Asgeir wow audiences in the Forest Stage at Falls Festival 2014 in Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Asgeir wow audiences in the Forest Stage at Falls Festival 2014 in Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Fame is bringing in more Aussie fans for Asgeir

He performed at Splendour 2014, but the success of his songs in the last six months catapulted him to a new level of fame by the end of the year.

His music is melodic, sometimes slow and beautifully sang.

He is comfortable to be labelled a folk performer, which has gained him fans in many age segments.

An English language version of his debut album in Icelandic, Dýrð í dauðaþögn was titled In the Silence.

It had been scheduled for international release on January 27, 2014, but was made available online on iTunes on October 28, 2013.

 

Based on online sales, the album has already charted in Europe, Japan and Australia.

Asgeir at Falls Festival: Icelandic solo singer-songwriter chats to our reporter Javier Encalada at Falls Festival 2014.
Asgeir at Falls Festival: Icelandic solo singer-songwriter chats to our reporter Javier Encalada at Falls Festival 2014.

 

On August 13, 2013, Asgeir released the video for King and Cross, the debut single from the English album.

"I was surprised at first that people in other countries wanted to listen to my songs," he said.

"But I thought about it and I guess anybody can connect to any kind of music."

The singer is happy to have his older brother Borsteinn (in guitar and vocals) travelling with him, and a band that "are like my family too. We are all very comfortable with each other."

Asgeir comes from a family connected to music, with his parents and his sister.

"I come from a very big musical family. I grew up with my sister and we played guitar since we were six and by the age of 16 I became a classical guitar player. My mum plays the organ, piano and directs a choir. At the same time I was a teenager and I listened to grunge and metal rock, so my interests and influences come from different directions in music."