Björk says her influence on Icelandic music would be more recognised if she were a man. In a radio interview on RÚV, the Icelandic music icon said she is learning to talk about the work she puts into her music behind the scenes.
Björk says she has received praise for her singing, but “I don’t think I have gotten credit for producing my own albums.” Since buying a computer in 1999, she remarks, she has edited all her own music. “I haven’t been bragging and talking about everything I do myself, and I’m trying to learn to do that. Many of my closest relatives don’t know that I have always done my own arrangements.”
The musician mentions as an example the multifaceted soundscape in her fourth album Vespertine. The soundscape was an idea she came up with and produced herself. “I think this had an influence on Icelandic music after that, how I blended together classical sound and pop. I think I haven’t really gotten credit for that and others have used that soundscape. If I were a boy, then I think I would have gotten credit for it. That’s my theory and it’s my contribution to the women’s rights struggle in Iceland. I blush when I say this, but I am going to allow myself to do that.”
“My mom’s generation was always furious and negative. Which I found good to a certain extent, but I think it also destroys them. So my generation was a bit like ‘OK, let’s pretend it’s no big deal and stop whining,’” Björk said. Now, the artist adds, she is learning to “whine” again, in a constructive way that can help future generations of women.