Sand in other drummers vaginas in great drumming entertainment show by Kunt & Hyttinen Drum Inc

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So, let’s begin with the usual question: How did you get together, and why? Whose idea was this project?
HYTTINEN: Well, we have been friends for a long time, before this project and played together at Cold Cold Ground. But actually, the head of this idea to do this kind of a two drummer thing, was Sami, from Bar Bäkkäri. Good friend of us too. Bar Bäkkäri crew was starting to do those ‘Party Like A Rockstar’ party’s at The Tiger nightclub in Helsinki. Sami asked me one day last summer that if this two drummer thing sound stupid? The point was of course that not just drummers, but also the style how we play, lots of energy and stick spin and stick flips etc. Miikki and I both were totally in for that idea and started to think and make this happen, that’s how Drum Inc got started.  We have done three shows by now, and every show had been a little different and we’ve kinda been trying out different stuff, what works and what doesn’t. Talking a lot behind the scenes, what kind of songs were good  and taking the feedback from our friends what more we would need, and what we need to do better and etc. Progress! Now I think we are starting to have Drum Inc in control and the concept is starting to get in shape.

Although drum cover bands are not unheard of, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that in Finland you’re the first formation like this. How was your reception? Were you accepted right away, or (considering you both have played with numerous bands), did you get smth like „where did you leave the guitarist/singer/bassist/etc. this time?”
HYTTINEN: No nothing like that. The audience was totally in for this right away. This is new in Finland like you said, and lots of people wore on fire about this, which was great! But other drummers…  they got a lot of sand in their vagina about this kind of  a project. Not everybody offcourse, but drummers are the worst. Those ‘drumming is about drumming’ and like professional drummers.
I don’t know why they don’t see that this is not just a “two drummers playing songs”, this is a show, we entertain, that’s the point of this, it’s a one show number, not band or anything. But those who play the same beat one hour, don’t smile at all, not even move their head, just sit straigth and play with those tired Finnish popstars, they just don’t get it, for them the drumming is all about some lame techniques, 16th note and jerking new snare sounds, and stick flips have nothing to do with drumming.
But, I don’t care about that. They can cry themselves to sleep. I love drumming and I like drummers, I can find everytime something good about the drummer. Some of us can’t do that. But like I said. I don’t care, if they can’t face the reality then they can’t. This is how you can play drums too, get that or go home and cry your mommy about it.  When we play a show and people are coming to tell us like that was so great, that was insane, that matters to me. They come to see us again. We do this together, it’s super fun and I enjoy it! We can do this shit and we have sky as a limit. You don’t need to play drums at the rock-venue at the stage. I wanted to play drums there, that no one have ever thinking that there could be play drums, that’s my goal with this project.
Drum cover group’s are not new, that’s true. But I’ve been checking some those from Youtube, drum covers can be done two ways, play drums with the songs, or play the songs like we do. Everyone is free to choose which looks good and is better. We play the songs and give complete show too. Anyone can play drum covers, that’s a fact. To play the songs like us – feel free to try!

Niko, you took part in 2012’s Marraskuu song, and I admired your stick flipping (actually, this is how I identified you, when saw Juho Rinne’s video about P!nk’s So What cover) I was like, okay, the flipping seems to be similar, but his looks seem to have changed… How did you get involved with the Backstache project, what was it like for you?
HYTTINEN: I was younger at the Marraskuu video, haha 😀 Yeah. That’s about Movember, and mustache. Backstache is our Movember-team too. And again, Bar Bäkkäri crew take this credit too 😀 They got this idea to do kind of a “theme song” at Movember. I have no idea why that song, probably because Marraskuu means November in Finnish. We did the Muotitietoinen (and english version Moustache Does Suit Me) in 2013 too. I’m not in those videos but I played the drums at the studio for the track. Bäkkäri crew got the idea and asked their friends to play different instruments in the studio and they do the singing. And offcourse I’m in for those kind of a thing!  It was fun to do. And I hope we are going to do those song’s every Movember!

