Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
InSammer: Hi, everyone, we are InSammer, an alternative rock band from Sweden. 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.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
InSammer: Back in time our vocalist Vika was looking for a guitar teacher and found Dennis. They decided to create music together because they had many common 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.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
InSammer: We are listening to Korn and Meshuggah, all band members like them. And we like the beauty of nature, on weekends Vika and Dennis can go to a small village in the north of Sweden to catch some inspiration. The beauty of nature in this cold northern part of Scandinavia gave them ideas for many songs and Black Art was among them.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
InSammer: For the moment we definitely want to go back on tours. Two pandemic years we spent in the studio and it was a very good time regarding creativity but we want to see our fans and do some headbanging with them. And some huge festival like Burning Man will be a good goal to achieve too.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
InSammer: 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.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
InSammer: We are lucky guys as our label take the pr work on them and we need to answer interviews and chat on the radio shows but the part of negotiations with pr agencies is not our business and we are happy to face only creative part of promo.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
InSammer: We definitely miss time when everything was kind of real, when you needed to buy a cd or a vinyl of your favourite band to support them and check their new releases. Nowadays everything is simpler and you can sit at home at Sweden and downloaded your favourite artist from New Zealand but the whole process is cheaper and the value is lower. And it’s not about the quality of music it’s like easy come easy go. We’d like that our fans understand how many affords we put to the release and how many hours we spent in the studio for a song that you can download in seconds.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
InSammer: We believe that our best song is still unwritten and we want it to be a wild mixture of Depeche Mode with InFlames. Something loud, powerful and catchy.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
InSammer: The question about our band name with a misprint. Actually, Dennis is a fan of Robert Heinlein. And he remembers a quote from the book that accurately describes our ideas when we started this project: “But there was winter in my heart and I was looking for the door to summer. If I sound like a man with an acute case of self-pity, you are correct. There must have been well over two billion people on this planet in worse shape than I was. Nevertheless, I was looking for the Door into Summer.” The idea was InSummer but Dennis was in a hurry before our first gig and sent to promoter our name with a misprint – InSammer. We laughed and then decided to leave it that way.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
InSammer: We proud of each song we wrote, of all the gigs we played and of a huge support of our fans from different parts of the world.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
InSammer: Recently we released our new album called ‘Black Art’, 11 tracks of total guitar and drums madness, filled with moments of relentless energy throwing back to their punk and rock roots to visionary moments of modern alternative. Our third album ‘Black Art’ is powerful and strong statement of the modern world. We spent almost a year in the studio during pandemic period, we wrote over 40 songs and had to choose from them. We took 11 tracks of pure rock vibrations with excellent lyrics to rock the house. For the first time in our career, we truly put it all out there. The album’s lead single, “Black Art”, is about dark times in internet and hard situation on politic stage. We are all in the process of transformation. Also 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.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
InSammer: We have three full-length albums (Numbers as Victims, Seeds and a brand new Black Art) plus several singles and a cool cover to Flash in the Night. All our tracks are available on all music platforms like Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Pandora, etc. Listen to InSammer and rock on!
Band/Artist location – Stockholm, Sweden
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