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Discussion in 'Children Of Bodom' started by COBHC Webmaster, Oct 17, 2005.
new little interview with Janne and Alexi
Anyone else noticed the consistent hatred towards the UK from Janne? Mentioned in several interviews.
Stay tuned, so where's the rest?
Interesting how the album sales and tour sales are not going so well in US this time. Maybe focus more on Europe and Asia and return to more atmospheric music? Feels like their management has been screaming US, US since the HCDR-America breakthru.
Thanks for posting. I was trying to do that but my connection sucked today.
On Stage With Audix Microphones...
I dont know if it has been posted before
Children of Bodom
Interview with keyboardist Janne Wirman,
Interviewed on June 30th, 2011 by Monika Deviat http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/2267/1/
Janne Wirman from Finland began playing piano at the age of five. After graduating from the Helsinki Pop & Jazz conservatory he was invited to join Children of Bodom on keyboard. Children of Bodom has recently released their seventh studio album Relentless Reckless Forever [Spinefarm Records,2011] and are touring in support of the album. They are currently on the North American leg of The Ugly World Tour 2011. Metal-Rules caught up with Wirman for an interview after Children of Bodoms set in Calgary, Alta. at MacEwan Hall on June 30th, 2011.
How was the show tonight?
It was good. I heard there were some technical problems from the crews side. Some of the PAs were flaking, not working well and the lights were weird. Last time we played here we played in another room.
You guys played in the room downstairs the last time you were at MacEwan Hall.
Yeah, in the bigger room. I thought that was a nice space but when I arrived here I heard all about the technical problems and I was like shit. But you know it went well.
You did get a good response from the crowd.
Yeah we did.
Children of Bodom has been coming back to western Canada approximately once a year for the last few years. How do you like playing here?
I love it. We really like Canada. And talking about statistics, Canada has become our second biggest market after Finland. It used to be Japan, but now its Canada.
And Japanese fans are known to be pretty fanatic when theyre into a band.
Yeah that says something right there.
How are the North American fans reactions to hearing the new material live?
So far so good. Weve had four shows
no five shows before this. The tour is still fresh but so far so good.
What is your favorite song to play live off the new album?
I have been saying that it is the number one track [Not My Funeral] on the album. Its weird because its the longest one, but somehow it works as an opener for the album and it works as an opener for the gig. When we are putting the track list together I was like how you can put the longest one first? That is not going to work, yet somehow it works.
Which song has your favorite keyboard part?
Ive been getting a lot of compliments on the keyboard solo on Shovel Knockout. Im pretty proud of it.
What do you do to warm up before a show?
I dont do anything. I change into my stage clothes or whatever and thats it.
Did you guys have much input on the other band included on this tour?
To be totally honest, no. But we kind of never do. Sometimes they give us a list. Right now its the summer festival season so touring here right now doesnt make any sense but we wanted to tour the release so that its not too long after the release.
I know you guys toured Europe first in support of the album.
Yeah, this time around.
Are you enjoying touring with Canadas Devin Townsend Project?
Yeah totally. I watched their show in Vancouver which they almost missed. I heard they got stuck at the border and then their bus broke down. If they were going to miss their home town gig that would really suck. I watched the show, Ive been getting lots of interview questions asking isnt that a weird package but I dont know, its cool.
Well the bands on this tour seem to be comprised of great musicians in general, so everyone has that in common.
Yeah I dont think its that odd. I think it works well.
Youve listed your primary influence as Jens Johnnsson from Stratovarious. Have any new keyboardists caught your attention?
Unfortunately no. I check out new bands sometimes but at the same time Im lazy and may have missed hundreds of bands that may have keyboards in them. But to be honest I have not heard anyone that I would give any credit to.
As your musical style evolves is it ever hard to find a new fit?
No because we dont really think about it. We just do what feels natural at the time. Im not saying that we have had lots of misses. Not that we go through albums and say, What the fuck were we thinking?, nothing that drastic, but it would be so fucked up to sit down and analyze the songs. We just do what feels natural and I will still stand behind each album and everything we have done as times change.
You seem to keep a very good rapport with your fans and you get out to meet the fans. Do you have an interesting or crazy story about an encounter with a fan you could share?
There would be so many. Whenever I get put on the spot I cant think of one. Theres a lot of weird stuff that goes on. I really dont like the situation where a fan asks you sign their arm or something and then tell you they are going to tattoo it. One time I was drunk out of my mind in Germany and was like, Fuck no, youre not going to tattoo that and just put an x through the signature and he tattooed it anyway. So thats not good.
