your music, it feels like a new, magnificent world is opening up. What do you hear or feel when you compose your songs?
It’s always a little bit methodical to me. When composing, it’s not really about the feeling of the music, it’s a bit more about mathematics and logistics because you have to put together all these different elements and get a strong structure. Of course, I feel happy doing that, because I just enjoy composing. The emotional quality of the music happens in my mind after it’s done. It isn’t happening while I make it.