Its Focus Wales week everyone, wow its nearly here and with only a few days left to go till all the fun and games start, MIMR got cosy with one of the many international acts making the journey over to wrexham in a few days time.
Icelandic indie/folk quartet Hinemoa are set to put a smile on more than one or two people’s faces at Focus and MIMR got to have a good old chat with Sindri (Bass) from the band before they headed over.
Album plans and the vibrant Icelandic music scene were on the agenda!
MIMR: Welcome to MIMR, tell us all about what you’ve been up to so far this year?
Sindri: This year we’ve been a little bit quiet, except for some studio time we’ve only played a few times. This year we’re mainly focusing on writing new material for our upcoming album which will hopefully be finished later this year. Last year was quite busy for us so this is different for us. We played at several festivals, played our own concerts and opened up shows for other bands suchs as Árstíðir.
MIMR: What influences do your have on your music?
Sindri: Our influences come from all over, we listen to a great variety of musicians, but Paper Kites, Fleetwood Mac and Radiohead have been a great influence for us, to name a few.
MIMR: Very glad your making the trip over to Wrexham for Focus Wales, what can we expect from one of your live shows?
Sindri: It’s usually really nice, we try our best to make people feel like home at our shows and let them experience our music in their own way. If we can make people feel just a little bit better about their day we have succeeded.
MIMR: Whats the music scene in general like in Reykjavik?
Sindri: Reykjavík is really small compared to other cities, but the music life is so much bigger than people usually expect it to be. There is live music going on every night and we’ve got great artists that have come from Reykjavík and it’s surroundings, for example, Sigur Rós, Kaleo, múm, Of Monsters And Men, Emilíana Torrini, Björk and many others. There is always something going on and the music scene is all about doing something new instead of doing something to make it popular. We’ve had a great pop and rock scene, there is always a strong metal scene and for the past few years, great hip hop artists such as Úlfur Úlfur, Emmsjé Gauti, Kött Grá Pjé have risen in Reykjavík and made quite a scene.
MIMR: Thanks for taking the time to chat to us, have a safe journey over to wrexham, look forward to seeing you play, whats the best thing about playing live?
Sindri: Being able to create and entertain ourselves while entertaining others. Thank you so much, we’re really looking forward to the festival!
Here’s where to catch them at Focus Wales this week @ Oriel Wrecsam venue 👍