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All the way from Iceland, Singer Steinunn Ósk Axelsdóttir

Iceland's own Princess of Music, Steinunn Ósk Axelsdóttir
Iceland's own Princess of Music, Steinunn Ósk Axelsdóttir
Photography: Andrew Pino

An interesting interview with the beautiful and talented Steinunn Ósk Axelsdóttir, from Iceland. Here's how she started her music career.

How and when did you first get into performing?

Growing up I was into theater but never had the guts to sing in front of people. As I got older I started doing shows around Reykjavik, Iceland but it wasn't until I moved to Los Angeles that I gained the confidence to make it my profession.

What was life like in Iceland?

Iceland is a gorgeous country and very inspirational. The music scene is incredible, there is a lot of talent there. I always just felt like it was too small and too isolated. I was studying music there and doing shows but I just knew there was something else out there for me, something more. I still love going back and visiting, but L.A. is home now.

Who were your biggest inspirations growing up?

Music-wise, definitely Metallica, Silverchair and Portishead. Metallica with their hard-core, in your face attitude but beautiful lyrics. Silverchair, with their versatility and emotion and Portishead with the beautiful, breathy vocals. In life, my parents. They are the two hardest working people I have ever met and so incredibly supportive and loving. Great role models to have.

What type of music do you like writing and performing?

A lot of my own writing is very bluesy, I love the blues but then I also love to perform hard rock. Honestly, if I connect with the lyrics of a song, I love singing it.
The album that I released with my band is a little different, it's ambient, earthy, new age rock and very inspired by Depeche Mode, Devin Townsend, SigurRos and Portishead.

What has been your most favorite gig to play so far?

I think I would have to say a Halloween gig I did a while back. I dressed up as Lady Gaga (the skeleton costume she had on in the 'Born This Way' video) and rocked out with a few really great friends at a small bar in Hollywood. Had an amazing time!

Who or what would be your ideal collaboration?

I would love to work with Alice Cooper. I absolutely love his music and his shows are always incredibly inspiring. I've only seen him live about 4-5 times but each show had a different story. He has also been doing this a long time, I know I could learn a lot from him.

What advice do you have for upcoming performers?

Just keep doing it, over and over and over again. Oh and for singers; take good care of your voice!