Playlist of My Life: Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki (Stam1na) (Musicalypse Archive)


Trying to classify STAM1NA‘s music is one hell of a hard nut to crack. The longer way to describe it would start from a thrash metal root with the addition of progressive, heavy, and death influences, while the TL;DR variant would go along the lines of “it KICKS ass!” Add some humor to the mix and BAM! STAM1NA comes to life. The guys released their seventh full length album, “Elokuutio,” in March 2016, with which they’ve shown that once again they haven’t lost their touch. STAM1NA‘s bassist, Kai-Pekka Kangasmäki, is next musician to share the playlist of his life.

1. The first song you remember hearing as a child

I don’t actually remember it, but my big sister has sang to me “Pikkuveli” [little brother] by the Finnish band Noitalinna huraa! when I was a really small pooping machine. Now I’m a bit older pooping machine. 

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

I would probably have to say “Rekkamies” [truck driver]. My father drove a truck and I was maybe like 3 or 4 years old when I called from home to the local radio and asked that song to be played. To this day, I didn’t even know who was the artist that performed it, so I had to Google it and the G told me it was Matti Esko. Pretty bad-ass song, don’t you think? 

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

Any song from RAISED FIST‘s “Ignoring the Guidelines” / “Fuel” or IN FLAMES“Colony” / “Clayman.” Those were the days of the teenaged pooping machine… Swedish music and pimples. 

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

CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s “Deadnight Warrior” music video knocked me out and very soon after that I managed to get my first electric guitar (thanks, Grandma!), but I have to say that THE OFFSPRING‘s “Smash” got me into the music before COB. I still love “Smash.” And COB. And my Grandma. 

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

I don’t listen to the radio, so thankfully I’m not aware what’s going on with the (s)hit lists, but during these IIHF2016 games one particular song was in everywhere. And I don’t mean “Oh, Canada.” I don’t know what the song was, but it really went under my skin. 

6. Your guilty pleasure song/band

Do you mean like a “skeleton in a closet” kind of a song I wouldn’t like to admit? Lady Gaga“Poker Face.” It’s a good song! 

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

I think it might have been “Ehjä” from the Finnish band APULANTA. I haven’t listen to the record in almost 20 years, but I remember when I bought it from Legendary Matti from the legendary record store “Levymusiikki” in legendary Lappeeranta. Good memories towards Levymusiikki [album music]. Not sure if the record is still good. 

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

Every time I curl up on my couch for too long, my upper back and shoulders are trying to kill me and then it’s all about dancing with the painkillers… but if I want to really relax with music, I’d probably put on some Katie Melua or stuff like that. 

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

I usually put some ANAL THUNDER on if I can be the DJ on our tour bus. AT‘s “Drink Myself to Death” is a brilliant song for example, but so is Vince Dicola‘s “Training Montage” from Rocky IV. If those songs doesn’t lift up the spirit then you are probably deaf. 

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

This is easy: Louis Armstrong“What a Wonderful World.”

Interview by Maria Sawicka
Musicalypse, 2016
OV: 2277



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