Interviews: Radioactive Pineapple

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Skate Punk/Pop Punk band, Radioactive Pineapple from Finland. 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?

Ozzie: I just tried to come up with the most ridiculous name possible. I had like a page full of names, and every one of them was equally as shit or stupid. For some odd reason, I liked Radioactive Pineapple the most.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Jake: I think it’s the combination of catchy pop-melodies and punk rock energy, as well as that of vivacious and upbeat music and angsty, sometimes even gloomy lyrics.

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

Ozzie: When I and Thoubi started all of this, we didn’t know much about each other. The only thing I really knew about him was that we went to the same school and that he plays drums. I wanted to start a band and he’s a drummer, it was as simple as that. 

Jake: No, I met Ozzie and Thoubi at the show where both Pineapple and my former band Too Hot for Radio were playing, in 2015. Thoubi’s brother is a good friend of my (maybe-not-so) former bandmate Jones, and he had arranged for both of us to play there. I even broke a string of my Stratocaster there, so my first encounter with Ozzie was when I asked to borrow his guitar for the rest of the set.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Ozzie: At the moment it’s Idles, but I usually pick NOFX. I just love that band too much. 

Jake: That’s a difficult one. But I’ll be very un-original and go with Blink-182. - 

Thoubi: Mouhous!

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Jake: Everyday life and all the weird happenings and encounters that we and the people close to us are experiencing. 

Ozzie: I typically focus on my struggles. I’m trying to unpack all of this pent-up frustration I’ve got lying around from my less-than-ideal childhood. I try to have an aspect of comedy in the lyrics as well, by making the lyrics a tiny bit too neurotic.

6. Where was your last gig?

A place called Pigs & Chicks at Tampere. We were opening for a skate punk -a band called NLK Oldbones, which was pretty cool.

7. Where would you like to perform?

Jake: As a headliner of Reading & Leeds Festivals, preferably every year.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Jake: Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41…maybe it’s not worth mentioning every pop punk -band from the early 2000s. Also, it would be cool to open for some local acts like Atomirotta, Huora, Anal Thunder, or Negatiiviset Nuoret.

9. Whom not?

Jake: Ted Nugent, Roger Waters, Nickelback.

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

Jake: Maybe a little, I’m not sure whether it’s even possible to completely get rid of it. So I guess I don’t have good tips either. Practice, play a lot of shows, and imagine your audience naked. 

Ozzie: Just remember that this is just the consequence of you trying to realize your dreams. A tiny bit of stress is a small price to pay in the face of what you’re trying to achieve. Embrace the possible incoming failure, embrace the struggle. For it is what builds your path to success. The alternative would be stagnation, stagnation is DEATH!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Jake: I think section 8 captures that pretty well.

Ozzie: I guess “THE BAND” would be Green Day since they were the guys that got me inspired to start a band. I’ll be forever grateful for that. Otherwise, the bands that have inspired me immensely would be NOFX, IDLES, Alkaline Trio, Billy Talent, Blink 182, Social Distortion, and plenty of others.

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

Jake: There was this young woman once, whom none of us knew. She had this white T-shirt full of autographs and she asked all of us to sign it. It wasn’t that weird but rather cool because she had tracked us down and come to watch us play, a thing that doesn’t happen so much outside of our social circles.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We love them very much. As long as they come to the shows.

14. What do you think of our site?

Jake: It’s cool.

Ozzie: It looks well thought out, so that’s nice!

15. Something to add?

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