Kasperi Heikkinen is a Finnish guitarist who currently plays in Beast In Black and Merging Flare. He has also been in bands like Amberian Dawn, U.D.O. and has also done some live shows with Gamma Ray. Here is “Ten Questions” by Kasperi Heikkinen!
What made you want to become a musician?
Seeing AC/DC Live At Donington live video in the early 90’s. I had listened to AC/DC for a while already by that time but seeing their amazing live performance was the defining moment and there was no turning back after that.
How would you describe your music?
Melodic old school heavy metal with high level of musicianship.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
Bringing back physical format as the only way of distributing and consuming (not a fan of the verb “consume” in this context but in lack of a better one it will have to do for now) music. Cutting out all the crooked profiteers from the business and making musicians as the primary beneficiaries again.
What is the saddest song you’ve ever heard?
Nothing’s The Same by Gary Moore.
What is your best music related memory?
A person deeply touched and moved to tears after hearing a song I had written.
What is the most useless talent you have?
The only talent I have is playing guitar but I don’t consider it useless. Maybe some other people do, though 😉
What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
“It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll”.
Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
It’s impossible to name just one, too many to mention. But in general I can say that I’m really proud that I have managed to keep the faith in what I do, stick to my guns and make my passion to be my profession.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I would most probably be dead.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Somewhere where it’s nice, warm and sunny all around the year, maybe somewhere in the Caribbean for instance. Every passing year it gets more and more difficult to cope with the coldness and the darkness of Finnish winters.