Suiciderock: „Fight as One” is the bands 7th
studio album… It was released in 2009 and contains all in all 11 tracks. What
can you tell us about the album?
Jasse: In my opinion “Fight as One” reflexes
exactly what the band is. It has been a while since it`s release and I should
start to write some new material for the next album. I have to admit that I had
some difficulties when it comes to that. I have already written a couple of new
tracks but I don`t know if they will end up to be on the next album. It is very
hard to create something new after we`ve released “Fight as One” cause I
somehow feel that I don`t have anything to add. It`s not easy to write
something new when the foregoing album pretty much stands for all you are as a
band. But don`t worry, there will be something, I have some ideas in my mind
for the next one. Of course, the new album has to be slightly different
comparing to our current one. But that`s a natural process. At least for it has
to be a bit different. I don`t know if the listeners will hear any difference
in the end but for me it is important. It doesn`t make any sense to write the
same album again.
You also had a line-up change when the album was done…
Jasse: Yeah, actually we had two line up changes. Our drummer left as well as our
guitar player. But luckily we found a new drummer quite soon. My very good
friend Saska replaced the former guy on the drums. We have known each other
since ever, we are friends since we were little kids. Saska lived in London for
a while before he came to join us and we didn`t play together for about 20
years. Our old drummer was more that kind of straight and slower playing guy
which was not bad at all but I knew that Saska is that kind of a fast player
and he is a typical rock`n roller, that gave me the impulse to write the songs
for “Fight as One”. He kind of delivered the tools I needed for to write the
music. The songs are quite simple but we are very pleased with that album. I
think that it is by far the best album we have done during our career. It`s an
11 tracks package that perfectly fits.
“Fight as One” got some really nice reviews. That not only from the Finnish
media but also from Germany, Netherlands,… It was also said to be “the best
album of your career”. Would you agree?
Jasse: That`s quite something to
achieve. I mean if you consider that we have been around since 20 years now. As
I said I`m very very pleased. We have done good albums within this 20 years as
well but “Fight as One” is also in my opinion our best so far. Now I have the
pressure to write and album that is even better than that. Come on that`s what
I call pressure.
The album was produced by you in collaboration with Sammy Aaltonen from Private
Line. Was it easy for you to produce your won record?
last two albums have been released via Bad Habbit Records. Was it easy to
produce it ourselves? Well we worked together with some producers for our
earlier albums but I have to say that I have always had my hands in those
decisions and actions as well. That means the producers we have worked with
have mainly been responsible for the overall sound like how the guitar or the
drums sound and they took care of the mixing of course however they haven`t
been involved in the concept of the album or the arranging of the songs. So it
didn`t differ that much when we produced the last two albums on our own. Sami
was more like the outside ear taking care how the whole thing sounds and that
kind of stuff. Sami was kind of a back up for me. If I wasn`t that sure about
something I could always get back to him and ask for his opinion. It was great
to work with him.
You have produced most of your records yourself with the help of various
producers. E.g. “Drugster” by Janne Joutsenniemi, „Stardom is here“ by Hiili
Hiilesmaa, “Uncensored Teenage Hardcore” by Mikko Karmila. Is it hard for you
to give the production completely out of your hands?
it kind of is yes. There was nothing wrong with this co-operations. I could
always work with them again. Our last album for example was mixed by T.T.
Oksala who passed away some time ago and Janne Vuori, who was the FOH engineer
of HIM for many years. It was nice to work with those guys. Hiili is a great
producer, he is more into the feeling when it comes to work on an album. He
gets you to try all different kinds of stuff while recording. I liked that very
much. Sami has just build up a new studio so I doubt that we are going anywhere
else when we start to work on the next album because we don`t actually need any
other producer from outside. We feel quite comfortable there so there is no
need for big changes.
I read that the second track on the album , “Medicine Train” was written in
less than 30 minutes, is that correct?
Jasse: That`s absolutely correct. I mean when we are talking about the lyrics.
The music took some more time. The lyrics for that song just came out of my
head and all I had to do is to grab a pen and a piece of paper and write it
down. There was even one verse too much so we had to shorten the song. Maybe
this is going to be on the next album than. Who knows. But it was also pretty
easy to write the music for the song as well. All in all the whole song came
together pretty naturally and easy. “Medicine Train” is one of my favourite
How do you deal with the song writing? How writes all the songs?
Jasse: Usually I do. I have written all the lyrics except maybe some riffs here
and there. Our guitar player Lauri has written something on our former album
and the guitar player before Lauri has also written something but mostly it`s
me who write the songs.
Line up changes always cost lots of nerves and precious time. You had a few of
this uncomfortable changes. What happened
and how is the band doing nowadays?
Well, we play Rock´n Roll since 20 years now so considering that fact I think
we didn`t have that many line-up changes within our career. *smiles* Ok let me
see, we have changed our drummer three times. But this doesn`t really count I`d
say as our original first drummer is the big brother of Saska so it kind of
stays in the family…
Well, than we make it as 2 ½ drummer…
Jasse: That`s good, yeah. At least it is the same blood that runs through their
What is the feeling within the current line-up? Everybody happy with that or do
you expect some changes in the future again?
