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A Dirty Dozen with VIKA from INSAMMER – December 2021 (BMA)

| 11 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “INSAMMER is one of Sweden’s most promising metal bands, combining dark, pulsating Nordic grooves with Eastern European lyricism and melodic romanticism. Their live shows throb with emotional energy; Vika’s voice ranges from a whisper to a full-throated growl, melding with the instruments as verses explode into churning, hypnotic choruses and pounding, crowd-mesmerizing riffs. The group calls their sound transfusion metal, a heavy mixture of alternative rock and nu metal, which evokes the shifting musical styles and feelings that pour over them and infuse their performances. The band was created in Stockholm by vocalist Vika and guitarist Dennis Wise, whose collaboration began at a music institute in Uppsala, Sweden. The name InSammer was inspired by The Door Into Summer, a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. The current lineup also features virtuoso guitarist Oleg Izotov, bassist Nikita Simonov, and world-class drummer Alex Karpukhin.  InSammer is a finalist for the 5th Annual Banger Music Awards in the following category: CRANK IT UP AWARD.” We get singer Vika to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

When we made the official video for “Vampires,” we were unsure that our fans would get the funny side of the video and could get it too serious. It’s a tough provocative movie with girls, drugs and rock-n-roll, but you need to watch it to the end of the story, which is very unexpected. We tried to show that drugs are not ok and they always get you into trouble.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician? Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I was always a huge fan of rock music. I still remember the time when I listened to Korn and they totally blew my mind. So much energy from their live shows can put anyone into rock-n-roll. And here I am – a vocalist of a rock band.

3. What was your reaction to being included in the Banger Music Awards process? Did you ever think what you were doing would be elevated to “award” status?

We got a total wow-effect and the same goes with our fans. Like we got messages on Facebook from them: “OMG, guys. Check the Banger Music Awards, we already voted for you”. And we still can’t believe that due to great support from our fans we are here on the final stage. They voted for us from all over the world and it’s cool that they like “Vampires” single and video so much.

4. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Alternative rock with a great female vocals, awesome guitars, mega bass, violent drums and super positive vibes! And we mean it!! Go check us live!

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Jonathan Davis will be my choice for sure. He is a legend and this is a dream for me to make a duet with him, or at least to meet the guy in person and tell him that Korn music gave me the power to start my own band. And I really appreciate this.

6. How important to you is the local music scene and acceptance by not only the fans but also your peers?

It’s very hard to become famous in Sweden as the market is overcrowded with bands. Sometimes I feel like there are more bands in Sweden than fans. Swedish musicians have very high professional levels in music and you can go to the street and every second person you meet will be a talented singer or guitar player. This is why bands from Sweden try their luck far away from the local country. For example, we have a lot of fans in Latin America and our new release in 2022 will be in Spanish.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When it’s party time our bassist Nikita is the first one to sing a song with acoustic guitar. We can all cook nicely but we are lazy bones and we prefer to party in some Indian restaurants. Our guitarist Dennis is the key person to organize the cool party. When he is around it’s a total fun and we laugh a lot.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Nice question as I have no exact answer. Before the covid period we met so many star musicians on metal festivals we played that if the festival was for 3 days then we were starstruck each hour. Now we have less shows and if we meet with someone in Sweden we are like friends.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part is that you can share your emotions with your fans. We miss live shows a lot due to covid limitations. You feel yourself alive when you’re on stage and you see hundreds of eyes on you and they give you their energy. And I miss being on a tour and travelling a lot. If not a musician then I would be a travel blogger. Visit different places and meet interesting people.

10. What is one question you would like an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Well, the question we answer all the time is about the name of the band, why it’s written with “A” not with “U” and is it true that the name InSammer was inspired by the novel of Robert Heinlein The Door Into Summer. And yes, we have this brilliant explanation that the name InSammer was inspired by the novel of Robert Heinlein The Door Into Summer but we put some unique spelling to it. Guys, let’s face the other side of the story. Back in time we needed to send a band name to the promoter of our first gig and our guitarist Dennis sent the band name with a misprint – InsAmmer instead of InsUmmer. On the day of the gig we found the name of InSammer on all promo material of the gig. We had no other choice than to play under the InSammer name. After the gig we decided that the name with a misprint is nice and unique. Till now we play under InSammer though the whole story started from a misprint. And yes, The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein is a great book too. The question that we are tired of – why do we call our music “transfusion metal”. Well, our label put this definition into press release to the Seeds album and we had no idea what was the style so we needed to get some really good explanation and through many interviews we polished the wording like we are constantly in motion, we are looking for the better side of our creativity and all the time our music gets some transfusion from each band member and reflects his musical views.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

We are lucky guys and live in reality. We do not want to change anything in our career. It goes as it is and we are happy with every moment. But if we had a Superman power then we would stop covid-19 pandemic situation in the world back in 2019 and all musicians can do gigs and tours and festivals nowadays. We dream in worldwide categories.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Yes, please bring me magically back into my 2005 and I’d love to take part in recording sessions for “Twisted Transistor” by Korn. This single and then See You on the Other Side album meant the whole universe to me. Follow your dream and rock on!!!







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