Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Alessandro reviewed Haster’s latest album, called The Current Sea, here. Now you can read his interview with Haster below!
Guys, I’m honoured to be granted this interview! I want to say again, I love your album. I hope my 10/10 at DutchMetalManiac means something for you! I’m doubly appreciative of the Twitter winning surPRIZE pack that you sent to my Frozen Hemisphere. Please introduce yourselves!
David Heida – lead guitars
Patrick Nolan – rhythm guitars/vocals
Danny Radusinovic – bass
Jarret Stockmar – vocals
Andrew Vega – drums
How and where’d you meet?
Jarret and I (David) met through an ad on Craigslist after both of our previous bands ended and we formed the band in late 2010. Just before our second album Let It Go was finished we added Patrick to the band after knowing him for a couple of years. Andrew & Danny joined the band right after our last album The Current Sea. Andrew we met through an ad online at Musicians Institute where he was attending and Danny used to play with Pat in their old band.
Are you all actually friends or is it just business?
You have to enjoy the people you make music with. There are a lot of days of nothing on the road and you have always made it that we are friends first.
Is the world a better place with all this new technology for spreading the gift of music or was it better to copy LP’s to cassettes and spread it around?
It’s good and bad. Good on that your music is very accessible. But with that, no one pays for music now.
Your music is powerful and heavy; tell us when and where your best times for inspiration are.
Just jamming. Practice or having idea is all it takes. Songs all start from a riff. It’s the spark that we’re all able to build around.
Without being disrespectful to a band’s originality, I always like to cite some influences that my ear picks out or I think picks out; do you guys do this when you’re working out your arrangements?
Sometimes if a riff sounds too similar to something else. But most of our songs, after they have all gone through all of filters always end up sounding like Haster.
You have some great influences! Who’s everyone’s favourite band?
Bandwise it has to be Korn. They influenced us so much throughout the year.
Onstage, 90% and live to fight another day or 110% and see what happens the next day?
110%, we go crazy on stage. That will always be one thing I can always hang my head up high about this band that we are an amazing live band.
Speaking of stages, you’re not on an especially heavy tour schedule as of yet; I see 2 at least in California, are there more dates lined up for this year? Any chance you’re coming to Canada?
We are going to be back on road in the fall. Right now we are demoing new songs and working on a tour schedule. A couple of tour packages we were going to be on in 2017 fail through so now we’re going to be heading out on our own headlining tour.
You’ve shared the stage with some top notch rock acts. Can you tell us one cool, uncool, funny or horrible thing that’s happened when touring/playing alongside?
Most bands we’ve meant have been really nice. I think when you get to that level you are humble about how hard it is to get there. But when we playing the Uproar Festival in 2015 with Seether and Godsmack, it was funny because the first show we’re all walking around checking things out and the road crew for the main stage area kicked us out for hanging around lol. Kind of gave us a reality check to where we were in our career still.
I want to thank you so much for taking the time for us!
As we go, give us “Haster’s Hashtags” for 2017:
1. WW III or Peace on Earth?
2. Aliens Land – Aliens Keep On Going?
3. Music Industry Better – Music Industry Worse?
4. USA Beer Better – Canadian Beer Better?
5. Currently reading….which books?
Maynard James Kennen’s Autobiography
6. Humans: Tougher Now or Then?
Thank you again for taking important creative time to talk to me. Do you have any last comments for DutchMetalManiac’s 2000+ readers?