Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hukutus Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

There was a bit of a time lapse between the recording and the release. It wasn’t something we planned, we were just busy with other shit in our lives. That’s what you get when you’re not a kid anymore. We’ve also had some line-up issues to deal with. But I’m glad the album is finally coming out.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous singles?

Well, as all the previous singles appear on the album, the sound is not that different. I’d say the rest of the album sounds like a combination of the elements presented on the singles. In a sense it’s a typical debut, as it has tracks that were written years ago mixed with new ones. If there is a theme to the sound, it has to be the live studio recording. It’s noisy and that’s the way we wanted it. The music has so many melodic elements to it, that there needed to be a contrast.

3.The band has been around since 2011 and while you have released a few singles, you waited until 2018 to release the first full length can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

Nothing dramatic there. It’s not like we were literally composing and recording the album for seven years. Hukutus was and still is a thing that we do when we have the inspiration and the time. There were times we were really invested in it and times that we were not that into it. Also, for several years there were only the three of us (me, Opakaj and Tamas) demoing and experimenting. The current line-up didn’t really exist until 2016. But nevertheless, here we are now.

4.You refer to your music as 'Transmuting extreme soundscapes', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

It’s just a fancy way of saying we play experimental black/death metal. I came up with it, ‘cos I kind of loathe the term “avant-garde metal” and I don’t think we’re that psychedelic as a whole. So I chose “transmutating”. And I’ve always loved bands that invent their own gibberish genres, like Turbonegro’s “deathpunk” or Impaled Nazarene’s “industrial cyberpunk sadometal”. People can pick a regular genre for us, if they wish.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

For me, Hukutus is way to deal with my own mortality and a tool to process the most vile and disgusting thoughts that I have, my stregths and my weaknesses. Extreme music isn’t and never has been about safe and joyous things. But it can lead to those states of mind through catharsis. Art is always self-expression and if you are honest about it, you will pour a part of yourself into it.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The most memorable one was without a doubt the trip to Stockholm and sharing the stage at Copperfields with F.I.B. and Antarktis, but I wouldn’t call it our musical highlight. We had a wacky ride. Our latest gig at Seinäjoki last summer was probably the best one. And that’s how it should be. On stage, we are performing in our own zone and not so much trying to incite mosh pits. Our goal is to have the live performance mean something more than just a gig. So far, every gig has added a new element to our stage presence, one way or the other.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We have plans, but when and where is a different question. We are currently toying around new ideas for the way we’ll do gigs in the future. You’ll just have to wait and see how it ends up. But we’ll be back on stage sooner or later.

8.The new album was released on 'My Fate Music', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It’s a small label, founded and run by a friend and a former bandmate, mainly used to publish their own music. For this album we eventually decided to keep things close to home and work with someone that we knew, trusted and could communicate easily with.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground metal?

To be honest, I haven’t paid that much attention. I’m under the impression that that feedback has been mostly positive.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are definitely diving deeper into the experimental pool. Lately we’ve been throwing around ideas that have been quite out there. The electronic element will certainly take a different, more expanded role, but Hukutus will always remain raw. Musically, we’re at a point where there’s really no purpose of doing the same thing again and again. Expect the unexpected.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I’m sure there are shitloads of influences, as all the guys in the band listen to very different types of music. If I listen to music nowadays, it’s usually Black Metal, electronic stuff or Misfits. But I’m not that genre-specific anymore, I’m too old for that shit.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Esoteric themes will always play a role in every form of art I’m involved in. And they are all bundled together with dark folklore, Finnish mythology and personal experiences, to form a mess that probably makes sense only for me. Although, in my mind there is a constant conflict between utter nihilism and the idea that there might be something more to us. It’s actually a major theme for “Oksitosiini”. But, to understand the Devil is to understand nature. And most importantly, if you understand the Devil, you will understand human nature.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Yes, check out the album and question everything – especially what I’m saying.

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