Please introduce yourself and the band
Sure, Iím Jarkka and Iím kind of the founder of the band. I will explain that
later on a bit better. Next to me we have our front man Tommi. He is our
singer. The other members are Jesse who is our other guitar player, Jussi is
responsible for the drums and further more we have Timo on bass. We are all
very different individuals, which adds the flavour to the whole package in my
When did you get together as a band? Tommi, you havenít been the singer from
the very beginning?
band had another singer at that time. But they decided to exchange the singer
and I joined the band in fall 2010.
all began when I started to write a bunch of songs. I wanted to combine those
elements. I just found it was worth to try to combine this dark guitar sounds
with Metal and Indie Rock parts and epic singing and such. After that we went
into the rehearsal place to work on the songs. The songs started to evolve as
many different people came to work with them. It is nice to see that evolution.
What can you tell us about the characters of your band mates?
Tommi: We have some quite heavy Metal guys in the band, Iím more the Pop Rock
kind of type. Our bass player also has a classical background. He can play the Cello for example.
Jarkka: Further more he sings in a choir as well but vice versa he also has
some psychedelic influences. You see there are very different style types and
sometimes it is hard to combine them. We have to be very careful for example
when it comes to the epic schema that Tommi brings into our band. If you are
not careful it can eat out the rest and the other way around, too. That is also
one of the reasons why we have spent so much time rehearsing our material
before playing some life gigs.
Tommi, why did you choose to sing for Sense of Silence?
reason why I choose to join them were the songs. I just loved the songs when I
heard them for the first time. They all have a nice melody.
There is actually a story how Tommi got into our band. He came to our
rehearsals and he was very good from the start. The only problem we had was
that he had so less experience. It was totally new for him. We had this other
good singer at the same time. She was a very experienced lady and so we just
thrown the coin. We choose the lady. We thought that would point us out on the
market as there were millions of male singers out there so we thought bringing
in a lady to our band would add a little extra aside from her good singing of
course. We worked with her and it went quite nicely but she decided to move
away so we had to look for someone else again. Than we got a gig more or less
by accident and therefore we were in need for a singer. So we remembered Tommi
and we asked him if he would help us out.
Did your music change when you got a new singer?
Yes, it was very interesting that the music changed with our new singer. It got
deeper and heavier. Maybe Tommi doesnít know that but he really is a singer for
heavy music. Tommi stands for energy and excitement. I like that more than
screaming and shouting. Itís no curse if you sing beautifully.
That was a nice surprise that you explained right away what your music is
about. Normally this is always some kind of hard question for the bands we are
interviewing and the best answer you can get out is that it is something Rock
or something MetalÖ
Music is what this whole band project is all about for us. We are concentrating
on the music first instead of making a plan to conquer the world right out of
our rehearsal place.
You are a part of the Hard Rock Rising competition and you made it into the
finals. They will take place next month at Helsinkiís new opened Hard Rock
cafť. What is the whole competition all about?
is an international competition by Hard Rock Cafť. In the international Finals
there will be bands from 85 international countries or something.
course, you have to qualify yourself as a band to get into that competition but
after you got into that it is not so much about the music anymore at least in
my opinion. You have to get your fans to vote for you. You have to get other
peoples interest as well so they have a reason to hit the like button on
facebook for example.
Did you do some special advertisement or what did you do to get the people to
vote for you?
Basically we just announced that we are in that competition and that people can
and should vote for us. Of course, we also mobilised all of our friends to push
the like button. But thatís actually all weíve done.
How do you prepare for such an event and is it more special for you than letís
say a normal life gig?
Jarkka: It is very important for us. I would say that there are the loudest
metal oriented bands playing together at this event. I think we just rehearse
well. Each band has 25 minutes to play. This makes it very hard to choose the
songs for that evening as you have that limited amount of time. We have some
kind of strategy for that event. It will be a surprise which I canít tell right
now. But people will see when they come to the gig.
Tommi: I think we gonna play something like five or six songs out of our 25
songs that we have. We havenít decided on those songs yet but we will discuss
that within the next week. Luckily there are still a couple of weeks left until
the event takes place.
You have been compared to bands like Avenged Sevenfold or Dream Theatre. Would
you agree with that? Can you find something from this bands in your own music?
to some extend yes. This is how we sounded when we started. We have moved into
another direction nowadays. But the elements are still there. It is really hard
to actually put on map where we really are right now. But I would agree that
the elements the Dream Theatres original progressive metal represents are
there. Also the songs which you can currently hear on the internet are older
material that might sound a bit like that but we play the new ones on our gigs
and they are different. The newer songs might be a bit more fast and a bit more
aggressive and I would say in that respect the elements of this style are
there. Iím really not sure when it comes Avenged Sevenfold. But one band I
personally would say that we are close to musical wise might be Alter Bridge.
They have the same kind of elements like we do.
You had to undergo a break that lasted for about a year? What happened?
was really unhappy for us. Our drummer had some surgery on his hand so he wasnít
able to play for a long time. We couldnít play between January and August last
How did that sickness of your drummer effect the band?
Jarkka: Well, we did our thingsÖ We didnít want to break the band just because
someone got sick. We really didnít want to replace our drummer, because this
band is more like a team. Everybody of us does have other projects next to that
band as well. So we concentrated on them during the time our drummer was unable
to play. I for example work with another project outside the Metal Music.
Luckily Jussis hand is ok again and we can fully concentrate on Sense of
So now you are ready to show your material to the outside world?
Jarkka: We definately are. It makes no sense if you keep the songs to yourself
all the time our if you just rehearse them somewhere. Of course, you want to get
some feedback or see how they turn out when you play them life. That will also
change the music again. We are really looking forward to that.
for me. Iím really looking forward to the life gigs. Iím playing in another
band as well. It is more like a cover project but we are playing life and I
really enjoy performing on stage.
What expects people when they come to your shows?
That is a tricky one. I might need a moment to answer that. I hope that the
people who come to our shows can relate to the songs and to our music. I hope
that they can value the music.
Are you nervous to present your material now after hiding it so long to
Tommi: Not really. I might have been a little nervous before our first gig a
couple of days ago but than it got better very quickly.
only thing to be nervous about is maybe the reaction of the people. I mean how
they will accept our material and if they are really get what we want to
express. We try to deliver energy and relaxation but we donít have any specials
when it comes to our show at least no special performance. We donít eat living
chickens, we wonít break any guitars or whatever and we try to avoid any kind
of known clichťs.
The song ďTrue LoveĒ was inspired by Philip Ridley who wrote the cult movie ď
The Reflecting SkinĒ. How exactly did
the movie inspire you for the song?
Jarkka: We want all of our songs to have some kind of message or at least there
should be some meaning in them. The movie had a huge impact on me when it came
out. It has that kind of contradiction of being very fragile and at the same
time controlling and not caring. Innocence can be Hell is a line of that song
and that particular line is a very important part for the song. Of course, the
song is about love as well but at the same time you have to read between the
lines. That makes it so special and the movie was a great inspiration for me
when it comes to that song.
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