How is it that you started playing music? Nicolas Saintesteben started playing with the Marmet brothers (Diego, Damian and Fabian) in early 2011. Then Diego and Damian left the band and Brian Newman joined in.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
TOXINA is Fabian Marmet - Drums, 21
Nicolás Saintesteben - Guitar Voice, 21
Brian Newman - Bass, 23
Have you had other previous members? Guitarristas/Guitar: Diego Marmet, Hugo Meza y German Castro Bajista/Bass: Damian Marmet
Where are you from? We are from Glew, GBA Sur, Argentina
What year did the band form? Toxina was formed in February, 13, 2011.
What's your style of genre? Since our last work people often define our style as "Old School Technical Thrash Metal"
How often and where do you rehearse? Once a week is the minimum to get things going, and always in Glew. Sometimes it gets difficult to find time between so many shows.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Nicolas is a car mechanic, he loves cars. Brian is a metal worker, and enjoys working with wood too Fabian studies in a Conservatory of Classical Music.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Toxina has a fourth non-musician member, our Sound Engineer, Federico Marino,with whom we've been working for some time.Fede, besides the audio work, looks after a wide range of matters in the band. You could say he is the one who does the kind of job an agency would, alongside with us.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We’re not really interested in finding one, since our thing is the self-management. Therefore, Toxina must be self-produced.
What made you decide to make this music? We make the music we like and the music we can play. This genre is what comes best for us and what we enjoy the most.
What are your songs about? We like to think that anyone can give each song many different meanings. No doubt our lyrics are about human madness, but we don’t like to restrict ourselves at all, so we feel free to write about absolutely everything.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Fabian and Nicolas are the main composers right now. Lyrics are written by Fabian, and Brian usually adds some things up.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Honestly, music goes first. That doesn’t mean lyrics are less important, but music definitely goes in first place.
Have you done any covers live? We’ve recently been doing the cover of Edible Autopsy (Cannibal Corpse), but in the past we’ve also played Skeleton On Your Shoulder (Coroner), Take No Prisoners, The Skull Beneath the Skin, Rattlehead (Megadeth), Beneath the Wheel (D.R.I.), Postmortem (Slayer), Behind the Mirror, Blind Faith, Love Us or Hate Us, and Extreme Aggression (Kreator).
What language do you sing in? We sing in English. At first, there were people moaning about it, because our native language is Spanish, but they slowly understood that this kind of music is meant to be sung in English. It’s mainly a matter of taste and influences.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? One time in Vadenuevo, GBA West, we were rushed to open the show and when the curtain opened we played for the barman, the sound guy and two more people. Probably the biggest show was during our first trip to the city of Rosario, with 150 people watching Toxina at Chopper’s II.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Lately, we’ve been introducing our EP to people, along with other songs. We only play one song of our Demo, “Season of Lies”. We like to change the order in which we play the setlist from date to date.
What was your first gig like? Our first gig came out better than what we expected. We’d only had a few rehearsals but really wanted to play live. Many friends went to see us perform in this very small place in Burzaco, and we did mostly covers.
What was your latest gig? It was incredible. We travelled to Rosario, Santa Fe to play with our friends of “Shot.-Gun”, in their EP’s presentation show, and we’d never experienced such a thing before, visually and musically speaking.
Where have you played live this year? This was the year we played the biggest amount of gigs since we started! We had 23 shows in Buenos Aires, and 2 in Santa Fe.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? The only merchandise we made were 100 patches with our logo, and 100 copies of our Demo album. We gave them all away. We are planning to make t-shirts and some EP copies to sell.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? The immediacy took over every aspect of our lives and the way we experience music is not left out of this. The ritual of getting home after buying a new record is increasingly rare, but now we have access to more music than ever before. However, you can’t hold a download in your hands nor open it to read the lyrics in the booklet. It might sound out-dated, but having the actual album, in such a concrete way, makes you feel a lot different, it gives you a totally different set of emotions. Or at least that’s how we feel about it!
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Physical formats like CDs or vinyls will keep going on sale because the artists want it that way. Music industry is in deep crisis as they are struggling to still make some profit in this whole new market. In the meantime, it’s the artist's labor to not only make music, but to learn the best way to engage directly with the public. The common factor between both situations is the internet: it is the threat, the problem, the opportunity and the solution.
What do you think of my work? We think it’s a great thing because thank to you bands can tell their stuff to people who want to know a bit more.
What have been your biggest obstacles? The biggest obstacle in every band is the relationship between its members. We could say that our biggest accomplishment was finding ourselves as a band of 3. That way things began to flow in the best way possible, because we are no longer musicians playing in a band but friends, and we love each other like brothers.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Make friendship and companionship the first things on your list.
How do you get psyched for a gig? The warmup before a show is almost a ritual by now. If we can, we take our 30 minutes of relaxing, stretching and general warmup.
Do you have any new material? The last thing we recorded was our EP with 5 tracks called SELF-DESTRUCTION, which we let out on March 2015. .
What are your plans for the future? Our plan for the near future is to burn some actual copies of our EPs, so people can have it physically and enjoy this old-school experience we really love, keep playing live and make some recordings for our upcoming material.
Do you have something to add? Thanks to you for this interview. To everyone that is reading this, thanks for your time. If you are interested in the band just listen to our stuff and follow our activity on Facebook.
Hans (H): Yes. Soar and at the moment Mang Ont(drums) and Fhtagn(guitar), some bands and projects that have not worked out
Esko (E): I jammed a little with other people before this band, but have not had a band before Mang Ont.
Tarmo (T): haven't had any band experience before. Only jammed and experimented by myself.
How is it that you started playing music?
H: met the right people who had same interest, and thats how it went.