Miikki, you played in the short-lived band, The Salvation. This was the first time actually we heard about you, about a certain Mr. Kunt. As Jack Smack of Private Line put it, you were popular with this name among the ladies. Is that so, is that name a reference to that vulgar English word, or was it an accident?
KUNT: HAHAHAHAH! Actually the name comes from my Last Name Kunttu. First i used it as Mr. Cunt but then i tought that it’s too straight up and Kunt is more read between the lines name J

Also, if you could say some words about The Salvation (I’ve been nagging Japa for an interview about it, he said yes, but forgot obviously).  The Salvation was short-lived, but this short life was chaotic. As far as I know, you were the one who had a near-death call during this period. What exactly has happened?
KUNT: Yeah! I almost died 😀 I had a bad heart disease. I was in ICU three days and it was a bit scary when the doctor said to me „We dont know will you wake up in next morning…” well I did wake up 😀
But that band… actually I don’t know have we even broke up 😀  well we got lots and lots of attention from magazines, TV, Internet etc… but everything just went wrong. Bass player Sohei was exiled from Finland by a finnish coverment, label totally fucked up, BUT we recorded Live album and you can buy it from iTunes and listen it in Spotify – that is the legacy of The Salvation
AND have you ever heard that any other finnish band who have not released ANYTHING…had a interview in a national finnish television show 😉

Mikkii, you’re into body building as well, it seems to be a very important part of your life. Why? Do you intend to take part in contests?
KUNT: YES! It all started after I had those heart problems. I didn’t want to be a skinny girly guy and I wanted to be in a better shape. First I just jogged and about two years ago I went first time to gym. And before that I hated the gym! I didn’t understand people who go to gym J but I got totally hooked up! Nowadays I go to the gym about five times a week. I dont want to be as big as Arnold. It is about the feeling after the gym and also all the good things what comes from it. It is not about the muscles, it is all things what that kind of lifestyle includes. Healthy food, gym, good feeling and all the muscles are more than welcome, but I’m not going that far that I will hire a hitman to kill my wife 😀  And NO, I will not be involved in any contest.

Drumming seems to be a lifestyle for you. Why the drums, how did it all began?
KUNT:  I saw a VHS tape from the US fest 83 and the Mötley Crüe was playing there and Tommy Lee was on the drums. I started to smash the pillows and wached that over and over again. I was on the second grade when I got my first drum kit as a birthday present
HYTTINEN: Drumming is a lifestyle for sure dude, you nailed that. For me it started when I was 11-years old when i started to play drums. I was totally blown away by the first hit I made. That was it. It began when my friends wanted to have a band, they asked me to play drums, I haven’t played drums ever but I was like okay why not, I have no idea but let’s do this shit. I always had that attitude, I still have.
These days I have a 11 months old son with my wife, I’m a father now and wanted to be best father so I needed to learn to say No. It’s been hard sometimes 😀 But this year, it’s February now and I have got three contacts about drumming. One studiosession and two bands to join the band.
The year 2013 was great for me, played drums from two records, Snow White’s Poison Bite “Featuring Dr.Guesome and the Gruesome Gory Horror Show” and Cold Cold Ground “Lies About Ourselves”. We had a minitour with Cold Cold Ground at Czech Republic and Spain, and I played live percussions with Black Light Discipline and Fear Of Domination. A good number of gigs. This year I decided I’ll take things easier, learn to say No for a while. Now I have this new band hardcore band and we are making songs, still playing drums with Cold Cold Ground too, but more at the practice space with both of those bands, making songs and can go sleep at home. And offcourse, sitting a lot infront of the computer and having good ideas at the Drum Inc. We are having goooood stuff coming up, so stay tuned for sure!

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You both have been drumming since more than 10 years. What physical setbacks does it have to be a drummer, how do you keep yourself in shape? Sometimes I see photos of drummer’s badly hurt hands, bleeding fingers. From where do you get the strength to go on with the show, against such hurtful wounds and bruises? How do you handle yourselves afterwards?
HYTTINEN: For me it’s lot of the attitude. But offcourse, it takes thousands and thousands hours of practice. I run and skateboard, thats how I get myself in shape. Nothing big, Kunt is working with the bodybuilding too. He can tell if that has anything to do with drumming? One really big thing is stretching and warming up before the show, hands, legs and neck. Few push-ups, little running and jumping, spinning the sticks. I think pretty normal, lots of water too. Bruises and wounds coming yeah, every show. But I don’t feel those when I’m playing, I might see that now I hit my knuckles at the cymbal, but the pain comes after the show. Afterwards… it’s just needs some time, hahaha! Streching a little, sometimes a cup of coffee (hello to friends who get this 😉 ). Like, after the first Drum Inc show, I was totally falling apart. Every piece of my body was hurt, places and muscles I didn’t know they exist! It took a couple of days to walk again normally and be able to turn my head, but it’s worth it, every fucking time.

