On the question if he viewed himself as cute the 38 year old icelandic blind-on-one-eye gay singer confidently states: (well, hear by yourself…) Has the tiny rainbow unicorns finally chewed up his otherwise so down-to-earth mind?
Jónsi: It worked out for me in the end. I knew I was gay, and had like this special thing for boys, and I fell in love with all my friends. I knew there was a definite difference between greater society and myself. This made it necessary for me to rethink everything, the whole of society, the whole world. The straight movies I’d been seeing my whole life, the rules I’d been taught and my whole life. Everything. I had to rethink it all. I think this is a very healthy practice for us. […] I feel like being gay and being a musician helped me a lot actually. I think I wouldn’t have made as much music as I did if I weren’t gay; it really created an urge to create to be fulfilled, to be happy.
And I remember the time until I turned sixteen. It was such an innocent and carefree time, I didn’t know anything. I had friends, for sure, but I only had shallow conversations until I met the first boy in my life, my best friend who I fell in love with. He introduced me to the feeling of speaking heart to heart with someone, to being really close and say exactly how you’re feeling. Before I had that, the conversations weren’t deep.
Nico Muhly: You had to keep it one level removed, so no one will find out.
Jónsi: Of course, that changed my whole life perspective, everything got darker from that point, and more serious. More real. More you had to think of. Before that, I was so carefree. I will always remember those first sixteen years of my life. Carefree and fun. Total freedom.
Nico Muhly: Do you feel like you’re sometimes trying to recreate that period, the carefree-ness.
Jónsi: Probably in some way. It’s such a beautiful moment. Such an ecstatic, carefree moment. No bullshit – no worries.
Nico Muhly: No sixteen layers of not speaking your mind. That’s often what I’m trying to accomplish. Getting back to that first moment, right before that first moment, and write a score for that. That’s the parts of my music people like, and dislike. It’s an uncomfortable thing to exist in that landscape, before. Just delicious moments, always.
- from the Reykjavik Grapevine. Photos by Lilja Birgisdótti and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir.
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he’s definitely not 38 nopenopenope 8-3=5 he’s 5 yep
Performing on TV for the first time in nearly ten years, Sigur Ros dropped their brand new song ‘Kveikur’ on the show last night!
This is Jónsi and my one week anniversary. My eyes and his eye met one glorious week ago and it was beautiful.