Thanks to Kristin from
Interview with Antti
Ė Berlin 23.09.07
In cooperation with
Finally we got it Ė we ( Antti, Caro, Joshua and me ) are sitting in Berlin
in Day Elevenís room. A pretty happy Jonne is passing - while singing - our door
and our sympatical chat partner with these unmistakably shining-red dreads is
also everything else as a child of sadness. After a couple of photos and
autographs of and with Antti for our apparently untenable excited Young Ė Fan
Joshua 9 years!
We are starting our interview:
Kristin: Hei Antti, I am Kristin and you already know Joshua and Caro.
K.: Ok ... at first I want you to fill in these sheet of paper.
A.: Yeah, ok .
K.: Here you can find your band memberís names including yours and
you shell try to describe each one with two words which fit.
And in addition....šhmmm, well Ė you can read...for sure you can! (laughter)
A.: Oh, puh ... thatís hard !
Then Antti draws - as desired - a self portrait and he tries to do it as good
as he can especially as he concerned at his hair.
Finally he comments the whole thing with:
A.: ńhmmm, yeah ... as you can see I am a very bad drawer. ( laughter )
Now he sets his signature under his masterpiece
and thatís the starting signal for the actual questions.
K.: Ok, letís
start... Tonight is your last gig here in Germany on this tour.
How has it been so far?
A.: Itís been really great...itís always nice to come back here. Itís getting
more and more...I mean itís great to see that more and more people are coming to
see our shows. You know, we had some gigs here now and I personally feel like
this would be the first one...we will fly back to Finland tomorrow and I would
like to stay longer for touring here Ė one month or something like that.
Our shows were really good Ė yes, everything has been great!
K.: You have been in many citys here now Ė do you have one city
you like the most?
A.: ńhmm, we donít have much freetime to go out to see the citys. Everywhere we
go we wake up in the bus and then we have meet&greets and interviews and things
like that and then comes the sound-check and after that sometimes even more
interviews and after the show we have to go straight back to the bus, because we
are living there at the moment and have to drive to the next city. So itís
always the same again and again and thatís why we donít have so much time. But
when I have a bad day I try to go out to some nice place. But anyway Ė itís
great to be here in Berlin or also in Bochum Ė that has been always very good Ė
the audience was always great and really loud and so on. And also Leipzig,
but on this tour itís not on the plan and I donít know why.
Caro: But yesterday was very good too.
A.: Yes, thatís true.
K.: You were talking about living in the bus Ė I can imagine, that this not
always part of the ďRock n Roll Ė DreamĒ this driving from city to city and from
gig to gig.
What are the positive and the negative sides of touring?
A.: I personally really like that we are living in the bus. You can relax there
after the shows or have fun and if you are tired you can go upstairs to sleep.
Itís more uncomplicated as in a hotel. So for me there are no real negative
sides. Well, maybe except the situation when you want to sleep cause you are
really tired and you canít get any even if you wanted Ė that sucks but thatís
not so often.
K.: How is it after a gig Ė are you guys talking about how it has been and are
your opinions always the same or are they in the opposite always different so
that for example you say that it has been great and Jay says that you guys
A.: Oh, thatís funny because normally itís so that the band says it has been
great and our crew says later that we really sucked and also otherway around. (
laughter) Thatís funny when you personally felt totally different. Yeah, I donít
know why itís always like that. But between the band members the opinions are
actually always the same. However Ė it can happen that I think that it has been
really good but Jay doesnít because everybody hears the sound different through
K.: Ok, what is the first thing you do right after stage?
A.: I take my ear-monitors out and then I change my clothes cause I am sweating
a lot everytime and then I drink some beers while we are talking about
the gig Ė about what happened and how it has been.
And we try to come down but that takes a long time.
K.: Yes, I can imagine.
A.: You know , after a show there is so much adrenalin in your blood that if you
try for example to read a book you will see that this is just impossible.
Itís hard to describe but thatís how it is.
K.: Do you personally go to visit a lot of concerts in your freetime?
For example I remember that I have seen you in Tampere at this Tammerfest
at the Apulanta Ė concert at ďpakkahuoneĒ.
A.: Oh yes, when we are in Tampere and there are playing bands
we like, we usually go there.
Many of my friends are plaiing in a band and I like to be with them at a
gig...itís really relaxing if you donít have to play and you can enjoy and have
just a good time. Itís like that with Uniklubi Ė a band in Finland.
K.: Yeah, I know . ( smile )
A.: Yeah, thatís fun .
K.: So, you are plaiing the bass guitar Ė what fascinates you about it?
What is the special thing for you?
A.: I try to train myself. One of my idols is Cliff Burton, Metallicaís first
bass player who died 1986 in Sweden. He used to take parts out of the classic
music and to integrate them to metal. That sound pretty good in my ears and I
that one day I will be such half as good as he has been.
K.: Yeah, I know what you mean.
A.: Yes, thatís my wish.
K.: Ok, unfortunately the time is over.
Thatís why I suggest that we are taking some pictures together now.
A.: Oh, yes , of course Ė sure !
K.: Itís so harm that we donít have more time Ė I had a lot more good questions.
A.: Yes, thatís really a short time. I am sorry for that.
Then we took
some pictures together and Antti was searching Christus for Joshua but
unfortunately he was sleeping in the bus but so he was looking for the other
band members and our Young Ė Fan had the chance to meet Jonne,
Jay and Larry for a short chat and more pictures and autographs.
And as we were already going Antti was calling :
A.: So, thank you very much!
K.: Yes, I thank you too and wish you and the guys a great remaining tour!
A.: DankeschŲn ( yes, he said it in german and it was so cute ) ...bye !
Thank you so much Antti for your effort and time
to answer our questions! What a sympatical man!
Also a lovely thank to all who made this interview possible!