Anyone who’s played in front of 80,000 people is welcome on these pages. So, welcome Sinoptik!
We are from the 48th parallel of the globe. It’s usually called the Golden Parallel, because it is situated right in between the equator and the North Pole. It is considered to have just the right amount of warmth and daylight during the year. The city was founded 150 years ago by an English businessman John Hughes. Donetsk city, Ukraine.
How did you meet?
We met each in Kiev when the war started in Donetsk.
Dima: the war in Donetsk forced me and my family to leave the city and move to Kiev, as it became impossible to tour from there.
How long have you been playing as a band?
It has been 6 years now, and we had 7 full European tours. We played a lot of big festivals and shared the stage with a great amount of world known bands.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Sinoptik in Russian language means “forecaster”. And we have this idea that this word has a very good vibe, strong energy in it. And it helps predict not just the weather, but the music too.
What are your influences?
All three of us have very different influences, ranging from 1960’s psychedelic rock to modern retro wave from 2010’s.
Aleks, our bass player, he likes some old stuff like Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, the Doors, Jeff Buckley, Placebo. Ruslan is our total metalhead and he is in charge of all new and old metal stuff. And I’ve absorbed a great amount of music from all kinds of rock’n’roll starting from the 60’s and so on. As I do production for other bands I have to stay up to date with the whole of the music industry.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Dima: In composing and mastering I always want to choose something in between the sound production of Gojira and the old rock’n’roll vibe of early Tame Impala or Rival Sons. But I never wanted to be in any kind of genre, and I think if we could lose the genre boundaries all together, for me it would be much easier.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
As I said earlier, we had 7 European tours, plus all the festivals and other gigs, it must have been around 500 gigs now. Even this year we had more than 10 live stream gigs for big rock Youtube channels.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Dima: I’ve seen a field of 80000 human heads, that looked pretty wild to me. It was our guest stadium show after we won the Global Battle of the Bands in Berlin.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We use standard rock power trio kit: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and three vocals.
Dima: As for guitars: for the shows I use two Ukrainian handcrafted guitars by the company called Woodstock Guitars. Each guitar is tuned to a non standard tuning (one in open B and the other one is in my personal tuning, which I found during my experiments).
We have a standard Tama drum kit for touring, which works perfectly in any venue.
Bass player has balls and a bass guitar, and it’s more than enough.
We also have huge pedal boards and we can write a separate book about their connection with the midi keyboard and Ableton station.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are currently promoting our first single “Black Soul Man” from the upcoming album, which will be released in the spring of 2021.
What are your plans over the next six months or so?
Next half of the year will be very intense for us, as we will release two more singles and the new album as well. We also hope that the Covid situation will get better soon and we will support our album with a proper tour with one of the big bands.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Greta Van Fleet should be supporting us on such an occasion and we will be an opening act for Led Zeppelin.