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Interview von: arne mit Rúnar & Guđmundur, am: 22.03.2012 ]

Locker und leicht geht es in den Songs der Isländer zu. Immer wieder auch entrückt und verträumt. Dann wider präsentieren sich LOCKERBIE mit fokussiertem Zug, rhythmischen Spielereien oder zwangloser Poppigkeit und einem Hang zu Bombast. „Ólgusjór“ ist ein Album, das man direkt vom ersten Kontakt an mag. Der unverbrauchte Tenor des Debüts und seine sympathische Naivität nehmen für LOCKERBIE ein. Die Anlage der Songs zwischen Indie-Pop, Post-Rock, Folklore und Ambient bietet hinsichtlich der Entwicklung der Spannungsbögen vielfältige Möglichkeiten, von denen die Isländer gerne Gebrauch machen.


Musicscan: Who am I talking to? Could you please shortly introduce yourself to our readers?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

Lockerbie: 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?

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?

Lockerbie: 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?

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?

Lockerbie: We wish that our first abroad tour this summer goes well and also that we can record new songs as soon as possible.

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