KUNT: There is no other choice than just go on. Sometimes it hurts like Hell but you just have to take it J gym helps physically. Only bad setback for me was the heart thing. My shoulder is smashed up and sometimes it hurts sooooo bad but I just have to bite my tongue 😀

Do you plan to go on tour, or making merch, some T-shirts maybe with that awesome profile pic your current page has? (I’d buy it 😀 ) In Germany, for example, Finnish bands are really loved and welcome. Do you think you’d have a chance with the German audience?
KUNT : It would be SOOOOOOO awesome to go on tour! Just two D(r)ummers and nobody else! Yes we have thought of t-shirts and we will make those absolutely but don’t know when. I think that Germany would like this kind of thing. We can do a setlist by a place. So if the place is rockbar we can do rock and if it’s dancebar we can do you dancelist. Only sky is the limit 😉
HYTTINEN: And eat Döner.

You both have numerous tattoos, we’d like to know more about them. What symbols do you have, what do they mean?
KUNT: I have a lot. So I pick up few of my faves. When me and my wife went to get married, we took each other’s names to our back of the hand, Then I have my sons names tattooed, my whole back as a Brandon Lee – The Crow character. It was my first movie what I remember and the whole story behind it is so sad but great J. Then I have BATMAN. Why? Because im HUUUUUGE Batman fan. Then I have the chest piece which is dedicated to my father. Then DRUM LIFE and LIVE WIRE on my fingers. On my throat is coffin and text over it NEVER. I’m not religious and I will never go to coffin when I’m dead, so that is my own fuck you to the different religions.

HYTTINEN: I have basic stuff,  about my mom,  about my kid, drum stuff, favorite band logos, actor Michael C Hall (Dexter) portrait . Nothing weird symbolic stories or anything. Black and gray, that’s my thing. When I want a tattoo, it’s pretty much straight up the thing  I want, like my kid’s name. I’m not that type who gets a dragon and it has symbol of my son cos dragons are something something something.

Did you ever have bad experiences with fans, stalkers, groupies? Do you get recognized on the street?
HYTTINEN: I just got my first fan art, which was great! Greetings to Gaston at Portugal for that. Also those ‘you are my favorite drummer’ feedbacks are awesome, makes me feel so great every time! Those I won’t get bored ever, haha. It’s awesome that someone really likes my playing. But nothing hardcore, sometimes someone  recognizes me, but usually at the venue. Also the younger drummers or band members from other bands have been coming to chat at the bar or venue but that’s just fun to chat with them. I keep my personal Facebook as a personal account, I add only people I know, but I get a lot of friend request from the fans, I counted about 400 last year. And that’s probably nothing, I can imagine how “bad” it is for the singers and those who got a bigger band and are bigger name at scene 😀 I’m sorry for those but I wanna keep it personal, that’s why I have my artistpage.

What is the most important to you in your lives?
KUNT: Family, friends and health.
HYTTINEN: My son, Noa. More than anything. I could easily give up on everything else!

Why should people go to your shows? What can we expect from you?
HYTTINEN: If they want to see show. They see a show. It’s more than drumming, its a drum circus with tons of energy uploaded onto that. If I go to see a band, or anything, I wanna see a show! But if I see dudes standing and playing, and a drummer just sitting and playing, I will leave really fast. At our show you can focus on such small details like how the stick is spinning and rolling, or the whole show. There is lots of stuff to see!

And finally…. what is your advice to the readers of Crack in Reality?
HYTTINEN: Keep reading and stay tuned. Believe in yourself, and if you do something, even you have no idea what you are doing, do it with a full attitude! And remember to laugh at yourself, nothing is more funnier than laugh at your own stupidity, I enjoy it a lot!!

