Interview mit Isák

Auf erschien heute pünktlich zum eigentlichen Konzerttermin der Band Isák aus Norwegen ein Interview mit der Sängerin Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen:

Another guest of “Nordischer Klang” is the band ISÁKThe trio is an important part of Norwegian Sami culture and is especially known for winning Norway’s “Sami Music Award 2018”. ISÁK have also made an international name for themselves through their collaboration with Alan Walker and Steve Aioki. Be curious about traditional joik and urban synth! Together with “Mall Girl” you can get an insight into Norwegian pop culture tonight at 8 pm on Nordischer Klang’s Youtube channel.

moritz.medien: Hi, Ella, Daniel and Aleksander! You are the band ISÁK! But how did you get together? What unites you?

ISÁK: So, we got together back in 2016. First me and Daniel in the studio through this youth program for young songwriters. I was looking for collaborators, and luckily Daniel was hired as the producer. We made a song together in two days that we were very happy with, so we thought we should start a band. Without even knowing each other that well, we knew we’d need an energetic drummer to match us – so we reached out to Aleksander who is very known for being full of energy on stage.

moritz.medien: Please describe each other with 3 words!

Ella (ISÁK): I’ll answer on behalf of the other two, because they’re both feeling ill these days and are hard to get a hold of. I’ll describe Daniel as genius, funny and a workaholic. Aleksander is thoughtful, humble and addicted to drum playing. I am driven, creative and very emotional. 

moritz.medien: How does your everyday life look like now?

ISÁK: These days, Aleksander is in his last days of paternity leave and will soon join me and Daniel in the studio. We have taken a break from playing concerts, so that we can focus on our album.

moritz.medien: “Ealán” is your new album! Which themes do you deal with in the songs? How was it created? 

ISÁK: Ealán was made in the first two years we started working together. We basically made the album while touring, which was challenging in many ways. Especially for Daniel, who had to put together the whole thing. But we are very happy with how it turned out, and we really made an intense and emotional album that reflects what kind of liveband we are. The lyrics are all written by me, and they’re obviously inspired by tough situations in my own life, such as experiencing psychological violence in my first relationship. Violence is unfortunately too common in the Sami communities, therefore it was important for me to speak up.

moritz.medien: Čurves Munnje” (engl. “Shout at me”) was the first song after you moved from your home Tana, at 16. What’s the song about?

ISÁK: Our first single ever, “Čurves Munnje”, is about missing a safe place to speak Sami without being bullied for it. It was a reminder for myself that I am nothing without my language and my culture, so therefore I need to fight for it. With the song I also wanted others to do the same, fight for our language to remain.

moritz.medien: Where is the language Sami spoken?

ISÁK: There are many different Sami languages. But they are spoken by the native people of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

moritz.medien: Is “ISÁK” a Sami word?

ISÁK: ISÁK is from my last name “Isaksen”, but also after my Sami grandfather who shared the same name.

moritz.medien: The nicest compliment after a show?

ISÁK: The nicest compliments we get are like people naming their babies after our band. That has like actually happened.

Das Interview wurde von Lena Elsa Droese für das moritz.magazin mm145 geführt.

Morgen gibt es auf unserem Blog das Interview mit Jaqee zu lesen. Herzlichen Dank an das Moritz-Team für die Unterstützung!