shirfaz laneThat the Finns have a strange sense of humour this band name alone is proof of. Read the interview with Hannes Kett of SHIRAZ LANE to find out. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of hardrock/metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It was a sunny day in the in 2010, we were thinking about different names that would suit our band. We were enjoying the summer vibes and having a couple of drinks – a red wine made of Shiraz. We were thinking about what life is – and came up with our life philosophy “life is all about the journey,not the destination, enjoy it while it lasts and drink some wine while you’re at it. ” = Shiraz Lane – our way of life.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We are Shiraz Lane – 5 hippies (Hannes,Ana,Jani,Miki&Joel) with different personalities. The idea of the band came from me &Ana – that was in 2009. After a few changes we finally got to play our first gig in 2011. We played together for a few years until we found the last part to our puzzle – Joel Alex. When he joined the band we knew we could do something special – and we’re just getting started.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The guys in the band influence each other – we push eachother to become better musicians. Sure there are many bands we love and are influenced by, but at the end of the day we are influenced by everything happening around us, by Mother Earth.

What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-The underground scene in Finland is doing okay – there used to be many other upcoming rock bands but only a few survived.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-It depends on how you look at it – for Shiraz Lane our lyrics are of great importance since we have a message we wish to spread to the world – a message of Peace,Love&Harmony. We point out the things people are afraid to see – the things we turn a blind eye to. We are all one – we are all part of the movement if we are brave enough to stand behind what we believe in.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Sure we can – we can have rainbows&unicorns if it suits the themes on the album. A great album cover is a painting in which you can see the different emotions and themes present on the album.
If you check out the artwork we have in the booklet of “For Crying Out Loud” you’ll see the bands vision of the album cover. It’s a beautiful painting by Chris Rivers from Heaven’s Basement.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think digital is killing the whole idea behind albums. It seems people are only interested in writing singles instead of writing an album filled with great music. I love the feeling of having a physical copy in my hand – to read through the booklet and look at all the photos – I just love it. The times are changing but as long as bands keep on releasing physical copies they’ll never die out because there’s something special about buying an album and truly owning it.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Quite good – people come to the shows, party and do it all over again. We try to be different from other bands and give 110% every gig we play – we want to give the audience something different from what they’re used to.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Both – we want to give the audience something special so we give them all we’ve got. At the end of the day it’s all about the music and entertainment. We’re here to entertain.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We want to tour the world, play as many gigs as possible, meet all our fans and spread our message wherever we go.

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