- Tatu Joet Metso (vocals, staring at the fire, guitars, lyrics), Arttu Jyske (bass, yoga, backing vocals) and M.A. Kiira (guitars, decadence)
Where In Finland Are You From?
We feel deeply for our Finland’s Karelian, Lake Laatokka area bloodroots.
How Would You Describe Your Band For Those Who Don’t Know You?
Honest. InnerStellar. Acoustically unlimited. -Fair enough?
When Did You Form As A Group?
2003. -Out of radically enlightening pain and loss.
What Was The Inspiration For Your Recent Album?
The picture and hope for more emotional, old fashion X-mas in the Finnish countryside in the middle of frost and darkness, but the flames burning all night.
What Other Releases Do You Have?
"Kaihomieli Valpas" (2005), Tamperkele (a Pirkanmaa area based rock/metal compilation), "Demo ’03" (2003).
What Is Your Favorite Song On Your Most Recent Album?
"Vapaus" (freedom). It came about with an unforgettably natural flow, the lyrics for example, not more than in couple of minutes as I wrote them physically down. Never changed a word.
Do You Have Any Gigs Coming Up?
At the moment, I am composing the material for the full-length album… Almost all songs are basically finished, just need to find some appropriate players and a lots of rehearsing! Besides that, I do some fun covergigs with my side project MetsoSalo Band.
What’s Your Favorite Type Of Venue To Play?
A type of place where you can feel a total connection with the people attending, listening us. It might happen anywhere…. But not everywhere, not everytime. From the expressions in the past, people say that to enjoy Valkyrend Varieté’s music, you must pay full attention and let your minds landscape built up, whatever it may come to.
If You Could Play Anywhere In The World This Week, Where Would It Be?
Somewhere in lake Laatokka area’s Karelia! Finland was forced to give that area back to Soviet Union after continuation war, even Finland conquered it all back from last peace’s border drawing! -The final peace demands was to hand over most of Karelia to Soviet Union. There is a strong spirit still that those areas will be joined back to Finland, as they should be in the name of honour.
Do You Have A Website, Trig, MySpace, Facebook Etc.?
What Are Your Influences As A Band?
the mind’s flow through sightings and experiences in life, travelling, seeing, feeling. If you know what i mean? -Definitely also nature and it’s forms that never cease to amaze you really!
People Who Enjoy Your Music Tend To Like What Other Bands?
I suppose anything that has a natural aim on expressing your own feelings through chords and notes. Not those that tend to "use music" just to ‘look good and above’. We are here to share.. For encouragement… To be honest to your inner voice, in often unnoticeably mechanical modern walk of life consisting of "rails". We should be like free rivers, remembering that life can be very short too.
Are You Signed To A Label?
No. -Could you name a capable one without ANY demands towards artistic freedom?
Where Do You Think You’ll Be As A Band In 5 Years?
Probably in line, eyes staring what can be only speculated about, drumming an ancient shaman drum in Lapland in an enlightening trance -with some quality vodka always handy.
Is There Anything Else People Should Know About Valkyrend Varieté?
We always go our head first. Actually the need for a dive comes in a certain second, after a certain emotional burst.
- Happened also at Kymijoki (a river in eastern Finland…) As me and Atrain Kataja (the original guitarist and my dearest friend of my life) jumped into the flow with our clothes on, being dead drunk, and in the grasp of magic of Hiidenvuori (an old pagan related rocky place with a spectacular view)…
- I almost drowned -luckily, Atrain saw my hand up from under the water and took it, helping me back on platfrom. Then we laughed.
"By heart my guidance. Not book, not father."