Mr. Silla is the project of Berlin based singer-songwriter and musician Sigurlaug Gísladóttir, better known for his work with Mùm. Four years after Mr Silla, she just released a new solo album. Hands on Hands is out now via Making Records. It was co-produced with the help of Mike Lindsay (Tunng, LUMP, Cheek Mountain Thief) and mixed by Sam Slater (Johann Johannsson, Ben Frost).
We are glad to announce which Mr. Silla will be one of our guest for 10th Birthday Live Series. She will play a show on February 28th, 2020 at MAT Laboratorio Urbano in Terlizzi (Italy). We had a nice talk with her about the creative process of the new album, live shows, Iceland and Berlin and more. Check it below.
Let’s Start from the new album “Hands on hands”. How was born the idea of the album and what was the path of the creative process?
The album came together in a sort of experimental stage of my songwriting. I was enjoying trying out different methods and approaches and letting the music take me where it wanted. It was a really enjoyable process with a lot of fun surprises along the way.
The title “Hands On Hands” seems to refer to love and relationships. A theme which seems declined in all its shades and different meanings in this album. Is it right?
The title refers more to the hands that make. Making things with your hands, supporting yourself and others in a productive way. The title song is about the process of making things. All the different methods available to get things going if you feel a bit lost. I drew inspiration from a lot of different places for the lyrics and in this song I reference David Byrne, Brian Eno and David Lynch after reading some things they had to say about the process.
I’m impressed from the official video for the track “Butter On it”. What can you say about the clip and the song?
The song was written by my good friend Páll Ivan frá Eiðum and the lyrics are his as well. Me and Andrea Björk Andrésdóttir, the director, came up with the concept together. We wanted to express some of the concepts, like come, blood and snow, in the lyrics in an abstract way with the still life sets we created from fairly common household objects and food. We really enjoyed putting it together and I feel super fortunate to be able to collaborate with people like her and Páll Ivan.
Writing music, I Think, is the most helpful, healing break to reawaken the senses. Are you agree? What is the best part (and the worst, if there is one) of the writing process?
I believe it is essential for the brain and for mental health in general to have an outlet of sorts. I feel very happy and grateful that mine is creating music and art.
You are from Iceland and you live in Berlin, right? I’m very interested to the connection between the places we live over the years, the territorial geography of our roots and the art. How do you feel these theme connected to your music, your way to think music? What are your favorite places which inspired the most?
I think it is inevitable that your surroundings affect your creations whatever you might be doing. I will also say that it is for me at least, rarely a conscious thought. I might sometimes be able to figure it out and see it clearly much later. Most of the time it happens while I am unaware of it. I really love both where I am from and where I am living now. Traveling is maybe the most inspiring thing to me though. Being able to travel all over and share music with people is immensely inspiring to me. I love love love playing in Italy. It’s so beautiful and we get to eat incredible food and drink amazing wine before playing a show. Japan is another place with amazing beauty and food.
How much important is experimentation in your way to think music?
It is essential to me at least. I like to keep an open mind when I start writing. That way I get to make something that is new to me at least.
20 years of Mùm. You recently released a special edition of the debut album and played some shows around Europe. What does it mean to be in a band for a long time?
I joined the band in 2007 and it was a real dream to join a band that I had grown up admiring. As we played together longer your bandmates really become your extra family and I really treasure that.
Maybe You don’t know but our Website, in 2020, turns 10 years and we started a Live Series to celebrate our 10th Birthday and you will be our guest at the end of February. What kind of show we can expect from you?
I am so excited to come and play for you the new material. I have some exciting visuals and guitar shreds that I can’t wait to show you guys. And congratulations! 😀
Ritual question. What are the best releases you recently appreciated?
The newest Jae Tyler stuff is incredible. Highly recommend checking it out.