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When and how was your band created?
We started jamming together in autumn 2004. The music was improvised. Then we started to record those sessions. It sounded so good, that we decided to release our first record The Void/Cargo. We noticed that underneath the lo-fi sounds there was something breeding. Something pure and primal.
Where is the name of the band coming from?
We took the name of that old tv-series Battlestar Galactica, but it is not a tribute or anything like that. The name sounded good and it was suitable for our music. Kind of lo-fi science fiction space rock. Yet, there is a lot of space between us and we all are like individual galaxies trying to discover our purposes in this absurd space continuum. Galacticka is about communication between five individuals and of course a lot of fun.
What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
Personally my influences lie deep in the sea of madness. The bands that influenced me as a person are Isis, Neurosis, Tool, QOTSA, 16 Horsepower, Kingston Wall, Circle, Ozric Tentacles, Pink Floyd and so on. Every person in Galacticka has a different music history and variety of influences in almost every genre.
What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician in Finland?
Positive: I love Finnish melancholy and nature, so there is a lot of inspiration. This is a very exotic place to live. As the music scene is quite small, you don’t have to sell your soul to be heard of. We are a very modest band.
Negative: It’s almost impossible to make a living out of music without making commercial compromises. Finland is almost isolated from rest of Europe by Baltic Sea, so it isn’t so easy to go touring abroad. But it can be done though.
How could you define your style of music?
Well, it’s waste of space rock. It’s a groovy combination of classic space rock, dark psychedelic soundscapes and monotonous stoner themes.
During the years how has your musical style changed?
In the beginning it was pure improvisation. As we started playing shows, we had to make some themes and arrangements. The development was inevitable and it still goes on.
How do explain these changes?
It’s evolution. We must go with it and rock on.
What are topics you treat in your songs?
Galacticka’s instrumental music offers a change to travel in to one’s inner solar system.
What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
I have to mention two songs. They are songs The Void 1 and Pelkuri. The Void 1 is because it is the first recorded song. It sounds so great in its own way and there’s something beyond that audiowaste. I mentioned our latest recorded song Pelkuri because I can see the evolution and it’s a good song though.
Do you actually prefer performing your music live or in a studio?
Live. Actually we record our music live. In post-production there are some things added to boost the vibes. Galacticka is a live band, definitely.
During the process of making a song, what is the moment that you prefer?
It’s the moment in jam sessions when the new song really kicks in for the first time and it just takes me with it.
A stupid question but… what is among all the songs you’ve been listening in your life the BEST song?
Aargh. I think that it’s not done yet.
What is your opinion, as a musician, regarding internet?
It’s a great channel for smaller bands, like us, to reach out. I can understand why those major labels fight against it, because for them music is just business. They make money, we don’t. We try to make our records as cheap as possible and then release them by ourselves. We try to keep the record’s price as low as possible (5?) and you can download about half of our songs (for free) from our website www.galacticka.net. We respect those who bother to order or spread our music and support our revolution.
What are your projects ?
There’re some projects, but none of them are so active as Galacticka.
What “image” do you have of French music?
My early contacts to French music scene were some crappy black metal bands. My friend is in to this French IDM-scene. It’s good. I believe that there would be people who would like Galacticka. I think that French independent music scene would be worth of exploring.
Is there one French song that you prefer? If so, what song is it?
Latest French band that I listened was Domotic. I can’t remember any other now. Don’t take it personal, I have a lousy memory.