Jasse: No, no all good. I mean you never know. None knows what could happen in
the future. I can`t change anything if some of the guys decide to quit playing
but so far we are happy and kicking. I have to say that none ever got kicked
our from Hybrid Children. All of them have decided on their own that they want
to leave. It was everybody`s free will to quit.
So no hard feelings so to say…
It was a bit strange when Timo TV, our guitar player left. One day he came to
tell us that he suddenly has decided to move to Peru. He explained that he
needs some kind of change in his life and that`s what he`s going to do. So he
left to do some voluntary work there. I really appreciate what he did back
than. Timo left so quickly and surprisingly that we were left in some kind of
vacuum situation. We wanted to play gigs, we had new material ready but we
didn`t really know what to do. Should we try to find someone else? Should we
wait that Timo might come back or whatever. After a while we met Lauri, we went
out to the bars, we played some stuff together and suddenly we noticed that he
is in the band. He started as kind of a substitute guitarist for our first gigs
without Timo but it turned out that he really fits to Hybrid Children and so he
became a fix member of the band. It was a bit difficult when Timo came back
from Peru after one year. But he understood that we took another guitar player
and nowadays he is doing a completely different thing. He lives in Tampere and
is working at some college there. He was happy with his decision and so were
It feels like you have been around ever since. Hybrid Children has been part of
the main force in the Finnish rock scene since 1991. You can celebrate your 20th
anniversary. How would you summarize this time? Your Highlights?
we haven`t been around that long, you are just too young. *smiles* This band is
the highlight of my entire life. This exactly what I want to do. This is my
passion. But when we are talking about the highlights of the band career it
must definitely have been our gig we`ve played together with the Wild Hearts in
Japan. That was back in 1997. I have been and I still am a very big fan of this
band so this was a honour to play the same stage with them.
You have been influenced by Social Distortion. Any other all time favourites?
have to refer back to the Wild Hearts again. When I heard them the very first
time I was kind of surprised that there is a band out there playing the same
kind of music we do. They have the same metallic guitars and the same kind of
style we have. It was amazing to know that there is a band that does almost
exactly the same as we do. You can smell the Rock`n Roll when they play. You
can find all the traditional Rock stuff and all the basic influences I had. I
love them, they are a awesome band. Also if I have to name one band who`s CD I
would take to the grave with me are The Sex Pistols.
Nowadays you can see many young bands split up after a very short period of
playing together. What is your recipe of success? What makes Hybrid Children
Jasse: I don`t kow. Though the guys in the band have changed every now and than
we always had a good vibe within the band. When we choose someone to play with
us we didn’t only check his playing skills but also his personal attitude. I`m
not a very skill full guy myself. This comes from the punk attitude. The music
doesn`t sound over perfect. You know? It`s not only all about playing life.
Performing life makes maybe 1% of your band life that rest happens apart form
the stage. It has always been very important that the chemistry within the band
suits. Maybe that`s our recipe.
The band is from Helsinki but originally you have been born somewhere in the
countryside. What was it like for you to move to Helsinki?
a real country boy. It was quite difficult when you lived in the countryside
and you have been into rock´n roll for example. When I was a little kid it was
really hard growing up and to show that you are into rock n roll. You could be
beaten up for that. Luckily this has changed a bit nowadays. But of course it
is totally different when you come to one of the big cities and especially here
in Helsinki no one really cares about the way you are dressed or whatever. It
was a natural step to move to Helsinki. I lived about 80 km from here. That
might not sound that far but it is very far away if you consider the attitude
of the people. It`s nice to visit my old home village but when I think that I
should life there again freaks me out. It`s always nice to come back to the
What is your advice to a young band?
Jasse: Do I really have to answer this question? I have to be honest the best
advice for most of this new bands is to quit or at least to take a closer look
in the mirror and ask themselves if this is really what they want to do. Many
of this new bands start the whole thing because of wrong reasons. They want to
get all the fame, girls or they simply think that it is a cool thing to be in a
band. It is a cool thing if you have the right attitude. But for those who really
like to play should go for it because it is the only thing to keep it going.
Play play play. Try to be yourself, not to listen to anyone else that much. Don`t
do it just to see your face on some TV screen. Keep it honest and be yourself.
Keep it going and original. Of course, you can always take your influences from
some other band but try to make your own package out of it.
Your future plans?
make an even better album than the last one. Or at least a bit different. I
don`t know when it comes out. I shouldn`t say that but I hope that we start to
record it next year. We are growing older so maybe that why it takes a bit more
time. When we started it was so easy to get influences from somewhere and to
write something but as we grew older there are not so many bands I`m into
anymore. I go back to my old times favourite maybe I can take some inspiration
from them again. Time will tell…
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