E: Started to learn guitar by myself ten years ago, and
T: Just went to have a lunch with one beer with my coworker at that time, years ago. Randomly we started talking about music and guitars. Not planned at all but back to home we walked already as novice musicians - acoustic guitars hanging over our shoulders (bought from local store)
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Hans Horn, drums, 42
Esko Kuldkepp, guitar, drone synth, 31
Tarmo Vikat, guitar, 37
Have you had other previous members? Yes, we had bass player/singer
Did you make music even when you were young?
H: nothing that could be called music exactly
E: played some synth for fun, but nothing serious
T: nope, didn't have any experience with any musical instruments in my childhood and even later
Where are you from? Tartu, Estonia
What year did the band form? Band was formed in year 2012
What's your style of genre? Stoner doom
What inspires you?
H: Good music,movies
E: I have not tracked down what exactly inspires me, it comes and goes, sometimes for months.
T: different moods at different times
How often and where do you reherse? We reherse one or two times a week.
How have you developed since you started with the music?
H: for sure we play now better, have worked with the sound, lots of new and better gear.
E: yes the guitar playing skills have improved, also searching some new ways to make music, interesting sounds or noise.
T: better intuition for jamming and better musical hearing is developed for sure
Do you have other interests of work outside the band?
H: not really, most of the time they are related to music, collect records, musical gear intrigues, a little bit of sports
E: Play some volleyball sometimes
T: some spiritual self-development and understanding the world around us better
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? It could be, that the life would be easier with booking agency. But because we may not have enough resources to pay the agency, we book by ourself at the moment
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? we have our own Studio, where we record and rehearsing, but when its a good deal, then lets go.
What made you decide to make this music?
H: there aren't lots of choices - I make music I like.
E: It just was a natural development for me, and its still changing a little, taking new shades.
T: I've always felt a connection to long heavy riffs rather than fast-picking guitar sounds
What are your songs about? Although we don't have vocals, our songs are inspired by the era of Mammoths, harsh and cold weather and ice age
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? At the moment we do not have lyrics nor vocals but when we had a singer, he wrote the lyrics. Also we got support from one poet whom we know.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? H: remembering when we started, then the music was first. E: If i write down some riffs, then I don't think about lyrics, for me the music is fundamental T: I feel thinking about lyrics is not my strong side - rather start with music
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Sometimes in rehearsal room, sometimes jamming alone at home.
Have you done any covers live? No we have not.
What language do you sing in? Some time ago when we had lyrics, they were in Estonian
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We think that so far the least was seven and the most about a hundred
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Around 18-50
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? At the moment we have a certain set of songs. If the audience has listened them for a while and our new songs will get ready, we'll change the set
Do you have a regular place you play live often? So far we have played only in Estonia, mostly in Tartu and Tallinn (but a few gigs also in other places). Most frequently visited places by us for playing are Rock 'n Roll, Underground, Genialistide Klubi in Tartu and Rockstars and Tapper in Tallinn
What was your latest gig? In 13 june in the city Rakvere, in a place called Kära Kants.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Fortunately no
Where have you played live this year? In Estonia: Tartu, Tallinn, Rakvere
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We are trying to reach our neighbour countries - Finland and Latvia.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We made T-shirts for sale this year. Our first EP album "4 aastat" is available on bandcamp - free for downloads but support is welcome of course :)
Where can people buy your merchandise? Straight from us or via bandcamp.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
H: Mp3 is carbage, downloading music is just informative for me, i prefer records.
T: it's clear that music industry is changing nowadays. As CD doesn't have any real advantages over MP3, I see vinyl making some comeback for audiophiles.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?
H: Yes it is, people preferences have changed, its easier to download for free or to buy the record
T: Sure it is. On one hand mp3 is just easier to download and carry with you than CD or other format. On other hand the other formats which were difficult to copy in home conditions, seemed to me rather temporary way to make business on the big picture.
What do you think of my work? Good if someone bothers. Also, it's welcome to answer those questions and raise our awareness of music industry and your awareness of us at the same time.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business?
H: Better then nothing.
E: we will see.
T: the readers might have chance to know us better.
Do you have any role models or idols?
H: Synonamess Botch, Spaghetti Monster for example. Although I don't have particular "gods", there are some few acts whom I'm following, for example Trent Reznor,Justin Broadrick, Scott Kelly, Steve von Till, Aaron Turner etc. Those guys just know how to make music which has certainly affected me at least in some way.
E: I do not
Why do you think that they exist? There have always been gods.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
H: whe get inspiration straight from other bands, it tends to be copying, though good bands and good music, make always a good mood.
E: Sometimes are the new bands inspiring, sometimes i go back listening to older bands,
T: listening other bands music is a good way to educate yourself musically. It doesn't matter too much whether they're old or active
What have been your biggest obstacles? Due to everyone has very different work schedule, it's difficult to find time to do rehearsals.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? We don't have too much experience with the band yet but here are some things worth considering: - band members need to have similar objectives and they need to want to make a great band - investments to good instruments and other gear will pay off - compile a decent set of music for live shows - practise at least once a week
How do you get psyched for a gig?
H: sometimes some beer.
E: it just kicks in when you are on stage
T: usually I just somehow enter my own magical realm automatically but sometimes also couple of beers could help :)
Do you have any new material? We are waiting for 1st generation Sunn Model T amp, currently being built by Vand Daal (local electronics gurus). The plan is to start recording new material soon.
Yeah, me and Marlon have played together in a couple of bands before 'Sons of Alpha Centauri' called Pariah and Dead Girl in the Water. Marlon left Pariah in 1998 and while we were doing DGITW we decided to form SOAC which was in July 2001.
