The dreamy acoustic ambiance of Son of the Wind

  • Son of the Wind
  • 2015-07-09

Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Son of the Wind, aka Smári Tarfur Jósepsson, makes guitar-led ambiant acoustic music with a dreamy atmosphere. We sought out the free-spirited composer to find out where he gets his inspiration from.

First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what were you all doing before you started making music?
I spent quite a few years in daycare. There’s nothing that gives you more inspiration than a whole bunch of green, slimey snot!

What was the first style or genre of music you really got into? Was their a particular song or artist who inspired you?
Rock’n roll was my first love as young kid. AC/DC was love at first sight. They keep on inspiring me, even though that they’re god knows how old. Makes me believe that age really does not matter when it comes to being creative.

Tell us when you realised you wanted to get involved in making music and playing tunes to people?
Oh boy. I had a guitar in my hand at six-years-old, putting on shows for my parents. And I didn’t even know how to play it! IThe urge has always been there as far back as I can remember. And it keeps taking me to new and new places. I love that!

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice that day, what would it be?
You caught me at a very bizarre time. It seems to me that my life has been perfect, including all my mistakes. I wonder if I’m seeing things wrong?

How do you set about writing tunes? Is there a common starting point for all your work?
Ever since the day of getting into both rock’n roll and heavy metal, my music has always been very riff or lick-driven. So whenever I pick up a guitar, I’m always going for something new. If something rolls off the top of my fingers, I keep on messing around with it until I’m happy. It’s the most exciting feeling I get - when inspiration shows up.

If you music was a person, how would you describe their personality and where would they live?
Son Of The Wind is a curious, long-haired, bearded fairy that lives in the mountains and comes down from time to time to tickle people’s hearts with his lap-guitar.

What are your top three “must haves” while you’re on tour?
My espresso machine is essential, for staying alive. My recorder, for ideas and memorable people and stories, and last but not least my nostril shaver. Please. No jokes, mate!

Son Of The Wind is a curious, long-haired, bearded fairy that lives in the mountains and comes down from time to time to tickle people’s hearts with his lap-guitar.

What have you been listening to this year so far?
At the moment, it’s everything from the wonderful James Vincent McMorrow to Converge and Matt Corby.

Do you have any pre-set rituals?
Not really. If anything, I “quit trying,” so to speak. Just throw the seriousness out the window and be free. Makes it so much more joyful for me.

What was the most significant moment of 2014 for you and why?
Being in eye contact with the arctic fox in the middle of a night, by its nest. That is one I won’t forget, ever. To be in awe and fearful at the same time in complete darkness….and it happened in January, too. It made me think that this year would be a special one.

What have you been listening to this year? Can you give us a top three records of 2015 so far?
A Skeletal Domain by Cannibal Corpse from last year, believe it or not. I’m not too great at being up to date with the music which is comin’ out. I spend more time creating new music, both on my own and with my new band, Belford. But the thirst for hearing some new always comes and then, I grab the shovel and start digging.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Would anybody say no to Prince?

How is the rest of 2015 shaping up for you? Where can we see you play?
Come to Iceland! Hitch-hike to the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. You’ll find me underneath the Seljalandsfoss Water. You might even smell me from miles away!

Watch short film 830 Miles - The Ring Road In Iceland by Olivier Chalier soundtracked by Son of the Wind.

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