Jarno Keskinen Interview 7/99
Interview with Jarno Keskinen July 5, 1999
By Gary Weber of Melodic Metal Works.
MMWorks-Hi Jarno, thanks for the interview. Could you tell us
briefly about your music history? How and why did you start playing
guitar? Who were your influences?
Jarno -When I was eleven years old, I listened to lot of
Heavy Metal: Iron Maiden, Accept, DIO, Judas Priest, Ozzy
Osbourne and others, so I got an electric guitar and started
to create some noise out of it trying to create some scales,
etc. Later I became interested in classical music also and
when I saw Blackmore playing Beethoven on stage and after
I heard guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen,Vinnie Moore,
etc., I decided to practice only classical violin notes
translated to electric guitar tabulature. I took few private
"guitar lessons" and I asked from my teacher to translate
some of the classical sequences of Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli,
and Paganini for electric guitar. I was 16 years old by
that time. I also got drums when I was 14, and I have
played drums and guitars in local bands. Mostly, I have
written my own material since I was 15 years old, so I
would say that I have always had a passion to write music.
MMWorks-Is it true that you currently live in US? What city?
What prompted you to move?
Jarno-No, that is just a rumor. Maybe, however, one
day in the future things can be that way.
MMWorks-It seems that Finland is becoming a primary source of
exceptional guitarists, especially given its small size. There is Erik Lars
Mattson, Timo Tolkki, yourself. Is there something in the air, or is it the
Jarno-I think it is because of the weather? No,
actually I think it is a question of whatever you do, no
matter where ever you live, if you believe in your music
and try to do all you can for your career, you can make it.
MMWorks-Your debut, "Timescape", showcases some amazing melodies,
awesome playing skills and powerful lyrics. How long did it take to write
all the songs?
Jarno-Thanks! Well, it took few months to write all of
the Timescape material. I wrote "Images Of The Past" and "Walking In The Rain" in 2 days, "Into The Light" was
written in 1994, and I just added a new sequence into the
middle of the song which I borrowed and modified from
Vivaldi. Sometimes the ideas just flow and sometimes not,
but when I get a certain need or state of mind, I have to
make the song ready right away.
MMWorks-Who are the other members of Kenziner and how did they
become involved in the band?
Jarno-Currently Kenziner is: Brian Harris-drums,
Mikko Harkin-keyboards, and Stephen Fredrick-all
MMWorks-The second album is in the works. Could you tell us
anything about it? Will it continue to sound the same as the Kenziner we
came to love? Will it be played by the current line-up?
Jarno-The second album is going to be a bit different
from Timescape because there are actually 3 fast songs. The title song is a massive, over 10 minutes long,
classically influenced, progressive type of a song with
interesting parts. There is a variety between every song in
The Prophecies like there was on the Timescape. The
current line up is Brian Harris on Drums, Stephen
Fredrick on Vocals Mikko Harkin on Keyboards, Jarno
Keskinen all electric acoustic & guitars.
MMWorks-Since you play both, guitar and piano parts, is a live show
out of the question, or are any gigs being considered?
Jarno-I now have a Keyboard player in the band so it is
no problem to play live. Of course, when there is a demand
for the tour we would love to play LIVE!
MMWorks-Will the new release be distributed in US?
Jarno-Yes, it is to be distributed by Leviathan Records.
MMWorks-Jarno, what do you think of the metal scene in US? Is it
improving in quantity or quality?
Jarno-I just hope that Heavy Metal come back to
MMWorks-If you had an opportunity to play a concert with any
band/artist of your choosing, who would you pick?
Jarno-Any band? Well this is a trick question right :)
? With METALLICA of course!