Icelandic musician Júníus Meyvant appeared seemingly from thin air when his debut single ‘Color Decay’ arrived back in 2014.
With this candid, sumptuous song, he quickly caught the attention of not only his fellow Icelanders, but as the Internet took hold, a number of listeners around the world were instantly enticed by his smooth vocals and keen melodic ear.
Since then, Júníus Mayvant – real name Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson – has released a self titled EP and performed at a number of prestigious festivals – the UK’s Great Escape and Iceland Airwaves included- and is now preparing to play at our first Ja Ja Ja event of the year, taking place at WUK in Vienna on the 29th January.
To become better acquainted, we invited him to take part in a Spotlight Interview and to reveal more about what his upcoming performance has in store. Intrigued? Then keep reading, and join us in Vienna as we get our 2016 live season off to the best start possible.
Júníus Meyvant – Spotlight Interview
For those that haven’t met you yet, could you please introduce yourself – who are you, where are you from, and how would you describe what you do?
Hi, my name is Júníus Meyvant. I am a musician and an artist. I was born and raised in Iceland.
Can you give us a short history of your music making story so far?
I wrote my first song in Africa 21 years of age and I have been writing since.
You created big ripples with your debut single ‘Color Decay’ back in 2014, were you expecting the reaction that you got?
I knew it was something but I wasn’t expecting anything.
And what was your favourite thing that happened on the back of releasing that song?
Music started giving me new walk in life.
We were thrilled to be able to tune into your EP last year too, so can you please tell us a bit more about it? Where did you write and record it, and what was your ambition for the EP?
I wrote the songs all over Iceland. It was recorded in Orgelsmidjan studio in Reykjavik. My ambition is to make people feel comfort and satisfaction.
We’re super excited to host you at this month’s Ja Ja Ja show in Vienna – what can we expect from your live performance?
Well I will be alone with my brother so it will be a very intimate show.
What’s the best description of your music that you’ve ever heard?
“Don’t know what I saw but I liked it…”
And who would you list as some of your most influential musical and artistic influences?
Blues from the delta, soul and 60s film composers.
Do you have any good new music tips to share with us?
And finally, a New Year has just begun, so what does the rest of the year hold for you?
Full album and a whole lot of shaking.