Boogie Trouble were an important part of my Iceland Airwaves 2013. My wife was in town but did not have a festival pass and the only show we saw together was their show downstairs at Bar 11 off-venue and they gave us an excellent time. It was the first time I had seen the band, but had heard from many others that they were excellent fun live, which certainly turned out to be true.
If you like a bit of disco, a good few fairy lights and some irresistible tunes then this is probably a band you need to see. Their main show for Airwaves 2014 is scheduled at 1:30a.m. and it is pretty certain that it will give new energy to those who are flagging by that stage of the night!
Have a listen to their latest song and see wht they have to say...
Hello Boogie Trouble! Where are you right now, and what are you doing?
Right now we are in Iceland in the process of completely starting to remix our album, a crazy step to do when it's almost ready, but we felt like it had to be done. There was more experimentation to be done, more layers to be added to get the album where we want it to go. We are currently working with Janus Rasmussen of Byrta and Bloodgroup, and trying to get a bit more of that elusive magic into what we hope will be both a Friday night album and also a post-coitus Sunday afternoon album.
Who is in the band?
The cast as is follows: Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi on bass, Sigurður Tómas Guðmundsson on drums, Klara Arnalds vocalist, Sunna Karen Einarsdóttir on keys and vocals, Arnar Birgisson on percussion and Sindri Freyr Steinsson on guitar and voice. And then we have some free agents that we mix and match for special occasions.
Your shows in recent years have been wonderful, sparkly disco treats. What do you have planned this year?
Thank you! We have been trying to upgrade our shows constantly for the past few months, making them more of a party than a concert. We added a Supremes style vocal group to our first headliner show after a year’s hiatus. Coming back to the old material after such a long time, we felt like we needed to expand the soundscape and reinvent the material. And it worked brilliantly! Soffía Björg (of self named band also performing Airwaves) and Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (Mr. Silla, also playing Airwaves) added a dimension to our program that we didn't know was in our calibre.
After a couple of rounds of that setup, we decided to put even more glitter to the spectacle so we added a brass-section, consisting of trumpeter Danni from Óregla and Ojbarasta and Saxophonist Tumi (from Grísalappalísa) and decided on an brass heavy set. . To answer your question, our show will be the biggest one we have had at Airwaves yet with ten people on stage.
You have a bit of history of playing cover versions (seek out their 'Toxic' on Soundcloud). Might one or two of these be heard at Airwaves?
Working with covers is definitely something that will always be a part of what we do. The best way to get to know music properly is to play other peoples music. During Airwaves, we will probably put the emphasis on our original material, but I'm sure we'll throw in a classic or two to keep the crowd going.
You have successfully funded your debut album via crowd-sourcing on KarolinaFund. Why did you choose that method?
We have a very high ideal of production for our debut album, it has be something we can not only live with but also be very proud of and could faithfully release to our fans. With only the money in our pockets, we would not have been able to make the album the way we want it to sound (at least not in this decade). So we needed people buying the album in advance to fund it.
We were happy to discover that over the last couple of years, the band has grown a pretty solid fan base and we are getting increasingly close to being able to upgrade the project to where we can do it on at least a semiprofessional basis. It has been very hard work. The market for music has changed dramatically in recent years, and it seems like record labels want the hard work to be done before you get signed in this day and age. It's a bit backwards because at that point you have a significantly decreased need for a label in the first place. Luckily, with the help of our friends, family and fans, we will be able to self-release the album.
Is the record now fully recorded and ready to go?
The record was almost completely recorded a year and a half ago. The devil is in the details of the mix. Originally we thought we were going to try to recreate our live show, but it turns out there's more to aspire to.
Have you had a good look at the Airwaves schedule? What else are you really excited to see?
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard looks very promising, as well as the Flaming lisps, La Femme , Knives not to mention a heap of Icelandic acts.
Finally, can you give some advice for people attending Iceland Airwaves and visiting Iceland for the first time?
Instead of waiting the long lines for someone really famous, consider skipping them for someone who is not. Usually they are more than worth the while, especially if it’s getting late.
Boogie Trouble will fill you with joy as follows,
Thursday 6th, Loft Hostel @ 19:15
Friday 7th, Bæjarins bestu @ 18:00
Friday 7th, Iðnó @ 01:30 (Saturday morning)
Saturday 8th, Bar 11 @ 18:30