Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Antipope: Mikko Myllykangas (lead vocals, guitar), Antti J. Karjalainen (guitar, backing vocals), Joni Tauriainen (bass guitar, backing vocals), Tuska E. (drums)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Mikko: That’s not an easy question to start with. Well, Antipope is definitely a metal band, for sure. The band was born in 2004 when I wanted to bring together two of my favorite styles of music: traditional medolic heavy metal and black metal. Since then we have had our excursions to different styles, but over the past couple of albums, I think we have leaned more and more on those primordial influences, which are for me 1980s heavy metal and 1990s black metal. And there’s a healthy doze of progessive rock and metal here and there, too.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
[Please see the answer to the 1st question!!!!]
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Mikko: Like I said, music has always been a way to express myself, more than anything, to myself, a sort of means of self-discovery. That’s the goal, first and foremost. But to perform in front of an audience and to share that energy is also something that makes being a musician a real treat. I think what you can experience during a show when the audience is fully engaged with what you do is something that one just cannot experience anywhere else in life.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Joni: We do the contacting of local bars ourself and try to book a date that suits us and them. Usually with emails, sometimes calling them directly and rarely by visiting the bar and talking to them directly. Promotions usually happen via social media and from mouth-to-mouth.
We currently have several shows coming up next year, so it’s going to be a busy spring and summer.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Band/Artist location – Finland
Facebook – You Tube – Soundcloud – Bandcamp – Merch –
Twitter – Instagram – Apple – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer – Weebly – Last Fm
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