Suiciderock: You have been around already quite a while, the band came together
in 1997? Please tell us a little bit about you?
Sure. The band was started while I was still playing drums for Lordi back in
1997. At this time the band’s name was still “So”. It was about one year ago
when I decided to make a solo album. Of course I needed some musicians to help
me with that and it turned out that the guys from “So” played most of the stuff
for this album. After this we decided to put that old band back together and
here we are as Stala & So. That’s how to shorten a long story *smiles*.
Suiciderock: However it stayed a little quiet around you
guys after the band was found in 1997 as other projects kept you busy. Did you
start the band just as a hobby back than?
the band wasn’t mend to be one of this side projects you have just to do
something else apart from your main band or whatever. This band is kind a like
my baby. You know in Lordi I was the drummer. I couldn’t really express myself
that much behind the drums. This is totally different with Stala & So. I’m
singing for this band and that makes it easier to express myself. Don’t get me
wrong here, it was nice to play with Lordi for 10 years but I felt that I
really need to do my own thing. It was some kind of now or never situation for
me. It has been a big dream for me to do this album and I finally was able to
do it. I could have done both projects but unfortunately the Lordi guys didn’t
agree with that.
No hard feelings with Lordi than?
Samsa: No, I don’t wanna waste my time with things like that. We are good. In
the end it’s only Rock`n Roll you know…
The beginning of this year started quite exciting for you. You took part in the
Finnish Eurovision Song contest where you made your way up to the finals
together with 9 other artists. How was that?
First of all I have to say that we didn’t really attempted to take part there.
A friend of mine heard one of our songs while I was mixing the album and he
said that I should this song to YLE who had this kind of open competition where
you could send your songs in. In the beginning I took this as a joke and I
really didn’t want to do it. But after a while I thought I should give it a go
just to see what happens. It was the very last day of this competition when I
sent the song. After I sent the song, which was not “Pamela” by the way, I read
the rules and conditions for the competition and I found out that every
composer is allowed to send two songs. I just had finished the mixing for
“Pamela” and so I decided to send also this song. It was like playing the
lottery. I was quite surprised when I got the call the we were in.
Is there are real “Pamela” out there for who you have written the song?
Haha, well there are many Pamela’s out there. That’s all I can say to that. It’s
some kind of thung in cheek song. People shouldn’t take it that serious.
Suiciderock: Stala, you already have Eurovision experience? To be more
specific, winning experiences? Did you feel like “been there, done that” or how
no not at all. It was a totally new experience for us. It was different than
back than when I was taking part with Lordi. Of course it is the same thing all
in all but it was great to experience that with this guys. We had lots of fun
So you are working as a producer next to your band career?
Samsa: Yeah exactly. I kind of help those young bands out. You know if you are
in the beginning stage you don’t have that much money to go to one of this big
studios out there. I produce there promos for a small amount of money. But
there are also some bigger artists as well. I also did something for Wellu
Rowaltz recently. I also sing some backing vocals for other bands. I’m fine as
long as I’m surrounded with music. That’s somehow all I need.
Your songs are a lot about women, so it is quite obvious what inspired you for
them. Any other source of inspiration than women?
there anything else than women you could write about? No, just kidding. I write
most of the songs. Sometimes Sami helps with that, for example our Eurovision
song “Pamela” has been co written with our guitar player, Sami. You see, again
a song about women… This album is a collection of songs. The oldest ones have
been written in the 90`s already and the newest tracks are from last year. I
would say it’s a collection of our best songs we have written during the years.
What can people expect from your life shows? You are a quite colourful band?
Samsa : We are kind of that funny band. We are
smiling all the time, having a party every time we are on stage. You have six
guys there on stage, looking funny and giving you a great show.
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