They are the leather-clad BDSM-techno band from Iceland. There is a lot of hype around Hatari in the lead up to Eurovision 2019, both on and off the stage. Our William had the chance to catch up with band members Matthías and Klemens in Amsterdam. Yesterday, Hatari performed at Eurovision in Concert and they certainly had a lot to say.
Hatari interview — Eurovision in Concert 2019
Hatari revealed that it can be difficult for them to get through airport customs, especially when travelling with their drummer. The drummer is usually checked in with the luggage. “It’s all about consent,” reveals Klemens.
When asked about their outfits, Klemens revealed that “we go to confirmations in Hello Kitty suits”. Klemens also explained that his confidence comes about through a lot of emotional work and self-discovery. Matthías finds it difficult to express himself and Klemens helps him get his emotions across through music.
Hatari like to play on the contrast between the two very different vocalists. Matthías may be described as the hatred in the song while Klemens is the love — they enjoy experimenting with this angel/devil dichotomy. Things aren’t so straightforward in real life — Klemens believes Matthías is actually the more optimistic of the two.
“Hatrið mun sigra” — Hatari
Matthías discusses the message of “Hatrið mun sigra”, saying that the song is a “dystopian vision of what might happen if [hatred] prevails”. They believe that “hatred is on the rise” and action must be taken to quell that. Their vision of the future is bleak. Matthías says, “It is easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism.” Naturally, they hosted a doomsday celebration in Reykjavik and believe that “without fear, you can build a new world”.
With such an anti-capitalist message, obviously Hatari are all about their sponsors. “We love to talk about our sponsors, both when we are paid to do so and in our free time,” Matthías tells us. “We would like to thank them now, for example — we recommend trying some Soda Dream when you have a chance.”
Hatari will perform 13th in the first semi-final in Tel Aviv. They follow Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke and precede Estonia’s Victor Crone.
What do you think of Hatari and their message? Did you enjoy seeing their personalities shine in our interview? Let us know in the comments below.