EMQs with OVERSENSE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Modern Melodic Metal band, Oversense. Huge thanks to lead guitarist, Jasmin ‘Jassy J.’ Pabst, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hey everyone! My name is Jassy. I am the lead guitarist of OVERSENSE. The band itself started as a studio project of Danny, our singer and rhythm guitarist, and our drummer Paddl, back in 2012.
They both wanted to get the songs live on stage so that they searched for fellow musicians. Bassist Vau joined very soon, he played guitar before though. In 2014 the first EP “Dreamcatcher” was released, followed by the debut album “The Storyteller” in 2017. In the end of 2017 I joined the band (small fun fact: the guys searched for ‘metal girl’ on YouTube, found me, and wrote to me to ask if I wanted to join) and after some lineup changes OVERSENSE consists now of Danny (vocals, guitars), Paddl (drums, backing vocals), Vau (bass, backing vocals) and me, Jassy (lead guitar).
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s rather funny. Danny lives in a village called ‘Obersinn’. If you translate this name roughly into English you get: ‘ober’ = ‘over’ ‘sinn’ = sense. OVERSENSE.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Germany. The Metal / Rock scene here has been getting smaller over the years, but we still got some very big festivals like Wacken (W:O:A), Rock am Ring , Summer Breeze and many more. You might have heard of them! Especially club shows are very popular for underground acts and music enthusiasts!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is “EGOMANIA”, the second OVERSENSE album in total. It came out on September 17th 2021, via Dr. Music Records. With Love being our most recent single, featuring a horror-ish music video, directed by Mirko Witzki. We already plan to write more heavy stuff for you people!
Who have been your greatest influences?
I can just speak for myself. Including also my bandmates’ story would totally take a full page, haha. My interest in music is very vast. Sum 41 got me into playing guitar! I count Michael Paget, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho, Guthrie Govan, Jen Majura, Yasi Hofer, Django Reinhardt, Jim Root and indeed Kirk Hammet as my biggest influences. When it comes to bands, I listen to Equilibrium, Children Of Bodom, Slipknot, System Of A Down, Disturbed, The Birthday Massacre, Amorphis, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Nothgard, Trivium etc. concerning the heavier genres and to The Beatles, Cage The Elephant, movie / game scores and Neo Classical stuff.
What first got you into music?
Actually it was my father! He is a huge 60s, 70s music enthusiast. I got my first cassette from him with songs from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, The Kinks, The Honeycomes, Slade, Sweet and many many more! I was about 2 years old.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That is a tough question as there are so many amazing artists out there! I recently collaborated with one of my favorite bands – Equilibrium. I guess I would choose Slipknot this time. Even if some people might roll with their eyes, haha.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
WACKEN! It has a great atmosphere with great people – it’s a legendary festival! Also you get to meet many of your own idols there to exchange ideas, or just to say hi.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
If we stick to gifts you enjoy – (I had ‘special gift pictures’ from male people… yikes) – it’s a Texas shaped guitar pick and a PAC-Man mini-amp! Thank you Rebecca again! =)
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Music connects people and shouldn’t be a playground for hate and jealousy. We are all one big family, so treat everyone with respect.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Actually I don’t like this question whenever it’s asked. No one should be preferred to be back from the dead as every loss was tragic.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing for people and seeing the joy in their eyes, inspiring people to pick up the guitar might be the most amazing aspects. I do dislike stalker fans who claim all your attention, being creepy and disrespectful. Also receiving dick-pics and sexist comments is a burden you need to carry. It sucks. Additionally, as a female guitarist, it feels like you get a lot more criticism for the same skill level compared to a male guitarist. Because your looks and your seductive movements give you the success! Your boobs and you ass. Sure! Just leave me alone with this shit… Yep, I hate that! Hahahaha!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Less sexism please and more chances for smaller bands. There are close to none post 2015 big bands out there rocking stadiums and festivals. Make it possible these people can actually live from their art.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Equilibrium – “Sagas”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Also a tough one. Maybe it was during our 2018 tour as support act for DORO in Memmingen. But Wiesthal Open Air and Darmstadt – Goldene Krone this year featured amazing crowds that totally tore up the ground!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I studied maths and physics and up to now I am still a teacher as dayjob! On a more, less boring side, I might have become a gamer, hahahaha.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
With or without family? If I don’t include family because that might be the intention of the question: My boyfriend, my best friends. Yeah. Friends! Why should I invite people I never met or talked to?
What’s next for the band?
Playing some shows and recording new music of course!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They are disgusting hahahaha, sorry xD Biscuit otherwise.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for having me / us ! Guys, don’t let metal and rock die! Support your local bands, go to shows when it’s possible again, have a great time, get inspired by everyone and everything that brings you joy! =)
Stay safe and healthy!
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