The journalists from the Austrian tattoo magazine "Inked Panther" had the great honor to meet Perttu Kivilaakso at "Rock in Vienna 2016" and to talk about becoming a musician, about the band, alcohol and Jabba the Hutt.
This is the translation of the original german interview by "Inked Panther"
Perttu: I play violonce cello. (laughs)
Perttu: I started playing cello when I was 5. My father also played cello, that is why it was natural for me, that I would be doing the same. We've been playing in Helsinki philarmonic orchestra together for 7 years, until I finally lacked time, since Apocalyptica started taking more and more time.
Perttu: It all started, when I was 12, with such bands as Skid Row, Judas Priest and so on.
I was getting old and my taste in music was getting darker and darker.
Then in was logical to make a teenager-metal band. And that was what I did actually.
Perttu: It's just for fun, I sang and played drums a little. We played covers of our favorite bands and drank of course. What else to do, when you are young.
Perttu: I won't be lying, that was Eicca's idea – that is the other long-hair guy. I wasn't even in the first line up, they started playing in 1992-93. They met each other in a music camp and started playing there Pantera covers. I joined in 1995th, I was 16 or 17 at that moment, and that was quite a problem.
Perttu: As well, but also I wasn't old enough to be allowed to enter bars and clubs, where Apocalyptica played (grins). It was 6 or 7 of us in the band at that time, we changed from time to time, depending on who could play or who had time (laughs).
Perttu: Yeah, definitely. We played at parties and so on. We were young and wild cellists. Then it got more serious, when Apocalyptica released their first album, I had some obligations to some classic orchestras, so I became a full member only in 1999th.
Perttu: Hmmm... That was... What the f*ck... Wait a minute...
Yeah, it was this elven writing. It is 12 years old, I made it, when I absolutely gave up drinking. I just wanted to perpetuate this decision on my body. I think, many people do the same, when important things, that matter a lot happen to them, which they would like to chase somehow. To remember them, or so.
Perttu: Yes, that's it. Almost everything here is about elves, Middle-earth and other Tolkien stuff. I grew up on these things! I also have a tattoo with Aragorn and Arwen kissing.
Perttu: Of course, but make sure my belly doesn't look too fat. My band mates constantly tease me a little, when they say that at first it was Aragorn kissing Arwen, and now It is Jabba the Hutt kissing Rosie O'Donnell. Maybe you can photoshop me sixpack? (laughs)
Perttu: I'd like to, but that doesn't work out. I have one that I've made in the UK, but I usually go to the same tattoo master.
Perttu: I like guys from Paradise Tattoo in Helsinki, I definitely trust them.
Perttu: I need it to have a meaning, or a story. Like giving up drinking.
Perttu: Not really at the moment... Like I said – I'm a great fan of Tolkien, so it will be definitely connected that theme. But I'd also like to have something with Star wars. I also like that story a lot.
German interview: Stefan Orasch
Translation: Julia Bessonova
Photo: instagram.com/perttukivilaakso, Michelle Schoofs
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