First of all I have to admit that it is really hard to find anything about you
on the net right now. What happened to your homepage?
true. It was about four years ago when we found ourselves without a management.
That was the time when we realised how important it is that we are still
together as a band. This is much more important than having a great homepage or
record deal or whatever. We are doing this down to earth kind a thing right
now. Even if that means that we are playing in smaller venues and clubs than we
used to play. Thatís also why our homepage went down. But luckily people still
know about us and our fans are more than important to us. Of course, we will
work on that homepage thing as you apparently really need that as a band
nowadays. Especially when it comes to tour dates or people who are interviewing
you. It makes it a lot more easier also for our fans out there. But as I said,
at the moment it is more important for us to play gigs.
You are from Argentina. I read that the reason why you moved to Finland was a
woman. Is that true? Or is there some other explanation behind your moving?
Eduardo: No, no not
really. That was just some kind of a joke. My father is from Argentina. When I
moved to Finland I wanted to see where this is taking me. I didnít speak any
Finnish by that time which didnít make the whole thing any easier. My mother
language is still Spanish. But I got along and I started to form a band. A band
like this wouldnít have gotten any chance in Argentina. The people here are
playing for the love to music and it is a pretty original thing for them. While
this isnít absolutely the case in South America. The people there have to think
about making their living first. They first have to survive. If you decide to
make a living out of music you have to make commercial music to succeed. Here
in Finland you have this freedom to do what you want when it comes to the
musical site. There are a lot of great talented underground bands which I like.
Thatís great about this country.
Suiciderock: How did you end up with the band than? I mean you are playing with
them at least around 20 years from now...
Eduardo: I havenít
been a singer when I came to Finland. I was just another drunk guy who liked to
go to a lot of shows. There was this singer from Argentina who came to visit me
back in the days and I had to help him with some translating stuff as he was
planning to put a band together which never happened. He gave me some contacts
and in the end I met all this musicians at some jam session and they asked me
if I wanted to sing for them. I told them that I could stick around until they
have found a new and better singer for the band. That was 20 years ago soÖ
Thatís quite a bit of time. Would you say that you are a real Fin now?
Eduardo: Iím a quite
critical person. Iím said to be a difficult person and it is not easy to handle
me. This all just because I try to be as professional as you can be. That takes
a lot from yourself. Iím a perfectionist, when I do something I try to get 100
% out of it. Sometimes I still feel like an outsider of this Finnish society.
But this comes a long with my profession. Sometimes the people here donít
understand that you are a human being even if you are a Rock`n Roller. But Iím
very capable of doing other things than that as well if I want to. Rock`n Roll
is a very important part of my life but it is not what life is all about.
If we are talking about perfectionism, are you satisfied with what you achieved
during your career?
Of course Iím satisfied with my life, Iím satisfied with the music I make and Iím
very proud and happy about what I achieved musical wise. It is a magical thing.
We have a lot of different cultural influences and we made it work. We also get
to see that this works out not only for us but also for the people out there as
they buy our records and come to our shows. That is a very good achievement for
any musician on this planet.
Many bands have this great expectations when they start their career. What
about you? Did you dream about that kind of success?
Eduardo: No, I didnít
have any kind of expectations when we began this. I just wanted to experience
and play music at the very beginning. There is missing something, some spark if
you look at the young bands nowadays. I mean Finland has a lot of excellent
music schools and they really pay attention to musical education but there is
something you canīt learn in this institutions at least in my opinion. I have
met musicians from schools like that they were afraid that they are not good
enough when they stood on stage. Even if they where one of the most talented
people in this country. I havenít been a real musician when I started with the
band. My main point was always the show aspect. Little by little I started how
to sing. I didnít take any lessons but I just sang and sang and it got better
after the years. Learning by doing. You learn anyway, the hard way or the
difficult way but you do learn something.
If you look back on this 20 years of your career how does it feel?
Eduardo: Once you
are on the top all goes so fast. You just notice when all is over. I personally
think that you are not able to enjoy this success or this time around because all
rushes by so fast. You remember that you had a good time but during that time
you hardly have the possibility to hold on and enjoy what you are living and
experiencing at the very moment. This 20 years havenít been like walking on
roses. You are paying the price for this kind of living.
You said that there are a lot of Bands out there who seem to play Rock`n Roll
but most of them would forget to roll. What do you mean by that?
Eduardo: Rock`n Roll
is based a lot on image. You need that image because it helps you to sell
all your stuff. But thatís not really what it is when it comes to us. When you
come to see one of our shows you get to see what we really are and what we
feel. For me music should be more than just an image, it is a physical thing
and I experience it with all my body and soul.
What would you say has changed when you compare the situation nowadays and back
than when you started to the band?
Eduardo: This whole
industry has totally changed letís say about ten years ago. Iím 43 years old
now and I have been around for 20 years and so have the guys in our band. It is
a tough business. The management and the whole record industry try to squeeze
you dry and they are taking all of your energy, this goes so far until a band
breaks up because they get so frustrated about all this and they are burning
out. I got frustrated about that myself. Thatís why I said that Iím not gonna
sell myself to this industry. I didnít want to sacrifice myself anymore. So we
stopped that and we had to organise
ourselves again. We try to keep the dream alive. That is the most important
thing. But we didnít want to make it for the sake of fame anymore. We are very
happy if people come to see our shows and have a good time with us.
So you can live without that hype very wellÖ
Eduardo: It makes me
more than happy how life is right now. But I think that both sides are an
extreme. If you want to last in the music business you have to compromise and
you have to do that a lot all the time. I think as an artist you should also be
part of the decisions around the band. Of course you cant take care of
everything on your own and you need a manager or whoever to help you with that
because you need time to concentrate on your own music as well but it is always
good to know what is going on behind all this. But yes, Iím very happy with our
Everybody is waiting for an new album of you guys. Are you working on that? Is
there anything to expect in the near future?
Eduardo: Yeah, if all goes well than the new album will be
ready and out one year from now. So you can start counting. I know that I have
said that a couple of times when it comes to an new album but this time I
really mean it. There is something to be expected from us for next year.
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