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You can find Kunt and Hyttinen Drum Inc here: Facebook

Miikki Kunt, drums and percussions

Niko Hyttinen, drums and percussions

Finnish inspiration to walk all night – Hannu Lepistö’s “Have A Beautiful Life” review

Finland’s full of amazing musicians. If you look carefully enough you will find there many different genres, from metal and rock, through pop, synthpop, electro to jazz, blues and folk. When you ask people on the street, they will give you most known names of the bands from this country of the North. They will give you all the “big” names.

But there is also this kind of artists who are simply unique. They don’t always have this “big” name, that everybody around the world knows. Not yet though. There are artists that have a chance to become an incredible performers recognizable around the world. Artists with great predispositions, talent and charisma.
Hannu Lepistö is one of those people. A man with the personal charm, enormous talent and warm, slightly husky and still lovable voice. And now, this great man finally released his first LP album that he entitled “Have a beautiful life”.

Here I could actually end this review, because the title says it all. But for me it’s not enough. The album radiate with positivity, great emotions, grace and enchantment and lures the listener with its charm. It contains 10 songs deeply rooted in the nature of a real bard. Each song tells a story. Each one put a spell on people. Each one shines.

"I Wanna Walk All Night" First single of the album

“I Wanna Walk All Night”
First single of the album

I have to admit that this mixture of strong guitars, peaceful melodies, poetic lyrics, raspy yet soothing vocals do not fit into any kind of audience. But don’t put back the CD on the shopping shelf. This album is worth it. Every now and then each person had to listen to a song few times before it catched person’s attention. There is a long road from the ear to heart.

And Hannu Lepistö is a very serious competition to other artists who create this kind of unique sound. You can hear a little bit of Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen, a little bit of Johnny Cash or Tom Waits… But that’s what Hannu’s music is based on.

And so this album contains all of the magic of that influenced mixture.
I truly hope and believe that fans are going to fall in love with this album just like I did.

"Have A Beautiful Life" LP cover

“Have A Beautiful Life”
LP cover

Where to find Hannu:

Dancing with Fire – an interview with Katra

You are a beautiful, young lady, taking part in many projects. You have your band Katra, you are a fire-dance in the group Flamma, and you have a 9 years old daughter. How do you have the energy to do so many things, what gives you inspiration and power?

Thank you! My power comes from many different things. I love working out: I train with my hoops, poi and then I dance, run, go to gym, do yoga.. All those things give me power and satisfaction. Inspiration comes true life: I need to express myself some how. Singing, dancing etc are channels for me to be creative and they help me to stay connected with myself; If I’m sad, I find consolation.  If I’m happy, I can express it with my body or trough singing.
And well, I work as professional musician and fire artist, of course the fact that I get my bill payed with what I love, gives me inspiration as well. Although it may sound harsh.

How was „Katra” born? Tell us please some words about the band members and about your style. Do you also sing in other bands?

It was year 2006 when we started to work together. I knew all the guys from Tampere music scene. Things evolved quite quickly.  In the end of 2006 we already had record deal from Edel music Finland and our first single ’Sahara’ was released.

At the moment our band members are: Johannes, our bass player (member from the beginning)  Johannes is a storyteller. He has a story about everything and he keeps us amused during travel. He is also an excellent bass player. At the moment he studies ethnomusicology at the University. Johannes plays bass in many different bands, also in our Coverstone.

Kristian is our guitarist (also a member from the beginning). Kristian is talented quitar player and really warmhearted and caring.

Teemu started playing guitar with us in 2008. A really funny guy. We share similar kind of humor, especially when it comes to old Finnish bands.  Teemu also plays in Coverstone.

Matti started playing with us also 2008. Plays drums all they long… doesn’t need to sleep. He plays also other instruments as well. He is drummer, guitarist and singer… depending on the band.

Nowadays I sing in Coverstone (which is a cover band). We mainly perform in private events, like corporate parties, galas etc. Then I do different kinds of singing gigs from acoustic covers to co-production gigs for example I was a singer in a circus production in Mexico, 6 weeks in January 2012 and all together 75 shows.

I’m also graduating  from University of applied sciences program Theatre music and music drama and singing as my major this Christmas (2013).
Your name is quite unusual for a Finnish girl and you seem to have a connection to fire. I think of the album’s name „Out Of The Ashes” It reminds me of a phoenix, the legendary bird, which upon dying burns itself, and resurrects from its own ashes. There is also your first single „Sahara”, a hot, dry desert under the sun. Quite surprising in a land which is known about the snow and cold melancholy. How do people accept there your music?