Stevie B has been on loads of bands in local area and has usually played in hardcore bands. We'd see him in bands like Whisperkill and Koresh when we were still at school. He was someone that me and Marlon wanted to work with since we formed the band and he joined in 2004.
Blake has always been involved in music and worked with Stevie B on the Negative Noise Orchestra. Stevie B recommended that he join SOAC and that he could bring an extra dimension to the band. Blake added the final piece of the band in mid 2004.
How is it that you started playing music? Me and Marlon used to hang around in the music room at school. Marlon actually took music for a class but I just used to hang around with him and push the distortion up on anything I could get ahold of. Eventually little bands would form around the music class and we would all jam. Then we’d hum the riffs / tunes in the lessons through the afternoon.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Nick Hannon / bass / 30s
Marlon King / guitar / 30s
Stevie B / drums / 40s
Blake / effects / 30s
Have you had other previous members? No. We’ve been fortunate enough to always have the same line up man
Did you make music even when you were young? Marlon has played since he was 5 and was taught by his Dad. I’ve been playing since I was 13. I totally forgot sports once I realised that you could play music into old age but that sports had a limited career.
Where are you from? The Isle of Sheppey. An island off the mainland of the British Isles - it’s quite remote and we like it that way. We’re very fortunate that we can perform and play right next to the beach and by the sea. It helps feeds us mentally and spiritually so that our music is derived from a purely inspired location but one that is central to us and where we’re from.
What year did the band form? It was in a place called Faversham in 2001. Me and Marlon went swimming with our good friend Pete and he was rushing round the water rapids and me and Marlon were like, let’s form our own band. The day we decided to form SOAC we were due to perform with DGITW at the Rainham Oasthouse and it was a terrible show. The guitarist and vocalists were wasted so we were glad we had decided to put together 'Sons of Alpha Centauri'.
What's your style of genre?
Alternative. Experimental. Ambient. Driving. Riff. Rock. We quite the term ‘art-rock’ and ’space rock’. I guess like a lot of band we don’t like having our music profiled but I do understand the need so if you use either of those titles we’ll be cool.
We hate being called ‘post rock’ - damn that is a lame musical tagline.
What inspires you? Space, war and environmental preservation. Essentially the struggle between humanities possibility to embrace the stars and travel beyond our planet and respective satellites but how war seems to be the main preoccupation of the species. It will be intriguing to know if we will ever leave the solar system due to our preoccupation with destroying ourselves. Also, we are collectively interested in how our interaction with natural landscapes and anther-pogenic changes have altered the environment. I am a very keen environmentalist. I work in the field and am keen to interlink that with the artistic and musical delivery of SOAC - plus it interlinks well with the space ideology that I think most of the band relates to principally.
How often and where do you reherse? We play at a place by the sea in Sheerness. We’ve been there since we started and we have a bar built above us which we sometimes use. It’s great to stare out to sea to use for inspiration - it really adds the depth of perception and concept to our music which is so critical.
How have you developed since you started with the music? I think that we have all grown as musicians. Marlon is a grade 8 guitarist with a diploma so he is the highest talent in the band. I write most of the songs with him and I usually bring the main drive and pace of the song. So, I’ll write the main riffs on either guitar or bass and then Marlon will modify and enhance it and add the solos. Sometimes, I write with Steve and Blake and that style is often heavier for more intense with fewer dynamics but it works well to add a heavier denser sound to the sound of SOAC. Steve has really pushed himself to work into the band and is now an essentially driving drummer and percussionist. I think that the musician who has developed the furthest is Blake - his skills when harnessed really give SOAC an exceptional dimension. He hears and add things so subtle and sublime that it makes working and performing with him a sonic pleasure.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We have a booking agency for a time - Manus Booking. We don’t really need one though as we play so few shows. We do like playing the Camden Underworld in London though - so when we play we like to play there. We played there in 2014 we did a 75 vinyl pressing ’Camden Underworld’ version. Quite a few the staff and the managers there wanted copies so we have a good rapport with the venue.
What was your first gig like? It was a local show in Sheerness in 2004. The local promoters who put us on had been waiting prospectively for us to play our first gig for a while so gave a headline slot straight away which was cool. We did 45 minutes and the venue was rammed. We added a full laser and accompanying light show to really push everything for our debut performance. I don’t think that we rivalled the amount we put into that show until we started doing the live performance visuals accompaniment with Ben Brown (who is a long term contributor visually and artistically to SOAC) which culminated with our performance with ‘A Storm of Light’ in October 2010.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Yeah, more than I’d like to. Years ago SOAC were a lot more unreliable than they are now but back then, we were severely under the influence.
Where have you played live this year? In 2014 we played with Karma to Burn as is ritual for us and Brant Bjork which was like the second or third time. It’s always cool to play with friends and musicians whom we greatly respect.
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? No gigs on 2015, possibly gigs in 2016 - depending how the second SOAC album is coming along. It’s such a mammoth project and undertaking. At one point the second album felt like dragging a jeep out of a swamp and not knowing if it was even going to start.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? We are keen that a physical format remains for collectors and audiophiles - it’s nice to ensure that there is a CD and vinyl release where possible but we have mainly been focussing on vinyl over the past 5 years. It has been part of an Karma to Burn and SOAC 7” trilogy and a series of single releases for both Yawning Sons and SOAC. However, when it comes to legal and illegal downloads then people can do as they please - I don’t expect to be paid for music. Supposed ‘artists’ that do or think that they should be paid are still living in the 20th Century and need to acknowledge that anyone can be an artist so someone simply taking the time to listen or appreciate their art should be payment enough.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Yes, but it is power to the people and not the industry.
