Possimiste is a young, on-the-rise alt-pop artist based in Iceland. Her “fairy-tale” pop sound embodies her quirky, new-age/hippie spirit. Listeners are entranced by her whimsical world. Her music has been in videos for Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Design Within Reach and many more. Now, Possimiste is working on her debut album, hoping to grace listeners in the near future.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I am endlessly thankful to be born into a family where my parents really cared and listened. I was a 3-year-old girl I when announced my parents that I was going to connect my life with music and singing. They listened and signed me up for a singing school. Since then making up songs has been a natural part of my life. A couple of years later when I got a cassette player, I realized I could not let the songs disappear and would spend my days recording improvised songs with the same player.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
It was how I played my first Possimiste show. I flew to Slovakia and knew I was going to play some songs on the radio. But it was not until the car stopped in front of this huge building when I realized it was the national radio and thousands of people would be listening to me performing my songs for the very first time...It has been one of the most fun days in my life so far and since then I have been more attracted to the unknown than ever before. That day I discovered that fear and excitement are made of the same clay....and it's totally up to us if we want to make a fear monster or excitement butterfly out of it...or transform the fear monster into a butterfly.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Here and now. I believe present is always the highest place we can ever be on our creative journeys. If I stop for a moment then my present really is a beautiful place. There is only one chance for us, musicians, to experience how it feels to have you first and imperfect version of your first album in your headphones, excited to trust it into the hands of...It's like having a bunch of dirty and messy-haired kids running around your house waiting to be showered, dressed, haircombed by mr X. You know that they will be the same kids you have always known but are so excited to see how they would look like in their new beautiful clothes, ready to step into the world.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I believe that songs, poems, ideas are every moment flying here among us and looking for a way to become part of the real world when the time is right. Maybe just like your and my souls decided that they needed to become humans at some certain point. And here we are.
I often feel as if I was a living soup pot walking around with an open cover just to let the ideas see what kind of emotional environment is boiling inside me and if an idea feels that "This is the perfect environment where I can grow and transform into something material" then the idea would just jump into me and start transforming into ..."art" if I give him my permission. This is the way almost all of my songs are born. At some point I just hear a melody line along the lyrics and if I fall in love with it, it will become a song. So it is a bit of a divine process...and a way of living. I just try to keep my soup boiling as hot as possible, feed the emotional fire, experience new emotions, positive and negative, to their fullest - it all attracts creativity. I once had a really dark time in my life when ended up turning into a stone to protect myself against the emotions that could have broken me apart. I suddenly felt so strong but at the same time I could create absolutely nothing. The ideas don't have time to break through the stones, I realized.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I am happy to see that more and more people are finding time for music making than ever before and discovering their creativity, which definitely makes us happier people and society. Nowadays it is so affordable to create, record and put your music out there but at the same time it is really hard to "make it big" because there is so much amazing music out there. It's kind of sad to see all those talented musicians quitting art just because of "not making it". I guess the biggest challenge is to remind ourselves that real creative success is not measured in numbers, plays,$$, or awards but to have managed to enrich the world with your song IS already the success and the feeling of "doing the right thing" is the best award a creator can have. Songs are smarter than us. No song bothers to come to this world without a reason. It is meant to reach the right ears one day and change the world in its own sneaky way.A song that touches only one person, but touches him deeply, has bigger value than a hit with million plays but no real force in it. So if you feel there's a creator in you - create,just because it fulfills you and the world.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
The Foo Fighters! They just have that really powerful good energy around them...I think it is called pure joy of being alive.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I first give the songs the right arrangement, then go through them with my vocal coach (shoutout to the fab Jenn Forbes who really deserves it). Then practise, practise, practise. I am so happy to have the talented pianist and creative force Racquel Boromeo in my boat as well on stage. There's lots of work done, lots of work to do, many trips and rehearsals in New York ahead but we are planning something beautiful, visual and are filled with excitement.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
There are some songs that come to me and sound like some oracle predictions from the future, telling about events that have not happened, making me feel feelings I have never felt, the sensation that goes through me when singing it is so eerie. At the same time, maybe it was someone else's story that travelled into my head. Of the songs that are out there "Wanderer" was like that, talked about moving to Iceland and love way before I even had that idea. "Star Caesar" is also a weird song, it keeps coming back and asking for a new form.It has already 4 versions...so far, what a trickster!
What's coming up in the future?
If I listen to the predictions in my songs then there should soon arrive the era of people coming back together and some kind of burst of love and kindness♡ #flowerpower
Where can fans can access your music.