Steve n Seagulls Interview
How much have your friends and families played a part in your career so far?
- Of course people might have different experiences. Personally my family has supported my adventures in music when I was younger. I grew up with our vinyls at home. Music was, in a way a big part of my childhood. When it comes to friends, we had bands, spent time rehearsing and hang out a lot. So they also have been a big part of becoming a musician.
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
Well, I guess never really. It has always been a passion and still is. At some point I noticed that I was able to make a living with it.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
This list could go on and on so I'll have to name a few.
Neil Young is probably the biggest one for me. He has a great variety in his music and has never been afraid to do changes. He's made some of the most beautiful songs and the some of the roughest ones. Seem to me that he's kind of walking on the edge all the time with his music. Amazing talent and storyteller.
Led Zeppelin is propably the best band in the world. Stars allign in their music. They were able to combine rawness, beauty, blues, folk, rock, electricity, acoustic and everything in their music.
Jimi Hendrix. I can't describe him and his music. He was just amazing and his music keeps going.
Astor Piazzolla. Every song is like a small movie. Some of his songs describe the word beauty.
This list would go on and on but here's few names.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
No. I like secrets.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Maybe Faster than light. Because that's how life is sometimes.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
Oh, there's been so many awesome ones. Biggest when it comes to audience might have been Sweden rock 2015 or Nova rock the next year. Biggest one for our career so far was maybe Transmusicales festival in France. That helped us to take a new step in France and surrounding areas.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Hah, Royal Albert hall came to mind at first. I quess because it is legendary. Also Madison Square garden would be nice. For the same reason.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
Maybe to be able to make albums. In the future I hope we can make better and better albums and find new angles to our music. To really dig out the best from our band.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
There are five sweaty Finnish guys and we might open up a beer. We're not the ones to have the most exiting backstage stories. :) Then we might open up another beer and our sound engineer Ministeri comes in and says "That was good guys!" or "Man, this was a tough room!"
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Music. To be able to be around the thing you love. To make people feel something.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I think I'd live somewhere in the north of Finland and find something to do there. Spent a lot of time in the woods. Maybe that.
What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Must be one of the gigs I've seen from Neil Young. I can't decide which one. They have all been different. His latest with Promise of the real was great. He can be quiet or loud. And his songs are amazing. It just works for me. They played for three hours and it was a perfect mix of dirty distortion and acoustic beauty.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Too many options. I guess I'd choose bands I like and after that the festival would be in financial trouble.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
I've been told that just be yourself. I guess that's what we people are and can be.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Music, arts, peace, nature, family and nice people. And when those get destroyed of not cared for it annoys me.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Sports, hiking, friends and beer. And music is always involved.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry and how do you cope with using social media to build a profile in music?
Now days they are important. Not always a good thing but they are a part of this time. They make it possible to reach a huge amount of people. We've never really given a thought of building a profile. We just do what feels good. :)
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Depending on the genre I guess. Music is the main thing and how much you give out to people. Energy is important. Just do with what feels good and natural.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I'd ask people to stop and take a look around. Then the rest of the day would be off and they could chill out.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Music, nature and close people I guess. Depending on the day too and the mood. Sometimes it would be a day alone and sometimes a day with good people, hockey game, few beers and good laughs.
Can you tell me as much as you can about any new releases,gigs or anything else coming up soon?
New release will hopefully be worked of in 2019. Next we head to Central-Europe, March is for USA so gigs in two continents coming up.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Thank you for your support.
How would you answer the question.....Who are Steve'n'Seagulls and what are the differences between you as music artists and you away from music?
In both cases we're bunch of guys from Finland.
Can you tell me one thing about each member that people might not already know?
No, They are secrets.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
I can't remember. But first album I remember is probably a vinyl of Finnish Christmas songs.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Go for it and then you'll see what happens. If you really want to play music, play music.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Ah, another one with many possible answers. Let's say Neil Young. Because he is awesome.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Stairway to heaven. It's amazing and I'd really want to know what happened during the sessions.
What things make you uncomfortable?
When people get too personal. When people are mean. When my hometown hockey team gets theirs ass handed to themselves.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Drawings, pictures and stories about what has happened.
What has 2019 got in store for you?
We will see. Gigs and hopefully recordings. And some holidays.