Arni Matthiasson

When I wanted to talk to Björk, I’d call her at home, or just drop in, but all of a sudden everything has changed. You have to go through official channels now. But she’s had to detach herself because everyone wants a piece. Some people think she’s arrogant because of that, but at Easter an Icelandic writer did a long interview with her on state television which improved her perceived image - she was down to earth, open and honest.

She is a bit of a hero : when somebody makes it big abroad, which doesn’t happen very often in Iceland, it’s like ’Our Björk’. Her only defect is that she is too honest. She’s very stubborn too : stubborn, honest and talented.

Select, june 1994