Inspired by artists such as GAS, Mauritzio, Vangelis the Yagya moniker was born when Aðalsteinn created the album Rhythm of Snow (2002), released by Force Inc. A few years later Yagya’s “Will I Dream During the Process?” (2006) and “Rigning” (2009) were released by Sending Orbs. “Rigning” was critically acclaimed and regarded by many as an instant classic. After “Rigning”, Yagya experimented with vocals, and later “The Inescapable Decay of My Heart” (2012) was released by the Japanese label Kilk Records. Returning to hypnotic and dreamy dub techno, his album “Sleepygirls” (2014) was released by Delsin Records followed by the softer and slower “Stars and dust” (2016).
Yagya’s style is always patient and slow burning, his grooves are long and drawn out and finds him marry moving melodies, soft synths, and deep moods into captivating and cerebral soundtracks that really take you on a trip, while his pads reach up into the heavens.
Aðalsteinn was born in Kópavogur, Iceland, in 1976. His first release, “Hérna”, was released on a cassette by the Icelandic label Fire Inc. in 1994. Around the same time he met Thor (Þórhallur Skúlason) and they formed the band “Sanasol”, releasing deep house music on Hey babe! and Thule Music. Inspired by artists such as GAS and Mauritzio the Yagya moniker was born when Aðalsteinn created the album Rhythm of Snow. The album was released by Force Inc. in 2002 and was critically acclaimed and loved by fans. (Due to popular demand and unusually high resale price Rhythm of Snow was reissued in 2012 by Subwax Bcn on CD, vinyl and digital.) A few years later Yagya’s “Will I Dream During the Process?” was released in 2006 by the Dutch label Sending Orbs (which was also re-released by Subwax Bcn in 2013.) Yagya’s third album “Rigning”, was released by Sending Orbs, in 2009. “Rigning” was critically acclaimed and regarded by many as an instant classic. After “Rigning”, Yagya dreamt of experimenting with vocals, and soon started working on his album “The Inescapable Decay of My Heart”. It was released in august 2012 by the Japanese label Kilk Records, and distributed by Darla worldwide. His fifth album, “Sleepygirls”, was released by Delsin Records in May 2014, where he infuses repetitive, atmospheric dub techno with occasional jazz improvisation and gentle japanese vocals. “Stars and dust” was also released by Delsin in the end of 2016, where Yagya once again visited dreamy landscapes, this time infusing the atmosphere with gentle piano melodies and occasional wordless vocals.
Yagya performs on friday, August 3.
1. To kick-off with this typical but still relevant question – how does the world of music dwells in Reykjavik?Also could You describe the current situation in a few words. Is it more likely that there is a creative stagnation, or is it possible to predict something new and special?
Reykjavik is musically very active, there are so many people creating and playing music and there are a few very interesting festivals each year, plus smaller events every weekend. I think Icelanders enjoy music very much and are proud of their musical creations. I do not think there is a creative stagnation, but it is very hard to predict what people will come up with next. I think new genres and creativity in music originates from young people that are starting out and are not bogged down by accepted rules in music. Thus they can experiment more freely and are
2. Now, for a quick detour in the past – is the imaginary soundsculpture You constantly modulate and refine (assumably to infinite and beyond) differ magnitudes compared to ideals You began this journey with?
I usually have some vague idea what I want to create and have some sort of starting point, then as the album/project goes forward I try to figure out what is best to do for the music instead of trying too hard to stay true to my initial idea.
3. The world today is known to be overwhelmed by different music – what is it that makes your work unique or to stand out in this frenzy of sound?
I’d like to think that my music is more introspective than most music out there, I try my best to create music that allows the listener to enjoy it repeatedly, but perhaps doesn’t give instant gratification, opposite of pop music.
4. If your music where to magically morph into edible, then what kind?
My music tends to have lots of small ingredients that play together and some are below the surface on first listening. Thus I think it would magically morph into a mild and slightly sweet curry, with fresh and fragrant spices, cooked for a very long time so the taste blend well together to create a delicious and fulfilling dish.
5. F as in finish – when you hear the word “Kukemuru”, what is the first topic that bubbles from the subconcious? (To make things more interesting, the answer can’t be Kukemuru Ambient :)
Hmm.. the kuke almost looks like kake, or cake, and the kukemuru makes me think of rural areas of Estonia, so that word makes me imagine eating some juicy cake in the countryside of Estonia during summer.