I have kind of always felt that I was born in wrong country. Don’t get me wrong, I love Finland. But for me personally, it’s really hard to cope with the cold, snow, darkness, too long winter, too long summer. My heart yearns sun and warm. That’s why I travel a lot and perform gladly in a places like Mexico, Turkey, Thailand etc.

In Finland metal music is so called marginal music. Although Finland may have the image of ’the land of metal’. Fact is that the radios and television are full of mainstream stuff like Idols, X-factor, the voice, Lady Gaga etc. Metal music has it’s own small listener world, but strong support.

You are a fire-dancer as well. In the video „One Wish Away” you were dancing with the fire-group „Flamma” in which you are a member. How did fire-dancing come?

I started practicing fire spinning in Flamma 6 years ago. I used to be in gymnastics for 10 years, so it all made sense to use similar equipment (like hoop, clubs), but now in fire. I love fire and it has always been my element.  Nowadays I perform in our own fire group called Uniflow.  We perform in different events trough Finland and we’ve performed a lot in abroad too, like in San Francisco, Israel, Dubai, Kiev etc..  Then I have worked as an fire/light artist with Phoenix Firedancers in different show productions like this last one in Antalya, Turkey that took three months.

Recently you’ve spent 3 months in Turkey for a series of performances. How did you feel there? Which was your best experience? How was it like to be away from home for so long?

I loved it. Although we had just one free day in a week.  We had our own villas with private pools. Normally I woke up around 9 am, then I just swam and relaxed by the pool. Around 4-5 pm we went to ’working-mode’ and left to the venue place. We were back at the villas around midnight.
Best experience was the boat trip to Kekova. In our day off, we took 5 hours boat trip to Kekova. We saw the sunken city, dolphins, turtles, really old fortress. Then in the evening we hiked in pitch black night our ways to eternal flames.  Fire burned trough the cracks of the mountain. It has been burning hundreds of years. It was amazing.
It was easy for me to be away from home. I got my dose of sun and warm air!

You have beautiful, long red hair. Can you give the readers some tips upon how to keep long, dyed hair healthy? 😉

Heh, remember to use good conditioner! I use just normal market shampoo, but I spent a little extra money for the conditioner. I use two types of conditioner. The first one is the one you rinse out and after shower I use the leave-in conditioner.
If I spend long period of time in a sunny place, then I also use silk-drops, hair masks and do olive oil treatments.

You sing different styles in  „One Wish Away” and „Beast Within” Which singing style is easier for you, which one do you prefer?

It depends on the song and the mood. In theatre music we’ve been taught to choose the style depending on the story and the character. Like in One wish away.. I use kind of child-like voice. Since the story is about childen abuse and what happens when imagination is not there to help you, when you get older.

For the sake of non-Finnish speaking fans; what is your song Tietäjä about?

Tietäjä means shaman/wise man, that loses his beloved one. It’s a song about faith and love, does it last beyond and what if the religion was ’wrong’ one.
What do you do in your free time?

What is free time? =D Well, I train. The best way for me to relax, is to spend free days with my friends. I love dining out.. and well, partying sometimes as well. Oh, and I love reading and I tend to read a lot.

Your last album came out in 2010. Quite a long time ago if we consider that from 2007 there were 3 singles and 3 albums. What has caused this stop and is there a new album coming out anytime soon?

Can’t promise anything. All the member of the band are really busy at the moment in their own lives for example in the spring first Teemu was in USA for 2 months and when he came back I left to Turkey for 3 months.  Johannes plays in many bands. I have my productions and now the final exams in school etc. Creative process needs time and it’s hard to find time that fits to everybody.
But I have composed a lot of new stuff,  just wondering a way to let it out =D

How do you prepare for a performance with Flamma? Do you suffer from stage fright, have you ever experienced it? Checking upon the photos and videos of the performance, it is a bit fearful to see how several of you dance around with fire. Aren’t you afraid of setting each other on fire?
No, no stage fright.  Just the lovely feeling in my stomach just before hitting the stage, the adrenal rush. Thought it’s a different story when it comes to singing exams. Those one I hate and I’m extremely nervous.
with fire we work professionals. We have been doing it so many years, that really like setting each other on fire would definately affect in our bookings. When one starts to learn the fire spinnign the first thing is to learn to do everything well and perfectly without fire and after that learn  to do the same tricks in fire rehearseals. But still from that point to the point one really can perform with fire.. takes a lot of time, devotion and PRACTISE.

