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Hyperspace – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

H: Early on we called our style “geek rock” but we are a pop punk band with nerdy references. Originally we started as a blend of Green Day and Weezer. Over time we’ve expanded to include other influences and styles.

 

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

H: Hyperspace is Jason Kochis on guitar/vocals, Ryan Paul on drums/vocals, and Kayvan Sarikhani on bass. After the demise of their previous bands in Atlanta, Jason and Ryan started Hyperspace way back in 2011 and a few years and bass players later, Kayvan joined.

 

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

H: Each bandmember has their own influences that creep in, but we all collectively connected through the music of Nerf Herder, Weezer, Green Day, Nirvana, FigDish, NOFX, Sugarcult, The Ramones, Superdrag, The Misfits, Fountains of Wayne, Primus, Black Sabbath, Hot Water Music, Matthew Sweet, and even new bands like The Linda Lindas. We’re all nerds at heart so we also connected through movies and pop culture like Star Wars, Star Trek, The Last Starfighter, Transformers, G.I.Joe, Nintendo, arcade games, computer games, and comic books.

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

H: The first and foremost goal has always been to play music that we love and hope others come along for the ride. If we somehow make it big – great! One priority right now is seeing what labels are out there and what they might have to offer. But we’re comfortable with continuing to make music, release records, and play shows.

 

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

H: In the earlier days of the band, Jason started as the primary songwriter. Over time, Ryan contributed ideas, whether it’s basing a song around a drumbeat, a particular chord progression, or lyrics. Later on when Kayvan joined, he started bringing songs to the table. We all feed off each others’ ideas and make various suggestions. How to start a song, how to end it, which chord to go to, how does this lyric fit there, harmonies, etc…it definitely feels like a collaborative effort.

The songs tend to be about love and relationships, but mixed with sci-fi and pop culture references.

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

H: Luckily, Jason is a graphic artist, so he designs all the various flyers for our shows (and others too)! Promotion is DIY at the moment, ranging from utilizing social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to more old school methods like spreading flyers around Atlanta. BUT…we are currently looking into professional promotion and what all that entails.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

H: We dig it. It’s convenient and an excellent way to spread the word, so to speak. I’m sure we all discovered bands through Napster and Usenet back in the day. Physical media may come and go, but we think digital music is here to stay. For all its pros though, streaming services do suck for musicians; even the biggest artists of our time make peanuts on those. Download and listen online all you want – but if you do like an artist, please consider supporting them by buying a physical product like a record, CD, or cassette or even just a digital download or shirt. That supports the artist infinitely more than streaming services.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

H: Jason: I wish I wrote the song “Sick Of Myself” by Matthew Sweet. The song is the perfect mix of hooky power pop and self loathing that anyone can identify with.

Ryan: Totally The Atari’s “My So Called Life.”  Any teenage guy in the 90’s more than likely swooned over Claire Danes. Everything from the catchy guitar riffs, clever lyrics, and speedy drumming really made this song stand out.

Kayvan: Wow, tough to say; that’s not the kind of question I really think about. Shelter’s “Better Way” always really spoke to me, musically and lyrically. Or maybe something like Cock Sparrer’s “Riot Squad,” which is just a super catchy and fun tune. But I’d really rather just write my own.

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

H: Being a terrible human for starters. Treat people with respect and how you want to be treated, regardless of your skin color, gender, or sexual preference.

The mentality that “it’s not the right time” or “not a good time” to do this or that stinks. Life is dynamic, not static; there’s always going to be good and bad things that occur. There’s never going to be the right time to take control of one’s finances, write that novel, start a band, or whatever. So many people suffer in life because they’re waiting for that golden moment that never comes. Sure, try to plan accordingly, but take action and get started.

On a more humorous note, overtones from Ryan’s snare and toms drive him absolutely nuts. He says the best investments to solve this have been a tunebot, Remo/Evans G2 heads, and cotton-balls. His other big pet peeve is if he has to bring his own drum set/gear, only to find out upon arrival to the gig that our set time was slashed to 15 minutes at the very last-minute. Situations like this really leave a bad taste in our mouth as it’s completely inconsiderate.

Oh, and sound engineers that don’t know anything about sound engineering.

 

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

Jason: We all have different moments we are most proud of being in Hyperspace. For me, it’s the release of the vinyl record Retrograde. That’s the first time we released our music on a vinyl album.

Ryan: My proudest moment in music is being able to share this creative outlet with both Jason and Kayvan, something that I never take for granted. Having amazingly humble, talented, genuine people as bandmates is literally like finding a needle in a field of haystacks. Every moment I step on stage with those guys I remind myself just how fortunate I am to have them.

Kayvan: It’s tough to say; I’m fairly low key and it always feels odd to answer questions like this. It was pretty cool when someone came up after a show and said how much they loved the bass playing, but I think I would be most proud if someone said a song helped them at a difficult point in their life and made a real difference. Other bands did that for me, so that’s where I set my bar.

 

PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

H: We’re working on several new songs that we’ve written. We actually road tested four of the new songs on our recent Southeast tour. Everything is still in the refining stage and other ideas are still flowing, so we hope to record everything at some point in 2023. Even though Hyperspace has been around for a while, we’re working on trying to expand the band’s presence and taking things to the next level in terms of booking, promotion, or even a label.

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

H: Our physical media like records, cassettes, and t-shirts are available through our Bandcamp page:

https://hyperspaceband.bandcamp.com/merch

Our music is available on all the major streaming platforms:

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/hyperspace/410240148

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpDAmsieCWiy3LUbuDJa3w

Hyperspace links:
Band/Artist location – Atlanta, GA
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One thought on “Hyperspace – Interview

  1. An informative interview that offers insights about the history, influences and inspirations of a creative band that deserves to be heard!

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