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Scarlet (Fin) – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Vesku: We enjoy playing together and we have strong bond with each other. In the live situation Scarlet can be described as fragile, full of strong emotions and raw power. We want to be loyal to our own sound and the “CIRCLE OF BONES”-album has been created with deep passion.

Wellu: We’re stubborn guys from the woods. We don’t care that much what other people think of our music, we do this mostly for ourselves. It’s a bit hard to explain. We just need to get those melodies out of our system. If U have watched the documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd, that’s what I’m talking about. They didn’t care either, they just wanted to make good sounding music and be in a band together.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

Wellu: All our gang is from the same little town in the eastern parts of Finland. So we got to know each other quite young. Our first band started in 1997 and Scarlet was founded in 1999. I think much of our sound comes from starting to play in the 90’s. We had to practice together, there weren’t any cloud services or anything, you needed to go to your rehearsal place and play with your band.

 

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?

Wellu: For us Grunge is a state of mind. Pretty much all our music comes from that mindset. In this age of plastic bands are singing how much money they have, we like to tell stories from the darker side of life.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Wellu: We want to get better as songwriters. That’s our ultimate goal. To make catchier tunes with lyrics people can relate to. Our producer Mr Kippo already has a plan that our next album will be a classic. Let’s see if we can do it! We’ll try our best to achieve that…

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

Wellu: Getting our debut album out on vinyl and cassette! That’s the biggest thing for me. I really dig that analog sound engineered by Anssi Kippo.

Härri: Personally i’m proud that we decided to make our first album in the so-called old school style (and there is no turning back), without any of that digital and fake shit. And everyone can hear that heavenly analog sound since the first note! Huge thanks to Mr. Anssi Kippo & Astia-studio to beat the best out of us!

 

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?

Wellu: Well, if you want my honest opinion I would say home studios and rock music don’t go that well together. Actually I think that the downfall of rock music might be something to do with home studios. They’re totally ok if you’re making a demo or want to test stuff, but if you want to sound good you need to book a proper studio and a good sound engineer. For me, a band’s unique sound is pretty much everything. It needs to breathe, u need to feel what emotions the players have gone through when recording the songs. I don’t get pretty much any feelings from these digital home recordings. They usually just sound cheap and not that unique. We’ve been lucky enough to get a record deal and the promotion help that comes with it. Our songs have been played pretty much all around the globe by now and we’re really grateful for that and want to thank every single radio station and journalist who has helped our band: Thank you!

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

Wellu: Well, the Covid hit the venues pretty bad here in Finland and it’s really hard to get gigs at the moment. We’ve done few to promote the album but would love to do more. Thing is that in our country there’s so many good bands but only few venues to play.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Härri: They are good platforms to present your own music, but if you really want to support the bands, go buy the artist’s album and see the gigs. Live show is a place where the real thing happens.

Wellu: Sites like bandcamp are ok, the artist gets at least something from physical & digital sales. They are a good way to explore new music with a pretty decent sound quality. Streaming sites like Spotify are the other side. Bad sound quality, too much content so it’s really hard to get any recognition. Pretty much zero money coming in unless you’re a megastar with a big label behind you. Personally I don’t use ‘em, I like to enjoy my music from vinyls and tapes.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Wellu: I’ve always digged that Soundgarden covered John Lennon’s “Two minute of silence” in their debut album “Ultramega OK”. Something completely different, I like that. And they shortened the song to “One minute of silence”, sort of a heavy metal version…

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

Wellu: Oh boy, this is the hard one… I’ve worked almost two decades in Finnish music scene doing various jobs. Last five years haven’t been that active anymore. Things have changed a lot during these years. Almost all semi-pro labels are gone, only a few big and loads of micro ones are left. There’s only a few media houses left here, so the promotion side is full of challenges. Funny thing is that we Finns are best known for our rock and metal stuff around the globe, but the players don’t get much recognition here in our homeland. It’s not what’s “in” at the moment. Covid hit the industry hard and many clubs closed their doors. Not the best of times to be in a band. Everything is pretty much DIY. But personally I try to focus on our music. That’s pretty much the only thing that matters. I still believe in making good songs.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

Wellu: Right now we’re having a short break, getting the album released was quite an exhausting experience. After that we’ll start focusing on the next album, we have a lot of material already planned for it.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

https://www.facebook.com/cocktailbandfromhell

https://www.instagram.com/cocktailbandfromhell

https://cocktailbandfromhell.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGZEpxZCO3Rky1mn-BtJxcQ

Scarlet links:
Band/Artist location – Helsinki/Finland
Facebook – You Tube – Bandcamp – Merch – 
Instagram – Apple – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer
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