There is a beautiful video on youtube What is exactly a poi dance?

Poi was a ritual dance equipment of Maori people in New Zealand.  Poi is around 60 cm chain, which ends to fire head. You held the other end. And to spinning you need pois in both hands.  Poi spinning has its own theory, moves, brakes, pleins, plein changes.. is has a lot to do with mathematics. So just graping two chains with weights in the ends and start spinning isn’t really proper poi spinning. To learn the basics and more advanced stuff you can check out for example tutorials.

Several months ago you had a small accident when the chair jumped on your foot and ripped off your toenail. In your update you posted: tonight dancing gig with wooden leg style. How were you able to dance afterwards? I can’t think even of walking with such a wound…

It was SOOOOO painful. It hurt a lot to use a shoe, since there was no toenail at all. It took like one week before I was able to walk properly and then it got infected.. and hurt again like 2 weeks.
Well, luckily the gig was inside so I got to took my shoes off… But still my movement was a bit awkward.

Zib zab zabulous, 13 questions from the grave – an interview with Private Line

On which album you enjoyed to work on the most?

Elias: I did enjoy making the first album coz there was certain kind of buzz going on in my head…you see I  was able to drink so many days in a row… But I have to say Dead Decade.

Ilari: Evel Knievel Factor ‘cause I took a time-out from everything else then. It was great to concentrate on the album only!

How do the studio sessions look like? Do you share your ideas while working in the studio?  How are the songs being born? Who has the most idea of lyrics, who likes to try new things, to ‘play’ with the songs the most? What are the point of views when deciding which songs would make on the albums?

Elias: It is like a brainstorm warzone from any given movie from Arnold Swartzenegger or Chick Norris. I say stupid one liners to Sammy and he usually say something wise like….”I´ll be back”. Afterwards in the final lyrics there is a line ” I´ll be back” lmao, sorry just kidding.  We do share all kind of ideas and riffs and we do like to try all sorts of crazy ideas. In the end they usually sound like Private Line. Which song make it to album….hmm depends on the package 😉

According to the question above: what is your biggest inspiration while working on the new material? Is there any new material being born? When can we count on a new album, and how far are you with studio works by now?

Elias: I guess I have to say life gives you best inspiration, usually the down side of it. There are songs, riffs, melodies etc, it is a puzzle.. can´t really tell when they´re  ready. They are kind of ready already but then they are not ready ’cause there might be something more ready coming…you know they are ready already and then they suddenly are not ready.  Simple as that 😀 Some of the songs might be ready already we just cant tell yet… hard question because I just don’t know the answer to that but I have a really good feeling in my liver that it wont take so long this time than the last one.

How did you came up with Greenpeace (“Dead Decade”video)? What was first:  the idea of the song or the proposition from Greenpeace to cooperate? Or maybe it was something else?

Elias: Song was first and I had a friend working on Greenpeace so it was zib zub zabulous.

ELIAS: How did you came up with the idea to have Animal from The Muppets as the tattoo?

Elias: Animal has been my buddy since I was a kido, so we are friends for life 😀

Does the fact you play in a rock band means you only listen to rock music or do you like other genres as well? Do you experiment with the styles while working on the albums?

Elias: Yes it does. I don’t listen to any other music than rock music. Everytime I hear a song for example in a bus, I run to the drivers booth and stop the bus and give the driver a CD that is full of good rock songs from unknown artist like, “Eagles” “Metallica” “Poison”…etc and highly recommend him/her to play it since I cant listen to any other music than ROCK…… Nooooo of course I listen to other music. I used to study classical music and jazz but I think rock music has the most impact on me.

Ilari: The genre’s really not that important as long as the song’s good & it has the right  feeling for the moment!

Ilari Heinäaho

Ilari Heinäaho

Would you risk and take a chance in Eurovision to gain some more fans and popularity or you’d be afraid of being pigeon-holed as an Eurovision band?

Elias: No.

Ilari: Don’t know!

What was the weirdest or sweetest gift you’ve ever received from your fans?

