A few days ago I had the pleasure of interviewing a great rock band out of Vantaa, Finland, Shiraz Lane. These guys were a lot of fun and despite a little hard time understanding them, the interview was great. I spoke to lead singer, Hennes Kett and guitarist, Jani Laine.
Me: This is Misti with the Manamal Streaming Radio and I’m talking to Finland’s very own heavy metal band Shiraz Lane, thanks for joining me guys!
SL: Thank you for having us.
Me: So, I’m going to start off with the cliche question I’m sure you get asked ALL the time. How did you all meet?
SL: (Jani) Well, Ana and I have been best friends from childhood. We met Kennes in 2011 & started the band up in 2011. We met Joel a year later then in 2014 we met Miki via the internet.
Me: We are seeing a lot of rock bands coming out of Finland. What makes you stand apart from all the rest?
SL: Our chemistry.
Me: Not every band has chemistry, but it is evident that you guys really do.
SL: You’re right, that’s what sets us apart.
Me: Now, do you all participate in the songwriting?
SL: It’s very much a group effort. Someone will come up with and idea, say a riff or beat then we just come up with ideas for our individual parts and roll with it.
Me: I think it’s great that you all are involved.
SL: Makes you a better band we think.
Me: So, are most of your songs from personal experience?
SL: Yes, ALL of them.
Me: I know some bands write from experiences their family and/or friends go through too. Are some of the songs written for others, or just the band’s personal experiences?
SL: We have had enough crazy experiences individually to keep our band going forever.
Me: Do you guys have anything new in the works?
SL: We have several ideas being tossed around right now. We’d love to do something like MTV Unplugged, when MTV was still cool.
Me: I hear that! What type of music do you listen too?
SL: Mixed genres. Heavy metal all the way to pop. I think you need to be open minded to ALL types of music to be great.
Me: What made you want to stick with the vintage sound reminiscent of 80’s metal?
SL: We didn’t strive to have a specific sound, but that is just what it ended up being. We love that music too. It’s nice to be compared to some of the great 80’s rockstars.
Me: How does the music scene in Finland differ from the US?
SL: We really can’t answer that. We have never been there. We were in Canada for 5 days a couple years ago, but just haven’t made our way to the US.
Me: What is your personal favorite song you’ve done?
SL: (Hennes) Reincarnation but then sometimes it’s Harder to Breathe.
SL: (Jani) Yeah, both of those songs. I go back and forth. But, ALL of our songs are great!! (*snickers*)
Me: What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you as a band?
SL: Honestly, it had to be going on tour for the first time. We didn’t know what to expect because up until that point, it was local gigging. That was the most amazing feeling in the world hearing fans screaming our name. Very surreal.
Me: I know your time is valuable guys, so I guess my last question to you is, if you could let you fans know ANYTHING about the band, what would it be?
SL: What you see is what you get. We love our fans, and wouldn’t be here without them. We love meeting our fans and we just want them to know that.
Me: Great ending to a great interview. Thanks so much guys for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with us here at the Manamal Streaming Radio. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to hear more from you guys soon.
SL: oh, one more thing. American girls voices are hot, whoa!
Me: If you are referring to mine, I’m so beyond “girl”...I’ll be 50 this year. Lol
SL: There is no way! Well, you sound good!
Me: Thank you. Take care guys.
SL: Thank you too! Bye from Finland!
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