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Friday, December 4, 2015

We Asked Icelandic Duo, Kiasmos, a Bunch of Random Questions Because, Well, Why Not?

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click to enlarge Icelandic techno duo, Kiasmos, consisting of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. - CREDIT:HEDINN EIRIKSSON
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  • Icelandic techno duo, Kiasmos, consisting of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen.

On December 9, experimental techno duo, Kiasmos, will be playing at Mezzanine, so we figured we'd talk to them beforehand and ask them a number of super random, out-of-the-blue questions because we could. Given how bizarre and funky their music is (check out their self-titled debut album from 2014 for reference), we figured a bizarre and funky interview would be apropos. Fortunately, the Icelandic duo didn't think we were entirely crazy for doing this (or at least they didn't tell us if they did) and obligingly answered our queries. For good measure, we started off with a few normal questions, but scroll down to the bottom if you want more of the weird. 

All Shook Down: I know you guys are from Iceland, but where do you live now? 
Ólafur Arnalds: Well actually, Janus is from Farao Islands. But we live in Iceland.
Janus Rasmussen: Reykjavík baby, ice cool capital of the world.

What are some things that people don't know about Iceland that they should?
ÓA: We haven’t had a white Christmas in many years. 
JR: Nobody actually believes in elves.

What's the suckiest part about living in Iceland?

ÓA: The wind and rain. Maybe the constant winter darkness, but I sometimes actually quite like it.
JR: I intensely loathe and love the long, dark winters there. That’s normal, right?

What kind of music do you hate?
ÓA: Acid jazz? I dunno.
JR: Generic modern country music does very little for me.

What's your earliest childhood memory?
ÓA: I still remember a nightmare from before I could talk. I was lost in a forest with a pink teddy bear who tried to save me, but he only spoke gibberish to me.
JR: First memory I can remember is me trying to open an Advent chocolate calendar. I used a spoon to pop out the chocolates. I ate like 10 days ahead and felt really guilty about it. I started to cry once I realized what I had done. It’s hard being three-years-old.

What's the first record or cassette tape you owned as a kid?
ÓA: It was probably Nirvana or some grunge rock.
JR: Absolute Music 8, classic compilation, haha…

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
JR: I discussed this thoroughly with my good friend the other day. Think flying would be the best option in the end. Exciting, isn’t it?

Would you rather live in a tree house or a castle and why?
ÓA: Castle. So I could put on raves in the banquet hall.
JR: Tree house. I love 'em so much. There’s this TV show that’s only about tree houses. It’s the best thing I ever saw.

If you were on a desert island and could only bring three things with you (not including food and water) what would they be?
ÓA: A piano, my laptop and a couple of microphones to make a desert island album.
JR: Sriracha sauce, a pillow and a pink flamingo.

Kiasmos plays at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. on Dec. 9. Get tickets here

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