One can never complain when an old favorite band comes back after a hiatus with brilliant new material, nor can they complain when said band performs club gigs in their home town three times within the year since its release! ENTWINE‘s 2015 album, “Chaotic Nation” was a staff favorite, and we’ve been enjoying their shows ever since its release, so it was only natural for us to get the playlist of vocalist Mika Tauriainen‘s life to share with you!
1. The first song you remember hearing as a child
There are many, but the first that really, really hit was EUROPE‘s “Final Countdown.” I was 9, I think. Some of you weren’t even alive at that time [laughs].
2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving
It was “The Final Countdown.” I was like, “what the fuck is this!?” I was a kid and I was like [hums the riff]. I think that’s probably the song.
3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school
There are so many songs… IRON MAIDEN, Yngwie Malmsteen, HELLOWEEN… probably the IRON MAIDEN album, “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” or “Somewhere in Time.”
4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)
Maybe if we say the band or thing that got me singing, it was probably ALICE IN CHAINS, PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN, all of the grunge stuff that was going on. That day I had to start to sing, because I played drums for 4-5 years before I started to sing, but those were probably the reasons I started to sing.
5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head
Those are the worst! The last one that I remember that was 2 days ago… Kaija Koo. It just popped into my ear and I was like, “Oh no, not this one!” I don’t remember the song right now, thank God, but that’s the latest, I think.
6. Your guilty pleasure song/band
Oh, now we’re going into the dark area. The skeletons from the closet. Nowadays or when I was younger… there were a lot of things. Nowadays… I don’t know, I like every kind of music nowadays. It’s very hard to say. Nothing comes to my mind. Of course when I was a teenager I liked to go to the discos. I was a dancer. With my friend, we didn’t drink, we went there to dance for 4-5 hours. During that time, there was some ACE OF BASE… the sweet stuff [laughs]. Those are the things, but those were the early days.
7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own
Yngwie Malmsteen‘s “Rising Force.” I bought it from Sweden. It was a cassette, because I thought that guy was playing in EUROPE [laughs]. I thought he was the other guitarist from EUROPE and I bought it and I was like, “Okay fuck, this is not him,” but I started to like it [laughs].
8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage
This is so hard… probably some Ellie Goulding. I’ve been listening to a lot of female artists for the past 3-4 years. Something from her, I think.
9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road
KORN – “Narcissistic Cannibal.” That’s good.
10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral
Some song from VANGELIS, from the album “Oceanic” or “Voices.” Something from there.
Interview by Bear Wiseman