Interview with Teitur, Singer/Songwriter, at Workplay
traveled all around the world, where is your home now?
based in London now. I've been based in Copenhagen before that
and just moved like a year ago.
this your first time visiting Alabama?
Yea. I've been coming back to Nashville, you know, and I was in
Huntsville at one point, just for a gig once, but I haven't really
been here properly yet.
do you think about Birmingham?
seems really nice, but I haven't really seen it proper yet! So
you need to tell me where to go actually.
is my first time to this theatre (Workplay) What do you think
about it? Do you like it?
seems very nice. It has really good sound. I think what I like
is that it seems very listener friendly that people would actually,
you know, sit down and listen. It's not so much as a bar. It's
very musical, you know?
strikes you as unique about the South?
I mean, there's definitely a different
I've been on the East
Coast, and the West Coast, and coming down this way it's definitely
a change of scenery, you know, when you come further down.
you think the people are different?
They are, in a way. Yea. I don't know. Just the humor and then
I definitely think they are different. Especially in the humor,
It's a different sense of humor.
is your inspiration when you're writing your songs, writing your
just sit down and play and try to
you know, whenever I get
an idea I write it down as a piece of information and then sit
down and work on it. So, I guess where it comes from, I dont'
know, you know? I read a lot and just try to experience things
and talk to people and get close to things.
is your process for writing music?
it's never really the same. I kind of couple the things together,
you know. Sometimes I'll write a short story or something and
then I'll narrow it down to a song. And after, you know, the rhythm
or the words will inspire some kind of melody or you might have
a melody that you write on your guitar and then you set words
to it. I don't have the same structure every time. Often the best
songs are the ones that happen in just twenty minutes and you've
written it. But I like to work on a song for a long time and craft
it. I think that's very important.
understand that English is not your first language. It's Faroese-am
I pronouncing that right?
how did you decide that English is the way to express yourself
I mean, that's like
the music that I'm attracted to and I'm
best at playing is all in English. You know, that's what I like
do you like to listen to?
just pop music, you know, everything. Well now I kind of
listen a lot to classical music, to contemporary classical music,
you know, Bartok, that kind of thing, I like that.
do you have in your cd player right now?
now? Right now, what do I have? I have the Ipod. I'm listening
to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Things have been going really good for you for the last couple
of years, right? But I feel like when I listen to your cd (Poetry
and Aeroplanes) the overall tone is very sad. Do you feel like
those are sad songs?
in a sense they are, but not really, I mean, I don't know
guess so. But I hate being a sad person because I'm not, you know,
and you kind of step out of it, you know, be careful that it doesn't
take over. If only sad people came to my shows
wouldn't be very much fun, would it?
the ones we chose for the album were kind of essential and sounded
best and right now they were the songs that have these things
in common. And yea, they are sad. I like sad songs. I don't really
like music when it doesnt' go anywhere and say something.
If it's just 'I had a cup of coffee' and it doesn't say anything,
that's not a good song.
do you see yourself in five years?
more songs and getting more albums together, and making sure that
they're not the same. This is a very safe album (Poetry and Aeroplanes)
and it's a good start and now it's about building the next floor.
I'm looking forward to hearing what you have next for us.
a big fan already. I listen to Poetry and Aeroplanes all the time
in the car and am really enjoying it.
good! It's a good driving cd.
was really nice to meet you, Teitur. Now I'm going to go and enjoy