The 8th March marks International Women’s Day – a special day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, political and artistic achievements of women around the world.
Of course, every day should be a celebration of equality, diversity and respect on all levels, and the annual awareness day that takes place each 8th March helps to direct attention to discrepancies that exist, encouraging efforts towards achieving gender parity in all areas around the world, from education to employment, music to media and beyond.
Back in 2015, Icelandic musician Lay Low honoured this occasion by curating her very own Nordic Playlist, highlighting a number of female musicians from throughout the Nordic region that she finds exciting, inspiring and who deserve to be recognised for their musical prowess.
Her original selection included beautiful musical creations from the likes of Ane Brun, Emilíana Torrini, Sóley and Broken Twin, and in celebration of the 2016 International Women’s Day, Lay Low has added more tracks to her already outstanding collection!
Tune in to Lay Low’s updated playlist to delve into sounds from Faroese singer Eivør and Greenland’s Nive & The Deer Children – both of whom have created their own editions of the Nordic Playlist in the past, as well as favourites from Sweden’s Sumie, Iceland’s Dísa, Denmark’s Baby In Vain and Norwegian newcomers Siv Jakobsen and EERA.
Thanks for joining us again, and for recommending such fantastic tracks! Can you tell us why you picked each of the new selections for your Nordic Playlist?
I really liked these songs and I think they fitted well together on this list.
It’s International Women’s Day today, so will you be doing anything to mark the occasion?
Nothing special planned for today. But I might go swimming and listen to some good music in my waterproof mp3 player.
We feel that this day should be a celebration of all things women – so with that in mind, can you please tell us – who has been the most influential woman for you as an artist?
It’s impossible to mention just one woman. It’s an ever changing thing, like waves moving through my life.
I feel like all the women artists I have listened to, read and watched have influenced me and my music in some way.
What are your hopes and wishes for women and the status of women musicians for 2016?
I hope that women will get the same recognition and opportunities as men for everything they do. In every field in life.
And finally, what are you up to at the moment? Can we expect to hear exciting news from you or see you soon?!
I recently had my first baby so I’m enjoying these lovely months together at home here in Iceland. I’ve started to write material for my next album, and me and the little one sit together and watch the snow outside while we talk about the future.