|You started Little Rose Productions as a mail-order
company in Finland featuring Christian metal and as a music label. Why?
Well, I think the biggest reason for that was that there wasn't any. We
have one big Christian Music distributor in Finland but they have very little hard music,
and people like Miika (Partala, mpo) and myself were yearning for more Christian music for
the Finnish market and that's a big reason for starting the mail-order service and the
distribution. And for the label....well, it's been Miika's dream for many years and we
thought we could put them together.
When did you start it?
A bit more than a year ago. Back in winter, late winter 1998.
How is then the scene in Finland?
If you mean the Christian scene, it's very well at the moment.
It's growing all the time, new bands coming up. And we have many good Christian
metalbands. We have signed a few of them and are planning to release their full-length
albums. Well, the secular scene has always been very big in Finland. There are even many
metalbands that hit to the Top Forty when they release a new album.
Are there opportunities to play live for the bands in Finland?
Yes, we do and we are getting more opportunities by the time.
Finland is such a small country with so few people living in Finland that it's not very
easy to get really much gigs even though you're a secular band. So, that's a big problem.
But not too big. And people are getting more active again. They want to make things like
organizing concerts and stuff like that. And that's good.
Does Little Rose Productions have a positive impact on the scene
as a binding factor?
Yeah, I think so. We've got pretty much cooperation with our
company and our bands in Finland. And we made this Finnish metal compilation, From Kaamos
To Midnight Sun last fall and that's been a very good thing and after that compilation
people have gotten more interested in doing things because they see they can get something
made. Many bands are working together, playing concerts together and things like that.
You're only doing Christian metalbands. Is there interest in your
bands from the Finnish secular scene?
There is some interest. We have been sending promo-copies to
secular magazines in Finland and secular radioshows and they got airplay and pretty good
reviews. So, I believe when people are knowing us better we will have a good influence to
the scene and it depends a lot on if we can get a good distribution in Finland. At the
moment we are planning to start our own distribution, also to the secular scene in Finland
so that we get our releases and other cool Christian stuff from other countries to the
normal secular stores.
I heard about a magazine in Finland called Suomi Finland Perkele.
Do they have interest in you by interviews and things like that?
This far they've made reviews of our releases and they've been
pretty good. They also have reviewed some other Christian bands like Eso-Charis and Dust
Eater Dogs. Bands like that and they got pretty good reviews. Even though the name of the
magazine is pretty hard. Perkele means devil in the Finnish language. They are not a black
metal magazine but more like a metal magazine in common.
Is there interest from abroad to Little Rose Productions?
Yes, there is. We have just signed a distribution-deal for the
Italian secular market for a big Italian distributor. So, if everything goes like it
should, our releases should be in Italian record stores soon. And we're also close to sign
a distribution-deal with Massacre, mail-order, Metal Merchant. And some other too.
What futureplans do you have?
We will release, or, I should say re-release the Dissection album
from Crimson Thorn sometime in late summer. The next release will be at our new side-label
Rose In The Nose Records which is a hardcore-punk label. We have signed a good Finnish
rapcore band, Jacks Of All Trades. They're a very talented young band and we will release
their full-length album this fall. Then we will release the full-length albums from
Mordecai and Immortal Souls sometime in late 1999 or early 2000.