The BTA team reached out to Prime Time Violence for their views on being a rock band! Read what the band had to say about their creative process along with tips for aspiring rock bands!  You can find Prime Time Violence BTA profile here. Enjoy!

Band members: Tuukka Järvinen (TJ), Taneli Ilmakari (TI), Pasi Yli-Paavola (P), Tuukka ’Duke’ Ilmakari (D)


Please introduce yourselves.

TJ: Tuukka, lead singer and guitarist. Music obsessed musician who lives his life as he wants, not as others see it should be lived.

P: I am Pasi, bassist and backing vocals for PTV since 2011.

TI: Taneli. Guitars. D: Tuukka “Duke” Ilmakari, drummer


How did you end up playing together and how did you come up with the name of the band?

TJ: We met through Taneli and Duke’s former band Huurre which broke up and we decided to start playing together. The band name came after a long and frustrating email conversation with Duke and our former bass player Eero. A story for another day.

P: I was called to audition for PTV after their previous bassist left, and have been on board ever since.


Can you tell us little about your creative process?

TJ: It almost always starts with Taneli and myself making the guitar riffs. Then we take Pasi and Duke to it and make arrangements with some sort of basic structure. After we’re through with that I’ll start the painful process of writing the lyrics and melodies, which always takes way too long!


Any tips for aspiring rock bands?

TJ: Learn how to play your instrument, then practice playing as a band, and start to learn how to make songs. These steps can and probably will overlap, but most important are that you do all of them as well as you can. Incredible music and playing will always find its audience.

P: Try to retain the thing that makes your band original and just keeps grinding on, and never let the bastards wear you down!

D: Playing should always be fun. When you start to calculate which kind of songs/music would sell, you lose all the fun. And when you lose the fun, what is the point to play? Listen to all kinds of music, and find inspiration from those, even if the genre is not your cup of tea. Also, save money and buy good gear. It always pays off in the long run.


What is the best thing about playing live gigs?

TJ: The adrenaline rush that comes when you see the audience warm up as the gig evolves.

P: Those moments when you really connect with the audience and can genuinely see them enjoying themselves and your music.

D: When everything works and you can let loose! There are many occasions that something is a bit off, for instance, you can’t hear the music well, problems with gear, you´re not feeling well, you can´t quite remember the new songs etc. Preparation and practice are the way to avoid this happening. Then you can go and make audience crazy!


If you could choose, which artist would you like to see live? Dead or alive.

TJ: The Beatles

P: I would probably go for Queen (with Freddie Mercury), or the Beatles.

TI: Led Zeppelin

D: Lately I´ve been listening to Nothing But Thieves, so that would be it. Others could be Pearl Jam (never played in Finland), Audioslave, Nirvana, Queen, Chevelle, The Crash Kings… The list goes on.


Tell us about your regular hang out? Have you ever had a gig there?

TJ: My most regular hang out is Roskapankki in Kallio. We haven’t played there, but our album is in their jukebox!

P: Well they have actually just closed my regular pub PRKL, last weekend, so I guess I’ll have to find a new one! We played a gig there few years back, which went down well. I even got myself a ride home in the back of a police van, but that’s another story.

TI: On the Rocks. Yes, 2 or 3 times. D: Also Roskapankki. Cheap beer and flavorless service, just something I prefer.


Which artist would you like to see being interview by BTA? Which one question would you ask them?

TJ: Ismo Alanko. How do you see music scene this day, and would you like to change it someway?

TI: Alter Bridge. When is the next album coming out?

D: Hmm, maybe Pearl Jam. I would like to ask them why they haven´t done a gig in Finland.


Many thanks, guys and rock on! Until next week!

BTA – Team



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