interview with Supralunar

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Have any of you played in other bands? All of us have played various local bands before. The biggest claim to fame is that Johann is also the drummer of the death metal band Epitaph that have released a couple of gory albums

How is it that you started playing music? I don’t think any one of us remembers anymore.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Petri Tuulik (lead vocals and guitar), Georgios Vamvatsicos (bass and harmony vocals), Johann Enoksson (drums and harmony vocals). We’re all old as dirt.

Have you had other previous members? Yeah, there was a Supralunar MK1  with a different drummer and bass player.

Did you make music even when you were young? We probably made a lot of weird noises that later evolved to something that could be called music. I think we got to the point when we all agreed on the term music about three weeks ago.

Where are you from? Stockholm Sweden.

What year did the band form? The current line-up was formed 2010.

What's your style of genre? Hard rock, black pop…..heaven knows?

What inspires you? Good question. Inspiration can come from great music as well as bad music and the will of creating better music. Sometimes from a guitar sound, a rythm or song you heard a thousand years ago.

How often and where do you reherse? We have a rehersal space in Tyresö (a suburb south of Stockholm) where we meet up way to selldom.

How have you developed since you started with the music? For the better we hope.

Do  you have other interests of work outside the band? Johann enjoys running and vinyl hunting. Petri likes cooking and Georgios enjoys taking a nap.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? So that’s what we’ve been doing wrong all these years?.. So far we thought the booking agencies were looking for us instead….no wonder they haven’t turned up.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Not really. Our current label BMP wouldn’t like it if we did.

What made you decide to make this music? Nothing really apart from my heart.

What are your songs about? On the first album most of them were about love and some other shit. On the latest album “Ghosts” the songs are about, demons, angels, Satan and 10% about trains.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Petri has written all the songs. We work on some arrangements together in the rehersal space though.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Most of the time when an idea evolves to a song it’s when I come up with a lyrical line and a melody or a riff at the same time. I never write the complete music or a complete lyric first. It’s an intertwined process.

Do you compose in a certain environment? I have come up with quite a few songs in the shower and wrecked a couple of guitars that way.

Have you done any covers live? Yes. We released an energetic cover of Queen’s classic song “Radio Ga Ga”as a single last fall and we try to include that in our live set. If you’re lucky you might also catch us playing Motörhead’s “Bomber”.

What language do you sing in? We sing in English but if you listen through our complete catalogue you’ll find two lines in Spanish as well as a backward messages in Greek and Estonian. AND you’re going to have yourself a f*****g good time. A hint is that they are on “A New Hope” but come to think of it, there are actually a few things backwards in Swedish on the new album. If you can find them and figure out what they mean we promise to give you a private concert.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? It’s quite common to mention three people and a dog and we have done a few of those but there was actually one show with only 1 attendant (except other bands, technicians and the promotor). The most is yet to come.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? It varies but we played one show where the audience looked like they were on a daytrip from a home for the elderly. There’s no age for rock’n’roll though.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We try to vary our set a little bit but when you only have a set around 30-40 minutes it’s hard to experiment to much because you don’t want to leave out the best songs.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not on a regular basis but there are a few small venues in Stockholm  like Copperfields and Harry B James where we have played about 7-8 times.

What was your first gig like? Quite good actually.

What was your latest gig? It may have been at Copperfields.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes once, due to illness

Where have you played live this year? I think in Nyköping, Copperfields and at the International Pop Overthrow festival in Stockholm so far.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? (Johann) All over the world... but more likely somewhere outside the rehearsal room .

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? I can’t remember when it was. Only the standard t-shirt. Damn good looking though. We have two different designs at the moment but we haven’t started selling the latest one. Very soon there will also be a third in a really limited edition.

Where can people buy your merchandise? Georgios handles most of it. If your not able to come to a gig send us a message and we’ll work it out.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I think the initial blame lies in the CD. When the CD first came out the albums got longer. Bands put out albums that were 60 or even 75 minutes instead of 40 and there was such a focus on singles instead of good quality albums. The record companies seemed to be satisfied if they had a couple of songs that could be singles on the album and the rest was all filler. I’d rather pay for an album with 8 great songs and a running time of 35 minutes than one with a couple of killer tracks and one hour of rubbish. Hat’s off to everyone who still buys albums because they want to support the bands.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? (Johann) People buy less albums which is a drag... we ought to release all our albums on vinyl since that seems to be a happening thing nowadays.

What do you think of my work? (Johann) Keep up the good stuff and keep contacting cool bands... Especially Swedish guys from the Moon.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Well, I guess most exposure is good for any band as long as it’s in a context that cares about music.

Do you have any role models or idols? Not really. There are a lot of heroes in the world fighting for human rights, against famine, helping people in need. They should be the real “rockstars”.

Why do you think that they exist? (Johann) To  inspire guys like us.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? (Johann) Good question! I Think it's a little of both even though we probably tend to go back to the heroes of our youth for true inspiration.

What have been your biggest obstacles? People tell us we’re a bit hard to pinpoint and put in a certain genre. This is an obstacle as well as our greatest strength.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Stop playing to backtracks!

How do you get psyched for a gig? I usually don’t really. I like to get out of the venue if possible instead of waiting for ages. The rush comes when the intro is rolling.

Do you have any new material? Yup!

What are your web sites? We mainly use Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. We have a webpage but it needs to be redesigned and no one has the time to do it.

How can people reach? Write to us on our socials.

What are your plans for the future? World domination, creating more great music and touring the homes for the elderly.

Do you have something to add? If you read all through to here we might have your attention for yet another couple of minutes. If you’re not familiar with our music, listen to the titletrack “Ghosts” from the latest album. It’s a song that contains most of the elements that make up Supralunar.

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