Finnish atmospheric metallurgists Trauma Field released their excellent, sophomore album Changing Tides back in May this year. Described as “massive yet subtle” by the band, the album is a journey worth experiencing. In an interview for Moshville, singer and guitarist Jaakko Pesu and keyboardist Antero Jokinen walk us through the album, influences, favourite records, gear, and more.
Hey folks. How are you doing?
Jaakko: Great, thank you! The summer in Finland is short but at least there’s no snow!
Antero: Doing good, thanks! Feels good to have a small summer break but I can’t wait to get back in business again!
You released Changing Tides in May. How do you feel about the release?
Jaakko: We are very happy with it! It is a compact package with a message. The feedback has also been very good.
Antero: This is the first album I’ve ever been part of. It turned out great, I’m very proud of it.
How much of a challenge was to work on the album?
Jaakko: The money was the biggest issue, but we recorded only the drums and vocals in a studio and the rest at home. That saved us a lot. We also had some trouble with scheduling but in the end everything worked out nicely.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Finland are you friends with?
Jaakko: We have played for example with Hanging Garden, Noumena, Dark Flood, Ever Circling Wolves and Lucidity. Ville also plays in Psychework with Juuso Raatikainen, the drummer of Swallow the Sun.
What is your opinion about the current metal scene?
Jaakko: I don’t listen to new music that much. All I can say is that I don’t like the business approach. If the money is more important than the music itself, there is something wrong. Simple and easy isn’t always the best choice.
Antero: Also, the metal scene in Finland is so huge that it’s hard to get recognized. If Internet is to be believed, Finland has more metal bands in proportion to population than any other country in the world.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Jaakko: They come from all around. Some days I listen to punk, some days indie pop. Sometimes even jazz. Everything affects the music I write. And the inspiration may come from anywhere or anything.
What are you listening to these days?
Jaakko: Lately I’ve been listening to Insomnium, Barren Earth and Omnium Gatherum. From non-metal bands I could pick The National and Rise Against.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Jaakko: In non-particular order: Verisäkeet by Moonsorrow, Human Equation by Ayreon, Viva Emptiness by Katatonia, Blackwater Park by Opeth and Shadows of the Dying Sun by Insomnium. Of course tomorrow this list could be different.
Antero: Unia or Silence or basically almost any other album by Sonata Arctica, Once by Nightwish, Addicted by Devin Townsend Project, Rocket Ride by Edguy and greatest hits albums by Bon Jovi, Queen and many others.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Changing Tides”?
Jaakko: The drums and vocals were done in a studio and I don’t really know anything about that gear. But I recorded my own guitars with a Pod HD500. Ville (guitar) and Atte (bass) recorded a dry signal and Joonatan re-amped them afterwards.
Antero: I recorded the keyboard tracks at home with my Korg Krome 88 workstation, Line 6 UX2 usb interface and a Macbook Pro. I also used the MIDI libraries from Logix Pro X and EastWest Symphonic Orhestra Gold and Symphonic Choir Gold.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
Jaakko: Some shows, promotion and onwards to the next recordings!
Antero: Many have also asked for us to releas “Harvest” as a physical CD. That WILL happen, we promise!
Any words for the potential new fans?
Jaakko: This is not background music. Take your time to dive in, there’s plenty of things to chew on!