This week we interviewed JARSPIS, a punkrock trio! Check out their artist profile HERE
Please introduce yourselves.
Hello! I’m Jarspis, the bass player and lead singer. I’m doing the interview ’cause it’s past midnight and everyone else are probably asleep. Everyone else is Pikkukimmo who plays guitar and Hessu who plays drums.
What got you interested in punk?
I was an 80’s kid and all my friends were really into Guns N’ Roses back then. So when The Spaghetti Incident? came out on ’93 I heard Attitude by Misfits and I Don’t Care About You by Fear and that was kinda the turning point for me. When I met Hessu few years later he was a punker (he’s not anymore) and so we had some mutual friends etc. But the reason we became friends was probably cause we were interested in many types of music when most friends mostly listened to hardcore punk.
How did you end up making music together and how did your group name come about?
I’ve known Hessu since we were both 16 years old and we have been in same bands and/or rehearsal rooms since. Kimmo joined my old band when I was 18 and Kimmo was 14 and later on Hessu joined that band too. So we all go way back. The band name is my name and it kinda sucks to share a name. We were formerly known as Jarspis’s Allstars cause it started out as my solo project and I thought Jarspis’s Allstars is a great name cause it’s similar with Scandinavian Music Group and Anza Mertaranta Allstars. Everyone were always telling us that the name is misspelled even though it wasn’t and Hessu convinced us to chance the name in 2013. It’s about the same time when ‘SM-Liiga’ became ‘Liiga’ and ‘MTV3’ became ‘MTV’ so it’s also a marketing strategy.
Tell us little about your creative process?
Kimmo writes most of the music and we arrange songs together. We practice about once a week or so and when not touring we try to compose new songs. We usually have about five songs in progress at the same time and we play them a lot, make few demos and sometimes I even manage to write some lyrics and that’s how a song gets finished.
What is the best thing about being in a punk rock group?
For me it’s playing live. The actual live act. But the most magical moment can be for example a cigarette break in the middle of nowhere when driving home after a show at 5 am. So the best thing probably is the people you know and wanna spend your time with and the people you meet and the cool bands you see and become friends with.
The most memorable show you performed?
The memorable shows are the once when something weird happened. Like once in Harjavalta, the opening band was local and after they played they went to a nightclub and the whole audience went with them. During our show, there was another band and the bar owner’s dad, who was asleep. When everything goes fine there’s nothing worth mentioning. Once after a show a skinhead punched Hessu in the face. Sometimes it’s five hours between soundcheck and show (hard to stay sober). Hey, actually I just remembered the most memorable show! It was in Järvenpää, the bar had shuffleboard and we all played it for the first time. It was awesome! Didn’t feel like playing a show at all.
If you could choose, which artist would you like to see live? Dead or alive.
I don’t know. I’ve seen all the good bands I should name some old band that isn’t possible to see anymore… But I don’t like old bands. Guys might would wanna see the Beatles. But I wouldn’t.
Tell us about your regular hang out? Have you ever had a gig there?
We don’t really have a regular hang out. When we hang out as a band it’s mostly at the rehearsal room or at gigs.
Future projects we should know about?
We’re writing music for an album but it’s probably gonna take a while.. We may have some official and some unofficial internet releases coming up though 😉 Stay tuned!
Which artist would you like to see being interviewed by BTA? Which one question would you ask them?
I would like to know if Neljä Ässää are really super talented or just generally talented like us?
Thanks guys! See you again next week for a new artist interview!