Fan Interview 2014

Fan Interview 2014

Jonsu

 

Ashanee:
Have you ever thought about inviting any guest vocalist to one of your songs?
Jonsu:
Yes, we have talked about it.


Ashanee:
What was the weirdest tour?
Jonsu:
During the last show of our Nightwish and Pain tour the guys started to carry our drums and other instruments away from the stage while we were playing. It was a funny practical joke, but revenge was even sweeter ;)

 

Ashanee:
What was the stupidest question you've ever heard during the interview or from the fans?
Jonsu:
Don´t they say that there is no such a thing as a stupid question?

 

Telajel:
Has it ever happened that Indica has had a gig and you were in a terrible mood? What did you do?
Jonsu:
Yes, only once, just before a gig we had a fight with the girls. During the gig I didn´t have any eye contact with the band members and I just concentrated on the music and the audience. That fight lasted about two hours but after it we made a deal that we will never discuss about difficult things before the show.

 

Watchlord:
We know the girls do backup vocals, has there ever been talk of one of the girls being the main vocalist for a particular song?
Jonsu:
I suggested it for one song, but the band members didn´t like that idea.

 

Telajel:
What do you think about a compilation with unknown Indica songs (like Odotan, Unten Maa, Yön Jalkeen)?
Jonsu:
Why not!

 

Telajel:
Why didn't you translate ,,War Child" to Finnish?
Jonsu:
I did and we recorded it in the studio, but somehow we all felt that it sounded too melodramatic and depressing with Finnish vocals.

 

Ashanee:
Have you ever thought about composing heavier music?
Jonsu:
Not really.

 

Severus:
What is the song "War Child" about?
Jonsu:
Thousands of children die in war every day.  The song is about the beauty of innocence and the wisdom behind purity colliding with evil, greed and death week after week, month after month and year after year.  This song is for the kids that fell down, for the ones that somehow managed to survive through war and for the ones that have to face it in the future.

 

Telajel:
Do you plan to record a live DVD after the Shine tour?
Jonsu:
Probably not.

 

Ashanee:
When you start touring as a headliner (and I hope you will), which bands/artists would you like to take with you as a support, if you could decide about it?
Jonsu:
The Arcade fire, Beach house, Kate Bush and Air..but I´m pretty sure that the order would be the opposite and we would be supporters ;) Honestly,it would be great if we could help some good unknown bands like JED and Vox Populi with their carreers. Let´s see what happens in the future.

 

Ashanee:
What are your memories of your first gig in Poland? (Węgorzewo Seven Festival 2011 – the place, the audience)?
Jonsu:
I remember that show very well. It was a good festival, the audience was lovely and we had a chance to see some great bands there too. I still have a bunch of demos and albums that I got from the other musicians that were playing there.

 

kerosene:
What was your reaction when you were received with some fans and joy in your arrival to Mexico, and what do you think about Mexican public?
Jonsu:
We were very happy and supprised! The people were so kind and we had a wonderful week there! We hope to go back there soon

 

Andy:
A mean one, I know... Which version of the album do you like the most, the English or the Finnish one?
Jonsu:
Hard question. Honestly, I haven´t listened to those after the albums were mastered. It was wonderful to do both of the albums but I haven´t really compared them. I don´t usually listen to my own albums after the work is finished. While we are recording, mixing and mastering I listened to our songs millions of times but after the process is done I avoid my own music. I´m too close to it and I start feeling too emotional and weird.

 

Aled91:
If you could pick any artist, past or present to do a collaboration for a song,who would you pick and why?
Jonsu:
Kate Bush, because she´s one of the most amazing artists  I know. I´m going to see her live this autumn in London.

 

Aled91:
If you had a chance to talk with a younger Jonsu, what would you tell her about the future, Indica and all your journey so far ?
Jonsu:
I would tell her not to worry too much, and just to enjoy the ride. I´m not sure would I ask her to do anything differently because then this moment would be different..and I think that the most of the things in my life are pretty well now.

