Interview with Kimmo & Janne, 14.09.2007 Magdeburg/ Factory
(c) by Frances Amelie Sin™
This is you first time in Germany, how do you feel, what
do you expect??
Janne: I expect a lot of people we can play for. And it is the first
time we are doing a longer tour actually.
Kimmo: Well that will be cool, playing a lot of shows in a row, just
after getting a few shows it starts getting so much more fun.
It‘s like our second nature.
I don’t know but I think none of us had been in Germany
Janne: Yes we had been here, but just on personal stuff like holidays.
I was here interrailing.
I think there will be a lot of new experiences as a band for us now.
Did you proof if you can be
together for such a long time in a small space??
Janne: You know we are such very close friends for soo many years...
Kimmo: I went with Janne to the musical play school when we were four
years old, so we know each other for 23 years now, and all the other
guys, we play together for 10 years now, so I think it fits, we are
like brothers, sometimes we fight but we still go on!
Tell me some IMPORTANT things about Day Eleven!
Janne: Ok I always tell the people, that we are a band that first of
all based on friendship, we’ve grown up all together in the
we started to play guitar when we heard G’n‘R,
Nirvana and stuff like that, these bands from the beginning
the 90th are in the core of the band, but we try to take all influences
we can get. So we bring all the stuff together and I hope we sound
Kimmo: You know, this band wasn’t created to play some
kind of music, we always had been together, just started playing
together cause we had fun doing it. Maybe thats something that makes
our music honest! It’s like we have no choice but to do this,
because ist just the way of living for us.
We never go like „oh we have to sound like this or
that“, our music is just what comes out of us.
Janne: we are probably very open minded to music as a whole, I think
that‘s what is important.
Kimmo: Yeah we like to listen to every type of music, exept maybe for
hardcore trance (XD) or maybe that new american country music, that
sucks a bit.
How is the succsess of your second album Sleepwalkers in
Finland, it was released in march there.
Kimmo: Well yes, in march and in Germany actually today!!
Janne: Well the reviews have been positive so far.
Kimmo: Yeah in Finland it is special you know, the succsess with the
critics and then the commercial sucks, but at least we have the critics
on our side, well it doesn’t mean much in the end but we are
Janne: Well the album made it possible to come to places we
haven’t reached before, you know without that album we
wouldn’t be sitting here. We are going forward,
Kimmo: Yeah like we are talking to you here today, the album is
released here today, so it’s good for us, small steps but we
Will you release a single too in Germany??
Kimmo: Nope, just for Radio not for commercial.
What is the inspiration for your songs??
Janne: Well our lyrics are mostly about our life, and of course some
stuff we are thinking about!
Kimmo: For me it is the hangover... I can write good lyrics then. You
know our music is like, play sth. and sing sth., we are not thinking
about it so much.
Just usually do our best parts , ist always something I feel in that
How do you work in the studio to sound original on the
Janne: You know the first album was recordet over a hell of a long
time, we were in studio for one year, it was fun to do that.
Kimmo: We produced it ourselves...
Janne: It was good for us to do that, it was some experience for us,
you know you have to watch every aspect of recording by yourself and
for Sleepwalkers we were in studio for like 6 or 7 weeks, we recorded
it and mixed it, it was a very quick and easy album for us to do.
I don’t know if we have a formular for that.
Kimmo: You have to learn bit by bit and you have to learn letting
things go on and not to go crazy everytime something goes a different
way you expected it. I expect the next album to be even more easier,
especially the recording is going to be easier.
Janne: The experience comes by not worring about it so much. Maybe we
just learned to rock.
Kimmo: You have to learn not to give a f**** about anything, just
letting it come out of you and not thinking every moment: „is
this good??“ Make sure you feel good on what you are doing!
Are you working on new songs?
Janne: We have a few new songs, at the moment, but we haven’t
gone practicing them. I hope we will have a new album out in about one
Kimmo: It is all about having about 9, 10 really great songs, we just
have to wait until we have those songs.
What are your future plans except of this?
Kimmo: I honestly haven’t thought about it!!
What about touring other european countrys, like the
festival in Italy you did, thought about that?
Janne: Yeah for sure.
Kimmo: If someone will have us, we will come, definitley.
So how do you came together with NGT for this tour?
Janne: We know them for longer, we are of course at the same record
lable and you know, we know the guys from living in the same town, as
well. The same bars, same studios, same friends, it is pretty naturally.
What are you doing preferred in your free time when you
want to get the music- business out of your head ?
Kimmo: I like jogging, really, I like it!
Janne: I had played some football (soccer) in summer, very crappy, but
it is a lot of fun.
Kimmo: Yeah they have this team with guys from Negative and Bloodpit
and Uniklubi... all these guys are playing soccer.
Janne: and probably talking about the music meanwhile...
..and drinking alot of beer...
Janne: Yeah for sure!
What do you like most at your job as a musician??
Janne: The best is the freedom. Freedom of being wherever you want to
You don’t have to kiss asses in this business, or you can do
but it is not nessesary to reach the places we want to be.
Kimmo: One part of it is meeting nice people and spending time with
very good friends. And then it is my personal thing, you get these
insane „Highs“ like the first time we finished a
the studio, it felt like I am the f***** coolest guy alive. It goes
away of course but this part of the job is very very good.
Can you imagine to do anything else??
Kimmo: Yeah for sure, sometimes you have to... well I don’t
Janne: Shoving shit g...
Kimmo: Music is not the only thing in life, we only do this because we
get the chance.
Did you do something else??
Janne: I started to do university for two or three years, it really
didn’t worked because music became more and more important in
life, so I dropped it. So here I am, and I had been happy ever since.
Some good advice for your fans at last!
Kimmo: Have a couple of beers and remember to love your life.
Thank you guys!
Thanks to Nessy for filming this!
Pictures of Day Eleven are in the gallery!!