Janne Siekkinen of Morian interviewed for Suiciderock.com
Suiciderock: Could you tell us a bit more about your band? When was it formed? Who came up with the idea? And where did you get to know each other?
Janne: Morian was found by our guitarist, Sami, in 2002. Though all the members lived in Jyväskylä when the band was formed, there are actually four members in our current line-up that are originally from a small town called Pihtipudas. The old schoolmates met each other again in Jyväskylä and ended up in the same band. What goes around comes around, it seems!
Suiciderock: Did you start just for fun or was your intention to get something serious out of this band?
Janne: Well, I personally wasn't in the original line up, but I have the impression that when Sami founded Morian he was dead serious. There were some line-up changes, though, and currently we have this great line-up where everyone is both dead serious and having a great time! When it comes to music we don't make compromises, but we never forget to have some fun together and drink ourselves silly...
Suiciderock: Does your bandname have a special meaning for you and what is the story behind your band name?
Janne: The name itself doesn't have any particular meaning, nor does it have any story behind it; it was chosen because it's short, hitting and easy to remember. In addition to that, you can pronounce "Morian" easily in many languages… but as I said, it doesn't really mean anything. We're so boring!
Suiciderock: Every band has his own music heroes. Who are your heroes and which band/singer do you want to make a song with?
Janne: It's hard to name any individual bands or artists, but our musical influences are numerous: the members of Morian have played before in various band, the styles ranging from black metal, pop-rock, grunge – and even blues and techno! But who would I want to write a song with? Damn, I'm so self-centered that no one comes to mind...perhaps writing a song with Dream Theater would be fun. I'd like to see the looks on the Morian guys' faces when I would play them the demo tape. "Come on Sami, play like John Petrucci!"
Suiciderock: Please be that kind and tell us how you made the decision to become a musician?
Janne: Well, for me it has never really been a decision. I have lived with music as long as I can remember, singing, listening and writing...I guess you could say that I didn't choose music – it chose me. Ever since my first band performances in my teenage years, I have been sure that this is the reason I am here: writing songs and singing them to people. There is no better feeling than knowing that you've managed to touch someone with your music.
Suiciderock: What is your first musical memory?
Janne: I had just learned to talk (and sing); I was somewhere between one and two years old. We had an old cassette deck recorder with a microphone, and with my mother's help I recorded my first songs. (Not my own yet, though, just some nursery rhymes! He he!)
Suiciderock: Who is responsible for the songwriting and where do you take your inspiration from?
Janne: Basically they are created very much together. Someone brings an idea of the song, a riff, verse and/or chorus, and the song is composed together, each musician bringing in their own instruments and arranging ideas. Usually after this, when the song is already pretty well-constructed, I put the cherry on top by writing the vocal melodies and lyrics.
Suiciderock: You just have been in the studio. Could you tell us what came out of it and how your time has been there?
Janne: Well, everyone is pleased with the result. Naturally, looking back there are always things that could have been done better, but that's only natural. We all feel that „Sentinels Of The Sun" turned out as a rock solid album and judging by the reviews, it seems that other people feel that way, too!
Suiciderock: What can people expect from your live shows?
Janne: Lots of energy, sweat, raunchy riffs and some serious headbanging. We're on stage giving it all and we hope that the audience will do the same!
Suiciderock: While talking about live shows. What was your best and your worst show so far?
Janne: Hard to say! All shows are unique and my opinion is that you have to give your best performance whether there are 100 or 10 000 people out there. You just have to have fun on the stage and hope that the audience enjoys, too. Luckily we haven't had any major technical problems yet on the gigs, because they can easily wreck a good gig. Hope that we won't have them in the future, either! *Knocks on wood*
Suiciderock: What was the most embarassing moment in your young music career?
Janne: You can't be embarassed in music business and especially if you are in this monkey bunch that's called Morian! If your pants fall on stage (and this has happened), you just have to make it part of the show and learn to laugh at yourself. It's not that serious – we're rockers, not politicians.