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Interview with Hyperia
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I was lucky enough to be born into a musical family as both my parents were musicians, so I’ve been around it since I was born. It’s hard to say where I would be without music since it’s such a huge part of who I am today. My job outside of music is Post-Production Sound Design for Film and Series, so I suppose I would continue doing that.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I enjoy hiking, hanging out with friends and occasionally traveling as much as I can. I’m sure these all have some subconscious effect on my creativity, but I find I’m most creative when I’m locked away in a room by myself.
How long has your band been around?
Hyperia was created in late 2018.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are based out of Vancouver, Canada. I think the long Canadian weathers have a big influence on our music, as most of my writing happens when the nights are long and cold and there’s not much else to do.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Hyperia was kind of a made-up name between the words “Hyper” and “Hysteria”, which were 2 words we felt described our sound well. It has a cool ring to it and had not really been used before so we were in luck.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
For me personally, it would be either opening for Soulfly and Toxic Holocaust in 2020 or Hyperspace Festival 2023 playing with Exmortus, Paladin and many more.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
In Vancouver, my favourite venues are the Rickshaw and The Wise Hall. We’d love to play as many venues as we can, especially across the U.S. and Europe.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Havok, Warbringer, Exmortus, Hyperia
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Practice as much as you can and don’t get stuck within sub-genres or styles, a good musician takes influence from anywhere they can.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Prioritize what’s important and fill in the gaps with the rest.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Currently, I’d say Spirit Bandit off our new album coming November 17. This was a song that was on the fringe of being erased but once it all came together it became one of my all-time favourites of ours.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My favourites are Hypnagogia, Experiment 77 and The Serpent’s Cycle. I’d say either Intoxication Therapy or Whitecoat gets requested the most, which is funny because we never really play the latter anymore.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Typically I write most of the riffs and then we jam on them as a band and arrange them and alter them together. This album was a bit different since we went through a lineup change just before we started recording which meant all the songs were recorded exactly as they were written for the most part.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I don’t think there’s anything super special aside from just wanting people to have a good time, bang their heads and get out some energy and aggression.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
We do from time to time, and the best way to overcome them is to decide what’s best for the band which we all usually agree upon in the end, and if we don’t then that’s another problem altogether haha.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Coming up we’re going to be headlining the Underground Wasteland Festival in Penticton, BC on October 28, opening for Excited and Lich King in Vancouver on October 31, and we just announced our album release show for December 15 in Vancouver as well. Aside from that next year we plan on hitting up Europe and the U.S. to play some international shows!
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