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Hi! Tell me about Hukutus. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hello there! A finnish name is much less likely to be in use by some other group. I’m pretty sure every member has his own interpretation of the name, but it refers to drowning. One could say that our music has a lot to do with taking a dive and going with the flow. Metaphorically, it can also be a devastating force of nature or a means to destroy someone. But you can drown in many ways and into many substances. Hukutus is a journal of our quest to master our own nigredo, to undergo a shamanistic death and create a persona that we can torture and transgress like a voodoo doll of ourselves.
“Nadiirit” single was released on November. How does that make you feel?
It feels nice to have something ”officially” out before we release our debut album.
Tell me more about “Nadiirit”? Is that something like discovering track from upcoming album etc?
Yes, it will be on the album. It’s one of our more rock ‘n roll songs and it’s meant to provoke listeners to seek out their inner abyss of insanity. Gang shouts are a tried and tested method when one wishes to cause mass hypnosis.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Life and all of it’s forms and dimensions, the visible ones and those that are pure intuition. Sexuality, taboos, nature… All the good stuff.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Hukutus’s sound?
Raw dynamics. The sound is a very careful construction. Everything was recorded live, except for the vocals and synths, to create that bare aggression with all the imperfections and noise leaks. Our songs have these droning, almost meditative parts too and we wanted to have a harsh contrast to that. It came out really well.
Do you play live?
Yes, when the time and setting is right. It just took a while to plan any more, ‘cos we went through some line-up changes after our first gig.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
I don’t think we have any direct influences as a band. Individual members have their own preferences and our sound is a hybrid of those. But those influences can range anywhere from black metal to hip hop or from electronic music to punk.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I haven’t though about that. We don’t write songs to suit other people.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
To make sure that it reaches the right people.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I consider music to be a form of self-expression, one of many that I have. I would actually define myself first and foremost as a writer that just likes screaming. Everything connects – when I go to the gym, I create and improve in the same way I would do when I write. You should do things that you enjoy, but you can also think bigger parallels while doing it.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
They’ve never opposed it, but I have other shit going on too, so it’s not like I’m a real musician that tries to make a living out of music only. As for the other guys, I have no idea, but I presume so.
How’s the metal scene in Finland right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
I don’t pay that much attention to any metal scenes, so I have no clue. The only scene I follow on occasion is black metal and I’d consider it quite vigorous, even though there’s far too few original bands around. I don’t listen to that much metal anyway. As for the other things, there are gigs all the time, at least in Helsinki, so it would seem that they are quite easy to organize. It’s hard to say how many people actually attend them though. In Finland, buying records has never been hard and you can get anything via the internet.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Absolutely! Thank you for the interview.