HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH ICEBERG
Who are Iceberg? Where you’re from, how you met.
Charlotte Berg and Amalie Adbulrehman are the two women that make up Iceberg. Amalie is from Liverpool and I'm from Pennsylvania, but I've lived on four different continents over the last 10 years and spent the past 3 in Nashville, TN. We met in 2017 and really clicked, so after 5 years as an artist I decided I wanted Amalie to be the other half of the band and we changed the name.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind?
I came up with the name initially and then we tried it out on friends and other musicians. We're both nature lovers and we love the symbolism of Iceberg. 10% is visible on the surface and 90% is hidden, which is how most people operate. Our music is an uncovering of this 90%. The awkward, lustful, angry, truthful.
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Being an all girl band we both loooove Haim. Growing up I was obsessed with Missy Higgins, Elton John, Imogen Heap, Bon Iver, James Taylor. Nowadays I listen to a lot more soul. Amalie loves artists like Rick James, d'angelo, seramic and a West London underground punk/blues band The Howdo.
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
We've had two songs chart in Europe and the U.S. which was a big milestone for us. "Moving Silently" reached #18 on the Euro Indie Music Chart and "Never Ending Highway" rose on a few US charts. I think their styles each touch on the different tastes of the two continents. I also played a decent-sized Swedish festival in 2016 which was big for me. If I had it my way we'd play festivals half the time and venues the other half. There's nothing like playing outside.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
We'd love to tour with Bon Iver. They have an incredibly moving sound and they make every show special and unique. They play outside venues and stunning concert halls. They also seem to be all about the music and aren't fussed with fame or appearing super human.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Our live show, like our music I think, is insightful, emotional, and raw. It's all about conveying the emotion of the songs. I jump back and forth between piano and guitar, sometimes playing them at the same time, and Amalie keeps things grooving, throwing in electronic elements with an SPD-SX pad and singing harmonies. With only two people in the band we each have a lot of responsibility. It takes ingenuity to create a full band sound because we only have four hands between us.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
Before each show we do a cheesy football "all hands in" huddle thing. It reminds us we're a team and it's silly which puts us in a good mood. It's important to feel relaxed and safe on stage to get your best, most creative performance.
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band.
We met on Tinder. Just kidding haha We're pretty down-to- earth, easy going people so you won't hear about us doing anything too crazy. A tradition of ours is that every time we practice we have tea and biscuits. Music is all about doing what works for you. There's no manual so you make the rules up as you go.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
We're most active on instagram and facebook. We try to post genuine, real life content, not airbrushed versions of ourselves. We're tired of women pretending to be perfect. Its boring. Amalie is absolutely hilarious. You'll often catch her inhaling a nutella pie or donut. To work out, instead of going to the gym, she puts music on in her room and jumps for an hour. She swears by it. Her boyfriend bought her a hideous green velvet/mesh jumpsuit for Christmas and she's been threatening to wear it on stage. We both love a good dirty joke and laugh a lot when we practice. Finding the right person to share your musical journey with is key to enjoying the ride. I've worked with a lot of talented people but it's never been as fun a mission as with Amalie.
Instagram - @icebergmusicuk
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Icebergmusicuk/
Finally, What does the future hold for the band?
We're releasing one song a month for the next 6 months. We're filming the entire process so you can follow it on our socials. I'm writing a new song each month then bringing it to Amalie to work out the rhythm and arrangement in one or two practices. Then we record over a couple days, later adding synth, guitar, electric percussion, harmonies etc. Then I mix it all down. It's going to be very fast paced but really fun. Making new music is definitely our favourite part of being musicians.
As far as touring, we're planning to do a small tour this spring and a larger, more extensive tour this summer. Instead of organising a million small shows we're aiming for festivals and support slots for bigger artists to get the new music out. I refuse to pay for expensive PR campaigns. Too much soulless music gets out and blocks the way for genuine art because of money. We're relying simply on fans to help us reach our musical goals. So follow us on spotify and come see us play a live show. I've put out two albums in the past that received critical acclaim from big music publications in the US but this is definitely the best music I've made and Amalie has been a big part of that.
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,16 November
The Old Queens Head,28 November
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,29 November
93 Feet East,30 November
The Jazz Cafe,03 December
THE GRACE ,06 December