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When and how was your band created?
Our bass player Juhana formed a band called “Mundane” in 1996 with his friends from school.
they soon changed the name to Guava. I was playing in other bands at that time, but saw them live and really liked them. later on they asked me to join. Juhana played guitar and sang
Were is the name of the band coming from?
Its a fruit from south america. I hate the name, but since a lot of people know it, thereÂ´s no point changing it…
What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
Robert Pollard from Guided by Voices and Rivers Cuomo from Weezer
What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician / singer (in Finland)?
Well since this is a small and narrow minded country, you canÂ´t make your living doing what you like in music
How could you qualify your style of music?
Its Power pop
Have you ever considered the possibilty to change totally your style of music? If so, what style of music would you choose?
Yes I have, something like Elbow.. beats and really relaxed mood but still a structure of pop songs or some sort of metal… I was a metal kid
What are stories/topics you tell/treat in your songs?
Stuff i think about and go through…
What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
IÂ´d say one song called “vapaa kuitenkaan” that we havenÂ´t released yet, a song about individuality
Do you tour regularly? Do you actually prefer performing your music live or in a studio?
Usually after a release, there are some gigs, but now weÂ´re just wating to make the next album
I prefer studio, cause there are more possibilites and you can always try
During the process of making an album, what is the moment that you prefer?
Recording songs is like delivering babies.. (as clichÃ© as it sounds) but when you see them grow and getting flesh on their bones… weird..
What kind of music / What artists do you currently listen?
Elbow.. and I just discovered REM
A stupid question but… what is among all the songs you’ve been listening in your life the BEST song?
I canÂ´t name one and they keep changing, but a recent song would be “youÂ´re the storm” by Gardigans, cause its sort of “our song” for me and my girlfriend
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?
Its a problem that wonÂ´t go away.. and IÂ´m tired of the subject, sorry… its kinda cool cause it take music back to the people like robin hood, but IÂ´m part of the industry, so…
What are your actual and future projects?
IÂ´m in a punk band called Domestica and an industrial band called Parfume. both of the bands have started from jamming with friends.. and IÂ´m also planning on recording a solo album, but now my primary thing is the second Guava album that we record in the winter time