10 things you need to know about icelandic singer glowie
Starting with the feel good ode to self-love that is her new single, ‘Body’.
Bit cold, isn’t it? Bit dull outside? Well, we’ve got just the antidote. Icelandic singer Glowie, who incidentally is used to all of that, has kindly dropped a sun-drenched pop bop with a body-positive message straight into our laps. What an angel.
It was just over a year ago that we first introduced you to Glowie. Collaborating with London producer duo ill Blu on the poptastic Tribalist (Get To Know), she was getting Radio 1 play and comparisons to Dua Lipa left, right and centre. Since then, the 21-year-old has moved from Reykjavík to London, signed to Columbia Records and found her 90s-inspired R&B sound.
“ Body is all about being yourself and dancing like nobody’s watching,” ex-ballerina Glowie said of her new single back when it was released last month. Shot over in LA, the visual is a summer of self-discovery turned dance party that could well have been styled by a Rajneeshee. “It was a beautiful day in Malibu,” the artist remembers. “We were at this huge house up in the mountains where they had a pool, a tennis court, basketball court and a beautiful view over the mountains. It was a dream come true.”
Watch Body and get to know Glowie via the 10 fun facts below....
1. Glowie grew up in a very musical household and has a seriously great memory.
“My earliest memory is being five years old; my dad had his band over to the house on the weekends for rehearsals. When they were taking a break, I’d drag a chair into the living room with me, put it by the mic stand and climb onto it so I could reach the mic and pretend I was in the band.”
2. Born and raised in Reykjavík, she moved to London this summer.
“They’re totally different cities, like night and day. In Reykjavík you’re always bumping into people that you know, so it’s really friendly and homely. But in London I can dress however I want, I can cry in public, I can sing out loud and no one cares. I love that! In Reykjavík, I can escape into the nature anytime, it’s very peaceful and quiet. London is very crowded and loud but I’m starting to get used to it. I think it’s kind of nice to always have so much life around me, there’s always something going on.”
3. She wrote Body with superstar songwriter Julia Michaels.
“The song can mean a lot of things, it just depends on how you listen to it. I always want to bring a helpful message through my songs, so to me, it’s all about being extremely confident with yourself. I’m basically talking to myself when singing the song. Imagine yourself standing in front of a mirror and singing to the person I see in the mirror, that’s what it’s about. It is supposed to make you feel good and it’s supposed to make you dance and feel free.”
4. Glowie is body positive.
“I’m proud of my tattoos, my flexibility, my long arms and legs, my scars, the fact that I’m not perfect, and the way I dance.”
5. She wishes she could give her 16-year-old self this simple piece of advice.
“Don’t dye your hair!”
6. She’s a skilled painter too.
“I’ve been painting since I was a kid. My favourite thing to paint is trees and mountains.”
7. The fictional character she most relates to is Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill .
“I relate to how she expressed her feelings with her art, and how she was so obsessed with music. She was kind of a loner but such a passionate and emotional character.”
8. She knows you want her Reykjavík tips. These are her top 3.
“First off, always bring a coat. Once you’re there, go to Bónus, buy some Icelandic dried fish and eat it. I promise it tastes better than it smells, in fact, it’s really good with butter. And if you really like seafood, then I suggest you end your trip with a dinner at Fiskmarkaðurinn.”
9. Inspiration comes from all angles, including Jada and Willow Smith’s TV show.
“I’ve been watching the show Red Table Talk and I’m just blown away by it. It’s so healthy and real and amazing to watch. Really inspiring.”
10. Signed to a major label and knee deep in music, Glowie’s dreams already came true.
“Now that I’m living the dream I dreamt of for all those years, I find myself wondering what my next dream is... I’m very much in love with my boyfriend and want to spend the rest of my life with him. So right now, I guess that’s my dream.”