One more bit from Radio Aalto interview, March 20th
It’s again Dark Side Of Light doing the transcript. here’s the original video.
Poets Of The Fall front man Marko Saaresto visiting Kristiina Komulainen and Radio Aalto. The band has directed their international ambition to Russia before and soon the east is calling again. The band’s singer tells about what touring and concerts abroad give to the rocker and to the person on a more personal level.
Interviewer: The last time you visited our show, we kept talking for a long time after how much fun it was to have you here. And we last talked about one of your tours to Russia and we got to hear really fun stories. But afterwards it felt like… can we hear some more?
Marko: Of course, if I remember anything else about it, go on and ask.
Interviewer: You don’t have to go back to the same story all over again, but most bands try to break in Germany. You’ve started heading east instead, and you’re going again on the coming weekend.
Marko: Yes, yes we’re going back. We’ve been touring there for so many years already, and every time there are more and more people. It’s rather amazing how the word of mouth moves around there. It’s good to go there, because it grows more and more each time you go. Things work a little differently there, the system is different from what we have. It’s a bit like the U.S. People come to see a show and if they liked it, they tell their friends about it. And the next time those friends come along to see us and tell their friends about it. And the crowd multiplies. It works the same way everywhere, but in some places this has more emphasis.
Interviewer: Back when Robbie Williams was in Finland, he noted that we’re a very unique nation for an audience, like we’re quiet when he speaks. And he was clearly enjoying the situation when people didn’t scream over what he was saying, everything was all quiet instead. What other countries are unique? Not necessarily being quiet, but something in the audience’s behavior.
Marko: Each country really has some kind of a unique trait in the people, how they function. And it also has a lot to do with what kind of a communication you can build to the audience. It can be surprisingly intimate even if there are 20 000 people to see you. If you’re really there and have a presence, it helps the audience to get into it as well. Once you get to that zone, you can communicate with the audience almost as if it’s one creature. And that’s pretty cool.
Interviewer: You seem to be the kind of band that… Correct me if I’m wrong. I’m guessing you party a bit as well but… but… You seem to read people and audiences and countries and it’s an important part of what you do. And having been to India in addition to Russia, what has been the greatest thing you’ve gotten from the tours as a rocker?
Marko: I think it’s the immediate feedback and recognition of the work you’ve done. You’ve written the songs and played the gig and created the whole “empire” with the guys, the whole thing. And then all of a sudden you have 15 000 people coming to see your concert in some very distant country. It’s one huge blast of a feedback in a positive sense. Oh my. Like “welcome, I’d sing this song for you now”. And also what comments come to us from Face Book and all, what people get from our music.
Interviewer: How can you not go crazy because of it all? I mean really, when I close my eyes and think about it, having my concert poster in Uzbekistan and 15 000 people coming to see the concert. I think it would awaken some narcissistic character traits.
Marko: I don’t know, maybe you should try it if that’s how you feel, but…
Interviewer: But there won’t be 15 000 for me.
Marko: … but it doesn’t really go like that, I don’t let it happen. You just want to keep your feet on the ground in a very boring way so that you don’t start floating. Sometimes we take a break and think about what we’ve achieved and we appreciate it. Like “Oh my God, think!” Like what the situation is. And for a while you feel like something amazing but then you move on and continue working and continue being the person that you are. None of our personalities or anything have changed during this whole fuzz, which I think is really fine. I laugh a little at the notion of floating, no matter what band you’re from. If you’re like “I’m a living legend” it just makes me laugh.
Interviewer: This has actually happened a little bit with some other bands. You came close to answering my other question, but how has this all affected you on a personal level?
Marko: On a personal level. Well… let’s just say that it has somewhat opened my eyes about how well or unwell I’m doing in life or how other people are doing in life. You see the things you’ve been lucky with, which feels to be pretty much everything. But still. I think it’s the lessons you’ve learned, the perspective you’ve gotten of this world and this life and this planet and how this work. That’s the most important thing in my opinion.