What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?
InSammer (Vika, vocals): Back in time I (Vika, vocal) was looking for a guitar teacher and found Dennis. We decided to create music together because we had many common in musical tastes. The very first line up recorded InSammer first album “Numbers as Victims”. Then different musicians entered and left the band, until our second album Seeds when Oleg Izotov came to the studio to record some guitars and played a few gigs as a session guitar player. The band members liked his personality and he is still a part of the band. Then a super bass player Nikita and an awesome drummer Alex joined the band.
Were there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?
InSammer: We are from Stockholm, Sweden, it’s a cold and dark country with fantastic beauty of nature. Swedish music market is huge with many good bands like Sabaton, Meshuggah, InFlames, and others around. It’s kind of a challenge to make cool music when you’re on the market with high competitors’ activity. You need to be a better version of yourself to be demanded by fans.
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
InSammer: We have a new video in post-production. It’s a track from the new album – Vikings. It will be a huge epic story of war and fate in a historic atmosphere, directed by Can Katipzade, a well-known Turkish director. The story is so interesting and the video is so catchy that we got an offer to continue this project into a real movie. We are working on it for the moment and we are very excited to do the movie.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
InSammer: We are combining dark, pulsating Nordic grooves with Eastern European lyricism and melodic romanticism. Our live shows throb with emotional energy; the vocal lines range from a whisper to a full-throated growl, melding with the instruments as verses explode into churning, hypnotic choruses and pounding, crowd-mesmerizing riffs. We play a heavy mixture of alternative rock and nu metal, which evokes the shifting musical styles.
What is your creative process like?
InSammer: Me (Vika) and Dennis bring the basic lyrics and music lines. Then all band members put the vibes into songs. Our songs are full of emotions, real feelings and dark thoughts. We mix the reality and fairy-tales.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
InSammer: We’d change the streaming services and royalty’s system as it’s still very unclear. The amount of money we receive from each platform can differ a lot. Many musicians would like to live from music but having such an unclear system leads to making music as hobby not earning money and make professional career. Streaming services take too much from musicians’ share.
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?
InSammer: Be yourselves and respect your fans.
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
InSammer: The best show was at Vagos Metal Festival in Portugal. Many fans with fantastic energy, nice vibes around.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
InSammer: We got this question many times and still have no answer as we are so much into music that can’t imagine even a day without music. In case there’s no music in our lives there should be some parallel world with the stone age features where Dennis is a fishman, me is a powerful sorceress, Oleg is a fortuneteller, Nikita and Alex are warriors. But we like to be musicians and live in our reality.
What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?
InSammer: Our fans from Latin America gave us the idea that our track Seeds from the second album can be easily translated into Spanish. Our friend, great vocalist and guitarist Yasmani Silva made very cool lyrics in Spanish and we are working hard on recording this track. La Semilla (Seeds) will be ready in 2022. Follow us on social networks, listen to our songs!!