What do you think of my work? You are clearly passionate about the music and you have my complete respect for everything you are trying to do.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Getting the first album out was our first obstacles - I mean, I say that but we actually got signed straight away after speaking with one label, which was Sound Devastation Records. They were awesome and they poured so much time and money into it and sometimes I wonder what would have happened if we had waited but I’m glad we did go with SD.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Try and keep the founding and original members. Stay and be friends with the members of your band and work to accommodate change.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Everyone has their rituals.
Do you have any new material recorded for the second album? We have been in pre-production for the second album since late 2007 when the debut came out. We were delayed as some of the tracks written went towards the ‘Yawning Sons - Ceremony to the Sunset’ album which was a huge mash up of new tracks, ideas, jams, existing track foundations from both SOAC and Yawning Man. Then I started focusing on the vinyl series but slowly we started piecing together the mammoth task of the second album. We’ve got some material recorded and though the project never entered development hell at times it felt that trying to escape an event horizon and still does. The record is anticipated and we realise that - but this is a critical record for the band and we must ensure that the delivery matches the time warranted to conceive it.
How can people reach you? Feel free to mail us through the website. I’ll get back to you - the rest of SOAC are highly unlikely to either respond or communicate. They have entrusted me to accurately reflect and portray their views and wishes which I attempt to do. The rest of SOAC are very private and so if you do communicate with SOAC then I can assure you that it’ll be through myself.
How come you started playing music? In elementary school he began to call attention to the piano since he was an instrument of these there. And in my house I sounded much the Beatles and Creedence. , What are your names? / Who plays what? The Flag is formed by Matías Sena (vocals), Eric Trotta (guitars), Ariel Hausvith (bass), Gustavo Arambich (drums) and Gerardo Abbenante (keyboards). Have you had other former members? Martin Bruno Bass (2003-2005), Gustavo Arambich Drums (2003-2005), Pablo Dello Valle Guitars (2003-2004) Axel Sierra Bas Vocals (2003-2010) Facundo Coral Guitars (2004) Hernan Martiarena Drums (2009-2015) . Where are you from? We are from Argentina, Buenos Aires, in different localities of the province. What year was the band formed?
Born in mid-2003, the band was founded by Gerardo Abbenante (piano and keyboards), Gustavo Arambich (drums), Martin Bruno (bass), Eric Trotta (guitars), Pablo Dello Valley (guitars) and Axel Sierra Bas (Voice) . Facundo Coral (guitarist Gillman, Cronos, STRATUZ Former and current crazy train) takes the place left by Paul, participating in the band for a few months and in some shows, several copilados and 2 tributes "Death to false metal" tribute Argentine Manowar and the "International Tribute to Kraken" the Colombian band. In 2006 the band began recording their first CD. In 2007 enters Ariel Hausvirth bass, so he continued performing live and recording what would become "more than ever ..." In 2009 was released his first CD for Probe Records, the same year he joined as drummer Hernan Martiarena and so begins its presentation tour. In late 2010 Axel Sierra Bas (Voice) decides to move to Barcelona. Thus the band continued to compose new songs and in 2013 began with the search for a new vocalist, after several months begin to work with Matías Sena (his current singer) And in 2014 they recorded for the Argentine tribute to Whitesnake theme Children Of The Night being edited in 2015 by Anubis Music. What is your style of genre? The truth that we do not encasillamos none, because the topics are arranged so that our music is a little more varied, and mixing rock and heavy metal with characteristic instruments from other styles, charango, sicus, flutes, quenachos, percussion afro, transverse flutes, violas, violins, chellos, zithers etc. Own character achievement. What inspires you?The main bands that may have been are Queen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, but music in general takes you to want to learn an instrument, each band and each has his own style. Do you have other interests outside the band work? If Speranthas play well, I have a study called blackCane records, which was recorded by bands like Mathras and Montreal among others. Who does the composition and writes the lyrics? It is working together with members who are from the beginning, as well as with the most recent. What language do you sing? Preferably in Castilian, but we recorded in both English and Catalan. What ages are the majority of his assistants concert? Luckily attended by people of different ages in our country since the heavy metal is a music that has lasted over 30 years since its inception. Do you always play the same songs live, or you change? We have a list which included issues of our first cd "more than ever" and that we are recording new songs for our next single. What was your first concert like? My first concert was in 2000 with another band that had formerly Padieland, and Speranthas our first show was at CBGB in Buenos Aires in 2004, with Carnarium and other bands. What was your last concert? The last was the August 21, 2015 to present the tribute to Whitesnake album with the participation of great local bands. When will begin selling the goods, and what they have for sale? Where can you buy your goods? We now have our first album available on iTunes and soon we will upload our new material to the site to which you want to download it. What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records today? I think not bad, but I prefer to have the disc in a format in which to appreciate not only the music but also the cover art and design. What do you think of my work? I think it's a great help for all those who want to present our art, thank you very much. Do you have any new material? We started recording in 2014 a single with new and old issues re versioned as the voice of our new singer is very different from our first cd. What are your websites? https://www.facebook.com/SperanthaS-99146364698/timeline/ https://twitter.com/speranthas How can people reach you? Through our pages or by contacting by mail to email@example.com What are your plans for the future? Keep making music to show both live and in our recordings. Do you have something to add? Yes thank you very much for this space !! A big hello to all!
Have any of you played in other bands? We've all had and some still have other bands going on. To mention few, Pasi has played in bands such as Strikin’ Case, While I’m Alive and APE. Matti handles bass and singing in his original band Silentium, among other bands.
How is it that you started playing music?
Sami: It took pretty long time before I really started to practise. Before that I was just playing with one finger and tried to get out some songs that I knew. When I finally started really practising it took all of my time..I mean something like 8 hours a day.
