Interview Sonata Arctica, on the tour bus – Talviyo – Interview by Radio Metal – Sous-titres dispo.

Interview Sonata Arctica, on the tour bus – Talviyo – Interview by Radio Metal – Sous-titres dispo.


Hi, I’m Henrik. And I’m Pasi. And we are from… Sonata Arctica. And you’re listening to Radio Metal. They seem to know the songs, because they’re singing along, so I think it’s going well! We have meet and greets every day, so we meet some of the fans and hang out, and people seem to like it. But you never know! But the best way to measure it is when you
see it live, and if people sing along, then maybe they like it. So far, that’s the feeling we have, at least. I’m not a winter person, and I’ve never been. I think it’s fun with the snow for a short
period of time, but where we live, the winter’s quite long and cold. I prefer the summer. I’m not looking forward to it too much,
but we’re on tour now, so we get to skip a little bit of the beginning of the winter. Then at the end of the winter, we’re gonna
be in South America, so I think we’re gonna manage. Yeah, I’m a summer person as well. I also lived in Spain for a while, a couple
of years ago. But where I live, in Kokkola, we have real
short winters. Usually, it’s dark, with no snow, and it’s
wet. In the springtime, there’s a really nice
couple of weeks. That’s the period I like. Tony had been saying for some time that he
would like to use a photograph as a cover. I was just browsing the Internet, and I came
across this news about this guy in Finland who won a competition. I went to check out his photos, and he had photos in the Arctic. Then I went to see his portfolio, and he had these pictures that we’re using now. I’m not sure where he took them. Tony got in contact with him, and we worked together to do some brush-ups on the photos. They’re pretty much original stuff that was done before we even knew about the guy. The cover photo was actually taken during
the day, he just edited it to make it look like night. The original is a daytime photo. What Tony explained was that the whole song
is like a thank you note to the people who’re staying at home and running the show while
we’re away. But yeah, it is kind of like a lullaby. I didn’t think about it before, but good
point. I understand completely. For me, if I find a new band and hear a certain
album, it might be in the middle of their career, or in the beginning, or in the present. You hear the band and you get excited about
them. And then, that stuff that you first listened
to is what you like the band to sound. Then if you go back and discover some earlier
albums, you go: “This is totally different, I don’t like that”. Or the other way around: you listen to the
first few albums of a band, and then they change and you don’t like it. Sometimes they change and you do like it. I understand that. Whenever a band progresses and changes, some
people are not gonna like it. And some people are gonna be really happy
about it. I like to focus on the positive things, and
if people complain, I understand. The first few albums are still there, you
can listen to them, it’s no problem. But we have to keep this interesting for ourselves
as well. I don’t know what to say! Mikko has been a live front-of-house mixing
engineer for us since 2011 or 2012. I think he knows best how the band sounds
when it’s at its best, in live situations. He knows what we can do together on stage. When we started to plan this new album, we
wanted to bring him in, and we actually played live in studio. Me and Tommy played all the songs, and Henkka
and Elias were playing along. Some parts are there, and some had to be changed. It was so shitty we had to do it again! But basically, the album is played live in
studio. Mikko was the producer. He knows what works and what doesn’t. When we play together, something happens,
and we wanted to capture that. We’ve been trying to do that for the past
few albums, and now we finally decided we’d try to play it live. It is harder, but then, it has a different
feel. But then, when you play live, you don’t
have to worry about playing everything exactly, because you’re not recording. And also, when you bring in the audience,
you get an outer kind of energy. If it’s just us playing, then it’s just
us playing, so even at our best, something is missing. But when you bring in the listeners and people
are there, screaming and yelling, it gets to a whole other level, I think. For me, when Tommy is playing next to me,
it’s really loud! That gives the punch to my playing as well. In the studio, when you guys play together,
it sounds much better than if you play separately. It was a lot easier to play the new songs
live, because we felt like we already did it. It’s really nice to be back in France. It’s been almost 20 years since the band
came here for the first time, and it’s been really great for us over the years. We really appreciate the support. It will be a year or two before we come back,
but now we’re doing two shows and… No, it’s actually more! Four! At the moment, we feel really grateful to
be here. I’m sure we’re gonna have a blast tonight
with all of you guys.