Intervuews: Horror Dance Squad

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore band, Horror Dance Squad from Estonia. 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?

When we formed the band, we knew we wanted to make heavy music, but we wanted to go in a different direction than the “doom and gloom” most people think of when they think about this genre. And, of course, with any good band name, we wanted something that really represented the core of the band and us as individuals: Horror for the heavy influence, Dance to highlight the more fun and positive angle we wanted to approach our music with, and Squad to represent the unity we feel as a band, including the unity we feel with our fans and the many awesome people we’ve had the pleasure to work with while creating and sharing our music.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

For all of us, this genre--or actually, this mix of genres--is what gets our feet moving and our heads banging. This is the style of music that moves us.

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

The squad began taking formation when bandmates and guitarists Indrek Ulp and Mikk Peetrimägi put their eagerness to keep the metalcore genre alive in Estonia together and began writing songs. They took on drummer Henri Kuusk and after about a year of practising and trying out vocalists (including Ian Karell who is originally from Pittsburgh, PA) the first line-up was established. We played our first show at the beginning of 2014. After a couple of years, we made a small line-up change adding vocalist Karl Mesipuu and synth and sample wizard Margus Tammela to our squad. This new line-up took us on a path that has definitively shaped and evolved our music into our own signature style.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Only one! It’s hard for any of us to choose our own favourite, but a shortlist would definitely include Bring Me The Horizon, Periphery, Parkway Drive, Fever 333 and Architects.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Our songwriting process is a full-band effort and very collaborative. While we often start with guitars and drums before working on vocals and lyrics, the moment an idea is born the whole band is invested in making sure we are writing the best song we can. Ian writes a majority of the lyrics for the band, but the topics are always those which all of us feel are important. We sing a lot about social and personal issues, justice and injustice, philosophy and spirituality. Questions and topics that are pressing for us as individuals, but which we feel are common issues for mankind in general. We hope that if someone is struggling with an issue in their lives we will have a song that will speak to them and help them find positive ways to deal with that issue.

6. Where was your last gig?

Just last weekend at Barbar in Tallinn, Estonia!

7. Where would you like to perform?


8. Whom would you like to perform with?

If we could choose any band in the world to perform with, it would be Bring Me The Horizon. 9. Whom not? Any band who identifies as white nationalist, fascist or in any other way intolerant of our fellow human beings.

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

No, we wouldn’t say that we are ever afraid to get on stage, but we certainly get a little bit nervous before a big show--but that’s because we want to do our very best and give our fans the best concert they can get!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

As a six-piece--each with our own long, personal music history--it shouldn’t be a surprise when we say that we have been influenced by more artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists, activists and policymakers than can properly be named. However, we can trim it down to a few for you. Musically, we have been largely inspired by bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Parkway Drive, and Sikth.

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

If they could take home our singer’s socks. He said yes.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They are the best. They are our squad. We have awesome fans and we are privileged to have them.

14. What do you think of our site?

We absolutely love and appreciate that you give up-and-coming bands like ourselves a place to be heard! Thank you!!

15. Something to add?

Check out our new album No Flag Will Fly Forever on your favourite streaming platform today! Or follow any of these links for Horror Dance Squad goodness: 

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