“Hello-hello! It’s been a long time since I posted anything on my website (except for concerts), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy – quite the opposite. We managed 66 shows in total with all my bands and solo gigs which was again an improvement – getting closer to “normal” levels. Hopefully 2016 will be in the same vain… We didn’t release any albums, but did a lot of work writing new material, both for Dreamtale & KYPCK. This year they should both be released, if everything goes as planned. Then again, things seldom do these days…
Outside of music it was a year full of activity, too. I ran for parliament in the spring elections (didn’t get elected, as I expected), which meant some extra work, writing blogs, meeting people, some debates etc. All in all it was a great experience and felt like a very natural progression to the things I would normally be interested in and doing in my life. I also got a lot of support from my friends, met tons of new and interesting people from all over the country, some of whom I can also call friends now, so what could be better? Well, getting elected of course and actually getting the chance to do something more about the situation in the country, heh!
If I look back at the shows we did, there are a couple of things that come to mind. We visited Brutal Assault again with KYPCK, which is a great festival in Czech Republic. Last time we played on the same stage as Lemmy and Mötorhead, which was great as he was still in very good shape back then. This time I briefly met Derrick Green of Sepultura backstage and immediately took a photo with him… It was a really good show from them, but in my mind the -96 show in Nummirock during the Bloody Roots -tour is unsurpassable…
I also was able to play my first shows in the Baltics, again with KYPCK, as we had gigs in Tallinn and Riga. The reception was awesome, as usual, when we play abroad and I hope we go there again with the next album! My best to all our fans in Estonia and Latvia! We were also supposed to play in Minsk, Belarus, on the same mini-tour, but interestingly we got banned from entering the country for some strange reason. But still, all publicity is good publicity. Here’s a good article about that incident in Finnish.
As for the other projects, I played some acoustic shows with new people, for example, with Mr Kari Karvinen. They’re different from the stuff I do with Seppänen Acoustic Band as I leave all the guitar work to him and just focus on singing. Kari is a great player and should be familiar to those of you who have seen Taage Laiho’s acoustic shows. We will surely continue doing those. I also did almost twenty shows with my booking agent, Mr Jani Timonen, who first asked me to help him out as his regular singer was ill – after that the shows kept on coming for some reason… It’s also good to be able to do these smaller gigs, as many pubs and bars in Finland have cut their budgets because of the economy, so touring with a full band or even a trio has become more difficult.
What else? Seppänen Acoustic Band is still going strong – we got a new percussionist as Janne Juutinen of Dreamtale and Masterstroke joined the band in September. Our previous percussionist, Petri Hartikainen, decided to focus more on his own bands – Worthless and Coughdust. Janne has been a great addition to the band, both as a player and also simply as a positive influence in our lives. A really great guy, whom I’m lucky to have met. Here’s an interview of him in Finnish, if you’re intrigued.
Well, that’s it! I wish you all the best, be in touch via Facebook or email – your letters and messages are always nice to read. Take care and see you at the shows…” -E