Did he send you a picture?
No, I just saw him on the European tour just two months ago. I was like Fuck, why the fuck did you do that?
The band has a reputation as being big on partying. Do you guys limit yourselves on how much you party before a show?
Totally. We do not drink before the show. Maybe a maximum of two beers before the show. I mean I drink a lot during as you may have noticed, but we do not drink before the show.
I noticed you sometimes get a bit of a break in between keyboard parts. What do you think about?
Its funny you know, sometimes I think about changing the brakes on my race car but yeah I have a couple breaks. I usually go down to meet my crew guys, my technicians, say hi, have a drink then wander back to the stage.
Is anything going on with your racing now that youre on tour?
No! Because we are on fucking tour all the time. I would love to be at home, because you know its the season in Finland. Half the year its snowing and icy and you cant do shit. I love being on tour right, but I would also like to one time spend a whole season in Finland for racing.
How often do you practice and what does a practice entail?
It really varies now days. When I am home - I have a little recording studio there now - I go there to jam and play along with the randomest pop music or whatever. I dont call it practicing but in a way it is. We used to practice like hell when we were younger. We had band rehearsals five or six times a week even though there was nothing coming up, like a tour or an album. Now days, luckily, the band is more relaxed and doesnt practice as much. I just grab a glass of nice whiskey and go to my home studio and just play a little something. Its not really practicing, but at least its playing.
I know playing a piano and keyboard are very different for many people. How often do you go back to a piano?
Dude this is a really good question because I dont. I dont own a piano and have not gone back a piano for years and I hate myself for it. Im really picky with pianos but I really should have bought a Steinway Grand or a Yamaha Grand instead of a sports car. But I didnt. I really need to buy a piano to get back on it.
If you could have any non musical skill, what would it be? And it cant be race car related.
Not musical? Shit. And not race car? You just ruined it. Im pretty skilled I dont need anything.
I suppose thats a pretty good answer.
I wish I could swim better actually. He [Henkka Seppälä] swims a lot and it keeps him in good shape. Sometimes I wish I could have the skill to go do something sporty. But I dont.
What is your favorite thing to eat while on tour?
Taco Bell. Its so bad that its good.
What do usually get?
What do you like to do on your days off while on tour?
I love days off. What I do is I get a hotel room and what I dont do is hang out with the guys. I just like to hang out by myself.
Is there anything you wish an interviewer had asked you but didnt?
Oh shit thats a really good question. Probably there used to be. So far youve had really smart questions.
Anything else youd like your fans to know?
I would like our fans to know that we love Canada and we love coming back here. As I said, its our second biggest market after Finland and its awesome. We love the shows here, love the fans here and really hope to keep coming back.
FMJ update from facebook..
"Full Metal Jackie The interview will be up on the FMJ podcast as of tomorrow..Also if you want to hear it TONIGHT, KNAC.COM will re-air the broadcast from 7-9pm PST.."
So called "vocals". I fucking 'd.
Seriously, who the fuck is that retarded? And I'd really like to stress the difference of being an exrtemely passionate fan and just being a plain idiot.
thats probably one of the best interviews i've read with janne, i'm glad the interviewer asked good questions and did canada proud
Metal-Rules caught up with keyboardist Janne Wirman for an interview after Children of Bodom’s set in Calgary, Alta. at MacEwan Hall on June 30th, 2011. Check the interview here - http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/2267/1/
AND EDIT: I just noticed the same interview couple of posts ahead of mine. Sorry for double posting it.
Interesting interview indeed, not only for us reading it but also for Janne himself as it seems. Good stuff!
I posted it already in the "Gear Thread" maybe it is here also right:
The Crew talkin about Audix Microphones:
FMJackie's interview with Alexi
They'll be shooting a dvd at their Wacken appearance in August, apparently
Interview with Jaska
Children of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen
Interviewed on June 30th, 2011 by JP
In late June I had the chance and very great pleasure to sit down with Jaska Raatikainen drummer for Children Of Bodom. We met backstage just before the COB hit the stage in Calgary, Alberta on the 6th date of their North American tour. It is very rare for the soft-spoken drummer to grant interviews so we are very pleased to present you this discussion.
