Interview with indie rock band Sakia
— How did you come up with the idea of creating the band?
— Juho (keys) and Mikko (guitar) were the founding fathers of Sakia since around 2004 they started doing music together. Back then the music had more electro vibe to it. Both Juho and Mikko had been members of different bands in Jalasjärvi earlier in life so they invited their old band members to join this new band. Thus, Sakia was created from the “remains” of two bands. Ha...
— Your music is changing with the time. Your latest single "New Silence" sounds very darkly, like a rock-ballad. What does influence your music and the mood in general?
Often times when a song is first created, there is already a concept of the story of the lyrics too. The story might actually influence the ambience of the song the most. Sometimes there isn’t any story yet at that point and then the harmony later on inspires the story for the lyrics.
With New Silence and our next release “Black Clouds” we were actually inspired by particular songs. This is rare for us. These were songs by names like Bon Iver, The Weeknd and Depeche Mode. We did pre-production by ourselves for the first time.
— Do you have any rituals that you conduct before going on stage, for example, to overcome fear or to feel unity? Do you have a fear of performing on stage?
— Excellent question. I guess we joke around quite a lot to smoothen the atmosphere. Also right before going on stage we raise our hands from floor up high and yell “SAKIA!”. Just a stupid thing we are used to do.
Last summer we got a little serious before our Aukusti festival gig because Timo (guitar) almost choked on a pill and water backstage. Luckily there we still six guys on stage when we went on with the gig and we actually had a good laugh about it.
— On your promo pictures you seem to be serious and brutal guys. And what about SAKIA in real life?
— Promo pictures are a tough one! You take 120 pictures and maybe one is ok for use. We certainly are six different personalities but mostly we are joking around and laughing together in real life. We are never violent or brutal.
— Can we expect your first video in the nearest future? If yes, how do you imagine it?
— Oh boy. We have talked about a video for so long and it never seems to happen. I guess we are a too perfectionistic. Never satisfied with our ideas. And it’s also a pain in the ass to make it happen! Ha ha.. But since it’s Sakia, it would probably be something dark and gloomy. For some reason we are like that.
— Do you celebrate Christmas together?
— We actually celebrated “Little Christmas” as part of our trip to Pori, Finland a few weeks back. So basically after the gig in Yyteri we stayed at the club and enjoyed ourselves there for the rest of the night. Let’s see if we’ll gather for a little night out after the actual Christmas.
— How do you see the SAKIA’s future as a band? Do you aspire to the worldwide fame?
— Since day one we were always all about reaching for the world fame. The dream still lives on but we also enjoy spending time together and with our fans without the extra pressure. We honestly think that when we write a good enough song it’s still possible!
— We know that you already visited Russia but back then the band called The Maytoes. We also know that the Russian listeners welcomed you and they liked your music. Do you have any plans to come back to us, but this time as SAKIA?
— Awww... The Maytoes. So nice that you know about all that stuff! We had such a great welcoming in St. Petersburg back then. Seriously, we still talk about it all the time. We have no scheduled tour at the moment but god it would be awesome to come back to Russia again! Thank you for your love and support!
Many thanks SAKIA for interview!