You are a little bit different newcomer band as the term “newcomer” isn`t
really correct. But we will get to that a little later in that interview.
Please be that nice to give us a little introduction of you to start up with that
is a heavy rock pioneer from Finland. We actually had our first career in music
with Stud back in the 80's. Now we are back with an album to be released next
autumn. With almost the original line-up, we are ready to hit the stages. We're
really proud of what we have achieved in the studio and can't wait for the
record to be released.
You just got a new bass player; Matti Jalonen replaced Pasi Hietanen who left
the band due to commitments aside from the music scene. How did you react when
you heard the news that Pasi is leaving? Was it a shock for you or was it
something that you could see coming?
course, it was a difficult situation. We have known Pasi so long, from the
beginning of the band in the 80’s. He is one of the original members of Stud.
The good thing is that he brought this up already some time ago, so we have had
time to discuss this together and think about different options. Pasi has done
a great job with Stud, unfortunately his other commitments require so much time
that it would have been impossible for him to continue with the band. With the
promotion deal we decided that we have to continue and see how far we can get.
Can you already say how Matti is progressing with the band so far? Though he
has only been a member of Stud for a short time now… You have been rehearsing a
couple of times…
he has been with us some weeks now. So far we haven’t had any problems, he just
has to learn the songs and get used to them. Of course, it will take some time
before he can play them all like Pasi did, but he is getting there. It is not
an easy task, because at the moment we are preparing a set list that has 16 or
17 songs. That includes the 13 tracks that will be on the record and then some
extra songs that will be played live.
How did you find Matti after all?
drummer, Stenda Kukkonen, has played with Matti in another project for some
time, so he already had a kind of reputation :-) And it wasn’t difficult to talk Matti into the
band, because the music is so good! Matti has always listened to “old school”
hard rock and heavy metal bands, like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest,
Rainbow and stuff like that.
You have just signed a world wide promotion deal with Metal Revelation. What
does that mean for you or what do you expect from that deal?
Revelation has been in the business for many years and they have worked with
many well-known bands. They have an excellent contact network and we hope that
with their help we will get some visibility. It would be very hard to promote
the band without this kind of deal, or at least it would require a lot of work.
There are so many groups trying to get through. It will be very interesting to
work with real professionals who know the music industry and are willing to do
their best to bring out new bands to the public.
It’s been said that you are currently preparing for gigs. Does that world wide
deal also mean that you are going to play outside the boarders of Suomi?
would be great if we get the chance to play outside of Finland! Of course, gigs
in Finland are also very important at this stage, but we are hoping that this
kind of music would “hit the target” in other parts of Europe and the rest of
the world as well. So we will be ready to get up on stage where ever necessary.
You have a new single out including the songs “Lovers in the Night” and “Out of
the Darkness”. The single is a pre taste for your upcoming album. What can you
tell us about this two songs? Why did you pick them?
first of all these two songs are among the best ones that we have written, so
therefore it felt quite natural to put them out first. Another reason is that
they represent different styles. “Lovers in the Night” is a mid-tempo, hard
pounding song that gets your head banging nicely. It has a special feeling that
is hard to describe. “Out of the Darkness” is faster, a bit more technical song
with double bass drum pumping in the back and some serious guitar riffs. It
just kicks you in the a**!
The band was found in 1986. You came a long way. What many might not know is
that you were singing in Finnish at the beginning of the bands career and that
was quite successful. Why the change to sing in English?
actually started by singing in English back in the 80's, but we decided to make
some lyrics in Finnish, since nobody was doing that kind of music with Finnish
lyrics at that time. That may have been the reason that the biggest record
company in Finland got interested and signed us to make a single. So, singing
in Finnish was not intentional in the first place.
afterwards we decided to go back to English, because otherwise it would have
been impossible to make it outside of Finland. That was the right decision,
since we managed to raise some interest in Estonia and Germany.
So, when we
came back together in 2011 there were no questions asked about the language
issue. Now we can really push our music to wider audience all over the world.
The internet and the social media, and of course now Metal Revelation, can help
us doing just that.
Though the band has been pretty well known back than you decided to brake up in
1989. Why did you break up and what brought you back together in 2011?
the end of the 80’s some band members had joined other musical projects (thanks
to the success and reputation of Stud) and that meant that their focus was not
fully with Stud. Another reason for the breakup is that although the previous
years had been quite busy and a lot of good things had happened to the band,
the final breakthrough never happened.
2011 some members decided to get together and try to breath new life into the
band. Basically one thing led to another and suddenly we found ourselves in the
middle of making a record! It wasn’t actually planned but now we are very happy
that we are at this point, and ready to go even further.
Have you done something else musical wise, maybe some other projects in the
of the band members have been involved in various projects during the past
years, so we haven’t had to learn how to play from scratch :-)
How does it feel to be back with Stud? Does it still feel like back than or
what has changed for you as a band and for you personally?
atmosphere in the band is very relaxed and guys are getting along just fine. We
have had a very positive vibe in everything that we have done during this
“reunion” and things have proceeded quite naturally. One reason for this could
be that we don’t have to do anything that we don’t like, we don’t have any
pressures whatsoever. And we just want to see how far this could go, if you
don’t try, you will never know.
As mentioned already before you are currently working on your first full
lengths album. It`s already revealed to contain 13 songs… When can we expect
the moment the plan is to release the album sometime in the next autumn. Exact
date will be decided in the near future. It is also possible that the number of
songs is something else than 13, we are still thinking of some details.
Could you also tell us a little more about it than the number of tracks it will
contain? What will it sound like?
songs on the record are made by our guitar player Mika Kansikas, who has also
produced the record. The single that contains “Lovers in the Night” and “Out of
the Darkness” is a good example of the contents of the album. There will be
some mid-tempo songs, some faster hard rocking ones of course and even one
ballad! We are very pleased with the songs and the recording process. It took
about 6 months to record everything. Prior to that we made several demo
recordings just to hear how songs sounded and to see if something should be
changed. So once we got started, the process has been very intense. Now the
album is ready to be released and we are waiting for that, it is going to be
exciting to see how the public reacts.
Your future plans for Stud?
Stud: Well, in the near future the main thing is to
get the new album out and prepare ourselves for gigs. Playing to a live
audience is really what it's all about. What happens in the long run, no one
knows. Hopefully we can deliver more good music also in the coming years!