Jarno Keskinen Interview 2/99
1. Please tell me your simple biography in Finland. Like which bands you
were in, you know...
1:I played drums in local band when I was 16 years old and we did a few
Later I played guitar in some other heavy project bands, but at the same
time I was playing
in those bands I kept composing my own material sending demo tapes etc.
2. I already listened your debut CD and read your biography, so I could
imagine and see your influences. But there is no comment of neo
classical guitar players as your influences in your biography. Weren't
you influenced by those kind of players like Malmsteen or Macalpine at
2:The true fact is what I have told in every interview is that when I
saw Blackmore playing
Beethoven on stage and when I heard players like Yngwie Malmsteen,
Tony McAlpine, and most of their influences has came from classical
I wanted to practice only translated classical Violin sequences etc of
Bach Vivaldi etc
with my electric guitar.
I have never practiced any guitar solos from the albums, because I
wanted to do it my way.
I seriously believe that I would have something to offer to neo
classical music listeners
example songs like Seasons or Into The Light where I used one modified
piece of a Vivaldi
classical sounding sequence.
In my thanks list I wanted to thank the people who has been helping me
by giving me a chance
to make CDs as well as the composers whose musical pieces I have
I also thank GOD for the gift of music.
Of course it would look cool if I would put names of the guitarists to
the thanks list like
Jimi Hendrix Ritchie Blackmore Yngwie Malmsteen Vinnie Moore etc
I have heard their music but my classical influences has came by
Violin sequences with electric guitar and by listening to classical
music I still have a lot
of translated tablatures of Violin notes of Bach and Vivaldi for
3. Your playing style is pretty much based on neo classical playing
though, some of your compositions shows European taste, for example,
'Into The Light.' Were you influenced by European metal bands?
3.The music I have heard in the last 15 years ranges from speed metal to
classical music and
everything between. As a teenager I listened to bands like Accept, Judas
Iron Maiden etc as for mentioning European bands
4. You sent your demo to Chastain in 1994, but most of melodic metal
bands such as Stratovarius selling their albums and having their shows
in Japan Europe these days. Could you tell me why you got a contract
with American company?
4:I got this recording contract with Leviathan after years of trying.
Of course I have sent demos to European companies in Finland
France England Germany. In Finland I got answer that unfortunately
even this good guitar music isn't selling in 1993.
I still continued playing and composing neo classical guitar
Nobody was interested it at that time but now it seems that
neo classical sound is coming back in US also.
5. You wrote the music and Chastain wrote the lyrics and melodies this
time. I know you the main guy on this album, but I cannot figure out
what kind of demo it was before the recording process. Do you have some
musicians in Finland to work with on demo tapes? And please explain to
me a little bit about producing this album. Like what kind of demo you
gave to Chastain and how you and Chastain developed the songs, etc...
5:I play all the instruments on my demo tapes Guitars Bass Drums
the whole songs ready before I send them anywhere. I have made songs
since I was 15
years old where I played drums guitars etc instruments,
I don't have a band in Finland and also I don't need musicians when I'm
working on a demos
because I can play all the instruments and I compose all of the music.
When I gave demo tape to Chastain it was finished songs with all of the
and song titles. Guitar is my main instrument which I use for composing
like if example I come up with classical sounding sequence with
electric guitar I play it also with the Keyboards.
6. I wanna know what the band title 'KenZiner' means.
6:There is no such word as Kenziner so it doesn't have any meaning.
Actually it is just a artistic name modified from my surname Keskinen
and when somebody says in English Kenziner it sounds like
Keskinen in Finnish language.
7. KenZiner looks like a project rather than a band. You're Finnish and
other guys are American, so it's hard to imagine that you guys gonna
play together after the recording. Are you gonna get a band members to
7:Yes it might look like a project because there wasn't 5 members at the
when Timescape was recorded and because I played all the Keyboards and
But now at the moment I have a Keyboard player from Finland and
Bass player from US. The Vocalist and the Drummer will be the same so
after the next album we will have better possibilities to play live.
8. Are you playing live in Finland these days?
8:At the moment I don't play live in Finland because I don't have a band
9. I heard that Stratovarius album got a gold album in Finland, but
techno trend is very strong worldwide now. How is the Finnish rock scene
9:Heavy Metal scene is very good in finland. Stratovarius Waltari
very successful bands.
I hate techno music it might work well in discos but it has nothing to
do with music.
It all started with an heart beat and human has certain life rhythm
heart beat etc and then your
ears are filled with 100 times faster beat than your heart so
I call that mono tonic musical terror.
I sometimes wonder what Bach would think when he would walk on modern
hearing all the noises Airplanes Trains Cars and TECHNO "MUSIC!"
I think he would get a panic attack.
I personally think that silence is sometimes a good thing.
10. Your songs have a lot of emotional variations and tempo changes. It
could be categorized as progressive metal, I guess. Did you or do you
listen to progressive metal bands like Dream Theater?
10:yes I have heard Queensryche Rage For Order. I like that album
also Dream Theater is great and other progressive metal bands
11. Chastain is a producer of this album and your guitar sounds are very
similar to his on this album. Are you 100% satisfied with the sound of
11:My guitar still Cries and Screams no matter what amp etc I use.
Yes I'm 100% happy with my guitar sound in Timescape.
12. Are you writing songs for next album now? Is it goanna be also
'KenZiner' album or your solo or a band?
12:All the music for the next album material is ready and it is KenZiner
The album title is The Prophecies and it is over 10 minutes long
song with classical sounding sequences,
still there is many musical variations between all of the songs.
I hope that someday I can make full guitar instrumental album because
that is what
I have been done before Timescape. We now have to write the lyrics and
melodies, rehearse and record. This process will still take quite a bit
more time. We hope for a new CD late in 99.
13. Please give a little advice to Korean guitar kids.
13:Believe in yourself and your playing abilities.
If something don't work immediately don't worry it will in time.
Try to first get some books where it is mostly scales
and the chords. It is basically very simple stuff.
Every scale is build on half full whatever one and a half step. Try to
some 3 notes per string and listen how it sounds when you play another 3
with different strings, or if you play all 4 notes per fret it is
also it is chromatic if you play 3 notes per string like this
3 notes per string chromatic
E 5A, 6#A, 7B
A 3C , 4 #C ,5D
etc with different position
make experiments with everything and use your imagination
4 notes per string chromatic
E 5, 6, 7, 8
A 4, 5, 6, 7
D 3, 4, 5, 6
G 2, 3, 4, 5
B 2, 3, 4, 5
E 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
here is the diminished scale
E 2 , 3 , 5
A 3 , 5 , 6
D 4#F, 5 , 7
G 5, 7 , 8
B 7, 8 , 10A
E 8, 10, 11
and finally after diminished
here's one E-minor arpeggio
E ----0e---- ----3g---
hopefully this had some help for your playing.
With Best Wishes! Jarno (KENZINER)
Interview conducted by Mr. Won Lee of Hot Music/Korea