OP: I started playing music when I was seven or eight, when my mother put me in the piano lessons. Real inspiration came a lot later though.
Pasi: Inspired to start drumming after listening Metallica’s ..And justice for all
Ville: Nodding Sky made me do it.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Sami: Guitar & vocals, 33
O-P: Guitar, 35
Pasi Kärkkäinen, drums, 34
Have you had other previous members? O-P: Yeah, our ways separated with our original bass player Jouni few years back. Matti stepped in and has done the bass duties plus then some since then.
Where are you from? Sami: Originally we are from Turku, Finland but nowadays OP, Matti and I live in Turku, Ville lives in Helsinki and Pasi in Tampere.
What year did the band form? O-P: 2009
What's your style of genre? O-P: Melodic metal with shades of death and doom, played with progressive flow and rocking groove. That should give the idea.
What inspires you?
Pasi: Led Zeppelin
How often and where do you reherse?
Sami: We rehearse at the time pretty rarely. We are recording our first full-lenght album and we are using most of the time to work with that. When album is ready and we start touring again more intensive we are going to rehearse much more.
Pasi: Home when I feel like it with drum pad.
How have you developed since you started with the music?
Pasi: Nowadays I only play fills if I can justify it, and try to focus on time keeping and groove. Less is more.
O-P: As a band, I think we have managed to push our musical boundaries further from each other as our style of composing and arraging our music has matured and fine-tuned.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band?
Sami: I've always dreamed about being a musician so second best option would be winning in a lottery. Pasi: Just my day job.
Ville: Sports and food
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Sami: We are trying to find a record label who will release our forthcoming album. Other option is that we release it our selves if there's not gonna be a decent record deal available for us.
What made you decide to make this music? Ville: We lacked the skills to play technical grindcore, so we compromised a bit.
What are your songs about? Ville: Lyrical themes: grief, nature, mourning, doom
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Sami: Usually we start with music. There's always some lyrics already written which we just try to fit to the music. If it doesn't work, we use other ones or write whole new ones. It's easier to have something to write for than write music to something you've written in paper.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment?
Sami: My composing enviroment is my couch and acoustic guitar. I play almost every day, sometime it's few minutes sometime few hours. But when I play I usually try to compose someting rather than just play cover songs or what ever.
O-P: Mine varies. Usually Inspiration hits while doing something completely else than music. When I have a chance, I try to catch again the same idea I had during the “flow” and polish it.
Have you done any covers live? O-P: We have tried once.
What language do you sing in? O-P: Most of our songs are sung in english, and some in finnish.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? O-P: the least has been just a few local drunkards, the bar staff and the band we were gigging with.
The most has been roughly 90 persons.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? O-P: I guess 25-30 yrs is near the truth.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary?
Sami: Basis of our set list usually remains the same, but there's few songs that takes turns with each other. Also after releasing our first full-lenght album we are going to base our set list on that. Of course we still need to play few older songs too.
O-P: We have had the same basic setlist for some time now, in which one or two songs are either cast out or included depending on how long we’re allowed to play.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Sami: We used to have this place called S-Osis here in Turku that we played at really often. But they closed it few years ago and now there's not that kind of place anymore for us.
What was your first gig like? Ville: Nervecracking.
What was your latest gig? O-P: At Torvi, Lahti.
Have you had to cancel a gig? O-P: Our gig has been cancelled due to unfortunate events, but we haven't cancelled one yet.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Ville: Southern Finland at least
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
Sami: Well I think it's easier to get your own music to the people when they download it to their computers or mobilephones. I understand that there are still people who wants to buy CDs because of the covers and stuff but me personally, I'm happy with the music. I do enjoy cover art still so I'm kind of between these two fires here.
Pasi: Personally I like physical form more, but digital form makes distribution way more easy.
What do you think of my work? Respect for the effort you put in it. This kind of work helps the underground stay vibrant.
Do you have any role models or idols?
Pasi: John Bonham
Ville: Devin Townsend
Why do you think that they exist? Ville: Because God is real!
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Pasi: Now and then I find new band that inspires me, like Primordial. I still draw more from 70’s rock and progressive music.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Ville: At the moment it's the distance between us.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
Sami: Keep it real. Do what you want to do. Don't let anyone change your way of thinking and trust in your own music. You know the best although there might still be good ideas flying around you that you should take under consideration. Work hard to achieve your goal and never give up. Don't burn bridges behind you and help others to achieve their goals.
Pasi: Be polite.
Ville: practice makes better
How do you get psyched for a gig?
Pasi: Warm up. Drink beer or two.
Ville: Usually I sacrifice an animal or two. Sometimes suck the blood out of them.
Do you have any new material? Ville: Yes, we have just released two new songs. You can check them out in our website www.noddingsky.net
How can people reach you? ie. via Facebook or e-mail
What are your plans for the future? Ville: Write and perform music that we love.
Do you have something to add? Ville: Winter is coming!O-P: Thanks for your time.
Har ni spelat i något tidigare band? Deep Cheese och Beanie.
Hur kommer de sig att ni började komma in på musik området? Vi kom i kontakt med death metal / grindcore genom fanzines i början på 90-talet och sedan kom hardcoreinfluenserna under 90-talets stora hardcoreboom i Umeå.
Vad heter ni?/ Vem spelar vad?/ Hur gamla är ni?
Jakob Marklund - Sång, 42
Oskar Lindberg - Gitarr, 42
Jonas Gry Fjellström - Gitarr, 41
Stefan Holmberg Wahllöf - Bas, 41
David Wahllöf - Trummor, 34
Har ni haft tidigare medlemmar? Många olika genom åren.
