Wintersun Interview - Wacken Open Air Festival 2006 by Natali
NATALI: For those who don't know Jari-mastermind of band called Wintersun was ex singer in Finnish band Ensiferum.What caused your leaving from Ensiferum?
JARI: Well..I've already had my band Wintersun in time when I've been part of Ensiferum, and I had to go on tour with Wintersun when guys from Ensiferum started with reharsal for new album,so..That was one of the reasons.I had to choose in which band I'll stay!
NATALI: How did you found the rest of the band?
JARI: Actualy I've sent an e-mail to Kai if he would like to play with me in our own band. First album of Wintersun was made by two of us!Then in Corner bar we found Jukka,and Teemu I found via applications on internet,when we've been searching for new guitar player.He was the best one..
NATALI: Why name Wintersun?
JARI: Winter describes atmosphere of our music and Sun describes it's place in Universe. I feel that there's a lil bit Spacy mood in our music..I like Space!It inspires me.
NATALI: When you've been searching for new guitarist,you choosed Teemu to join Wintersun crew.Once you stated that he playes guitar even better than you! Are you really so satisfied with skills of your band-mates?
JARI: I was just joking!(laughing) No,really I think that he's good guitar player and I'm happy that I've choosed him to join Wintersun. But I must say that he's definetly better then I was in his age when it comes to guitar skills!
NATALI: It's interesting that you've been searching only Finnish musicians as your new band-mate!?!
JARI: It wasn't like...That guy must be from Finland...But having Finnish guy in band is much easier option, cause we speak the same language,and then...It's about chemistry and understanding.So,of course it's much easier to do with guy which lives in your area,and also when it comes to rehearsal it's a helping fact.
NATALI: Begining for Wintersun wasn't so easy.How did you managed yourself record label,live performances,etc.?
JARI: It was really hard at first.We needed to play live as much as possible,and we've been doing many rehearsals to get better,and we knew that we choosed that «life» and...Somehow we got here!(smiling)
NATALI: After well received 1st album, you're preparing new album called «Time».
What can we expect from new material?
JARI: MASSIVE SHIT!(we all laugh)Songs are like epic,more longer and...dunno...But we love it! Maybe it's gonna be massive great shit!(we all laugh again)
NATALI: What inspired you the most during making of new material?
JARI: I'm just writing all the time music,and I have plenty of written songs...
So there are different influences,so I can't right say where does inspiration comes for that or that song.
NATALI: After all ups and downs, W.O.A. is for sure one of your ups! How did you felt playing on one of the biggiest rock&metal fests in Europe?
JARI: Fuckin' great! We expected like 20 people standing in the 1st row...
NATALI: But I saw hell lot of people on your gig! Crowd was crazy!
JARI: Yes,it's really cool!I couldn't belive! The thing is that we came on airport 2-3 hours before gig,and we came to festival ground right before gig,so..We just went on the stage and played!
NATALI: What would you say that is more special for you: festivals or club gigs?
JARI: It depends! Today it was real chaos, reaction of crowd was great...
But club gigs are much easier to do then festivals.
NATALI: Do you like to hear that people are comparing Wintersun with bands such as Amorphis and Children of Bodom?
JARI: Well, yea! I'm not big fan of Bodom music,but I like older work from Amorphis,so it's good to be compared with them.
NATALI: Message for fans in Croatia!?
JARI: Thanks for support and buy our fucking albums!(we laugh). See you in Croatia, Zagreb in November.
NATALI: Thank you Jari on this interview!
JARI: Thank you!
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