 

SBN:
How do you feel about playing older material? Are there any songs for which there is no chance whatsoever the fans might ever hear live again?
Jonsu:
Even though I said earlier that I don´t listen to our old albums much I like to play old songs. The only problem with the oldest songs is that usually there is always at least one member who definitely don´t want to play a certain song.

 

kingdomdark:
What do you miss most from the past? -- something from yesterday also counts, but an answer from some time earlier is much more appreciated…
Jonsu:
Once a while I miss that careless “I can do anything I want in my life and nothing will stop me” feeling. I also miss the unawareness and innocence of my childhood. Ignorance is bliss.

 

Watchlord:
Do you plan on touring outside of Europe with Shine? We'd love to see you back in the Americas.
Jonsu:
I hope so!

 

Watchlord:
I've noticed that, unlike many other artists from the USA (where I am from), you seem to not "sell out" to any corporations and stay pure to your style, but you also keep in touch directly with fans, especially through Facebook. How are you able to stay so "grounded" as a popular musicians? Is it ever a challenge?
Jonsu:
Not really. No one has ever offered us a million if we would sell our souls so we decided to stick with them. Only when I was 14 my school mate asked if I would give my soul to satan if he would give me two euros but I think that was a quite lousy offer ;)

 

SBN:
Was the decision to record the new album both in Finnish and English spontaneous, sometime during the recording sessions or was it always a possibility?
Jonsu:
Kari Hynninen from Suomen musiikki came up with that idea and we got excited about it straight away.

 

kerosene:
How came this decision about leave behind all fairy stuff, who proposed the idea at first?
Jonsu:
It was our decision. We wanted to do something different this time. Who knows, maybe we will be back in the fairy forest next year.

 

Moondragon:
Is the meaning of the lyrics of both the English and the Finnish songs identical or at least similar? If so, which was the original text and which the translated one?
Jonsu:
Those are quite different. English album was written first.

 

Andy:
You've mentioned in an earlier interview, that one of the new songs was inspired by a dream you've had. Would you tell us which song that was and how much it differs from the original inspiration?
Jonsu:
A mountain made of stone. The melody stated exactly the same as it was in my dream. The lyrics are a little bit different, because the lady in my dream was repeating the phrase “This is who I am” too many times in a row. It didn’t work in the real world.

 

Severus:
What songs came from the dream, except "Mountain Made of Stone"?
Jonsu:
Only that song came straight from the dream. Lucid is also a song about dreaming, but wasn’t born in one.

 

Telajel:
What do you think about photoshoping your pictures?
Jonsu:
It depends, I like some really rough pics where you can see people exactly like they are but I also like for example Heilemania´s art. I think that he makes people look a little bit more like cartoon characters than real people. You can make great pictures both ways.

 

Wishmaster:
Must pick one! Death metal or Rap?
Jonsu:
Rap with a message, but rather a political one than bragging about money and women.

 

Wishmaster:
Have you ever tried eating snails? If not, would you try them if given the chance?
Jonsu:
No,no,no.

 

Wishmaster:
If you had to pick one song that would play every time you go to sleep, which song would that be?
Jonsu:
The Swan of Camille Saint-Saents. It´s one of my favourite songs and it always makes me feel very calm and optimistic.

 

jokuhulu:
What is your opinion about making children (or additional children) right now?
Jonsu:
Two of the band members have a kid already and they are very cute. I love children but  so far I haven’t had time.

 

kingdomdark:
What is your favorite Finnish song? -- Indica songs don't count, those are my favorites (:
Jonsu:
Tehosekoitin: Aika näyttää. That was my first touch to pop/rock music. Also I love the songs of Leevi and the leavings.

 

kingdomdark:
Who or What is your favorite fictional character? -- from books, movies, cartoons, video games, etc.
Jonsu:
Little prince.

 

kingdomdark:
What is your favorite planet? -- other than the planet Earth.
Jonsu:
Pluto, even though it´s not called a planet anymore. I have a friend who I call Pluto a.k.a. my secret son.

 

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