Keeping a finger on the pulse

Don’t Leave Me This Way

in Explore/Issue #2 by

Words by Wim Van Hooste

Reykjavík On Stage had a chat with Arnar Guðjónsson, a 39-year-old musician, producer and sound engineer based in Reykjavík. Arnar has been playing in various bands since the age of 13. In 2001, he formed a band called Leaves who released four albums over the next years. As of late, Arnar has been writing music for films, TV shows and commercials, all the while producing albums and songs for a bunch of other musicians and bands (Kaleo, Quarashi, Axel Flóvent, Dream Wife, Ensími, Pollapönk, Skálmöld and HAM to name a few).

Hi Arnar! Your solo album Grey Mist of Wuhan was released in 2016. Can you tell us how it came to be? It was heavily inspired by China, isn’t it?

I’ve done a few tours in China over the last 6 years. First with Bang Gang and then later with Leaves. I visited Wuhan three times and the atmosphere of the city kind of stuck with me. I found it interesting in a strange way. It’s a grey industrial city with over ten million people. There are a lot of tall apartment buildings with no gardens, not really a city I would visit on a family vacation.

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