Elias: Parachute condom bag of course… lol

Ilari: Small McDonald’s fries.

Elias Logrèn

Elias Logrèn

Is there anyone from the music industry that piss you off really badly?

Elias: Yes, whole industry.

Ilari: Not any certain person but all the “geniuses”, who uses the music market to desperately & artificially maximize the shareholder value on the cost of music itself.

The song “Live, Learn and Grow Apart” means a lot to me, especially the line “We’ve gotta live before we die, don’t pretend we ain’t born at all”. I would like to know more about this song. How was it born, on what occasion?

Elias: many places as I recall..

Ilari: The main riff & chord progression came to me while driving a car with no working stereo. That’s how many good ideas come to me btw! This was taken to the guys, put through our PL-meatgrinder & painted with lyrics at Kaapelitehdas (our old rehersal place) and the previous East Sound Studio.

Do you consider making an album of (so far) unpublished songs, or a DVD with concert videos, interviews, backstage videos? Maybe an acoustic album, for which your fans really yearn for?

 Elias: Well we might consider 😉

Ilari: Second that!

What  do you do in your free time? For example, we’ve heard Elias is about to finish his studies in order to help handicapped people. How did this come and what will he do actually? And what about the “silent, invisible” member of the band, Spit? What are his hobbies, what was his original profession, his job?

Elias: I don’t have any free time but if I do…all hell´s braking loose. The way I see it you have to do something that counts for living, otherwise it is just working for money and I don’t have high respects for money, even though we all need it to get by..

Ilari: I try to work out in many different for not to explode my ass out of my jeans. And, of course, motorcycle stuff & drinking beer.

(from the left): guitarist Ilari Heinäaho, guitarist Jack Smack, singer Sammy Aaltonen, drummer Elias Logren and bassist Spit. Photo: (c) Kaylin Idora

(from the left): guitarist Ilari Heinäaho, guitarist Jack Smack, singer Sammy Aaltonen, drummer Elias Logren and bassist Spit.
Photo: (c) Kaylin Idora


From punk style to “Back Beat” – interview with The Winyls.

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Firstly, can you tell us the story behind The Winyls? How did that all started, when you met each other? And of course: where did the name for the band came from?

We (Hc and James James) were spending a break between lessons in high school…and we thought, it would cool to play in a “worst band” ever. Our early years were really punkish but a lot has happened since that. Maybe someday we will return to that musically as well. Our attitude has remain same. The Winyls is derived from a stupid phrase that we found Leady repeating just to irritate rest of us 😉

Line up of the band had changed since the band was established. Why did it change and are you happy with current line up or do you leave it an open door for potential new members?

We have had different solo-guitarists, but I think this current line-up will be long-lasting. It has been so already for several years. But it always good to keep doors open…in life wherever possible.

You’ve released 3 LP’s. They are very close to classic rock in style, but there are songs with a catchy twist like “Tango Fatale”, “Would you believe” or “Say what you say”. Was this your intention to make your sound not so obvious to categorize?

“Tango” was like a puzzle of lots of different things. I think it is one of our most ambitious songs. There are something like half million tracks in it (which is not typical for us). Usually when you got so many tracks it sounds too messy or arrangement has gone wrong, but I think the song sounds good and there are many fine moments from which one could be proud of. In general, it is hard to listen own recordings, because usually you only hear the mistakes you’ve made. Would you believe is a funny punk-march-type-song, with straight-forward attitude. And from “Say what you say” it is possible to hear some oasis-like fragments. I think it’s never an intentional decision to create something that is hard to categorize. It is subconscious desire to create something new.

This year you’ve released a single “Back Beat”. It’s another proof that you’re unique and like to experiment with music styles. At the beginning we can hear a part from classic style, played on a violin, then some electric beats, and then with big “WOW” comes the proper part of the song full of rock vibes. Is this song some kind of prelude to your upcoming album?

Yes, I hope so. Back beat was also remixed by Heavyweight DJ’s. The truth is there will be a lot of different songs coming and now we are thinking how to link them. More traditional rock songs as well as more dance and even hip-hop elements…stay tuned!

Staying in music topic: what are your influences? Do you get inspired by other Finnish artists or you also take something important into your music from foreign artists?

