Interviews: Space Hamster

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal/Crossover band, Space Hamster from the Czech Republic. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Martin: There is this story...I was never part of it as I was in New Zealand at that time. I joined the band like 6 months ago. Back in a while Patrik (guitar) was sitting with Dutky (bass) and Novas (former guitar player) and Denis (drummer) in some pub in Brno, drinking beer and started thinking about some jam as the previous band called Cinzana Bianca went to sleep. And then from a jam they went to a band and Patrik&Denis came up with that funny idea that we should be called "I'm Jongeling with a Paranormal Parachutist of the Future in the Universe." However, since he said something about his pet hamster and they wanted something more “spacy” so they came up with Space Hamster, which sounded like a slightly better and more memorable idea.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Martin: I don't think we're able to define what we play even today. I feel like we evolve with each song; some core remains, we try not to be completely influenced by trends, but some reflection of what we all listen to is probably audible, and it will probably be our greatest overlap of what musically unites us. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Martin: I knew Patrik, Dutky, and our original guitarist Novas from the previous band (R.I.P. Cinzana Bianca). And the guys Dutky and Novas knew Denis (Drummer) from their hometown Rymarov (a mountain town in North Moravia), and Peter is originally Patrik’s mate from college.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Martin: Uff, does it need to be just a single one? It might sound traditional, but in the long term, I love Deftones and Tool. However, there are many favorite bands that I have in recent years, such as Intronaut, VOLA, Animals as Leaders, Archspire. Patrik’s 2 biggest favorites are Black Dahlia Murder and Textures. But in general we are not very focused as a band, everybody listen’s many different genres.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Martin: I can speak only in terms of lyrics, it's mainly the sci-fi books I read and the vision of a post-apocalyptic/dystopian future of humankind, our evolution into transhuman beings, space colonization, and the impact of technology on our lives. For Patrik’s it’s mainly the genre and bands he listens to that inspire him to compose.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was at a club called Depo in Velke Mezirici, a small town close to our home city of Brno. We played with our friends from Inception of Fall, Terminal, and Refore.

7. Where would you like to act?

Martin: My personal wish is to play at a big summer festival, like Brutal Assault. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us. And we would be really happy for a tour around Europe and across the sea.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Any big names from the metal scene would be great, but to play at a festival with some bands that shaped my taste in music would be amazing. I know for Patrik it’s to play together with Black Dahlia Murder.

9. Whom not?

This is a very complicated question, for example, I wouldn’t mind playing and collaborating with Justin Bieber but I am pretty sure Patrik won’t.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Haha, there is always some stage fright, but the more you play live, the better. Also, usually, a beer or two helps us (although I read it's not recommended for vocalists).

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Martin: Gojira, Faith No More & Mike Patton, Textures, Deftones, SikTh, The Ocean, Ion Dissonance, Converge, Korn, Intronaut, and many more.

Patrik: Black Dahlia Murder and 50 other bands.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

We've been lucky enough not to have any weird requests from fans so far.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I think it's great that people still come to see us and go to concerts in general, especially in today's digital age and post-COVID era, where it's hard for the club scenes. Some fans are crazy, and the clubs are their living room. When we see positive feedback, it's a very good feeling, and it motivates us to play more and better. So, we're grateful to our fans, and we appreciate their support.

14. What do you think of our site?

I think it's a great opportunity to reach out to alternative and up-and-coming bands and not be completely dependent on mainstream media and streaming platform algorithms. It's important to have platforms like this to promote new and diverse music.

15. Something to add?

Big thank you for giving us this space! Stay tuned for our EP. We are planning to release it this spring. The EP would be conceptual and centered around humanity’s space future and ideas from the epic sci-fi trilogy novel Remembrance of Earth's past by Cixin Liu. You can listen to us on streaming platforms.

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