The enigmatic Icelandic composer, songwriter, and performer Inki has recently made waves in the music landscape by exploring the realm of avant-pop.
Inki has captivated music fans all around the globe with her unique character and bold artistic choices.
Inki’s new album, “Destructive Interference,” is a musical excursion that combines her ethereal vocals and electronic instruments with live drumming played by the brilliant Höskuldur Eirksson. It was recorded at her Icelandic studio, Stdó Bókó.
This fascinating mix exemplifies Inki’s talent for blending apparently unrelated parts into a singular and fascinating whole.
Bass-heavy production and Inki’s mesmerizing vocals flitting in and out of the mix characterize the album’s first track. She clearly enjoys taking risks, as seen by her willingness to play around with electronic textures and beyond the bounds of typical pop music. The album unfolds into a vibrant tapestry of experimental sounds that will leave you wanting more.
In addition to showcasing Inki’s technical skill, “Destructive Interference” is a lyrical masterpiece. Inki expertly uses musical metaphors to tell the narrative of an out-of-sync marriage.
In a recent interview with MrrrDaisy, Inki discussed the background and influences of her song “Destructive Interference.” Fans got a fascinating look into the mind of an artist that isn’t afraid to question convention and test the limits of modern music thanks to her open and honest dialogue.
A must-listen for fans of alternative pop music with a dash of experimental brilliance, “Destructive Interference” is a masterpiece. Inki has created a bold and original sonic environment that will stay with you long after you hear it. Prepare to be fascinated by the rich tapestry of music when you enter Inki’s realm.
What is your real and showbiz name?
My name is Inki, known to my parents and postman as Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.
What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist?
What is your creative process when making music?
I love exploring and playing with my creative process, partly to challenge myself in new ways so I don‘t end up accidentally creating the same music over and over again. Usually, there is though something that inspires me, a creative concept and then I start translating that into music.
In my latest single, Destructive Interference, I am playing around with using music production terms as metaphors to describe two people in a relationship whose energies are clashing.
The lyrics came before anything else, then the melody but it follows the lyrics closely. For example, in the first verse, I sing the word cancelled but turn the same melody around when I sing inverted. Identical is a one-note melody but Waves is a flowy one.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
My music journey began when I was 5 years old, then I started to learn the violin. I played the violin for 10 years. Today, I hold a Masters’s degree in Electronic Music Composition and a diploma in Voice.
There is just something about music. I have tried to do other things, but then a big chunk of my heart is missing. It is just something I have to do to feel complete. It might be an addiction.
What is the biggest challenge you have overcome as a band/artist so far?
In today’s musical landscape, it is really hard to make money, but it still costs a lot to create high-quality music. Even though I know how to write and produce music, there are still always a lot of costs. I think my biggest challenge to overcome is to quiet those voices in my head that say that this whole thing does not make sense financially. But sometimes heart and money do not match.
What streaming sites do you think offer the most value to a band?
At the moment I focus mostly on Spotify because that is the streaming site that Icelanders use. You have to be on the platform where your listeners are already.
How do you think social media or the internet has affected the music scene in your country?
I think there are good and bad things. Social media gives you an opportunity to give people an in-depth understanding of the art that you are creating, first-hand from you as the creator. But it is also a lot of pressure to create that content. And to create good content takes a lot of thought and planning.
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career?
My biggest fans are my dad and my sister. Any time I make new music my sister posts these „Too Proud“ posts on her social media, which I am very grateful for. My father is a good musician himself, even though he chose a different route in his personal life.
He listens very carefully to my music before I release it, and does not hesitate to let me know if he thinks things could be different. I am very grateful he takes the time to do that. I also have a big group of friends that are very supportive, especially now that I am creating less experimental music.
They have always shown up for my concerts, but upon till now, I have mostly been writing experimental composer type of music. It can be challenging for people that are not a part of that world to sit through those concerts. I have had to buy a lot of beers to make up for dragging friends to shows where they hear noise but I heard music.
What does your current song mean to you?
Destructive Interference is the second single from my upcoming album Thoughts Midsentence. The idea of this album has been baking in the oven longer than three elephant pregnancies (that is long).
I have searched for all the reasons why I couldn‘t release this music, so it makes me pretty proud to silence all those voices and finally release another track. Then the lyrics are especially important to me!
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Listen to my music loudly, it simply sounds better that way.