When and how was your band created?
We rehearsed and played in one party with Ville in september 2002. With us there were drummer Slim Salminen and bassplayer Vesa Siivola. It was meant to be only a one gig, but Ville and I continued to rehearse. Soon Juha and Mikko joined us and we started to rehearse more seriously. Juha bring tens of lyrics to our rehearsals and we started to jam based on Juha´s lyrics and mostly Ville´s riffs. I had some of my old songs, and after a couple of rehearsals we had something like twenty new own songs.

Where is the name of the band coming from?
Takarivi means “Back row”. Back row is the place where all the coolest guys usually hang during their school years. We just decided to use that name when we figured out that despite we all had a different backround there was this one thing that united us. The name is actually quite stupid, but people seem to remember and argue about it which is good.

What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
I have lots of influences from all decades. Very typical ones like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, CCR, many Finnish bands… Nothing very special here. I also listen a lot of 50´s rock´n´roll and rockabilly. And some classical too. And some new Finnish metal bands.

What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician in Finland?
Positive: creative and open-minded athmosphere
Negative: unlikely to make a living out of your own music. For me it is not a big deal.

How could you define your style of music?
Finnish melodical rock. Our music varies from song to song so much that it is hard to categorize our band. We have blues, rock, heavy, pop…

During the years how has your musical style changed?
It has become more melodic and perhaps a little more progressive. Less heavy metal influences.

How do explain these changes?
Maybe I am getting old. I like to listen to metal but not to play it any more. We are not good enough players to play metal the way it should be played.

What are topics you treat in your songs?
Love, hate, wicked stories… Juha and Ville have recently made more lyrics than I.

What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
Susi, Karhu ja Ahma (A wolf, a bear and a wolverine). Despite being very simple bluesy kind of a song, there has never been two similar versions played live. The song gives very much room for improvisation and it has great athmosphere.

Do you actually prefer performing your music live or in a studio?
Live. We don´t gig often, so every gig is major happening for us and for our fans too.

During the process of making a song, what is the moment that you prefer?
I prefer the moment when the idea and athmosphere are in my head and I start to play and improvize it for the first time.

A stupid question but… what is among all the songs you’ve been listening in your life the BEST song?
Deep Purple: Lazy

What is your opinion, as a musician, regarding internet?
OK for a not too well known musician. It makes it easier to have more listeners. However, piracy is not a good thing.

What are your projects?
Takarivi is my main project. Sometimes I gig as a troubadour.

What “image” do you have of French music?
The rock genre in France is very artistic with ethnic influences. Lots of ska music. It is just my image. Of course I know Edith Piaf and some others. And Loco Mosquito, I bought their cut-price record many years ago because I thought it was psychobilly. Well, I didn´t like it.

Is there one French song that you prefer? If so, what song is it?
Well, this is not a song, but: Symphony no. 4 op. 49 im “Sturm und Drang” by Nicolas Bacri. I just heard it played by our local symphony orchestra last week and it sounded great. Maybe I was in the right mood at the time…