Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Starwalker

Photo by Jeaneen Lund

Starwalker is comprised of Frenchman Jean-Benoit Dunckel (AIR) and Icelandic composer Bardi Johannsson (Bang Gang). Together, Starwalker are creating effortlessly ethereal electronic pop. A Music Blog, Yea? asked the duo about how they met one another, their first single Bad Weather, inspirations, and elves.

AMBY: Hello Starwalker, what’s the band been up to lately?

Starwalker: We have been writing new songs for our LP and finalizing our first EP + new video.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Starwalker: Electronic, fun, emotional and warm.

AMBY: Hailing from France and Iceland, how did both of you meet?

Starwalker: We met through a common friend in Paris. Started with coffee. Then music and coffee and then even more music and more coffee + lunch.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your ethereal first single Bad Weather?

Starwalker: It is our first song we wrote together. It combines our universes into a galaxy.

AMBY: The Bad Weather video is beautifully shot and accompanies the song perfectly. What inspired the video?

Starwalker: Thank you. The video is inspired by the song. The landscapes and creatures are all within the song.

AMBY: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?

Starwalker: Inspiration comes at every moments. Not always at the right moments. We think artist is a name given to humans that collect their inspiration moments. We write ideas on notebooks and we keep them for the studio time. I think I’m inspired by people. Especially women. We care for them.

AMBY: Where did the name Starwalker come from? And what other names had you considered for the band?

Starwalker: Starwalker comes from the deep liquids of our heads. In our first video, we walk in Icelandic nature and it looks like planet Mars. So walkers on Planet became Starwalker. We had other names like” Sex “for  example, the best band name ever.

AMBY: Who would be in your ultimate concert line-up?

Starwalker: Mickael Jackson and Marvin Gaye will be the main singers of the Band. Alan Vega on backing vocals. Miles Davis will play trumpet solos. John Bonham will play drums. Sid Vicious on bass. Johnny Cash or Lou Reed on Guitar.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

Starwalker: This may be.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Starwalker that nobody knows yet?

Starwalker: We have some good stuff coming up. We know the legends of Iceland and France. Legends are made of vampires, elves and magicians. We take our energy from them. But their address is hard to fine on internet and we know where to find all these people.


Thank you Starwalker, for giving us your answers!

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