Entwine: Interview with
Mika in Hamburg 23.05.2007 @ Logo
Nice to have you
Germany, how do you came together with these bands (DSI
& JoE) for a tour??
Well we heard about it, but I don’t have any
for this tour cause I hardly know the bands. I only listened a couple
of songs from myspace. It’s all that I know, it‘s
electronic rock hardcore stuff but it’s good!
not with you at
the moment, for this tour, so Janne from Uniklubi joins you, how do you
know Janne, why is it him?? ?
I know him cause last summer I was partying with him at some
festivals and when I heard that Jaani has things to to at the same time
we are touring it was clear that we need to replace him and I felt that
Janne is the best to do it and I called him and he said yes.
Your last album
Design was released in 2006, are you working on new songs again??
Mika: We are going
to start making new songs at the end of
summer (07) cause we don’t have the time before. Our band is
splitted all over Finland, the guys live in different towns. And I am
still working a lot with the other bands, I am producing them. It is
hard to find the time to get together! But hopefully after the summer
we will have the time and start to work on that stuff!!
The album sounds
others before, specially if you compare Gone and Fatal Design, do you
planned this change or was it just a developement ?
Mika: It was a
developement. An evolution of the band, we
thought like: let’s do it different next time. We
what feels good to us. For me it is very boring to make the same stuff
over years. Cause the world is changing and we are going with the flow
and do the things that feel good in this time and don’t plan
be harder on the next album. It happens to us, lots of unexpected
things. For me as a musician it is very good to have the possibility to
change the way you feel like.
What means the
the live sound of the band, you did not replaced her as I know.
Don’t you miss the keys on stage??
Mika: Well we have
the keys, but they come from the hard
–drive, of course it is different, we have more space on
it is pretty hard for me with the in- ear- system, it is totally
different when the keyboard is on stage, It‘s a technical
that had changed and thats kinda hard sometimes. And of coures she was
with us for many years, sometimes I think that there‘s
Can you remember
first concert in Germany ever?? How did you feel??
Mika: It was in
Hamburg 2002 I think, with Theatre Of
And of course we were really exited, it was the first tour for us in
Europe and we felt like some rookies in a strange world. But it was a
great tour I have to say, we have been totally exhausted when we get
back home, but I think that is what it’s all about.
You play next
at the WGT and then
go on with this Tour, what will come after it?? Do you have plans for
the rest of the year??
Mika: Well we play
some festivals in Finland and then I
make a new ShamRain record, I have a lot of things to do ;) Too much
and not enough time to do all the things I wanna do.
What is your
to do such music?? What was the trigger to start with it??
Mika: Very hard
question... when I was 15 I started it but
I really can’t say why and what leads me there.
a band you would
like to go on Tour with!! A band you support or to support
Black Sabbath! Well Impossible! Alice in
Chains ! Impossible! Nowadays I really don’t know, sorry!
How do you as a band
write the songs, is there a special order ?
Mika: Well when we
made Dieversity I went to the studio
checked out the songs a lot of times and sang there of course and
checked it over and over again and then the songs were ready, I took my
computer and my acoustic guitar and start to make the lyrics. For Fatal
Design we need four month to meet. But we wanna do it a little
different next time, cause it was really hard and I don’t
What ist your favourite
song of Entwine?
Mika: Too many, it
depends on my mood, right now... hmmm,
don’t know, all I think, they are all my children. (quotation
What kind of shows do you prefer,
club or stadion or festival?? And why?
Mika: The small
club tours are the best, cause on a big
there is no contact to the crowd. I like to get in touch with the
people when I am on stage.
Tell me about ShamRain.
Mika: It is moody
stuff, like The Cure vs. Twin Peaks.
(What the hell??!!)
you have a special order in your bands, wich is your number
Entwine is my priority, it’s number one for me!!
What do you miss the most
Mika: Finnish dark
bread, Sauna, Tap water!! O.o
Funniest thing that
happened on Tour??
Vanilla sticks!! 2002 in Sweden, and the
is, if Tom wants to tell you, ok, but thats kind of a secret, and if
you ever find it out from sonmewhere I buy you a beer!! It’s
(Ok Mika, next time we
meet I get a
beer, I know the whole story and I taped it on video as a proof, I can
show you!! ;D but don’t mind, I keep the secret save!)
What was the most weired
question you were ever asked in an Interview or by Fans?? Can you
No problem, I have one!
Wich Rockstar clichés do you live??
Mika: Nowadays I
play Playstation (laughs), no big partys
after shows, hard to say...I never thought in that way...
At last give a good
advise to your fans!!
Mika: (thinks very
long about it!) Never forget what you
(c) Frances Amelie
Thanks to Lynne, Mika
& Conny for making this