„ssSHhh im Interview „

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„ssSHhh“

„ssSHhh“ ist das Soloprojekt von Sami Hinkka, welchen ihr von Ensiferum und/oder Metal de Facto kennen solltet. Mit ihm habe ich ein Interview rund um sein Projekt geführt, welches ihr im folgenden lesen könnt.


„Metal and Me“:
Hello Sami. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a webblog. On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with a wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. Of course, I also rate the bands‘ performance.
Today I have a few questions for you about your new solo project „ssSHhh“. But first of all I want to ask you how are you doing right now?


„ssSHhh“:
Hi Tobi! Thanks for this opportunity to chat with you. I think you are doing very important work by advising and encouraging other wheelchair users and I’m sure your activity raises the awareness of venues that they need to pay more attention to their perimeters so that they are accessible for everyone.


„Metal and Me“:
How did you come up with the name „ssSHhh“? What is the idea behind this? At the first sight these are the Initials of your Name and Surenname. But that’s not all, isn’t it?


„ssSHhh“:
Yes, those are my initials but I also had an idea that with this band I have no ”limits” about the lyrical topics, because Ensiferum is very heroic/fantasy -themed and Metal De Facto has always a theme for each album. That’s why I though that with this project I can reflect modern or unpleasant topics so there are no boundaries, I will never say ”sssshhhh, you can’t say that!”. 😀


„Metal and Me“:
On October 2nd your first single „Weight of the World“ was released. Tell us a little about the song. What inspired you?


„ssSHhh“:
The first EP was inspired by COVID-19 -chaos: the news, how people reacted etc. ”The Weight Of The World” tells about overly employed health care personnel who were (and are being) pushed to their limits.


„Metal and Me“:
Do you already have a second single in the works or even finished? If so, when can we expect to hear them?

„ssSHhh“:
I’m thinking about releasing another lyric video but since I don’t have a label for this band so I have to pay everything myself, I’m now thinking that should I save the money for the production (mixing/graphics) of the next release.

„Metal and Me“:
How far is the work on your EP?

„ssSHhh“:
The debut EP was financed with a crowdfunding campaign and the EP has already been sent to the backers. It will be officially released on 30.10.2020.

„Metal and Me“:
How many songs will we be able to hear?

„ssSHhh“:
The first EP has an intro, 5 songs and an acoustic version of the song ”iConsume” as a bonus track.

„Metal and Me“:
How do the fans react to your new project?

„ssSHhh“:
So far the feedback has been very positive. Of course it’s completely different kind of metal than fans of Ensiferum and Metal De Facto have used to hear from me but metalheads are openminded people and I’m happy if people give this new music a chance and listen to it even once.

„Metal and Me“:
And how do your colleagues from Ensiferum react to your „other musical side“?

„ssSHhh“:
Heh, they are cool with it. Each of us have our unique music taste and few of us have talked about solo material for years so I’m quite sure that in the future others will release their own stuff also.

„Metal and Me“:
How was it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media over the past few months and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?

„ssSHhh“:
I’m first to admit that I’m not the most active person in social media even though I use it almost daily. I know that as an artist, one should be interacting there all the time but I rather do it more rarely and really mean what I post.

„Metal and Me“:
How did you as deal with the restrictions from spring / summer? How much has it restricted you in your working life?

„ssSHhh“:
Obviously COVID-19 destroyed all our touring plans so I had to come up with something to pay my bills. Luckily I have studied two professions long time ago so i applied a job in ”home health care”, where I help senior citizens, who still live in their homes, with meds etc. It’s been really rewarding work with nice clients and I have really great colleagues. But I told my boss already in the job interview that once the touring is possible, I will quit the job because playing live is my biggest passion.

„Metal and Me“:
Is music also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to pause and just come down?

„ssSHhh“:
Absolutely! Music is one of the most important things in my life.

„Metal and Me“:
A few words to the fans who definitely can’t wait to hear and see more new material from your interesting project!

„ssSHhh“:
I already have four new songs almost ready for ssSHhh, Metal De Facto is working on the second album and Ensiferum has also started to arrange new songs, so you’ll be hearing from me and my bands very soon! Until we meet again on the road, stay safe and take care of your close ones!

„Metal and Me“:
Thanks for the interview, Sami. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck with ssSHhh!

„ssSHhh“:
Thank you Tobi! All the best to you!

Ihr könnt die Debüt-Single auf den verschiedenen Streamingplattformen anhören und/oder das Video zu „Weight of the World“ bei YouTube sehen. Zur offiziellen Facebookseite von „ssSHhh“ geht es hier.

„Sami Hinkka“

Photos by: Sami Hinka | ssSHhh