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All the way from Iceland, Singer Steinunn Ósk Axelsdóttir

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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!

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