Playlist of My Life: Harri Koskela (Lost in Grey) (Musicalypse Archive)


Founded not long ago in 2013, it’s possible that you haven’t heard about LOST IN GREY just yet. This ambitious project has been influenced by everything from symphonic and folk metal through to music scores and nature itself. With an album coming out on March 3rd, 2017, we thought we’d give you a brief overview on vocalist, keyboardist, and general mastermind Harri Koskela. Here is the playlist of his life!

1. The first song you remember hearing as a child

There must be quite many of which I’ve been listening when I was a child, but the first that comes to my mind is “Living in a Box” by ­LIVING IN A BOX. Total ’80s super-hit with awesome keyboards. I think this has something to do with the fact that I’m really fond of ’80s music.

2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving

Relying on pure intuition, it must be Michael Jackson‘s­ “Earth Song.” I remember how I was touched when I heard this for the first time ­ and I still am. It is an awesome piece of music and as sad it is, the lyrics are still current.

3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school

A song that reminds of my times at junior high school is definitely BOMBFUNK MC’S ­”Uprocking Beats.” There was a huge dance/hip-hop thing going on then, and as a keyboardist I’ve always liked the sound of synths & etc… Some would say that it’s strange that couple of years after that I mainly listened to CRADLE OF FILTH, but I’ve always been very open to all kinds of musical genres.

4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)

I think that a lot of people says this, but the songs in METALLICA’s “Master of Puppets” must have had a big influence on how I found my way to metal music. However, I feel that the biggest and dearest band that led me to metal music is IRON MAIDEN. I still get the same kind of cold shivers that I got in the early days.

5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head

I try to get to know new music as much as possible, and when doing that there are no genre boundaries. A couple of the most recent songs that I’ve been enjoying, even when stuck in my head, are WARDRUNA‘s ­ “Raido,” EQUILIBRIUM‘s “Born to be Epic,” and Eivør‘s ­“Trøllabundin.” With WARDRUNA and Eivør, I really like the organic approach and the overall themes in the songs a lot, and I often catch myself humming the themes in my head. Now, when it comes to EQUILIBRIUM, I really like the whole recent album, but for me this particular song stands out in a good way, for its somewhat different approach compared to the overall mass of metal music produced nowadays.

6. Your guilty pleasure song

COLDPLAY – ­“Princess of China” ft. Rihanna.

7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own

IRON MAIDEN‘s “Best of the Beast,” which had a huge influence on me and where I am now with my musical taste. I remember listening to the album at a cabin with my cousins, and straight after the cabin trip I went to a local record store and bought the album. The melodies took me far away instantly, and I especially loved the song “Virus.” That was also the first song from IRON MAIDEN that I played along with, both with keyboards and guitar, ­obviously with the skills available at the time. 😉

8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage

Anything from Hans Zimmer’s “Inception” soundtrack works perfectly. Actually this doesn’t make me want to curl up on the couch, but I could imagine this working perfectly in those situations.

9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road

There’s a ton of these songs too, but lately I’ve been enjoying Dio’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” a lot! Awesome song that has to be played at the maximum volume of eleven each time when listened to in a car!

10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral

PINK FLOYD“High Hopes.”

Interview by Bear Wiseman
Musicalypse, 2017
OV: 3007



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