Of course everyone has influences and some references… Most of us have a shady classical background but I think our main sources of inspiration has been giants like The Killers, Scissors Sisters, The Beatles, Queen and Led Zeppelin. We are glad we had a chance to meet and support The Killers with their Finland’s gig a few years ago.

We’d also like to ask a bit about the background of your music carrer. What made you decide to make music, instead of choosing another path in your life?

Only our guitarist is actually a full-time musician. For others it is a passion and serious second job. That means we are not forced to make compromises in music, and we still can pay the rents etc.

Back Beat was out in 2013

Back Beat was out in 2013

When it comes to recording, how does that look when The Winyls get into the studio? Are you a kind of band that walks into the recording studio with a ready plan, and do you try to spend the least time there? Or maybe you’re not in a hurry, you like to have everything planned? In short words: are you “take it easy” or more of “hurry up” guys?

It’s both and it depends…. But usually when we are in a studio like Finnvox which is really expensive, we have had careful preparations. After that when we continue working guitar, synth and vocal tracks in our own studio, in Kaapelitehdas we are more laid back. Honey & Lime was recorded in an old villa in Porvoo called Magnusborg. We spent one month there with one sound engineer. That was great, but we could have done it (recordings) in one week or so. There was always a time for celebration, which was nice though. And creativity needs time, anyway.

How does look like with touring? Have you played somewhere outside Finland or do you focus on you motherland?

We have played in UK, Los Angeles, Berlin and a few times in Russia. But we are “still hungry” as Twisted Sister’s used to say. Last gigs that we have played have been in Finland, but we are looking forward to play in Poland! Never done that before!

In your shows you always try to include your fans with singing along and playing instruments. How important is that to you? Was there ever a special moment?

Yes, we think it is a special and unique moment for both; for us and for the people who come to see us. We like to do things by instinct!

In your music videos and sometimes on stage as well you wear some sort of costumes. We’d like to know if there’s any meaning of it or are you doing this only for pure fun?

We like to think what to wear, but the theme changes…we like – for example – the hand-made masks Leady brought from his trip to Croatia, but I think we all agree the main thing is music.

What is the craziest thing you ever did or the funniest moment you can remember doing together as a band?

There are many. One of the funniest things (to tell public) was when made a trick to our drummer. We were recording Honey & Lime in Magnusborg till late night. Pablo was having an early morning wake up because of his job and was already sleeping. We changed the time settings 4-5 hours too early in his mobile phone and waited in our own army like- beds for Pablo’s wake-up-call. We were all sleeping in the same big room. When the phone and the alarm rang, Pablo woke up (4-5 hours too early) and went to shower. Others jumped out of our beds and laughed and ran to the other side of the building where his car was parked. After shower Pablo came there and was really off his head. He said: ”I’m really messed up. I am sure you all were sleeping in the same room when I woke up…” “No, we have been here chatting all the time,” we answered. Pablo was already driving to his work (4-5 hours too early) when we stopped the car and said that he should look at the clock in his car.

Poor Pablo, this was ugly one, but funny, at least we thought it was funny after a few soft drinks.

Do you like to play at the festivals? We work together with the Suomi Sound Fest. How did you come across this project? What made you interested in participating in it?

Yes, we love festivals. But it’s not everyday that you have opportunity to play in festivals. I think live shows are the best thing in playing in a rock band. We heard about the possible chance to play in Poland from a very nice girl who came to see our show. Pablo has visited Poland and told that it is a very beautiful place. It would be really really great to play there. Looking forward to it!

Your fans say that it’s amazing how you are so great on every show and still even though you must be tired after gigs, you’re still so friendly and ready to chat with people after leaving the stage. How do you do that?

We think we need to give the best we’ve got in every show (we can not do it otherwise), it’s the very core of our essence as a rock band. It’s true though it’s sounds like a cliché. And we’re honestly very grateful to everyone who comes to see us and supports us! We like to consider our audience more friends than fans.

Getting back to your latest songs and music you are currently making. Can you tell us something about the new material? Are you working on a new album, or are you focusing more on touring now? What can we expect from The Winyls in near future?

Yes, we do not know in which form it will appear, but new songs will appear. Quite soon. We are working in the studio at the moment for a new material. We like to try different experimentations, so it takes time, but hopefully the result will be nice to listen.

Thank you for your time!

Thank you and hope to see you all soon!

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