JN = Jouni Nikula , TK = Timo Kauppinen
-Hello guys! I`m Mike from K4M!
JN: Hellohello! This is Jouni from Jack the Frost.
TK: Hi there!
-Tell us about the band
JN: We played Helloween´s Keeper of the Seven Keys pt. II in itse entirety a few years ago. It was so much fun that I got an idea to form a band. We focused around melodic and rapid songs. Not too heavy, not too grave. Just full speed ahead!
TK: Yeah and we all knew each other already from our former bands when we united to play that Helloween cover gig. It was kind of half of the members of ex-Requiem and other half from Silent Voices. While rehearsing the gig we found it really worked the chemistry between the members and we all definitely had same kind of vibe and musical direction in our minds. When the band was formed we immediately started writing and rehearsing original material for the band and there was straight away some kind of interesting and funny mixture of Helloween, Dream Theater and Iron Maiden going on.
-Why the name “Jack the Frost”?
JN: We wanted to have something fresh, something not so typical in the scene. Jack the Frost is also our mascot, the main character who pops up in our songs up now and then. And he´s crazy!
TK: The name is kind of hilarious cross between Jack the Ripper and Jack Frost too. He’s a wicked gentleman but at the same time very sweet and he’s always wandering near you but you never see him. You just crawl and feel his presence in the dark. Like a pleasant nightmare.
-Who are the bands that you appreciate the most and which are the sources of inspiration for your sound?
JN: As I mentioned before, Helloween is the biggest inspiration when we´re talking about Jack the Frost. But what I´m listening mostly these days is black soul, classical and progressive rock. If I´d had to mention some new metal bands I´d say Pain of Salvation, Opeth and Dream Theater.
TK: I think for me Dream Theater has always been my favourite. Generally, I like progressive stuff. When it comes to guitar players I like technical guitarists but who are not shredding just for the sake of shred. Players like John Petrucci and Steve Morse are the perfect examples, there’s so much emotion and feeling behind it. I also like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani as well as some heavier stuff like Slayer and Testament.
-Tell us about your new single “Jack the Frost”
JN: It´s like Iron Maiden from Iron Maiden.
TK: It was one of the first songs I wrote for the band. When we rehearsed it together we thought it should be the first single and we also wanted to introduce “Jack” –character and the main theme of the band with it. Jouni did all the lyrics and I think it was cool because it entered into the lyrics very well. It was recorded at Studio57 and mastered at Chartmakers, Jan Yrlund from Darkgrove Design did awesome cover on it too and the track is now available on iTunes.
-This year you’re going to release a full album, when?
JN: It all depends on how we get the financial side solved. Anyway we´re having at least mini album done by our own this summer. Epic stuff!
TK: Most of the songs for the upcoming album are written and some of them are already recorded too. We are planning to release full album later this year but before that there’s negotiations with labels who’s going to release it and when. Until that we’ll continue writing/recording process and we’re obviously really excited about the new material.
-Now focusing on the lyrics, what do you “sing about “?
JN: Anything but “dragons and warriors”. I am strongly interested about society, politics and how people act. We have a some humour in our music, but there can still be found thoughtful messages and speculation.
-Why English management?
TK: We released Jack the Frost single on March and at the time we sent press releases everywhere. We got very good feedback but Real Media Music had the best response and similar thoughts about the band so we decided to work with them.
-Do you have a favourite song you have ever written? Why?
TK: It’s interesting, every song has it’s own story and usually it reflects something on time it’s been written. It’s difficult to set out any particular song because one day you might feel a certain song is the best piece of music you’ve ever written and some other day it may be quite another song. Personally, when I create a song I do whatever I want to do and what feels good at the time.
-What is the first thing you do when the band arrives in a new town/city while on tour?
TK: Usually the first thing is to unload the gear at the venue before soundcheck. Right after we go out somewhere to eat and head to the hotel. We like to check places in a new town/city too if there’s any spare time but usually it’s just hanging at the hotel watching TV and preparing to the upcoming show.
-Do you guys have time to go to see your favourite band live? When and which was the last one you went to?
TK: Yeah, sure. Last one I went to see was Dream Theater at icehall, Helsinki on January this year. I like to go to see my favourite bands live whenever it’s possible. Whitesnake was amazing too last time they were in Finland.
-Favourite drink, food?
TK: Pepsi, beer and whiskey. When it comes to food I have to say pizza definitely.
-What is the best and what is the worst thing in the world?
JN: Love / Hate.
TK: Family / War.
-Any message for your fans?
TK: For the fans and readers I’d like to say thanks because without you we couldn’t do this. New album is coming and we are going to rock as many venues as we can promote the album to reach our fans so stay tuned!
– Thank you guys for your time. K4M wishes you all the best in the future. We cannot wait to hear your new album…
TK: Thank you!