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Interview with Blast Bomb
**What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?**
Torben - Hobo or rockstar, nothing else. Just kidding, a computer scientologist.
**What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?**
Torben - Drinking, smoking, and having fun. Well, maybe just a little ;-) . Family, tinkering with guitar equipment, North and Baltic Sea, the dog, and the best brewery “Simian” in Elmshorn.
**How long has your band been around?**
Torben - About 6 years. The last change in the lineup was the switch of bassists. Now, we have Robin on board, pushing things forward.
**Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?**
Torben - We're from Elmshorn, Robin is from Kaltenkirchen, and Johnny came to us from Birmingham in ther UK. We're influenced by the music we listen to, as well as life itself and the experiences we've gathered.
**How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?*
Torben - It was simply the name of our WhatsApp group. It was originally called "super bomb blast," which was a weapon from an old Zelda game, hence the 8-bit graphics. Why it changed, we can't even remember anymore. We could now say it signifies explosive music from bla bla bla… BUT it was different.
**Tell me about your most memorable shows.**
Torben - Definitely supporting "Life of Agony" at Grünspan in Hamburg. We applied as support, Joe, the guitarist, made a preselection from all applicants, and the final five were heard with Mina Caputo. They chose us!!! It was incredible for us. Doyle from the former Misfits was also there as another support.
**What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?**
Torben - We've mainly played in Northern Germany. Although we've played in Belgium, England, and many other cities, it's nicest in Hamburg, especially at Hafenklang! The best catering in town, all vegan but made with so much love.
**If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?**
Torben - Wow. Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, No Means No, Gluecifer, Hellacopters, Smoke Blow, and so on.
**What advice would you give to someone just starting in a band and to your younger self?**
Torben - Don't give up, keep going even if there's a fight. Also, the band is only as strong as its weakest link in the chain!! If necessary, replace the link, don't hold on for too long, but not too soon either.
**If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?**
Torben - Go all in and don't wait for others! Most importantly, practice, practice, practice; nothing comes on its own.
**Of your songs, which one means the most to you and why?**
Torben - I think "21:47" and "Hammerblow" are powerful songs with deep meanings. One is about John's son's birth. In "Hammerblow," it's about the loss of an important person, someone you couldn't be there for when they left.
**Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?**
Torben - All of them!! But "21:47" is always celebrated by the audience. The song has a great structure and a fantastic solo :-D
**What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?**
Torben - The songs come to life in the rehearsal room. Usually, Klaus ( aka KlausROCK) comes with a basic riff, then we develop it together. Everyone contributes their part. Only then does it become a Blast Bomb song. Klaus is often not so thrilled because the song then has little to do with his original idea. But in the end, he's happy too. It only works together!
**What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?**
Torben - Anything and everything. Listen to the lyrics and interpret whatever you want. We don't want to impose an opinion on anyone and we're not political, although we have a clear direction.
**Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?**
Torben - Yes, quite often. It's normal and good. Something comes out of these frictions. It's not always love and peace.
**What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?**
Torben - We're currently releasing our latest album as individual singles. It's a concept we haven't done before. Additionally, there's a video for almost every song. You can look forward to it; there's a lot more coming from us. Furthermore, we want to write new songs, go on tour, and let the world know we exist.