Interview with Múm

"Music for curious people"

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Icelandic band Múm talks about their album "Smilewound", their collaboration with singer Kylie Minogue and musical contrasts.
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The band Múm is like an octopus that stretches out his arms through the whole Icelandic music scene. When all members work together they become a creeping musical collective that regularly releases albums that are unconventional and awesome. On the occasion of the release of their new album "Smilewound" we got to talk to founding memeber Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason about songwriting and collaborating with Kylie Minogue.

artistxite: Your songwriting on "Smilewound" seems straighter than before.

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason: In a way it can seem so. Our Songwriting is pretty much the same, just the arrangements became thicker. But I think it's still music for curious people – you have to be curious to listen to it. 

artistxite: I can imagine some songs on the dance floor – more than ever before.

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason: That's very good! I would really it love if this would happen at some place - seeing people dancing to our music! But I'll believe it when I see it. (laughs)

artistxite: While listening to your music, I always had the term 'contrast' on my mind. 

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason: That's exactly true. We work with contrasts – but very naturally. It's the way to bring elements, emotions and atmospheres out in the way you feel it. For us it's the most organic way to create music. 

artistxite: How did the collaboration with Kylie Minogue on the song "Whistle" come about?

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason: We were composing for the film "Jack and Diane". Kylie was playing a small part in the film. There is a scene in the film at a club and the film-director thought: 'Maybe we need a Kylie-Clubtrack in here'. When we discussed this, I was in Spain and the phone connection was really bad, so I didn't exactly understand what he was saying: So I thought he meant to write a song for the film. So we wrote the song and it turned out it was a misunderstanding – but then, a couple of days later, he called and told us he liked the song so much that he decided to go ahead and let Kylie sing it. 
 
artistxite:Will you ever perform this song with Kylie live?

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason: I don't think so, no. She lives in a different universe. Just getting this to happen was really complicated and I'm really happy that our lives are quite a lot simpler than hers - with at least ten, twenty, thirty people around her. 

Múm on tour:

24.09. Frankfurt a.M., Germany, Zoom
25.09. Munich, Germany, Ampere
26.09. Leipzig, Germany,  UT Connewitz
27.09. Berlin, Germany, Heimathafen Neukoelln
28.09. Hamburg, Germany, Reeperbahnfestival
01.10. Poznan, Poland, CK Zamek
02.10. Warszawa, Poland, Basen
03.10. Wroclaw, Poland, Alibi
04.10. Prague, Czech Republic, Meetfactory
05.10. Vienna, Austria, Waves Festival

Read a review on the new album "Smilewound" here.

Published: Sep 24, 2013
by Kathrin Gemein (artistxite)
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