Interview: Rokets

Published on 8 February 2023 at 09:50

1: How did you decide on the name, “Rokets"?

We started the band in early 2017 and name suggestions began to pop up after some of
the first rehearsals. After throwing around some ideas it soon became clear we wanted the
name to be short, just one word, something that would stand out and is easy to remember.
First “Rockets” came to mind by just playing with the word ”rock”, but it wasn’t the right one
for us. We all love the legendary Finnish rock’n’roll band from the ’70s called ”Hurriganes”
and got the idea from their name to do some misspelling. The C remained silent and
”Rokets” was born.

2: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in a creative

I’m glad I don’t do this professionally and not sure if I’m someone to give advice to others,
but what I can tell from my own experience is that it’s a rocky road. A nice kind of rocky
though! Well worth the struggle and wouldn’t change it for anything. It will eat you up, but
also give you a whole lot of loving while doing so. Stick with your passion!

3: Do you feel open minded about what you listen to? Do you like going out of your
comfort zone?

Of course. If the music is good and I like it, why should it matter what kind of stuff it is? I
see no point in limiting myself that way. I try to listen to more diverse music all the time and
get acquainted with new genres. I love the old psychedelic-, progressive-, folk- and hard
rock from the ’60s and ’70s, heavy metal from the ‘80s, rap from the ‘90s, but my favorite
band of all time is definitely Abba.

4: What outlets do you find out about music from? (Record stores, magazines,
samplers, etc.)

Whenever I’m looking for a particular vinyl at a record store, I always come across with
something new as well, so that’s definitely a great source. Also from Instagram accounts,
YouTube and friends.

5: What is your favorite format to listen to music on? (CD, Vinyl, etc.)

I enjoy vinyl the most. To my liking they just sound the best and present the music as good
as it gets.

6: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?

Big time, in both good and bad. Music has become way more accessible now that you can
basically listen to anything ever recorded, anytime, anywhere. It’s convenient for the
consumer, but I think it has also been the key factor in music losing some of its magic. The
golden years are gone and they’re not coming back. There will never be another Beatles
or The Rolling Stones, such legends are behind us now. Music isn’t as big of a business
as it used to be before the internet, so changes are inevitable. However, digital platforms
have helped so many up-and-coming artists and long-lost greats to get discovered or
rediscovered. For a lot of us modern day acts it has truly been a blessing.

7: Who was the first band/artist that became your favorite band?

The first ever album I owned and listened to was Cypress Hill’s ”Black Sunday” on CD,
which I got as a present from my older brother when I was around 9 years old. It blew me
away since all the music I had heard before that was just the random stuff playing in radio,
TV and movies. I didn’t really know anything about music before, but that album definitely
changed it for me. It really got me interested in music, rap in particular. Later on came pop,
rock, heavy metal and so forth, but rap was the one for me for a long time.

8: If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?
MC5 or Funkadelic.

9: Do you have any hobbies outside of music?

Sort of, I guess? Besides music, movies have been a passion of mine since I was a
teenager. I used to collect DVDs for years before I ran out of space, got tired of moving
them around and decided to sell my collection. Now I’m just focusing on the vinyls but still
watch a lot of films at home and cinemas. Horror and sci-fi interest me the most, but
nothing beats a good drama. Also, cats! Not a hobby but yeah, cats. They’re the absolute
best. Get some cats and love them!

10: What was the inspiration for your song “Cherry Kiss”?

Usually when I’m writing lyrics, I imagine the song being a movie. I think of a story for it
and describe the events in the lyrics. “Cherry Kiss” is a revenge story. It’s about an
irresistible seductress that hunts dirty, rotten men in the dead of the night. Got the
inspiration for it from films such as “Savage Streets” and “Ms .45”.


Their new album "Break Free" was released by The Sign Records on December 9th on CD, LP and digital platforms.

Listen here: Break Free by Rokets

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