How has been the response towards 'Airut:aamujen'? Is the response from people and zines important for you when you release a new album or you don't care at all about it?
The response has been quite the way we expected it to be - divided into those how like it very much and those how see the album as a side project between the “real” releases of Tenhi. It is nice to read how differently people react to our music and it is interesting to hear other interpretations of our work even though the response does not influence our musical process in any way.
Your new album is my first encounter with Tenhi's music, but I can tell you it won't be the last. I'd like you to explain us a bit about the differences between this and your previous works. I ask you because I know the songs of this album were released before under the name Harmaa, in 2004. Why did you decide to re-release it on your new label? Do they represent the usual sound of Tenhi?
At the time we first released Airut:Aamujen we had the feeling that the Airut-saga should be taken out of the Tenhi context. As time passed we understood that this was not necessary at all. So in the end we released the album again under the title Tenhi. The songs on Airut:Aamujen are piano driven compositions composed by me.Usually in the Tenhi the albums have songs from all the members but this time I wanted the album to be strictly a piano album. Some material reaches out as far as ten years ago.
One of the most important points in Tenhi's music is melancholy; a friend of mine told me "how this guys can make such melancholic songs?". Where do you get the inspiration? I made an interview for your countrymates Subaudition, and they told me the nature and the weather had a big importance for them. Is it the same for you? Are you totally focused on nature and obscure feelings or you like to put a part of your lifes and not only the bad moments in your lyrics?
The same question bothers me too. I guess we are quite sad guys. Usually I am really depressed and tangled to my own misery when I write music – which is every day. Sometimes I take my guitar and start to play then I get really depressed. We have a big heart for melancholia – sadness is beautiful. I think that the more blue side of life is were we are as persons and what comes to our music. The music also reflects that were not very expressive persons – in the contrary we are quite introvert.
Tell me if I'm wrong(I hope not) but, as I said on my review of "Airut:Aamujen", I felt a big influence of The Sisters Of Mercy on the vocal side of this album, especially on "Luopumisen Laulu", as much for the male as for the female voices. Anyways, which have been the biggest musical influences on Tenhi's music along all those years? Have them varied or they are the same since the beginning?
We listen to many different genres of music. Musically I am not sure which bands or composers have been the biggest influence to us. Our favourite artist among many others are Nick Cave, Anathema, Tom Waits, Danzig, Katatonia.
The cover of this album is quite evocative, and a bit different from the others of your discography, more focused on landscapes, except for "Maaaët"'s one. Is this just a picture you liked or there's a meaning behind it? Do you think the artwork of an album is really important, as much as the music in it, or not so much? By the way, which is the meaning of "Airut:Aamujen"?
The cover of Airut:Aamujen represents the soul of the album.I had the idea to portray a mental passage away from this place. The black stain could be an extension or a reflection of mind – idea emerging from subconscious. It could however be read as a death metaphor , the spirit leaving body.
I've seen on your website that you hadn't played live since 2003. Are you planning to play live again? How was the experience in the past? I imagine your music is not so easy to reproduce in a live ambience, especially for the mood and all of that. Do you prefer small clubs or fests(as I've seen, you played in the Gothic Treffen)?
Usually when we have performed there has been some support power to play all the instruments. I think that we have done our best shows with band of seven consisting drums, an acoustic guitar, a electric guitar, bass, synth, violin and a flute. It has been a big while since we have performed and nothing big has been planned so far for we have been quite busy with coming releases and producing music outside Tenhi. At the moment we’re working on our 10th year anniversary double album and we are producing one artist from Finland – so it seems that we are quite busy for a while to even think about doing live shows.
Taking a look to your discography, I've realized how much music you have released since year 2000, you are a hard working band as it seems. As this one is just a re-release, have you started working on your new album? Any idea of how it will sound?
We have started working on our next release. We composed a lot of new material and we have a vision what it will be like but our songs usually change much when we start the recording process so at this point it is difficult to predict how it will sound. The next release will have its roots in the soils of Savo. Savo is an area in Finland – we will try to express the grandeaur of the Savo landscape in our music.
Some short choosing question(tell me please why did you choose them):
Prog'Rock or Folk music: Prog/Rock. I like the old 60’s and 70’s classics like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Doors etc. Can any folk band beat those guys?
Earth or Water: Water.
Pink Floyd or Fields Of The Nephilim: Pink Floyd. I have not heard the other one.
Silence or Noise: Silence is golden. I hate noise.
Past or future: Future. Even though I am nostalgic person I hope future will surpass the past.
Which bands or albums surprised you these last times? What do you think about the musical scene in your country nowadays?
When we started ten years ago there were no similar acts. Now there seems to be a genre of quite similar music growing in Finland and abroad. Our fan base was outside Finland in the beginning – even now we are not that known in here. Even though we are getting some attention we are in general totally outside of the music scene in Finland. This is not necessarily a bad thing for we get to concentrate on our thing and music, which is the most important thing
Ok, we can finish this here, so I hope to hear from you soon and give you the best wishes for Tenhi. If you want to add something, go on...
Thank You for the interest.
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