Gjorde ni musik redan när ni var små?Flera av oss har gjort / spelat musik sedan barnsben.
Vart kommer ni ifrån?Umeå.
Vilket år startades bandet? 1991.
Vad spelar ni för musik stil?Sun Metal
Vad inspireras ni av?Allt möjligt, men mest Death, Thrash och Hardcore.
Hur ofta repar ni? En gång i veckan.
Vart repar ni? I en industrilokal nära Umeå Flygplats.
Använder ni öronproppar när ni uppträder? Ja.
Hur har ni utvecklats sedan ni började med musiken? I början var det thrash med deathmetalinslag för att sedan få mer och mer hardcoreinfluenser.
Har ni något annat intressen eller jobb utanför bandet och musiken?Ja, alla har andra jobb. På fritiden har vi olika medlemmar en massa andra intressen som t.ex chiliodling, skateboard, bräd- och datorspel.
Söker ni bokningsbolag, vad har ni för tankar och krav runt det i så fall? Nej, vi tar det ganska lugnt för tillfället.
Söker ni skivbolag, vad har ni för tankar och krav runt det i så fall?Nja, just nu knåpar vi på nya låtar men är inte redo för att spela in än.
Frågor om eran musik och texter:
Hur kommer de sig att ni gör musik? Extremt kul och kreativt, ett bra sätt att träffas och umgås. Kan vara avreagerande också.
Vad handlar era låtar om i de stora hela?Allt möjligt, från HP Lovecraft till om att psykvården bryter ihop i Sverige.
Vem skriver texterna? Nuförtiden är det mest vår sångare Jakob.
Vem gör musiken?Allihop.
När ni ska göra en låt börjar ni med musiken eller texten? Musiken.
I vilken miljö brukar ni göra era låtar?Alla sitter hemma och hittar på riff och sedan sätter vi ihop det till låtar i replokalen.
Spelar ni bara egna låtar live eller även covers?Så gott som uteslutande egna låtar. Spelade väl någon cover för 20 år sedan.
Vilket språk sjunger ni på? Engelska.
Frågor angående era spelningar och liknande uppträdanden:
Hur många har kommit som minst på era konserter?Typ 15-20.
Hur många har kommit som mest på era konserter?Ca 500 på någon lokal festival.
Hur har ni gjort eller tänker göra för att det ska komma mer publik på era gig? Gillar mest att spela för få människor i små lokaler så det blir tätt och mycket röj.
Vilka åldersgrupper dras oftast till era konserter? Nuförtiden mest gamla gubbar som vi själva. De senaste åren spelar vi mest på privata tillställningar, även om vi avser att ändra på det nu.
Spelar ni alltid samma låtar live eller varierar det? Varierar, men den obligatoriska March of the Käjv Fighters öppnar alltid.
Har ni något stam ställe där ni brukar spela?Nej.
Vart var erat första gig?Mariehems Ungdomsgård.
Vart var erat senaste gig? Scharinska Villan
Har ni behövt ställa in nått gig nån gång?Nej.
Vart har ni spelat i år? Inga spelningar i år.
Vart har ni planer att spela resten av året?Skall försöka spela någon gång lokalt innan jul.
Vilka länder har ni spelat i?Bara Sverige.
Frågor om era åsikter:
Vad tycker ni om att man laddar ner mer musik än att köpa skivor nu för tiden? Helt ok för oss.
Hur tycker och tror ni musik industrin förändrats sedan de började laddas ner musik? I slutändan tror vi det blir bättre.
Föredrar ni nerladdad musik, kassettband, CD eller Vinyl? I praktiken stream-ar vi gärna men annars är Vinyl roligast.
Vad skulle ni göra om musiken inte fans? Troligen haft ett tråkigare liv.
Vad tycker ni om vakternas jobb på era spelningar och sånt?Ofta funkar det bra, men vi föredrar mindre spelningar när scenen fylls med folk utan så mycket inblandning.
De som sköter ljus och ljud hur mycket har de hjälpt er egentligen om ni tänker efter?Brukar vi inte reflektera över, men visst är det viktigt med framförallt medhörning och ljud.
Vad tycker ni om mitt arbete?Bra.
Hur tror och vet ni att denna intervjun ska kunna hjälpa er i musikbrassen? Kul om någon ids läsa om oss.
Vad har ni för förebilder eller idoler? Många olika, både politiska och musikaliska, men det spretar mellan oss medlemmar.
Vad tycker ni om att de finns ålders gränser på vissa konserter?Helt ok i vissa sammanhang, men det är roligast om alla kan få komma och lyssna.
Varför tror ni att de är de? För att kunna sälja öl.
Är det lättare att hämta inspiration från äldre band än band som är aktiva idag? Nja, vi gillar och hitta nya saker att lyssna på.
Vad har varit erat största hinder i musik industrin? Det var svårt att få skivkontrakt när vi sökte det förut. Men det kanske beror på att vi inte är så sjukt bra och inte särskilt seriösa.
Vilka råd skulle du ge till andra band och artister? Spela först och främst för att det är kul, se sedan om det leder någon annanstans.
Hur taggar ni upp inför en konsert? Pratar och umgås.
Nyheter och uppdatering:
Har ni nytt material på g? Jobbar på det, emn det lär dröja något år.
Have any of you played in other bands? We all have our backgrounds in various bands but since the Sinmate was formed, this band has been everyone's priority.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Jani Kaikkonen, vocals
Janne Ulmanen, guitar
Ville Moisanen, guitar
Markus Kumpulainen, bass
Teemu Roth, drums
Have you had other previous members? Aatu Kajanus played guitar until spring 2012.
Where are you from? Sinmate is based in small town called Iisalmi, Finland.
