When you look at this bands name, JINJER you get a feeling that this is something exotic but once you get to know the meaning of it some of that mystery is lost. I had Eugene, bassist, answer my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-A difficult question. The thing is that when they picked this name, no of us – current members was in the band actually. Even Tatiana wasn’t in JINJER. Dmitriy Oksen, the founder and original guitarist, called the band JINJER…. and to be honest there is no hidden meaning behind it, except the fact that it is a great, short, easy-to-remember title. Later on we started associating it with a sound of a distorted guitar like you know “jin-jer-jin-jer”, but originally it was just a name. You know, when parents give a name to a child, they don’t really mean to give them a sort of pre-programming, like Eugene meaning originally “nobel” in Greek, no, parents just like the way it sounds and fits their surname. Same story here.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-Evolution! The way we play now is the evolution of those musical contributions each of us made when we joined JINJER. Each member brings its own in a bigger or smaller portion, it melts in the furnace of composing and rehearsing, and then it all gets the shape of our own individual genre, style and sound. And of course the basis for it is our influences
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-There are dozens. Sometimes the influences of different members are drastically different from each other. Thus Tatiana loves soul, rhythm and blues, jazz apart from metal of course, and Kim is a big fan of true Black Metal.
We can point our some most important for each of us… For me it’s Death, Cynic, Atheist, Pastorius, Opeth,Ryan Martinie, for Roman on guitars Pantera, Lamb of God, Gojira, Karnivool, Slayer, for Kim on drums – Pink Floyd, Abigor, Mayhem, Arcturus, Cynic, and Tatiana loves Alice in Chains, Sandra Nasic, Lamb of God, Pantera, Bob Marley , Amy Winehouse, Ella Fitzgerald .
As for the influences for the whole band… there are a few which we all like and appreciate – Gojira, Lamb of God, Opeth, Pantera, Karnivool.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-Depends on a genre, and in metal it must definitely be so.
JINJER does have a message, I am not gonna give away it here, it’s always better when people read the lyrics listening to a song and perceive it through the lens of their own experience and background.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Of course. Unfortunately first you judge ‘how nice’, then you judge ‘how wise’. And in the world of the Internet with millions of images, images, images… it’s important to have that attractive image. And I am not saying it must be fashionable. It must be catchy first of all.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Not as important as in the 90s or 80s, but still traditionally the artwork is one of those features your album is judged. I’ve heard many times – oh, that album is shit but I like the cover, I will buy it.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-We are considered to be one the best metal band in Ukraine. In fact in 2013 we won the Best Ukrainian Metal Act contest and got the status of the best band that year. For three years we have been in the line-up of all major Ukrainian summer festivals. The side effect is that the more popular you are the more haters you have… especially if you don’t sing Ukrainian in Ukraine. And we sing in English. Thus sometimes it seems we get more credit from the European metal scene than from Ukrainian.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-Wow, it’s always cool! It brings a lot of sense into what you are doing. I love when people mail us from Indonesia, Japan or from Argentina. Some contact us from Africa or Middle-East. Great to know that people listen to JINJER there
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-I must say that without playing live there’s no way to the success. Yeah, we have the internet, it lets you spread the music worldwide. But there is too much music. It’s really difficult to break through this mass of thousands of bands. And the only way out – playing live as much as you can. We’ve played over 400 shows for 5 years since 2011. And I believe this is one of the most important engines of our promotion and growth. Finally, nowadays most bands just cannot play live. Their records are cool, but when they get on stage they are total bullshit. People start to realize this little by little….and keep an eye on those who play live well.
What does the future have in its womb?
-I believe tons of positive and bright moments. We have just recorded a new album which will come our on NAPALM RECORDS in the middle of summer, just filmed a new video to be released before our Spring tour in April. Then one more video, summer festivals including one supporting DevilDriver in Austria. But the most important thing is the album!!! That’s something extraordinary, definitely a great musical achievement for the whole band. You’ll definitely like it.