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When and how was your band created?
Our lead vocalist and I met each other around the time we were like 5 years old or something. Spent all the possible time together and when he got signed up to play drums in his fathersÂ´ band (at the age 11); I kinda followed in his footsteps. I started out with a really shitty acoustic guitar, but moved on pretty quickly to the drums. A few years later I got offered to play lead guitar in a punk-band, so I changed the instrument once again.
Later on, we formed a band together, “Sacred Cows”, which developed during the time into our first recording- and more professional band “SkÃ¤dÃ¤m”. One album and a handful of singles later we got our separate ways, but stayed in touch and occasionally toured together with various groups.
A couple of years ago, when he got out from the previous engagements with “YÃ¶”, we talked about forming a band together once more, made some demos, got a record-deal and here we are!
Where is the name of the band coming from?
It’s actually the nickname of our lead vocalist, Frogley. He got it for some reason when he was younger, maybe because he was acting a bit froggy at the time, who knows!
What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life/work?
My influences are mainly from the 70Â´s; a Finnish band called the Hurriganes, my first love, got followed by the Sweet and the Slade from the U.K. I also listened to a lot of Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Dio and Gary Moore. I also have to mention this U.S. band, Journey, and especially their album “Escape”, in my all-time top 10 for sure.
There’s two songwriter/producers I follow up pretty closely too; Max Martin and John Shanks.
There are also two Swedish bands I like a lot: The Europe and the Roxette.
And I have to mention Robbie Williams as well, meaning the Guy Chambers â€“ era only; latest album is just a bunch of crap. His new songwriting collaborator Duffy Something is an Anti-Christ and should fall off from the face of the earth.
But me and Frogley have always shared this one passion in music: Love for the music of Thin Lizzy.
What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician in Finland?
Positive: A small country, everybody knows everybody, so there’s always help available around the corner. And while you’re touring, the distances between the towns don’t hurt that much. Also the touring conditions have gotten better; sound/lighting systems, technicians, busses and venues.
Negative: A small country, there’s only that much work you can do and the record-sales aren’t that impressive.
How could you define your style of music?
Our music is a mixture of old-school and modern rock with a twist of pop in it, melodies are very important.
During the years how has your musical style changed?
Well, I went from punk to heavy rock and have flirted with other styles of music as well during the years, threw them all in a stew, stirred it and been eating that ever since!
How do explain these changes?
I think I just got older and wiser, learned that I don’t have to run all the time to achieve my goal. Sometimes all you need is to stand still.
What are topics you treat in your songs?
Life in general; relationships, love found, love lost again, anger management.
What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
I wrote this song ” Katujen Kuningatar ” a long time ago, while I was still playing with SkÃ¤dÃ¤m. The first song I ever wrote with the piano. My biggest hit to date and have found its way inside the hearts of many people. It’s really fun to watch your own child living a life of its own in the world.
Do you actually prefer performing your music live or in the studio?
Those are two different worlds and I like them both. Live, because of the inter-activity with the audience, having a bunch of your best friends around you where ever you go and having a blast every night. In the other hand, the studio is a really nice place to see a song grow up from a scratch to a perfect little piece of magic.
During the process of making a song, what is the moment that you prefer?
There’s two: That light-bulb moment during the writing when you all of a sudden just know, how that song is suppose to go. Second moment happens at the demoing-stage, when everything just falls to its place. You find out all the right rhythmic elements and so on.
A stupid question butâ€¦ what is among all the songs you’ve been listening in your life the BEST song?
The best song? This is actually a really hard question. My favorite song changes almost weekly, latest being ” Lift u up ” by Switzerland’s finest: Gotthard. But there are at least 3 songs I get back to every once in a while:Â “Stone in love” by Journey, “Get on” by Hurriganes and “Lucky” by Joey Tempest.
What is your opinion, as a musician, regarding internet?
Hey, I only got into the internet less than a year ago! The original idea was good, but it’s been ruined by some perverts and sickos of the world. Great to find knowledge, but there’s a wild west going on all over the place, laws of the jungle. I hate junk-mail and pop-ups. But it can be a good tool for marketing your music though. I personally enjoy a lot to comment on every little thing our fans send in our guest-book @ www.frogley.net.
What are your projects?
I’m touring a lot at the moment with various groups, but I should try to find some time to write new material as well. Our plan is to go into the demoing-stage as soon as possible for our second album. I’m writing and producing music for other artists as well.
What “image” do you have of French music?
Words like erotic and sensual comes to mindâ€¦
Is there one French song that you prefer? If so, what song is it?
I don’t know that many French songs or bands, I’m sorry to say. At the moment I can only think of artists like Edith Piaf, Pa