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When and how was your band created?
In 1991 we met in school. Everyone immediately agreed on the evil plan for world domination.
Where the name of your band is coming from?
Nowhere. It’s just a crashing name. Or then, it could also suggest that we fancy JG Ballard’s critics concerning modern days; we want to offer something real and warm instead of the over polarized status quo (and I don’t mean the band).
What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
Ziggy era David Bowie is the strongest influence in my work. Happily, he’s not the only one but everything else comes second best. Good bands are: Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Air, Sigur Ros, Phoenix, U2 and Eppu Normaali.
What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician / singer (in Finland)?
What’s positive about Finland is that the music circles seem quite genuine. People are into music for the music and not for the money -’cause there is none. Negative side is that there is really no income. This is a two edged sword.
How could you qualify your style of music?
Have you ever considered the possibilty to change totally your style of music? If so, what style of music would you choose?
I think music evolving all the time. It’s essential for boosting the creativity. I’ve even written some jazzy things recently, but I don’t think they’ll end up in our album.
What are stories/topics you tell/treat in your songs?
Love and gadgets. I tend to write boyish contemporary folklore.
What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
It varies all the time. I do love “Oh what a night” because I think it captures the moment before the first kiss. So pure, so innocent.
Do you tour regularly? Do you actually prefer performing your music live or in a studio?
I prefer studio but live is good too. In studio you try to achieve something that lasts forever and on a gig you try the opposite; when you’re performing live you are aware of the fact that the performance passes you by if you don’t give 110%.
During the process of making an album, what is the moment that you prefer?
The brief moment when I suddenly hear the music like I hadn’t ever heard music before; as whole. No distortion to tiny little professional fragments, just the music, THE SONG.
What kind of music / What artists do you currently listen?
Aimee Mann. Leonard Cohen.
A stupid question but… what is among all the songs you’ve been listening in your life the BEST song?
Life On Mars by David Bowie. It’s a perfect song.
Internet is something interesting for musicians because it gives them the opportunity to touch a larger audience but it is also a threat for them (regarding the copyrights). What is your opinion regarding this medium?
Quite pessimistic. I’m afraid that especially now we musicians and songwriters are loosing more than what we are gaining from the Internet. Good side is that it’s easier to be in touch with fans.
What are your actual and future projects?
Songwriting pretty much covers my actual and future projects. But now I also try to graduate from Law School.