Jonne Järvelä is the vocalist/guitarist of the Finnish band Korpiklaani. He has also released solo music under the name of “Jonne“. Here are TEN QUESTIONS to Jonne Järvelä!
What made you want to become a musician?
I knew it already when I was a kid, that I will be musician. It’s been my driving force through my life. Maybe it was because of my first heroes Hurriganes and their “Roadrunner” album or maybe I just born to this.
Turning point to became metal musician was 1984 and Iron Maiden “Powerslave”, Motörhead “No Remorse”, Kiss “Animalize” and the First W.A.S.P. Album and all those videos from those albums, which I watch almost everyday, Aces High, Killed By Death, Heaven’s On Fire and I Wanna Be Somebody. Then I kreally knew what I wanna be!
How would you describe your music?
It is very typical folk metal but when most of the others are doing it more or less like black metal vibe we are more like traditional heavy music with authentic folk instruments, which are playing all the time even on the bigger role than electric guitar. All solos for example from us are from the folk instruments because we are thinking, that if every other bands are doing guitar solos, we can do it different way. There are enough guitar solos and our accordionist Sami and fiddler Tuomas can beat those metal guitarists anyway. 😉
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
Fair deal for song writers and bands in streams and downloading. The industry is killing itself little by little when they are so greedy to get rip everything off from the ones who made the first- and the most important thing for the whole industry, the songs.
What is the saddest song you’ve ever heard?
Konsta Jylhä – Vaiennut viulu
What is your best music related memory?
If I let my own gigs and albums away then it is maybe hanging a little bit with Lemmy Kilmister at the Rainbow bar. There are so many ”the best” memories, so it is impossible to put the all in a row.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I’m too talented to have fun way too much and too long.
What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
I’m still learning as a musician all the time and I have a chance to work- and talk with better musicians all the time, so I’ve got many good advise. I’m not sure how good this is but at least I remember it well. Lemmy said to me ”Don’t do cocaine, do amphetamine instead if you have to”.
Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
The day when the first Korpiklaani album came out worldwide. I though soon I’d go to food store and buy what ever I want and don’t need to pick only the food with red price marks. Somehow I failed. I still buy the food with those red price marks (-30%)
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I don’t even dare to think…
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
More I travel around the world, more I like to live in Finland. It is nice to visit everywhere out of this country very often though.