When I was a teenager in Iceland people would throw rocks and shout abuse at me because they thought I was weird. I never got that in London no matter what I wore.

I do believe sometimes discipline is very important. I'm not just lying around like a lazy cow all the time.

Feminists bore me to death. I follow my instinct and if that supports young girls in any way, great. But I'd rather they saw it more as a lesson about following their own instincts rather than imitating somebody.

Football is a fertility festival. Eleven sperm trying to get into the egg. I feel sorry for the goalkeeper.

I'm just like anybody. I have my ups and downs.

The funeral business is so manipulative emotionally. I would want to be thrown into the sea or burned - something that's not a big hassle.

We didn't really have television when I was a kid. Around 30, I discovered films and started systematically catching up. I collect interesting documentaries and films, and watch a few nights a week.

I feel like the people from Iceland have a different relationship with their country than other places. Most Icelandic people are really proud to be from there, and we don't have embarrassments like World War II where we were cruel to other people.

When I was a punk teenager, I rebelled because lots of people in Iceland think that foreigners are evil and that if you don't wear woolen hats and eat sheep, you're betraying your heritage.

In 2008, I was more just thinking about using the touchscreen for writing the songs. From there I started thinking about how I visualised music.

Part of me is probably more conservative than people realise. I like my old string quartets, I don't like music that's trippy for trippy's sake.

I do love one-upmanship sometimes, like when you see kids breakdancing and who can do the best tricks. It's common, it's in our nature as animals, like the birds of paradise who've got the best feathers and that sort of stuff. But it's fun when it's impulsive and it's about fun.

It's funny how the hippies and the punks tried to get rid of the conservatives, but they always seem to get the upper hand in the end.

Believe it or not, I'm a bit clumsy with technology. It's probably why I'm so excited about the touchscreen - even an idiot can use it!

The English can be a very critical, unforgiving people, but criticism can be good. And this is a country that loves comedy.

I find most children quite inspiring.

Nature is our chapel.

Compared to America or Europe, God isn't a big part of our lives here. I don't know anyone here who goes to church when he's had a rough divorce or is going through depression. We go out into nature instead.

Being a musician is very easy. My house is full of musical instruments. There's a lot of music, always.

There is this stereotype of Icelanders all believing in spirits, and I've played up to that a bit in interviews.

The reason I do interviews is because I'm protecting my songs.

There's something about the rhythm of walking, how, after about an hour and a half, the mind and body can't help getting in sync.

While you're setting something up that's educational for yourself, you have an opportunity to teach others at the same time.

Sometimes, when I have a lot of ideas and I want to do a lot of things, or when I'm traveling, I lose energy and I can't do as many things as I want. So I have to plan days when I'm not doing anything. I find that a bit boring, but it's necessary.

For a person as obsessed with music as I am, I always hear a song in the back of my head, all the time, and that usually is my own tune. I've done that all my life.

There is such a big chunk of me that is David Attenborough. I think he is my biggest inspiration.

With my projects, I really like the extreme high-tech stuff, but I also like the other end, the acoustic things. So it seems like those meet on an iPad, where you make shapes but the sounds coming out of it are really acoustic.

Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.

I have written most of my melodies walking and I feel it is definitely one of the most helpful ways of sewing all of the different things in your life together and seeing the whole picture.

Maybe it's just a personal thing, but I get so much grounding from Iceland because I know it's always going to be there. I have a very happy, healthy relationship with the country, so it's really easy to go everywhere because I always have Iceland to go back to.

I think every year brings unknowns that you have to deal with and handle, confront and embrace.

I am a grateful… grapefruit.

I'm a bit of a nerd, I wouldn't mind working in a shop selling records, or having a radio show where I could play obscure singles.

As a singer-songwriter, what I do is write about how the human feels.

But I'm not interested in politics. I lose interest the microsecond it ceases to be emotional, when something becomes a political movement. What I'm interested in is emotions.

I love being a very personal singer-songwriter, but I also like being a scientist or explorer.

I do try and wear stuff by unknown designers, and I make sure I pay because if nothing else I have money.

I get embarrassed listening to my last CDs. I've got a lot of work to do, let's put it that way.

It's incredible how nature sets females up to take care of people, and yet it is tricky for them to take care of themselves.

I've always appreciated working with people I have chemistry with, who are friends, and where you feel that the work is growing while you are getting to know each other better.

I would like to teach music. It's weird the way they teach music in schools like Julliard these days.

I'd done three solo albums in a row, and that's quite narcissistic.

Now that rock is turning 50, it's become classical in itself. It's interesting to see that development.

I guess I'm quite used to not being understood rather than being understood.

In elections in Iceland, I have always been an abstainer. It seems like politics is such a small bundle of self-important people, who don't have much to do with things I'm interested in.

I always wanted to be a farmer. There is a tradition of that in my family.

When I was 20, political music was the uncoolest thing on earth.

My first album didn't come out until I was 27, which in pop years is late, you know. But when it came time to arrange it, I became a kid in a toy shop. I had a harp and a saxophone quartet and a symphony orchestra. I went berserk for a time.

People that complete other people's vision are understated.