INTERVIEW: Janus Rasmussen

Hi Janus, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you for having me! I’ve been great.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lilla”?

“Lilla” means purple in Faroese, which is my native language. It’s the ray of sunlight on my album “Vín.”

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was playing around in the studio when I stumbled upon what would eventually become “Lilla.” I wanted to create something beautiful and I think it worked out.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans as of right now. But do check out my video for Green Wine, that was directed by the incredible Heiðrik á Heygum. The video is inspired by old Faroese folklore, Kópakonan.

The single comes off your new album “Vín” – what’s the story behind the title?

“Vín” means “wine” or “alcohol.” It started as a working title and kind of stuck to the project.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was all written and recored in my studio at the harbour in Reykjavík. It took about a year and a half to write and record. Some sessions were more intense than others, where I spent weeks locked in the studio working on the album.

How did you go on experiment with different sounds?

At first I sampled a lot of sounds from my surroundings. Then it evolved from there. Some of them I kept, others I discarded. Manipulated some and kept others as they were. It’s about trying whatever comes to mind and not being afraid of mistakes.

What role does Iceland play in your music?

Iceland has definitely shaped me as a musician. Even though I’m from the Faroe Islands most of my adult life and music career has been based in Iceland. It’s impossible not to be affected by the nature and culture in various ways.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs?

The environment around the studio was a starting point. It’s in an industrial/fish packing district right by the ocean. It all originated from sounds I sampled in or near that area. I allowed the songs to take their own form though. They don’t sound like the source anymore.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I have a tour with Christian Löffler in April as well as Sónar Reykjavík.

What else is happening next in Janus Rasmussen’s world?

Playing music, writing more songs and working on a great show to share with all of you.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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