The songs that get Björk out of bed in the morning

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Björk explains why she's the David Attenborough of DJs

Icelandic experimental indie music legend Björk is in Sydney at the moment for the opening of her exhibition Björk Digital.

She's spent the past couple of days talking about the exhibition, which allows audiences to experience her music and videos in 4D through virtual reality technology. Tonight and tomorrow night she DJs at the event's opening parties.

 

Speaking with Myf Warhurst this week, Björk says she doesn't consider herself a technically adept DJ. But she says her obsession with music gets her through.

"I've kind of always done it, but just for friends. I'm obsessed with music and I'm always looking for my new favourite song that's going to save my life and get me up in the morning.

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"I'm not the best mixer in the world, but that's not the point of me DJing," she says. "I'm not there to scratch, I'm not a scratch lady. I think what I might be able to show rather is the kind of musicology freak that I am. The music nerd."

Playing DJ sets allows Björk to get one step closer to fulfilling a childhood dream.

 

"I had this fantasy since I was a kid that I would run a radio show and I would introduce people to new, strange music from Papua New Guinea or whatever and that I would tell stories about the songs. That was before I started in bands and even thought that I would become a singer.

"That side of me, the music nerd, it's sort of like the David Attenborough angle on DJing. I'll be bring out some rare birds and insects and sharing them with people.

So, what rare birds is she enjoying right now?

 

"Alim Qasimov I love a lot, he's a singer from Azerbaijan. I've got a CD here of electronic underground artists from Iran, it looks very punk. Ash Koosha I like a lot, who I actually discovered through Ariana Grande.

"I love pure pop, too. When they get that pop bubble right, then that's just heaven."

Hear Myf's full chat with Björk on Lunch With Myf

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