Please introduce yourselves.
Hey! We’re Drug Of Choice from Finland! We play a mixture of rock, metal, rap and punk! The band consists of Sami Moilanen on bass and vocals, Olavi Wuorimaa on guitar and Valtteri Kallio on drums.
How did you end up playing together?
Sami and Olavi have been friends since childhood and actually started playing together to form a cover band a few years back. After a while we started this to bring something new and fresh to the table. Valtteri and Sami have also known each other for some time and when we needed a new drummer it was easy to contact Valtteri.
The biggest influences on your music?
We like a whole lot of different genres but here’re a few good bands.. Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Tool, Rush, AC/DC, In Flames..
Can you tell us little about your creative process?
So far everything has been written by Sami and when he’s got a song ready we start jamming and trying if the pieces fit together and if we need to make some arrangements. The idea of a song can come from anywhere! It’s a riff or a melody, some lyrics or what not.
Any tips for aspiring bands?
Do your thing! Remember to have fun and practice, practice, practice. Go see other bands perform and try and make some friends on the way.
What is the best thing about being in a band?
It’s something to take your mind off from regular everyday problems. And playing live and seeing places is THE thing!
You combine a lot of different genres. Which one is closest to your hearts?
If you accept metal as a genre well go with that. Or the Hell with it, let’s say rock because that covers metal too! We’re not too genre oriented.
What’s the story behind your band name, Drug of Choice?
A lot of our songs tell about the inner struggles one might have and about a journey to become a better human being! The name can be interpreted in many ways. Ultimately we wanna be your Drug of Choice!
If you could choose, which artist would you like to see live? Dead or alive.
Sami: Cliff Burtons Metallica or early 90’s Pantera..
Olavi: Tom Morello, Jimmy Hendrix, Santana
Valtteri: Air, young Black Sabbath, original Queen
Tell us about your regular hang out? Have you ever had a gig there?
We used to go clubbing or what, not more when we were younger so not that many hang out spots anymore.. We’ve played some good shows at some of our favorite bars, Bar Loose, PRKL Club and Bar Bäkkäri to name a few. Bar Loose is a blast to play at!
Which artist would you like to see being interview by BTA? Which one question would you ask them? Say hi to our friends at Prime Time Violence and ask when we’re gonna hit the road!
Until next week!