Five Questions With… Atomic Simao

Band: Atomic Simao
Country of Origin: Ukraine

Listeners probably already know I’m an absolute sucker for psych rock bands that feature the saxophone heavily. Ukraine’s Atomic Simao definitely checks that box, offering compelling space rock that dabbles in acid jazz territory forming a sound that could fit comfortably in the Daptone Records catalog. It’s funky, it’s groovy, it’ll make you dance, and it will transport your mind elsewhere as all good psych does.

The band is currently touring their fantastic new record, Levitation Loom Four, which you can hear and purchase on Bandcamp.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

One album it’s impossible!! But The Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation will be there for sure

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

There were a lot of people in the band during 2013-2015 period. All of our guys who took part and continues to play are thinking the way I was looking for. So, I’m a lucky guy đŸ™‚

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Kiev now is famous by its electronic scene. A lot of techno parties and local producers without any borders in their thinking and creating. And the meaning of underground gets blurred. Because everyone can perform his own vision of music and will find his audience. It’s hard to name someone 100% underground

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?


5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

It was with Red Snapper and Herbaliser. Both times in Kiev. They inspired me a lot when I was young and also I decided to create my own band after getting in love with their music.


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.