What year did the band form? It was 2007.
What's your style of genre? Sinmate plays somekind of thrash metal with a little nuances from death metal.
What inspires you? When speaking of lyrics it's human nature. The complexity of human mind is so incomprehensible that it is infinite source for lyrics. In music all the whole I guess creating something new is the driving force and of course playing live.
How often and where do you reherse? 1 - 2 times a week at our own training place. There's af course variation on the amount of rehearsing depending on forthcoming gigs etc.
How have you developed since you started with the music? Haha, all you can hear in our songs is the result of development since we have started with music. When speaking about the time since Sinmate was formed the most obvious things are improved technique of each member, better song-writing and the way we play together. These things form the Sinmate-sound.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Since Sinmate is still considered as a hobby for us, pretty serious one though, most of us are normally working.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We've talked about it but at the moment we want to finish our new demo. Of course we would like to play more live and maybe the booking agency could be the next step.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Maybe we can't say we are looking for label, but of course we hope that some day someone finds us. It means that we are not ready to make music as it was business.
What made you decide to make this music? It wasn't actually a decision. First guys just started to play something that everyone new already and how we sound like now has been somekind of natural deformation.
What are your songs about? Mostly about misery, dying, mental problems and suicide. Specially suicide is fascinating thing and playing with the thought of ending your own life in various ways is just great.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Janne and Ville are mostly responsible for the new riffs, Jani and sometimes Janne write lyrics. Arrangements we do together.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Always with the music.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Janne and Ville's homes are usually the places where the new riffs are born.
Have you done any covers live? In the beginning we had everytime few covers from bands like In Flames, Pantera, Sentenced, Megadeth.
What language do you sing in? In english.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Don't know about the most but the last gig in Kuopio was definitely the gig where we had the smallest audience ever. It was less than 20 people.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? There are some songs that seem to have made their way to our setlist permanently but of there's variation when we take new songs on the list and drop some old stuff off.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No.
What was your first gig like? We played at local youth center. Actually that's pretty much all I remember of it. I guess we all were nervous before the gig.
What was your latest gig? Last one was couple of weeks ago when we played at Henry's Pub, Kuopio, Finland.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Never.
Where have you played live this year? Kajaani, Iisalmi and Kuopio.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We shall see.
Do you have any role models or idols? The bands that have influenced our music. Pantera, Slayer, Sentenced, In Flames and so on. Too many to mention all. Role model or idol sounds a bit too strong expression today but those might be the reason why we do music now.
What have been your biggest obstacles? 2012 when Aatu left Sinmate. It took several months to get over it. Luckily Janne found Ville and we were able to move on with the new guitarist.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? I think we are not in a position where we could give any advice to others. And if we were, we wouldn't anyway ;)
How do you get psyched for a gig? Few good training sessions, building up the stage and maybe few beers with bandmates. It just simple as that.
Do you have any new material? The last release and actually our first official release is from last Christmas. It was full-lenght album titled "Carnival for Mankind". New 3-song demo is making it's way out later this fall.
Have any of you played in other bands? aseptic exsanguinate is a solo project of mine, but yes...i've played in many death metal/grindcore/black metal bands on either guitar or drums in the past. i also do a dark ambient project called ACHERONTIA with one other friend, and a horror synth based project called HORRORFIEND. i frequently write and record other music that is basically for me to listen to and no one else. music is my life!
How is it that you started playing music? i first started fiddling around with an old acoustic guitar my mom had, although i had NO idea how to play. i met several friends skateboarding who were also into the same punk rock, hardcore and other music i listened to in my teenage years. they had bands, and when they weren't playing, i'd try to learn how to play their instruments, and eventually over time i was able to afford some shitty instruments of my own. over time and after alot of learning, i've come to play several instruments and improve the equipment i use. some of the friends from back then i'm still in contact with, and one particularly close friend of mine is the one who released the aseptic exsanguinate cd!
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? aseptic exsanguinate is just myself. i'm 35 years old and play/manipulate a variety of instruments to create the sounds of aseptic exsanguinate including vocals, guitars, synths, samples, etc etc. whatever instruments i feel can create the mood i'm trying to create.
Have you had other previous members?no. aseptic is and will be a solo journey.
Did you make music even when you were young? since i was a kid i've always wanted to PLAY the music, not only listen to it....and multiple instruments were appealing to me, so i've tried to learn to play more than one. i've always felt like i'm only a "real" drummer and just a tinkerer with everything else, but i try.
Where are you from? i'm from a boring, uninteresting area in wisconsin not even worth mentioning.
What year did the band form?aseptic exsanguinate is a project that originally started YEARS ago (2000 or so) in my bedroom with only a 4 track cassette recorder and a handful of shitty instruments that were nearly useless. i recorded alot of material but never thought anyone other than myself would want to listen to it. years later, i finally had the ability (and interest) to edit and process what i had done waaaaay back then with the computer and salvage the recordings. i had the opportunity to make it what i had originally intended, and was fortunate enough to have a friend willing to release it on his small label.
What's your style of genre? aseptic exsanguinate is a noise/dark ambient project...although some of my other musical projects are definitely not.
What inspires you? for this project: horror films, black metal, hatred, loneliness, depression, fear.
