LOINEN Interview (24.10.2013)

Hi, Pekka! How’re you doin’, how’s the weather?

Pekka: Hey man weather is nice. It’s getting cold. I’m feeling fine just been 2 days at Super Massive festival. 

You've recently played in Kiev at Robustfest. What's your impressions of the city and the public?)

Pekka: Kiev City was nice. Much bigger than Helsinki where I live. Our driver Artem took us to touring in city which was really nice. Audience at festival was really nice. I did meet few Russians and few locals there and I did get to talk with other bands as well. Robust was cool it’s too bad that you can’t keep that place in future. But I hope festival continues forever! 

I know you had some troubles with flight, but still you arrived, and thank you for that. What has happened then and how you spent your spare time? =)

: Well, Loinen always has some trouble. We missed flight at Riga because of fog. Riga airport has not much activities so I think we drink few beers there only. Hahaha

How did you meet each other in the band? When did you discover sludge music fot you? And what the hell made you starting Loinen?)

: Well, I formed thrash metal band called Malicious Death in 2002 with other guys. GG joined to MD later and we came good friends. Later they had problems with guitarist and I joined Loinen for 1 gig but I’m still here. It's long gig for me. I still don’t know what sludge
is, even people keep calling us as sludge band. I just listen bands and songs I’m not into genres but I guess I like sludge because I’m in this band?

GG: I had early nineties recorded tape from my mate. That tape was Eyehategod "takes as needed for pain" album. That was big reason to start Loinen. 

What was the most extreme/worst place where you played?

: I don’t know. Usually Loinen makes things for them as extreme, not gig places. We actually don’t mind about the places if things work it’s cool for us.

Recentrly I've listened to your new album "Noiseferatum". I really liked it and I wonder, how did you manage to create such dark atmospheric sound, what inspired you?

: Life inspires me a lot. From inner pain and melancholy. Nature and sounds of city things around me inspires. I have few good things in my life and like to keep it that way.

What album/split was the hardest to make and why?

: In Loinen most hardest thing is to get things published. We are waiting for a split with Usko to come out and long play from Svart records. Some day some day some day everything goes well but never in Loinen.

How much it’s important for a band to release their albums today on CD’s, cassettes and vinyls?

: Well I think most of us want to release our stuff in Vinyl but then again there’s a people that don’t have vinyl players. Most important is that fans get their stuff so that they can listen to it.

The band’s age is more than 12 years already. And there’s a lot of a great job done. What most important moments in your history would you highlight?

: For me best highlight in this band was Robust festival. After all travelling to Ukraine and play in festival there and hang around with cool people there.

GG: Robust fest / the first sludge tour with Fleshpress, Stumm, Count Raven and Reverend Bizarre

How do you see yourself in, let's say, 10-15 years?

: Old and slow. I don’t see do we change a lot but plans for new songs has made and probably in 10 years lots of faced problems made us more personal band.

What’s your attitude to TV, I don't know how it in your country, but in my country it`is total shit, almost all programs make you stupid...

: You’re right. TV programs are boring here too. Movies, gigs, news and sports I like to watch sometimes but series are mostly crap.

Everyone wonders what has Loinen prepared for the next year? Any plans for 2014?

: Everyone? We can’t be that big haha. Hopefully more gigs to Europe! We are slow and can’t really so that far. It’s sometimes hard to plan things to next weekend. New album at least should be recorded then.

Do you remember how it all started? Your first metal CD/vinyl, maybe t-shirt?))

: I can’t remember how or why or when. I had lots of recorded tapes at home. Some of them now later I’ve collected on vinyl or cd. Early 80’s stuff mostly that’s when all started to me.

GG:  Iron Maiden "Killers" on tape and Motörhead "Ace of Spades!" on vinyl 

Every person dreams about something. What’s your dream?

: Funny question. Funny because I’ve been lately thinking of this and I can’t find anything that I’m dreaming of. I mean I don’t have things in that good shape so I could stop dreaming. I just don’t know what I want from life. I’ve lost a sparkle perhaps I should dream of dreaming.

Well, that’s all, thank you so much for this interview! We would like to hear some final words to us?

Pekka: Don’t let depression take you down. Don’t let life grind you down. There is shit everywhere and we can’t avoid that. Times like these just recharge your batteries and burst your anger in something creative! Life won’t get better if runaway.

GG: stay slow!!

Interview by Alex Bilous
Photos by Olga Kovalenko

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