Axel Flovent is a singer-songwriter from Akureyri who played his first Airwaves festival a year ago and is back again after a year that has seen him release a highly acclaimed EP, led by the fabulous ‘Forest Fires’ (you can hear it below) and tour around Europe. The stage is definitely bigger this year for the indie-folk musician, he’s in for a very busy Airwaves festival...
Hey Axel, where are you and what are you doing?
Hey, I’m in the studio, putting together the last pieces for my debut LP.
What a great year you have had since last Airwaves! What has been the most fun part?
The most fun part has definitely been my recent Germany and UK tour. It was great fun.
You’ve already played some shows and got some press attention outside Iceland but how important is the Iceland Airwaves festival for young Icelandic artists like you?
Yeah, it’s very Important! I’m a big fan of this festival and I have been for a long time, and I’m honoured to be a part of the line up this year.
What are the plans to follow up the really amazing Forest Fires EP from earlier this year?
Hopefully a single soon, and more news about the next release, but I don’t really know what it will be. Something soon though!
You’re part of a great looking line-up in Harpa on the opening night of Airwaves. What can we expect from your Iceland Airwaves shows?
Hopefully just a really nice concert, we’re working on some ideas and hopefully it will just turn out great!
Finally, do you have any advice for people attending Airwaves or visiting Iceland for the first time?
A good bit of advice for people that are attending Airwaves for the first time is to use it as a way to discover new acts. I don’t have a lot of Airwaves experiences because last year was my first time there, but my absolute favourite was when I went to see few artists I didn’t expect anything from, and experienced their purity.
You can see Axel play SEVEN times at Iceland Airwaves 2015. The on-venue shows are:
Wednesday 4th 8:50 at Harpa Silfurberg
Sunday 8th 10:30 at Gaukurinn
And the five off-venue opportunities are:
Wednesday 4th 10:45am at Grund Dvalar
Thursday 5th 1:00 at Bryggjan Brugghús
Thursday 5th 5:00 at Stúdentakjallarinn
Friday 6th 5:00 at Slippbarinn
Saturday 7th 2:00 at Landsbankinn Austurstræti
Photo credit: Siggaella.