Even though we are Nordic brothers and sisters the Finnish language is very different from the rest of the Nordic countries. I have no idea what RAJALLA means but it sounds cool. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-There’s always the little boys dream of world touring and being a rockstar, but realistically speaking
the vision today is to establish our presence as active live band and to get chances to play in
bigger venues. It’s all about playing the music we love with a bunch of great people.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Well to be honest it’s hard to compare because we have no personal experience of what the metal scene is like in those places. In Finland the underground scene is quite good and the attitude towards us here is great. Anyway this land has so many people who like metal music. We’ve also got some feedback from our fans abroad that it is refreshing to them to hear this kind of music in our native language, because there are so many bands who sing in English and everything sounds like they have heard it before. So we think Helsinki is a perfect place to us to play metal.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Of course we are always interested in feedback and what people think of us. But the main thing for us is to play the music that we like ourselves. We know that we don’t play mainstream music, but also that this kind of music has its own fans too, besides ourselves. The last question is quite hard for us to answer, because this ‘Diktaattori’-album is our first album, but we don’t think that the style of our music will change radically, this is what we like to do.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-We have been together as a band for several years now, before we released this album. So we wrote the songs for this album without any pressure of schedules and so on.. Actually it went quite effortlessly. You can’t decide to make a cool song it just comes to you when the time is right.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-The approach for us was to create this album with today’s technology.
We have never recorded to tape, but there was an analog mixing console used on the new record. All the drums were tracked through that and the vocals were tracked through a neve clone preamp. Also there was a lot of analog emulation going on in the mix. I think analog brings warmth to the sound that is usually missing from digital recordings.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It feels great. Of course we hope that people like the album, but the motivation towards making music come from our inner selves.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are important to us. They have to invite reflection and they must have some meaning that the listener can identify to, but at the same time they must not be too specific, it’s important that the lyrics are open for various interpretations.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The artwork must support the songs and to tell approximately what the album is about. For Diktaattori’s artwork it was much about the atmosphere of the album. The content of the artwork must fit the overall feeling of the album.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Mostly the fans will recognize the songs better each time we play them, but still they don’t associate us with the band Rajalla. We play underground metal so we can be left alone when it is our time off.
What do you see in the future?
-We keep doing things the same way in the future, it works for us. The passion we have towards this kind of music will always be the driving force. We are going to have more gigs, write new songs and so on. We already have few songs written for the next album. So overall everything looks pretty good.