The Impersonators

 

Discuss the gaining of confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.

I was sixteen when I did this for the first time and really made a mess of it. I had a microphone that had an on-off switch. Nervous as I was, I accidentally turned the microphone off. Nobody heard me sing that day as my band was only doing one number. The singer of the group that came on after us made a joke about the incident by switching the microphone back on with grandiose gestures and by saying, “and now after that instrumental, let’s get back to some pop tunes.” I just wanted to be invisible at that point. But hey, who knows, perhaps that was for the better. I’m not sure how great my singing would have sounded anyway. It took a lot of courage to climb back on stage a few weeks after that. You can bet your ass, I didn’t put my hands or fingers even near a microphone after that for a long time.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.

Is there one? I suppose if one goes for the money end of the music business, they should probably try to get their face on TV somehow. Having said that, I think it’s the YouTubers that make the money these days. It’s all changed so much. Apparently, you can make millions with cat videos. Maybe I am wrong. Money never interested me a whole lot, so don’t take anything I am saying here as the almighty truth.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Here’s one review:

Review

 

Here’s the press release:

After a break-up, memories of the way things used to be usually come back to haunt you. For a brief confusing moment, you only remember the good stuff and find yourself reflecting on the beginning of the relationship rather than the end. This is what the Impersonators’ new single, a Tikka/Autio original “Burning Blue” is all about: Walking around aimlessly with your heart broken, trying to make some sense of what happened, missing the person you thought was going to stick around.

Produced by Janne Saksa and Tommi Tikka, “Burning Blue” showcases another, more esoteric side of the Impersonators but carries all the familiar trademarks of the group: poignant lyrics, emotive music and sixties-flavored vocal harmonies.

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Tell us if you consider acting.

I am not and never will.

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State what takes your time apart from music.

My family. I have six kids and a lovely wife. I try to spend as much time with them as possible. Sometimes, it’s a challenge to find the time to do that. I try to prioritize my family.

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Discuss the music industry.

It’s gone to hell in a hand-basket. I don’t like where pop music is going stylistically or lyrically. Most of it has become shallow and uninspiring as well as synthetic and computerized. This is only my opinion of course. Apart from that, the medium through which it is consumed has changed dramatically. We’ve come a long way since sheet music and Saturday nights by the piano, haven’t we?

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Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.

An impossible question to answer! I will leave it up to the listeners to rate me. From my own perspective, I am just a guy interested in music emulating the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

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Tell us how you plan to impact the society.

By bringing up responsible and savvy children.

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Tell us how to become a famous artist.

I’m not famous, so I wouldn’t know. Probably by doing the opposite of what I am doing.

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Narrate your recording experience.

I love recording and I love the concept of using the studio as an instrument. Every time I step into the studio to record a new track, I am like a kid at a candy store. My favorite memory of recording “Burning Blue” is when I came up with the idea to add the accordion in the mix. I thought it sounded awesome in the intro. Also I am proud of the Beach Boys-influenced harmonies in the middle eight. I had a lot of fun recording the different parts for it. Shooting the “Burning Blue” video was also an incredible experience. Having dinner with the mannequin head was so surreal and also, watching them shoot that scene where the female protagonist runs in the snow with a wedding dress on was a moment I will never forget. It was 20 below zero that day.

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.

I have my own studio. Whoever wants to take on the task of building a studio is faced with a lot of work and planning. However, if you just want a basic set-up to get started, all you will need is a good computer and a good microphone, the right kind of software etc. Also, instruments might come in handy.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

I already mentioned the accordion. Other than that it’s pretty basic: guitars, bass, drums, piano, keyboards…am I leaving anything out? I always felt that it’s not so much the instruments you use, it’s how you use them. Does that make any sense?

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List your five favourite songwriters.

Brian Wilson, Gene Clark, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ken Hensley.

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List your five favourite music producers.

George Martin, Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, Jeff Lynne, Rick Rubin.

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Describe your feelings when you hear your song on the radio.

It’s the best feeling ever and incredibly exciting. It’s always as exciting no matter how many times it has happened. It never loses its appeal.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

I write my best songs when I am sad.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

There are too many to list but in addition to everyone that I have already mentioned above…maybe I’ll add the Go-Betweens and Hanoi Rocks to the list because although not as famous as the ones above, they are truly legendary rock bands.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

It’s a sad song about getting over losing your significant other. A friend of mine lost his wife, so that’s what I was thinking but I am not the lyricist of the Impersonators, Antti Autio is. He might have an alternate view on this or another story to tell. I might actually even know what that story is but Antti is a very private person, so I will not say anything more about the topic.

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State your band name and elaborate on it.

The Impersonators. I play all the instruments. The name comes from that. I am, in a manner of speaking, impersonating all the musicians in our little band.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Burning Blue” is us describing the incredibly sad feeling that overtakes you when you are left by the person you love or when the world or destiny steals him or her away from you.

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