ROK had a talk with a music lover from Belgium. He likes the music from around the globe. But he definitely loves Icelandic music very much.
Hello Vincent! Please introduce yourself…
My name is Vincent Custers. I’m an exploring photographer from Belgium. I love travelling, but Iceland is always a bit like coming home. It’s my second visit, so it’s kind of my home away from home. Besides photography, I’m a location scout for television. And last but not least, I love to meet new people.
Why do you like Icelandic music so much?
Iceland is a very small country with a lot of creative people. The Icelandic musicians are so talented which makes them stand out from others. I think there’s something in the air in Iceland.
I love Icelandic music because it feels endless in contrast with the mindblowing landscapes. The music makes me connect even more with Iceland and the nature itself. In Belgium I’m so caught up in my own life routines, rushing for work and being occupied with all my busy thoughts. The Icelandic music is very relaxing and stimulates my creative vibes. The connection between human and nature is something I strongly believe in.
When did you visit Iceland for the first time?
Three years ago during summer I went on a roadtrip around the country. I even went into the highlands and fell in love with the surroundings, the Icelandic kindness and of course the music. Mixing these ingredients all together makes it a perfect cocktail for me.
I definitely will come back to discover more!
What was your first contact with Icelandic music?
Sigur Rós! The Belgian musician Ozark Henry (a.k.a. Piet Goddaer) showed me a very beautiful videoclip of Sigur Rós. It was love at first sight!
My favourite musicians are:
Sigur Rós, Low Roar, GusGus, Kaleo, Ceasetone, Milkywhale
EinarIndra, Mugison, Amiina, Björk, FM Belfast, Of Monsters and Men, múm, Sólstafir, Pascal Pinon, Seabear, …
And the non-Icelandic ones: Boards Of Canada, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Chris Rea, David Gilmour, The Eels, DIIV, Air, Alt-J, The dead wheater, Bonobo, Bibio, Explosion in the Sky, Fever Ray, J.J.Cale, Julianna Barwick, Moby, Neil Young, Peaking Lights, SOHN, Son Lux, Tame Impala, UNKLE, Woodkid, The War On Drugs, XXYYXX, The Black Keys…
All time favourite Icelandic songs
Low Roar – “Breathe in”
múm – “We have a map of the piano”
GusGus – “Arabian Horse”
amiina – “Perth”
Björk – “All is Full of Love”
Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”
EinarIndra – “The Songs Are Over”
MilkyWhale – “Birds of Paradise”
Sigur Rós – “Hoppípolla”
Favourite Icelandic videos
Sigur Rós – “Viðrar vel til loftárása”
múm – “Green Grass Of Tunnel”
GusGus – “Over”
Do you have a favourite hang-out/spot downtown 101 RVK?
I went to Húrra venue where Ceasetone, Milkywhale and EinarIndra played a very good gig during my last visit.
Having favourite spot(s) outside the Greater Reykjavík Area?
The East is mindblowing, with very big mountains with spectacular bays. Local people and less tourism!
The South with the black beaches, Jökulsárlón, Höfn, Vík í Mýrdal, Ice Caves
The West with the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the town Ólafsvík
The North Mývatn (Dimmuborgir, Hotspring Cave, Small craters..), Húsavík (isolated hot tub), Akureyri (party hard)
The Highlands Askja, Glaciers, it feels like walking on the moon!
Any favourite drinks and food?
Whale (minky), Lagoustines, Opal drink (not the candy), Viking beer, Einstök (any kind)
Thank you for the music.
– Wim Van Hooste