Mar 18, 2011

Featured Artist inteview: Hannu Lepisto (E62)

About: Hannu Lepisto from Helsinki

"Hannu wrote songs about his journey from divorce to his addictions, to his knocks on heaven’s door and finding new love in his life. Then he decided to let go of the band. It was time to fulfill his biggest dream and go solo.
So he started working in the studio with his ever-loyal companion Petteri Mård, recording acoustic based tracks and soundscapes. Later in 2009 he signed to a newly formed Helsinki based family label Homeward Records Oy.
For the drums, percussion and bass Hannu wanted the best and got the best. The legendary Michael Blair (Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello) came back on board, as well as Ulf Rockis Ivarsson (Thåström, Nicolai Dunger). They jumped on the wagon as rhythm section and producers for this new batch of personal and emotionally direct songs.
The Helsinki-Stockholm-New York connection strengthened already when Ollie Olson took a mixing engineer’s hard job. The process of these two years of making Hannu’s debut has been pure delight in it’s ups and downs and heavens and hells.
And as a climax Howie Weinberg has mastered the tracks at the legendary Masterdisk, N.Y.C., U.S.A. (with Matthew Agoglia).
Hannu's dream has come true."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
I like living here in Finland at this time we have, with all of its threat. Safe and clean place. All the Western European countries and North-American countries; U.S.A. & Canada would be all right.
Though it would be great to have timetravel to Palestine & Israel area to see the time Jesus gathered masses and to hear his speeches and to follow and see his actions / acts.

2). What is your favorite month and why? 
I think December - it's great to have the first snow and waiting Christmas is always exciting. It is wonderful to see how kids anticipate wait for Santa. And there is something very spiritual and harmonic in December too. But elsewise more than winter - I prefer summer.

3). At what time of the day do you usually prefer to write your music? 
Basically all the time some kind of mindwork and thinking goes on concerning about songwriting and unfinished songs(I've got always couple in my hands,lol). Whether it's productionwise, or just concentrating on lyrics. Even without guitar in my hands. So I don't have favorite time - I love to play and wander with guitar whenever it is just possible.

4). What is your favorite instrument and why? 
Guitar and Voice. :-) Guitar is good, I love acoustic- and electric guitars and they are easy to take everywhere. You couldn't do that with Piano.. :-) And voice follows as well. ;-)

5). What is your favorite drink?
Coca-Cola Light on the rocks.

Listen to: Hannu Lepisto  - Wild Girl

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1 comment:

  1. I am so happy that you have some recognition.. I liked your answers Hannu, they were the real you.. I am glad you didn't try to come off like a rock star... to all of your friends who are supporting your music.. You are \,,/ !! I was also happy to come read the article and see you chose Wild Girl as the tune to play. Good lux <3
    Michelle Thorn