Thank you very much for joining us today. Im going to ask you first, the most obvious question. How is the tour going?
Jaska: It is going quite well. We arrived to the US one week ago and we have played five shows so far. This is the first tour in the US in support of the new album so it going quite well.
I understand you are a new father.
Does that make this tour harder to be away from home now?
Well, in a way yes. Of course I miss my daughter but in a way this is my job and I have to deal with it. I make money with the band so this is my job.
Do you tell the band now that you would like more breaks or shorter legs of the tour so you can dedicate more time to family?
Well, I guess I am the hardest working
I like to be on tour as much as possible. We make money with the band and promotion. It doesnt effect my decisions or anything like that. All my decisions are for my career and for the band and for my family.
We are very lucky to be talking to you because you dont give many interviews and I want to talk to you about drumming. Are you still endorsed by Pearl?
Do you have your own signature kit?
No. Its a little bit custom made. I mean, I have a toms that are various sizes but there is nothing like the Jaska Signature Snare or anything like that. Its quite basic.
Would you like to do clinics one day to teach young musicians how to play?
Ive been thinking about doing that but we are so busy that all those things that we could do when we are not on tour, I need to rest and be with my family. Maybe in the future when we have a longer period off touring then I might do something. Well see.
I know that COB are very influential and many bands have come along like Kalmah and Norther and are imitating your style. Re you flattered or upset when so many bands take your ideas.
its quite confusing sometimes. There are younger bands and they say that COB is their biggest influences. We have done this for so many years so I cant step out and listen to our band objectively. I feel a little flattered. I am still a fan of other bands myself so I listen to other bands
like a fan. I get influences as well so it is hard to get them being so fanatic when they start up a band. I think its cool.
Its the price of fame?
I know you are very busy and very talented and you have many other projects. I want to talk about them, tell us about Virtuocity. What happening with them and can we expect a new album?
With them I made at least one. The one I was in, the album (Secret Visions) but since then I didnt hear from them again, after that. Maybe they thought that I am so busy with COB they didnt want to ask me again.
They cant afford you now!
(laughs) I hope not! I dont think that is the case. The other one, Evemaster, I was about to join them for their new album but I was super-busy at the time they were going to the studio so they asked another drummer. I wish them the best!
Tell us about the project Gashouse Garden. We hear there are some demos and the die-hard fans are waiting to hear it!
That is the same problem as the other projects, I just dont have that much time. The other players involved have their own bands. We did a demo-tape and we were planning to do something else, but COB got so big that we never stopped the band but you know, its there
So, back to COB. You guys like to do a lot of cover tunes for fun. Do you have any choice about which songs get picked? Do you picked out of a hat or does someone in the band say This is what we are doing?
Sometimes its just drinking on the bus, listening to some bands and suddenly someone suggests, Think about doing this, in this and this way. You know, and everyone laughs, it comes out like that. We are all big fans of The Big Lebowski, the movie. There was this CCR song we liked a lot so we did the CCR cover song. Ive been a big fan since five or maybe six, my father was listening to CCR a lot so I think that one, that song is one of my favourite ones that we have done with the band. When we did the music video in the same style like CCR had done like when back in the 70s. Thats a good song.
I guess we should talk about the new album. I notice its a return to the older sound. Do you agree?
Yeah. I hear, lots of people have told me that we have gone back to our roots
old school Death Metal
old School COB
I dont know. Im glad with the new album there are very many songs that we can play live. Compared to other albums, there are nine songs and six or seven are playable live. Thats a big step for us. I think the Bloodrunk album is very good but we noticed there are only there are only two or three songs were are going to play live. Sometimes we notice that the songs are good on the album but
...they dont translate well live?
Yeah! The new album works well when you are listening to it sitting or when you are playing it live. The songs just work.
What your favourite song to play live from the new album?
Shovelknockout. I like that there is some blastbeats and some good melodies and all that. Not My Funeral
they are all good.
Do you have any last message for the fans?
Buy the album!
Thanks for posting, sleeper!
Audio interview with Roope
Interesting what he says about the Shovel Knockout video being 'banned'
Banned... Something the management didn't like... Or they weren't allowed to publish? I wanna know what the hell they did for that one
Seriously what the hell is wrong with these people saying COB have gone back to their roots with RRF when that clearly isn't the case?
I guess stuff like that is just pretty subjective, to some people it is a return, to some it's not, and some don't really care as long as they like what's on the album.