CG: Sounds cold. Did growing up in Iceland influence your music at all? Do you feel a kinship with your hometown?
ÓA: I think wherever you're from it's going to influence who you are, and who you are makes the music you do. I love Reykjavík. No place like home...
CG: Indeed. Who are some of your biggest musical influences? Any influences besides music?
CG: What bands do you think you sound like, if any?
CG: [Laughs] Probably ‘cause of the whole “being Icelandic” thing. So, what do you think you would be doing right now if you weren’t a musician? What did you want to be when you were a kid?
ÓA: If I had to stop making music I'd still like to work in the music business... Management or something like that.
CG: Very cool. What has been a personal high and a personal low about your musical career so far? Any particular moments of awesomeness or embarrassing blunders?
ÓA: No lows, only highs. Of course there have been bad shows, but they are all a part of this great journey, and it is the whole journey, not small parts of it, that matters.
CG: What is next for you?
ÓA: I [just finished my] tour in America (see www.olafurarnalds.com/tour-dates), and I just did the soundtrack for Sam Levinson's film Another Happy Day. After I finish this tour I plan to start experimenting, widening my knowledge and my sound.
Catch Arnalds' next show in London on July 19th. Until then, be sure to pick up an album or a vinyl. Whether you're reading, driving, or doing sweet sweet nothing, you'll surely get lost in his music.