In the last interview I did with Jacks Of All Trades
the band expressed their desire to get a real good chance to record an album to the best
of their abilities. Superior is your new album released by Warner Music Finland. Are you
happy about it?
Yes, we are happy about it. Although even it's
released via Warner Music, we recorded that album before we got a deal from them. This
means that we had to pay that studio session from our own pockets so it was quite a short
one. We recorded and mixed that album in 10 days. When we think about that, we are truly
satisfied with the album. So we are still waiting for a change to make a great album with
lots of studio time. Maybe next year :)
If you would have had more time, in what way would
Superior have been different, do you reckon?
Yes it might have been bit different. We would have
had more time to play everything in, so all small mistakes we hear there would have been
corrected. And then of course we could have spent more time in mixing and make all new
things in there. But we are satisfied with this and the songs would have stayed the same
anyway. Actually this kind of studio working is all we know. We've always done our album
in huge hurry and we
like to work like that.
What would you consider as your favorite tracks on
the album? Do you actually listen to it at home?
We used to listen it a lot last winter after we made
it but now when it's released, not so much anymore. Favorite tracks? It's bit hard to say
'cause we have some tracks that are really nice to play on stage and otherwise some other
tracks are nice to listen from
CD. The Lies And The Truth is the best for just listening and maybe No Doubt is the killer
one on stage.
Your album R U Ready had some Spanish influences
that come from J-Blast's past in Latin America. The Spanish inheritage has vanished on
Superior. Nor are there any Finnish influences or Finnish guest appearances. Instead you
opted for a full English album. Am I right with my assumption that you aim for an
international crowd even more than before?
You are propably right. Our first album was kind of
a blender mix of all ideas that we had. It was fun to have friends in the studio. But it
was three years ago and now we've lost all our friends. Just kidding! This was just
something we decided to do on our own. About Spanish inheritage, it was bit forgotten
also. We did record a Spanish version of Soulsell in a hurry but it did not work out so
I noticed the album was mainly recorded in two
sessions. Three songs were recorded in May 2001 while eight songs were recorded in
November 2001. Two more songs were recorded at various points in history. It almost
becomes like a compilation of the efforts from various recording sessions. What are the
reasons for doing it this way?
Situation in May 2001 was that we did not have
enough money and time to spent in studio so we continued recordings in November 2001. All
these songs were mixed in November session. And about those two other songs, Blacklist Of
No Good was re-recorded 'cause our first version was too brutal for radioplay. And Point
Of No Return was already on our Liar EP but our record label wanted it to be on Superior
album so we made it again. Not so good idea anymore.
At some point you signed a deal with Warner Music
Finland. That must be a dream come true. How did it come about and does that deal open new
doors for the band? And where is the album actually distributed?
It was a dream come true but it also means a lot
more work and devotion from the band. We negotiated a long time about this deal and it has
opened some doors to
us. We've got a lot of publicity in Finland, got signed to biggest booking agency, we've
played on the biggest secular festival and now we are on a movie soundtrack also. So it
has been good to us and we are thankful for it. About the distribution, this first
release from Warner won't be distributed abroad yet. It goes a bit slowly inside Warner
Music. For example Holland, Warner Music Holland should be interested in
us if they want to release our album in there. And they won't be interested of us before
we are a big name in Finland and sold thousands of album in the domestic markets. So that
takes time. Hopefully our next album will be released internationally.
That almost sounds like you were better off
internationally with Little Rose Productions who released R U Ready. Via them that album
found its way through all the independent channels and you did that US tour with Pillar.
This sounds like it's good for you in Finland alone. What are your expectations of this
Warner Music deal?
No we disagree with that. We believe that this album
will go to all the same contacts we had when we promoted R U Ready? anyway. And now we
have been collecting new contacts for three years after that so this album will be well
announced internationally. Plus we have some kind of small presentation of us to all the
Warner Musics around the world. Our expectations are quite low with this first album.
Warner did good job with a Finnish pop/rock band The Crash so when time comes, I think
they'll do good job with us too.
You also did an album for Lowroof Records/Intensive
Elements called Teaser
which is a compilation of old tracks and three, by then, unreleased tracks. What is your
exact relationship with them?
Our relationship is good :) Lowroof made good work
with this project and hopefully they get our album to people in Central-Europe. Obviously
we can't make any
other projects with them anymore but we are hoping that this deal with Warner would help
Lowroof to get their money back from Teaser album.
Money back? Have they lost money on the project?
No, we don't think thay they lost any money in it
but you always have to pay for CD printing and promotion so you'll wait a while until you
get your money back from sales.
Something else now. Jacks Of All Trades does quite
some concerts and tours. Yet I wonder if this band is a full time occupation or do you
have side jobs or do you go to college?
Everyone does something else also. JAR just finished
his army service and Lary is just starting one. J-Blast and Roki are studying. But we are
truly hoping that soon we can make this a full-time job.
What do you like doing besides playing in JOAT? Do
you have hobbies or do
you play in side projects?
The band takes quite a lot from us. It's a job and
hobby combined. Of course we have some time to chill out with friends and everybody is
quite into various sports. Lary plays guitar occasionally in some bands we know and JAR is
putting up a really heavy band with some friends. They are planning to play music like
Living Sacrifice combined with Blindside.
Finally I want to look into the future. What may we
expect from you in the future? I read on your site that you recorded a song for a movie
Future, still bit blurry but we are planning to
record a new full-length next year and just make some progress as a band. We might go
touring to USA next March. Not any big plans anyway, Just taking it slowly and playing for
sure. This movie soundtrack is
released in few weeks, we are waiting to get some feedback from it and let's see what
So, what is the movie soundtrack all about actually?
What movie and what song?
We made a cover version of an old Finnish melodic
rock song. It was originally performed by a famous artist from here, Frederik. And now he
sings on this track and
we'll just play it with our style. It's a good one. The movie is a Finnish movie, aimed to
young people. It tells about a roadtrip of two guys who are about to die in cancer.
There is a tour coming up through Belgium, late
September. Last year you toured in that part of the world as well though it was, from my
perspective, poorly organized. I only heard the dates last minute. So, what will this tour
This is going to be a mini-mini-tour. We are
planning to play just four shows. Three in Belgium and one in Holland. The gig in Holland
is in Schijndel, in a great pub
called Holy Cow. We are playing there on 22nd of September. We had some problems with our
booking agency in the past and now we are not working with
them anymore. We are doing this thing by our own, just because we don't want to leave our
friends in trouble in Belgium. In future we'll start to work with a new
booking agent and we'll let you know when we play a big tour in there. But come to Holy
Cow anyway. :)