|1. What are you currently up
I've been working
with several cover-bands doing gigs in weddings, on a ferry, in bars and
in parties organized by different companies. You can say that it's been hell
of a summer for freelancer!
With Urban Tale we've been doing
pre-production for forthcoming album and I'm still lacking few lyrics and
have to record one more new song. In June we took part in NemelRock-festival
in Madrid and although one critic shot our two shows down it was a great
experience and we had a chance to meet people who liked our first
|2. Who were your
This is a tough
one.... it's hard to name just one... As a youngster I use to listen lots
of metal stuff, bands like Dio, Rush, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Sabbath, Thin
Lizzy, Queensryche, Metallica...even Slayer and Celtic Frost! Later on Marillion,
Genesis (Gabriel-era), King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Saga, Journey, David Sylvian,
Sting& The Police....great music, great singers.
|3. Which band would you like to
-75 Rainbow perform or "Foxtrot"-era Genesis....
|4. How hard is it to break into
the rock scene at the moment? Are some countries easier than others? The
UK is notoriously unsupportive of AOR/melodic rock acts.
I think that
it's hard and especially if you come from a country that has never been very
successful in rock music worldwide. I guess that it's still hard for
some people to even find Finland from the map!
Still, everybody has a chance
to try and some even can be lucky enough to get their "message" through a
wide audience. Melodic-rock scene is very small here so quite few know that
we even exist and have an album out...
|5. Have you managed to get any
radio airplay anywhere? Have you attempted to enter the US market at
We know that
some stations in Europe have played our stuff in special-shows but I'm sure
it's been quite seldom. Our album was released in U.S. but despite few e-mails
we know a little 'bout what's happened there.
|6. Are there any bands you would
love to tour with? What has been the highlight of your touring so
Would be nice
to tour with Marillion 'cause I'm the biggest fan. I think that the Gods-2001
festival was something I won't forget. Great crowd and very well organized
happening in general! I hope we get a chance to do it again
|7. Are any of the band involved
with other projects outside the band? In the current musical climate I notice
a lot of musicians keep a number of projects on the go at one time (eg Jim
I think that
q.no 1 gives you an answer to this...
|8.Who would you like to work with
in the future?
Would be nice
to work with people who would give 100% of their effort and belief for UT
to help us to win the barriers that stand between us and a wider
|9. What was the last thing you
Last book I
read was Anna Karenina by L.Tolstoy. Right now I'm starting the second book
from the novel called "Yksinvaltias" (best translation would probably be
"The Emperor") by Finnish writer T:Vaaskivi.
It takes place in ancient Rome
when Tiberius becomes the emperor of Rome. A great story if you're into Roman
history. This is already my second round...
|10. Message for your
I just want
to wish all the best to everybody and stay tuned for our next release! Details
and schedule will be updated ( I hope!) on our website www.urbantale.net.
Thanx for your support and rock on!!!