(taken from Body Machine Body festival’s MySpace page — check it out!)
1. Tell us about the scene in your country. How were you taken in and
what do you feel your position is within it?
I did not grow up with early EBM. Instead, my first glimpse in the Industrial / EBM scene in general was through bands like Das Ich and Kuroshio Current in early 00’s. I knew tQ from KC and was introduced to aQi and eventually got asked to join the band. I guess there are some very interesting new artists popping out that mix a few styles and don’t sound like every other band on the market. ErilaZ is not an old a band either (having officially been founded in 2005), although my roots in composing and playing go way back. There are some really good bands in Finland, such as Machine Park, Kuroshio and Beati Mortui and in the more metallic end we have Black Light Discipline, Turmion Kätilöt and bands like those. Finland is not really the market leader in EBM, but then again quality over quantity applies here as well as anywhere. Also Proteus – who will play guitar in the ErilaZ live set up – often includes industrial and EBM in his Hard Dance sets and has pioneered in making this kind of music known also to the Hard Dance scene around the globe.
2. Is there a deeper message in your music or is music something you
do just because you want/need to?
Absolutely. ErilaZ is a tool for manifesting in a comprehensive form my learnt lessons and experiences on the journey of self-development and approaching Mystery. So, this music is dead Sirius.
3. Do you prefer creating/recording or live performances?
The experience in either one differs quite a bit, doesn’t it? I just love having a glass of Hennessy and working late on my computer composing new songs. But the feeling during and after a gig can be an indescribably awesome, mysterious and intensifying experience. So, both would be the answer, I guess.
4. What/who are your biggest influences and role models?
My role models do not necessarily come from music but instead from mythology, history and legends. Heroism can be applied to music as well as in the holistic view of life. Some influences from stuff I listen to can perhaps be heard, but I can’t really name just one influence.
5. What drove you to make this type of music?
Listening to only one genre is a bit dull and doesn’t usually fit all times of the day and all moods. Therefore, extending my musical taste from metal, classical and folk to include other genres came quite naturally. And since bands like Samael had used drum machines for ages and synths were popularised in black metal at latest by Emperor etc., the shift toward electronic music was not really as surreal as one might think. Then again, the whole genre discussion is a bit irrelevant and absurd.
6. Do you have any expectations from the Body Machine Body festival
and audience? What do you associate with Estonia overall?
I expect it to be the absolutely best event this year! Estonia is a magnificent neighbour both geographically and linguistically. I have nothing but good to say of the couple of times I’ve played there before and of the dozen times I have visited otherwise. The line-up in BMB is great. I’m really looking forward to Broken Note and some of the other bands I’m not yet familiar with. I’m also expecting a lot from the DJ sets by E-110. Out come the wolves, and fill the front row! We’ll have a blast.