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Sjonni's Friends (Iceland) 1st press conference

Posted 2 May 2011 at 16:16

The band, featuring guitarists Vignir Snaer Vigfusson and Gunnar Olason, pianist Palmi Sigurhjartarson, drummer Benedikt Brynleifsson, bassist Hreimur Örn Heimisson, and vocalist Matthias Matthiasson were all long-term friends and collaborators of Sjonni.
Fittingly, the song’s theme deals with the preciousness of life. As one delegation member explained: “The meaning of the song is that we don’t know how much time we have on this earth” and that we should take advantage of every moment to connect with family and friends and enjoy our life while we have it.
The band actually did not want to make any changes to the song after Sjonni had written it, in order to keep the song as true to his memory as possible.
Iceland has a proud history in the Eurovision Song Contest, having already won in 1, but the band doesn’t really feel that they are suffering from overly high expectations back home.
“For the first time there isn’t a lot of pressure from back home. We just want to touch people. For us it’s a lot about spreading the love. We know that it sounds a bit corny, but that’s what we want to do.”
Asked how it felt to be performing in Düsseldorf, one band member answered: ““I got a very nice feeling that it’s going to be great...it was just like coming home.”
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