BLUE BUDDHA & Piikkikasvi
Manager, President
Helsinki 2008

(Photo by Blue Buddha Official)

"Rock`n Roll is here to stay -
so it will be here next week, too"

Suiciderock: You are the owner of the management compay Blue Buddha Management. What are the main functions of your job?
Kari: As a manager to build up a network i.e. to find people, companies etc which can be helpful when the band is going / trying to go abroad. And as an agent to find as much to do with as much money than possible for my bands.

Suiciderock: Who had the idea for the cool name Blue Buddha?
Kari: My booking agency’s name is Piikkikasvi (something like Spine plant…) and first we were using that name outside of Finland too – but it was too hard for non-Finnish speaking to use, so it was necessary to find another name for use: and my partner has been trekking many times in Far Asia and somehow he came on board with the name Blue Buddha, which was very good.

Suiciderock: Was it always your intention to work in the music business?
Kari: I have been with my own company already 20 years, before that I was promoting some shows, doing reviews, etc. but have also studied in the university (geography). So – it was not exactly my intention but my will.

Suiciderock: What are the positive and negative aspects of your job?
Kari: Positive: to work with creative people, to meet nice and enthusiastic people. And working with music definitely!
Negative: Never enough time to do all the things you want to do. If you have to work with people who are not interested about music itself but only business around it.

Suiciderock: You manage the artists Naked and Hevein. What does a band need to get your attention? What criteria let you choose a band?
Kari: Music first: it has to be something which touches some strings in my heart. And then if the members of the group are nice ones and keen to do a lot of work for their career – and they need someone to join into their team to help them to get what they want, then we can choose each other. It’s never only one side who’s making decision of cooperation.

Suiciderock: Would you change from your position as a manager into the position of a musician?
Kari: Nope. It’s much better for me than someone else is in the spot…

Suiciderock: Do you play any instrument yourself?
Kari: Bass guitar – but it’s only hobby.

Suiciderock: Have you ever done something else than dealing with music?
Kari: Much kind of works – beginning normal office work to postman. When I started my own company, I did a lot of other stuff too; it was only way to get bread and butter…

Suiciderock: Would you mind to manage a folkmusic band?
Kari: I’m very open minded for every kind of music – but just now my answer is no. But never say never…

Suiciderock: What kind of advice would you give to a young band or a young musician?
Kari: Work hard, use time for thinking, don’t be a copycat – and work hard.

Suiciderock: Famous last words?
Kari: Be patient. Everything is taking more time than you can believe. But rock’n’roll is here to stay – so it will be here next week too…

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