Marko interviewd at Radio Aalto, on March 20th, 2012
Here you can watch the video (click)
Thank you to the ever amazing DarkSideOfLight for translating the interview to English
The new single Cradled in Love by Poets Of The Fall was released at the beginning of the year and it even made Marko Saaresto’s house renovating workers emotional. The 40-year-old rock star’s age crisis brought to mind if the band’s last album would be the last. The new album is coming out right about now and here we have Marko’s hints to overcome age crisis.
Interviewer: In the studio Marko Saaresto from Poets Of The Fall, wonderful to have you here.
Marko: Thank you. It’s wonderful to be here.
Interviewer: Like I said, an extremely beautiful and delicate song, but quite a challenging choice for a first single.
Marko: Thank you. It was like… we were told that it’s a bit of a risky business to pick that one but we liked the song and wanted that one and that’s what we did. Because we’re an indie label we get to do what we want.
Interviewer: Anything you like.
Marko: It was pretty funny when I was having my apartment remodeled and these hairy guys were working there and when the song came out these hairy guys were like “oh, lovely song, lovely”.
Interviewer: Oh. It’s very tender, and you have to stop to listen.
Marko: Yeah, yeah.
Interviewer: It’s very calming. Actually during some songs we were talking with Marko about Chinese medicine, yin and yang, and calming down. That’s the right song for that, but you really have to listen to it. It doesn’t work if it’s just somewhere in the sidelines and you’re not focused. So it’s meditative almost, you can really calm down.
Marko: Yeah. The way I practice our songs is that I play them in my car and sing and I hear my voice from the windshield, the voice reflects back from it. So when this song plays in the car, it’s like all the outside world disappears. It’s almost dangerous to drive listening to that song because you don’t really pay attention to the traffic around you.
Interviewer: You have the benefit of having a perfect voice…
Marko: Oh, thank you.
Interviewer: … but when a crow like me gets going the only thing that disappears is sanity.
Marko: But perhaps you could start your own sub-genre or something.
Interviewer: Mmm, so you say. You’re a 41-year-old rock star. Have you had an age crisis or are you having it now? Because those things can last for quite a long time.
Marko: Yes, I did. But it happened when I was 38 years old.
Interviewer: Oh, my 30’s crisis started when I was 28, so my 40’s crisis must be right around the corner.
Marko: Yeah, my 40’s crisis happened then, it was like I felt I don’t have a right to do this for work anymore, I’m starting to be too old.
Interviewer: Oh no!
Marko: No, really. Like how can I go in front of people on the stage and I suppose it will all end with the next album back then. (Translator’s note: Twilight Theater.) Like that, you know, I was thinking about all kinds of things then. But at one point you go like “well yawn, take a look at Mick Jagger” and ok, moving on.
Interviewer: And the world has changes, like way back when we were little, a 40-year-old was considered a grandpa.
Marko: I’m just a kid still.
Interviewer: Like 40 was really old, one foot in the grave already.
Interviewer: No, I mean it, back in the 50’s and so.
Marko: No, yeah yeah, it’s true. 40 was really old back then, you had lived so much already and got worn out by it…
Interviewer: And life was more consuming back then. Also, I believe it was about attitude, the way these people saw themselves and classified themselves.
Marko: Yeah, yeah.
Interviewer: Do you have any advice for our listeners? I mean, you went through the crisis but didn’t stay to wallow in the bottom of the pit with one leg in the grave. How does one get out of it?
Marko: In many different ways. The way I did it… I’m kind of a student of life type of person and every time I hit a wall and don’t know how to continue, I just ask from people smarter than me how to get through it. So I read some of those… what are they now…
Interviewer: Life skill guide books?
Marko: Life skill guide books. All kinds of stuff about how to overcome crisis and depression and started studying neuro-linguistic programming and took up studying acupuncture again. And I came to a conclusion that I’m not feeling well and I haven’t been taking care of myself. And I thought that I’ll start doing that now, because I think it’s really important. I’ve been talking about it for a long time now, like telling people to take care of each other at concerts. Because if you’re well you have so much more to give to other people. And if you’re not well, you can’t handle anyone, basically. If someone comes to you with their problem, it knocks you down and a heavy carpet falls down on you on top of everything. That’s how I think about it these days.
Interviewer: I want to come to a gig where you tell people those words. When are you guys in Finland?
Marko: We’ll be at Tavastia on March 31st.
Interviewer: And do you promise to say those words then?
Marko: I promise.
Interviewer: Good. I’ll see you there.
Marko: See you.
Interviewer: Wonderful, Marko. Thanks for being our guest.
Marko: Thank you.
Interviewer: Be well and take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.