How have you developed since you started with the music? i'm more able now to convey through music the emotions i feel due to improving on the instruments i play, but also because the gear i use has been improved and expanded. because of this possibility, the music gets more complicated, darker, more complex and twisted. if you're only able to have a basic ability on any given instrument, you're basically limiting your voice. the more you can convey what it is you're trying to say through music, the better BUT that isn't to say you need to be supremely talented....actually, it can be more the opposite....as it's freeing to not have to follow rules or "what you should do" some of the most interesting music i've created was during periods where the "rules" were left at the door. i think limiting yourself can be as exciting as having all the musical toys in the world. sometimes during the writing process, i'll do exactly that...just use very simple and basic tools...and other times it's alot of involvement and many instruments and layers.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? i collect horror films, produce and record other music, and play modular synths.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? i wouldn't be opposed to someone who understood the music i'm creating to release some new material, but there's no real need. aseptic was created for me originally, and because of an opportunity to release it through my friends label NOISE IS LIBERATION, several other people into this kind of music were able to get a window into the fucked up sonic world i created years ago. there were only 25 copies produced, but i'd still say that's positive.
What made you decide to make this music? boredom, hate...disgust.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment?i like to write this material only when inspired...not necessarily when i "should" or could. that can be during a difficult time in my life...or during a period that's actually not too bad. you'd be surprised when such dark and horrifying imagery or sounds can come to you and be passed through you in a musical sense. it's therapeutic and cathartic but can also a stressful and tiring time of trying to get things just how you want so the proper atmosphere and vibe is there in the music. i find it easier to work alone and put in crazy hours to get things just how i hear them in my head.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? only a single cd for aseptic exsanguinate was produced thus far, even though there were some things i did for myself that probably will never be released. i have more material, but we'll see. if a proper channel for releasing it presents itself, maybe it'll be heard. otherwise, it's music i make for myself. i still have a VERY small amount of the cds available, and anyone truly interested in having a physical copy can contact me through the band facebook page.
Where can people buy your merchandise? i don't think the label exists anymore, so it's straight through me only. they can contact me through the aseptic facebook page.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?i do it, and i understand why people do it. it's bullshit to pay $14 for an album that may or may not be any good....and especially if you don't have alot of money. it's great to support the artists making music, but you're supporting record label execs more than anything else. that's basically a failed system at this point, and if you don't release digitally...you're probably not going to make any money at all. i personally don't give a shit, as i've never made serious money from any band i've been in. it's about the music for me, not the money.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? of course. it's a failed system that was built on greed and because of that, GOOD RIDDANCE. with the internet now, people can interact from all over the world and have ways of sharing their sounds. assholes exploiting artists and artists getting screwed is kinda how we got here in the first place. the music is back in the hands of the artists, and it's up to them to promote themselves. anyone that was relying on some asshole record company to do all the work for them probably won't last long anyhow. any artist willing to put in the time online can DEFINITELY get noticed. i'm not saying i've even personally tried this, as the particular project (aseptic) we're discussing is in such a fringe genre and interest is so low that 25 copies were probably more than enough.
What do you think of my work? i think it's good to shed light on underground bands as this is where alot of the true artists and sonic experimenters are....far from the meddling hands of promoters/record labels/shady businessmen. thanks to you, perhaps a few more adventurous listeners may discover some music they relate to more than what they're TOLD to like.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? as i've mentioned, i have no interest in the music "business" i only want to create because i have that drive within myself, and FOR myself. if other people enjoy what i do, that's great. i am not a salesman for my art, and i hate that side of things...the promotion and sleazy sales tactics, etc. anyone that wants to dig around enough will find where the true expressive and creative art is happening, and it AINT on the radio or in the "business" of music.
Do you have any role models or idols? no idols...only inspirations. nietzsche, certain black metal bands or related artists like xasthur, leviathan, aghast, zero kama, old darkthrone, emperor, raison d etre, lustmord and many other artists creating truly dark and grim atmospheres.
Why do you think that they exist? i'll lump myself in with them, even though i would never consider myself in their league or caliber....but i think it's to rid ourselves or purge the emotions that don't have an outlet any other way than musically. i think the disgust many of us feel with religion/politics/life....combined with an urge and push to create that lets us feel like we've got out what we've been feeling. sometimes music is the only way this is possible.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? generally i don't keep up with trends or new bands. i really don't like even going to shows, or being part of a scene etc. aseptic doesn't even perform live. i like what i like musically, and generally that's all older music. i'll listen to and get inspired by pink floyd's "meddle" album and then listen to darkthrone's "soulside journey" or listen to jazz for days, or hear a funk band like funkadelic, or play suffocation's "pierced from within". it's all the same to me. i find inspiration from everywhere, and sometimes from surprising sources come really dark and crazy ideas for my style of music. i definitely could never pigeonhole myself into a single genre or limit my creativity to only one project....hence the many different ones i've done and do currently.
What have been your biggest obstacles? having the will to put myself through the process of editing the recording and sitting in front of a computer screen for hours and hours at a time just to hear the finished product i wanted. i still do this with other projects too that sometimes never even see the light of day. i recently spent over 12 hours editing down a bunch of music that had been recorded but not edited. i don't eat, i don't participate in anything until i'm able to get past that hurdle. i have SUCH a strong work ethic when it comes to music i do for myself, but it's tough to spend all your free time that way. i'm not able to support myself via music, so i have a full time job. sitting here doing music for that long takes a toll on everyone around you and most of all on YOU. it's particularly gratifying to listen to the completed product though...even if it's only heard by you.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? don't do what i do...i have no idea what the fuck i'm doing. i'll never make money at this. if you want to make money, play what people want to hear, but you'll be selling your creative soul in the process. if you want to have a little integrity and create something WORTH creating, make it for yourself. don't give a fuck if anyone even hears it as long as YOU like it. generally when people hear what you've done (if they do) they'll be able to hear that you didn't compromise.
Do you have any new material? yes, although i've been working hard with my musical partner on a follow up ACHERONTIA album which is some truly dark and otherworldly material. after that, it'll most likely be a new HORRORFIEND album created with modular synthesizer.