Dead By You
Jan-Peter Saarimäki (voc), Arttu Ruotsalainen (gtr), Jokke Pulkkinen (bass), Mikko Myllykoski (keyboards), Mikko Hänninen (drums).
Where in Finland are you from?
All of the members are from Jyväskylä, center of Finland.
How would you describe your band for those who don’t know you?
Well, if you like melodramatic, little dark with a glimpse of light kind of music you should listen to us.
When did you form as a group?
That was 2006 but we’ve been through a couple of big changes so I think it’s fair to say that with this line-up it’s year and a half.
What was the inspiration for your recent album?
First it was just a joy to make music and become rock stars J but it changed after my son died. 4-5 songs of the album are for him and he’s also pictured in the cover of the album made by Johnny Lee Michaels.
What other releases do you have?
We did make an four song Ep just after three or four months after we were formed. It contains two songs ‘Queen Of The Night’ and ‘Superman’ that were later recreated to the album. Ep is simply called ‘Dead By You’ but it also have a nickname ‘Black Acoustic Rock’.
What is your favorite song on your most recent album?
My favourite is ‘Tonight’ but I also fancy ‘Love’.
Do you have any gigs coming up?
We had many gigs during the release of the album and now there’s a few ahead of us. We just got a new booking agent so have to be a little patient here.
What’s your favorite type of venue to play?
Anywhere with an audience. Places with a good PA systems and a proper stage is also a good thing to have for a musician.
If you could play anywhere in the world this week, where would it be?
I love Rome and Paris but if I could choose it would be some cool rock venue in New York cause I haven’t been there.
Do you have a Website, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter etc?
All of them. Just go to deadbyyou.com and you’ll find all the links from there.
What are your influences as a band?
Like I said in some interview, we have so many artists that we like as individuals but I think as a band we love Guns N’ Roses, Depeche Mode, Sixx A.M., Pearl Jam, Lenny Kravitz and so on.
People who enjoy your music tend to like what other bands?
Hard to say. Maybe the previous question has the answer to that.
Are you signed to a label?
Yeah, we’re with Bad Habits Records, a label run by Sammy Aaltonen, singer of Private Line.
Where do you think you’ll be as a band in 5 years?
We have created some good music and we’re touring with some cool bands around the globe.
Is there anything else people should know about Dead By You?
You should see us live. We’re good at it.