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Janne Warman (Children Of Bodom)

Interview with Janne Warman from Children Of Bodom
by Paul at 29 December 2005, 6:54 AM

After getting a call at 1:30 in the afternoon saying that I am going to be interviewing Children of Bodom in 2 hours, I thought I'd better get some questions ready last minute or what! I called Children of Bodom's Publicist for the directions and off I set on a cold Wednesday afternoon in Toronto. When I arrived, there was a queue all around the venue; some kids had been there since midday. I eventually hooked up with Janne Warman, the keyboard player for Children of Bodom and here's what went on…

I know you took your name from the murders at Lake Bodom back in the 60’s. Was there any controversy from anyone involved at the time?

No, we never received anything negative from the name.

It must be such a good feeling to be so popular in Finland. How does that make you feel?

It’s nice, you know, but it’s not that special. The Finnish media hates us. We sell good over there but we are not stars. I don’t really care.

It must be a good kick in the teeth for the media though.

Yeah, that’s a good thing

How well do you think you have been received on this tour so far?

It has been great. All the shows so far have been sold out, it’s looking very good. Canada has always been good to us.

And you’re coming back here (Toronto) in December.

Yeah and that show has already sold out as well!

You recently sold out a few venues in Australia and here in Canada. Do you think there is a big difference in the way the media seem to control what band can or cannot be a success? I think this is obvious in for example the UK.

The media has a really big control but I think it’s kind of a more Pop music kind of thing. For us it’s not that drastic.

Is there anywhere in the world you haven’t been yet that you would like to play at?

Now that we have played in Australia, we have pretty much played everywhere but there are some discussions about some shows in China, Dubai and Indonesia.

You have done a lot of touring over the past few years. What do you miss most about being home?

It’s just being by yourself and not having so much fucking hassle around you, and relaxing, taking it easy.

Now that you have had the opportunity to travel on your musical abilities, how much more aware of cultures, religions in this day and age are you?

Well, I have never been into religions at all. Touring the world has made me even more aware of this like people living in cardboard boxes in Mexico City. Basically the more I travel, the more I see and the less I am into religions.

How do you feel about the lyrics in a lot of songs these days having the ability to cause repercussions towards the musicians. For example Rap music?

Hmm, well you know, I don’t really care about the lyrics in music. I’m more into the melodies and the music itself. I don’t care about the message but yeah I know what you mean.

How does it feel traveling with your Finnish background? Do people actually know where you’re from or do you feel you have to educate them?

(Laughs) Good question! Yeah, we do have to tell people, especially when we are in the States. You give someone your driving license and they are like yeah Finland, isn’t that in Russia? (Laughs) Yeah, so sometimes it’s quite funny!

If everything suddenly came to a halt, what would be the highlights of your musical career so far?

Ah, I guess the Japan shows, yeah the Japan shows were great and some of the festivals we have done have been really good. Stuff like that.

How did you come about recording the W.A.S.P. song Hellion? Are you fans of the band? What other influences do you have?

Yeah Alexi \[Laiho - vocals & guitar] is a big fan of W.A.S.P. That song was already recorded like 6 or 7 years ago, maybe even more actually.

You also covered Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears. Are you big fans?

Oh, kind of. Not in a way that…\[Pauses]

…Not in a musical way… \[All Laugh]

I think that some of her songs are killer Pop hits. You kind of have to dig it a little bit but that’s where I draw the line.

What does the future hold after this tour? What are the foreseeable plans?

There’s touring, touring, so much touring, ah it’s a ten month world tour and we only started like a month ago in Australia so that is the main focus right now.

There has been a steady flow of really talented bands breaking out of Finland the past few years and exploding on the music scene. What do you put this down to?

Wow you know everyone asks me this question. I really don’t know. I have no fucking idea. I guess you could put it down to the cold winter! (Laughs)

Do you have any favorite bands that haven’t quite made it out of Finland yet?

No not really. Hm, I don’t know, it’s a difficult question. There is this one band which is more like a Rock ’n’ Roll band that I have recently worked on their album. They are really good, I have no idea if it will be released outside of Finland.

Any words for the Metal Temple readers?

I want to thank everybody for coming to the shows and buying the albums and we will see you on tour.


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