What is your name?
Socks and Ballerinas, which is Leo (guitar and weird sounds) and Katy (drums)
What is your genre of music?
Hard to say! We like to call it “instant WTF”, but many describe us as a more danceable math rock
Give us a little bio about you.
Socks and Ballerinas begins in UK, after two disappointed musicians met. We started to work on creating something new, hopefully unheard, until life brought us to Finland.
What made you go into music?
Leo: I started to play when I was 6 as my dad wouldn’t stop to listen to Jimi Hendrix. I wanted to be a drummer, but there was no drums school available, so I became a guitarist.
Katy: I was 17 when I decided to have a band with my friends. Nobody wanted to play drums, so I had to.
Are you a signed?
Not at the moment. We decided to publish the album on our own, but you never know in the future.
You released your new album ‘Soap!’, tell us more about the album.
Yes, we did. It’s our weird attempt to have a baby who doesn’t speak. We put together everything we always wanted to play but never had the chance to.
What is the meaning behind the album?
Lack of constraints. And penguins.
Describe each track in two words.
Salmon Soup: instant wtf
Torpedos: electric attack
Saucers: persistent chase
One Happy Philosopher: silly waves
My Sister Lives In Glasgow: first song
Magenta: funk tapping
On Sunday: heard somewhere
Elevators: tough beast
Tip Me Over: final surprises
What was the writing process like?
Leo starts with some rough weird ideas and then Kati brings in a groove that scrambles everything. It’s actually surprisingly similar to make scrambled eggs. And love.
What was the recording process like?
We recorded the album live at Suomelinna Studio with Mauri Syrjälä.
Who did you work with on the album?
Will we see any music video for any of the tracks?
Yes, but can’t say more yet!
Listen to the album here
Do you have any shows coming up?
We’ve been gigging during the whole summer and now preparing new material during the winter. 2020 will be full of gigs though!
If so where will you be heading?
What else can we expect in 2019?
2 more months
Do you play any instruments?
Who are your influences?
A bunch of bands from different genres! But I’d say Battles, Aiming for Enrike, Bearcubbin, Radiohead and Ratatat just to name a few.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
we listen to a lot of music. We experiment with a lot of different sounds. We squeeze our brains until something happens.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Touring the world. 2 more albums out. Laughing at how silly 2016 was.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Leo paints, Katy runs.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Wall street – Battles
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Everyone can jump but only birds can choose to fly.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Stop following genres. Do your thing, not just to show it off, but because it makes sense.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
If my grandma had wheels, she would be a cart.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Piombino, ‘cause beaches. Budapest ‘cause kurtoskalacs.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Iceland
2/ Who do you see first? Bjork, unless we’re not in iceland
3/What do you eat first? Icecream
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Gear, each other, a drink and the will to live