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Discussion in 'Children Of Bodom' started by COBHC Webmaster, Oct 17, 2005.
I can't see anything too.
I found this old (from 2003) finnish interview which I have never seen before.
Has someone a translation ?
Wow, I've never seen the COB guys seem as young as in that interview. Waiting in horror for the moment when I'm 40 and new death metal bands with swearing 16 year old cute-cheeked players start coming up.
I have no idea what they're saying, but Alexi looks so tired and wasted..
^thanks a lot!
Never seen this before
^thanks haven`t seen it before
I can't help but laugh every time she is trying to say "Chaos Ridden Years" sounds more like "cow sweden years"
The 2 most common COB related words during the last 2 years: Britney and US. Fuck! I want some news.
Patience Joonas, it's the only thing we can do Anyways, if album's to be released March 8th then a single in early January looks quite reasonable, which means we should start getting some news by then end of November at the latest I guess.
i guess she's french. btw i've not seen this vid either, he looks great on it !
An interview with Janne, can't remember if it's been posted yet but anyway:
Janne Warman, Children of Bodoms Virtuoso Ragnarocker
Left to right: Bassist Henkka Seppälä, keyboardist Janne Warman, lead guitarist and singer Alexi Laiho, guitarist Roope Latvala, and drummer Jaska Raatikainen.
Children of Bodom has been delivering their bone-crushing brand of Finnish metalwith two huge guitars, leviathan bass, and warp-speed dual kick drumsto rabid fans around the globe since 1993. Keyboardist Janne Warman has carved a unique niche in this imposing wall of metal might, not to mention taken his own playing to new heights of surgical precisionand tongue-in-cheek funon his solo project Japanese Hospitality (reviewed Feb. 09). We talked with Janne about how his keyboard approach in Children of Bodom has become a signature of the bands sound.
In Children of Bodom, synchronized melody lines are played in unison or in harmony with the guitars. Do you try to emulate guitars, or do you come up with more contrasting timbres?
For the past three or four albums, Ive been using the same lead sound, which is a Korg Polysix emulation on JV-series Roland synths. Originally I used the JV-2080. Now, I use the XV-5050, which is based on the same architecture. But the XV-5050 has USB on it, so I can use the computer to edit and store stuff. I use a patch made by Jens Johansson, and I run that through a Turbo Rat distortion box. I just like the distortion lead sound. When Alexi [Laiho, guitarist] and I play these lines, we try to bend in unison. But Im not trying to make it sound like a guitar. The distortion makes some people think Im trying to play like a guitar, but Im not.
Do you use any other effects?
I use a Boss CE-2 chorus and NS-2 Noise Suppressor on my leads. The chorus is before the distortion; the Noise Suppressor comes after. I get a lot of noise sometimes. Maybe its from my power supplies. Recently, Ive been using the MXR Carbon Copy delay on my leads. I dont know how I played before without this delay! So the delay is at the end of the chain. Its not mixed very loud, just enough to smooth things out.
What controller keyboards do you use live?
All of those are Korg X5s or X5Ds. The X5 is so small and light, and I really like its feel. It has pitch and mod wheels instead of the usual Korg joystick. Im so old-school with that stuffI like using the wheels! I overbend with joysticks. Its too bad they dont make those anymore. I literally have ten of them. I started buying them because I dont like the keyboards that are made nowadays. I play one onstage, but I have a backup at every show. Sometimes, when we do the big headliner shows, I have two keyboards on stage. One is at my keyboard station, and then another is down at the end of this walkway onstage. I also have a spare Roland XV-5050, although that has never failed me.
Guitars take up a lot of space in metal. How do you approach your arrangements so as to be heard?
Heres a thing that I think is very key, and that many metal keyboardists dont understand. I play in a band with two guitarists, so the wall of guitar sound is massive. I try not to play in the midrange where the guitars are dominating. I play melodies and leads a little bit above the guitars register, or sometimes I double the bass lines.
Your bands drumming often has a double kick playing sixteenth-notes or sixteenth triplets. How do you interact with these fast rhythms?
Its funny you mention it, because on our new album, Im doing a lot more doubling of those parts exactly. Its pretty unique to our bands sound.
Guitarists have up and down pick strokes with the pick, and drummers can play double-kick with two feet. But when keyboardists have to machine-gun the same note, we can only press the key down. How do you speed things up?
I use both hands for the really fast parts. If its just sixteenths on one note, I can do it with one hand. But if the pattern is tricky, I divide it so that I can use both hands. I also use two or even three fingers for triplet patterns.
The dissonant quarter-note string part you play on Hate Me, really reminded me of Bernard Herrmanns score to Hitchcocks Psycho. . . .
I enjoy film music a lot. When Hans Zimmer started the rock soundtrack era, I was really a big fan of that type of MIDI orchestration. But Ive always been a fan of soundtracks.
Janne with some of his favorite studio synths. Front: Korg X5 flanked by Genelec monitors. Right: Nord Wave above Roland Juno-106. Far right: Wurlitzer 200A. Back wall, left to right: Korg X5, Hohner String Melody II, Roland JD-800.
How do you use keyboards differently than most bands?
Its the improvised solos. Most bandsnot just in heavy metaldont have improvised keyboard solos now, unfortunately! As we discussed, our band tries to have arrangements where the keyboard doesnt interfere with the guitars and stays in a different range and plays harmony or unison melodies with them.
Who was the first player that legitimized keyboards in metal for you?
Jens Johansson. He plays in a Finnish band called Stratovarius. When I heard his solos, I said, Wow, I want to do that! Then I checked out stuff he did as the original keyboardist with Yngwie Malmsteen and I was amazed.
Lets talk about some important sounds used on specific songs youve recorded.
On Living Dead Beat, the first song on the Are You Dead Yet? CD, the intro starts with a synth bass. This is from the original demo Alexi and I recorded, before we went into the studio. It was a Nord Lead Rack combined with something from a Roland JVjust a killer bass sound. We tried to recreate it in the real studio sessions, but everything we did sucked compared to this demo wed recorded drunk in the middle of the night! So we used the track from the demo. We also recorded Britney Spears Oops, I Did It Again for our recent cover album Skeletons in the Closet. On the original, its a sampled piano down low. When we recorded the drums at Finnvox, the studio, I thought, Hey, theres a great grand piano in here! So I used thata Yamaha concert grandfor the beginning.
What advice can you give to players who hear you and say, Thats what I want to do?
Listen to all kinds of music, not just metal or whatever youre into. Some of the keyboard stuff I do is straight out of pop, not only from metal. So listen to everything. Thats how you do it!
I noticed he does this on a drumming part which is weird. But I think there's guitar open D strokes too. Hard to hear properly.
Very interesting read.
Well he's pressing the D key but I guess he's transposed down.
Blabbermouth's article about WIWI video shot and a stretch of Alexi's interview (Revolver mag) talking about it.
Nice interviews, the one with Janne is good, a small insight of the album!