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Nikita Merzlyakov
vocals, synths, producer, manager, guitars

About

Nikita is producer, keyboardist, singer, rhythm guitarist and music manager. He is the main motive force of the band. Besides Hammerforce Nikita collaborates with Kate Sergeeva, Martin Steene, StarBreeze, Beorn.  Also he worked with Forget My Silence, Vintergata, Solerrain, Madjera, Stilverlight, Dreamslave and others.

My main goal is to record music that I like and to share ideas that I believe in through music.

Interviews

The Metal Pit interview (April, 2013)
Metal Harem interview (April, 2013)
Metal Observer interview (October, 2013)
Ask Me Anything on Reddit (October, 2013)
Metal Remains interview (November, 2013)
Interview for HeavyMusic.ru (December, 2013)

Interviews in printed magazines

Fireworks Magazine (UK)  (issue 60, November-December, 2013)
Woodbangers Magazine (USA) (issue 1, November, 2013)

Questionnaire

Date of birth: April 13, 1983

Equipment: Korg Triton Extreme, Korg M3-M, Ibanez RG-550EX, Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, Oktava MK-319, M-Audio ProjectMix I/O, Event Opal and some other

Musical education: music school (specialty – oboe)

Ex-bands: Legioner (keyboards, guitars), Solerrain (keyboards), some other metal bands and projects

Current side projects/bands: StarBreeze (vocals, mixing & mastering), Beorn (mixing & mastering), Martin Steene Project (keyboards), Kate Sergeeva (production and management consulting)

Life philosophy: self-development, self-knowledge, rational egoism

Job apart from the band: used synthesizers salesman and repairman, sound engineer and producer

Non-musical education: higher education, master’s degree in technics and technology, specialty – mechatronics (6 wasted years)

Non-musical hobby: none

Favorite song by HAMMERFORCE: Stereotipy

Favorite albums: Hammerforce – Access Denied/Dostup Zakryt (2013), 2 Times Terror – Equals One Sudden Death (2010), Sexy Kill Device – Electric Dandies (2013), Magic Hammer - Most Extreme Ultimate Thunder (2009), In Flames – Come Clarity (2006), Athena – A New Religion (1998), Lost Horizon – Awakening The World (2001), Raintime – Flies&Lies (2007), Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997), Gamma Ray – Somewhere Out Of Space (1997), Labyrinth – No Limits (1996), Legacy Of Emptiness – Legacy Of Emptiness (2011), MyGrain – MyGrain (2011), DJ BoBo – There Is A Party (1994)

Favorite song: It’s hard to single out

Favorite musicians: Kate Sergeeva, Mikko Karmila, Andy Deris, Daniel Heiman, Fabio Lione and many more

Favorite bands: Hammerforce, StarBreeze, 2 Times Terror, Vergeltung, Xe-None, Sexy Kill Device, Raintime, MyGrain, Legacy Of Emptiness, Kalmah, In Flames, Helloween, Dimmu Borgir, Kamelot, Luca Turilli, Gamma Ray, Children Of Bodom, Lost Horizon, Forcentury, Keldian, Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Magic Hammer, DJ BoBo, Maxx, E-Rotic, Masterboy

Where do you spend your free time: I always occupy all the time, so no free time at all =)

Favorite season: summer

Favorite holiday: day when new album sells out =)

Favorite alcohol drink: no alcohol!

Favorite drink: water with lemon and honey

Do you smoke: gave it up forever

Favorite movie: Brazil, Equilibrium, Fight Club, The Inhabited Island

Favorite TV channel/show: no TV!

Board games: Dominion, Carcassonne, Munchkin, Lost Cities

Computer games: GTA 3, Diablo, Quake 2/3, Minesweeper, Ragdoll, Angry Birds =)

Favorite color: blue

Favorite writers: Allen Karr, Mikhail Litvak, Gleb Arkhangelsky

Favorite books: “Easy ways” series by Allen Karr

Favorite sports: table tennis

Dream car: the one that drives itself

Favorite animal: robot dog

Pet: none yet, but one day it’s going to be a robot dog! =)

Message to the fans: Be free and do whatever you like!

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