Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Vestment Islands-born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. He plays Gullivers, Manchester on 19 September in support of his new LP Floating Harmonies.
Tell us a bit about your sound and your influences.
1950-1980 is my main sound influence. Old film scores and soul music.
How have you evolved as a musician over the years?
I would say I really think about what I am releasing and my direction in sound and songwriting. Back in the day I would just sing everything I wrote in front of people.
Were there any alternative band names before you arrived at this one?
No not for this project. The name had been in my head for a long time.
What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Writing new songs, discovering new sounds, new instruments and also painting and drawing.
How do you stand out from the crowd in a saturated industry?
I have ginger hair and beard and I am from Iceland.
What’s on your rider?
Salt liquorice and chocolate milk.
Tell us about your worst live show.
I was playing in front of a black metal crowd and my drummer panicked so he started playing every song five times faster. But that was in another band.