Toilet Autographs and More Tales from the Road: An Interview with Ensiferum Bassist Sami Hinkka

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The only time Sami wasn't in full headbang mode was when he was singing!

Interview by Jessie May and Jillian Simpson

Questions by Jessie, Jillian, Christopher Baldwin, Thomas Pizzola, and Doug Welch III

On May 29th, Alternative Control had the opportunity to talk with Ensiferum’s Sami Hinkka at Irving Plaza in New York before the final show of the band’s North American tour.  Hinkka, who has been playing bass and doing clean vocals for Ensiferum since 2004, told us about the band’s composition process,  experiences on tour, and what Jill and I should see when we take our dream trip to Scandinavia.  He also had great things to say about accordionist Netta Skog, who’s been filling in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen on this go-around.  Have a listen!

Needless to say, the show was awesome — but how could the last night of Ensiferum’s tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest not be a giant Viking luau party?  Plus, as Jill noted, every band had an accordion.

Drekka Dag of Trollfest
Drekka Dag of Trollfest

 

Sami Perttula of Korpiklaani
Sami Perttula of Korpiklaani

 

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Netta Skog performing with Ensiferum — and smiling, as usual!

 

But since this article is about our interview with Sami, here are a few pictures of him being a badass:

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The only time Sami wasn’t in full headbang mode was when he was singing!

 

For more shots of Ensiferum, Korpklaani, and Trollfest, visit our photo album on Facebook.

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Thanks to Earsplit PR for arranging this interview, and to Christopher Cotto and Andrea Volk-ana Hgsd for their moral support.  

 

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