Electropunk from Helsinki to Disneyland best describes these artists from Jet Set Trash Records. I Think I Broke Something, or ITIBS for short, combines an intense electronic sound with strong influences from metal and punk. At its core, ITIBS is a duo featuring JT and MST. Live, ITIBS combines a DJ set with live vocals, drums and keyboards.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Parola which is a really small place approximately 100 kilometers north from Helsinki. There wasn’t much to do at that time so if you wanted to do something a bit different than wear a sports jacket you had to do it yourself. Most likely you were probably only one doing it. Now I’m living in Helsinki.
To someone who doesn’t know Helsinki, could you tell us some cool places to visit?
I prefer these old school pubs where music is not too loud. So when going out I’m more like 60 years old. There are a few nice clubs and festivals especially in the summer time. If you are a nature lover you can practically walk to a forest or into a sea from the center of Helsinki.
Where did you both meet and what gave you the idea to start this project?
I met Miika when we were in primary school back in 90’s. We are the same age but were in different classes so we didn’t hook up until we were a bit older. I guess it was quite inevitable because we were the only kids who were wearing band shirts like Slayer and Sepultura when we were something like 10 years old. Officially we say that we started I Think I Broke Something at 2014 when the first EP came out through JST Records. We have been doing all kinds of music with Miika for around 20 years. We used to go to Miika’s parents basement and do random music with a lot of drinks and actually we’re still doing that but in Miika’s garage. At some point around five years ago we decided to focus a little bit and started ITIBS.
In the creative process of writing music, where does this happen and describe this place:
I do the composing and producing at my home studio but we brainstorm together with Miika. Also these sessions I mentioned are really inspiring and quite often I end up remixing or reworking these random tracks or riffs we have done together. We have a rehearsal place in Miika’s garage. The most important thing in that place is a smoke machine. So there is a lot of smoke involved when we’re jamming.
Favorite music tools to use in the studio:
My favorite instrument, or if you can call it an instrument, is this really cheap midi keyboard I have had for years that you don’t have to watch out. I use Ableton Live quite a lot but I’m fine as long I have a sequencer, sampler, synth and a punch of different distortions. That old school that I grew up with, hardware tape recorders, samplers and drum machines. I don’t have deep relationships with specific software’s although they make life much easier which is nice.
If Electropunk was your girlfriend (or boyfriend) how would you romance her or him?
I would put a smoke machine on and serve drinks. No need for fancy things. Electropunk likes all kinds of stuff that is not over produced or just annoying.
Who are you as artists?
A lone wolf I would say. I don’t really like team work that much. I do also sound designing and music to contemporary dance pieces. Also performances, so that is a good contrast but also an inspiration to ITIBS. With ITIBS I just try to make music I like but can’t find anywhere else.
Craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
This got nothing to do with ITIBS but one of the most absurd situations I have been is when I found myself singing on stage while a pregnant woman in a swan suit was doing ballet moves, a woman tried to get out from a tent but didn’t manage to do that and two people were laying naked on the floor. And no, it wasn’t a dream and I wasn’t high.
I hope more people will find the album and also a couple of nice gigs more would be cool. Let’s see what happens. Anyway new music is in process already.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark is good. Beauty is a nice plus. So it’s a win-win situation. Visuals are very important part of ITIBS so it’s nice to be in a good company here.