Full name: Jökull Júlíusson
Born: March 20, 1990
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse
Life Path Number: 6
Favorite Bar in Reykjavík: Kaldi (thanks @kaleo.fp!)
What job if not a musician: Physiotherapist (WBRU interview)
Must haves on tour rider: "Whole Foods? Gin? I don't know, that's a tough one...toothpaste?" (from AMBY interview)
(from Galore interview):
What’s the weirdest way you’ve written a song?
Sometimes a melody or a lyric pops into my head while driving. I also remember once writing a song live to add to our short set list.
What’s one rapper you’d love to collaborate with? I’m not sure about a collaboration but I, for example, like Dr. Dre’s work.
How old were you when you started singing and how did you hone your style? (from Vegas Seven interview) I started singing pretty late, I think—17 [or] 18. I originally learned to play [classical] piano and then started picking up songs and teaching myself. Then I taught myself how to play guitar and sing later. I consider myself more of a songwriter than a singer. … I never sang in falsetto until I wrote “All the Pretty Girls” and never used to whistle until I wrote “Automobile,” so [my singing develops] as my songwriting develops.
(from TheARTery) “It’s really been through my songwriting that I’ve developed a voice. I’m not afraid to try out things and I consider myself more of a songwriter than a singer. I learn a lot from the performance as a singer when I write songs.”
Other: scared of heights; could bench press 140kg (308 lbs) at the age of 16 (from popculturedaily); interested in both philosophy and history; watched his first live hockey game on 25 Feb 2017, Penguins vs Flyers, in Pittsburgh, PA (from Sports Illustrated)
Musical Influences: (from popculturedaily interview) "...what connects us as a band is mostly old blues music, classic rock and soulful music such as, Robert Johnson, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Jeff Buckley and many more."
(from AltWire) "I would say a lot of blues music. All the way back to the 70s. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolfe and the Brits that took over and the great bands from the 60’s and 70s. Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Ray Charles. We have influences from all over, we try not to do just one thing. We try to tap into different genres."
About his lyrics: "It's a very special feeling, people relating to your music and connecting to the lyrics in their own way...I think I take inspirations from everywhere really, everyday life, some more personal than others...It's really moving when people maybe have a story to tell, when they connect to a lyric or a song in such a personal way, and maybe they interpret the lyrics in such a different way of their own. That's why I prefer really not to talk about maybe my personal experience to the lyrics sometimes, because i find it so interesting when people have their own interpretations of these lyrics and how they connect to it involving their personal lives." (from Ticketsdotcom)
(this section will continuously be updated as we discover more fun facts about him!)
(from 3-2-1 with 99x, see YouTube clip -->)
3 Favorite bands he would want to tour with: Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney
2 of his Favorite vacation spots: Tarifa in southern Spain, Thailand, and California's always nice
1 biggest influence in his life: "Gonna be real corny and say music!"
Languages: Icelandic, English, Danish, and a little Spanish
Christy: "Aw, I was going to count the language of love because of your music!"
JJ: "Well, that's fair enough."
Christy: "I mean, that made it super awkward."
Hear him tell you how to pronounce his first and last name, right around the 20 second mark...he has yet to hear an American pronounce his name right...
JJ plays 3-2-1 with 99x and lists off some of his favorite things!
<---- JJ's answers from MetroLyrics "My Musical Mind" questionnaire! (March 2015)
Read The Current's Guitar Collection:
Kaleo's JJ Julius Son, 1935 National Guitar
and watch him play it here