Host 1: Until now this band has released four albums and one compilation and yesterday they released their 5th full length studio album Temple of Thought.
Host 2: And a true temple of thoughts is their vocalist Marko Saaresto. Marko Saaresto, that hunky, handsome male with a beautiful voice. He makes women’s panties wet and men’s feelings surface. This tall hottie is very talented in many different walks of life. He’s a sports masseur, graphic designer and multi-instrumentalist.
Host 1: I think you got a little bit side-tracked there. There’s more to the band than just Marko.
Host 2: Oh really? Like who?
Host 1: Who? Let me check… There’s some Olli and some Markus as well, so…
Host 2: In any case, let us welcome the bombastic, poetic and popular in India Poets Of The Fall!
Host 1: Yeah. This kind of stuff. Welcome, Marko Saaresto.
Marko: You don’t really need me here at all, just play that again or make it a little longer.
Host 2: We were a little worried, like what if the other guys, who were they again, were to come with you…
Host 1: Molli or someone.
Host 2: … if they had gotten a little offended, but luckily you just came alone.
Marko: Luckily it’s just me. They can’t get themselves out of bed at this time of day. They’re artists, I’m just a worker ant.
Host 1: How’s it going?
Marko: Pretty well, thanks. You have a new coffee machine here, the coffee’s good.
Host 2: Right, right. So yeah, thanks for stopping by, it was great to have you…
Host 1: But we’ve waited for the moment when we get to listen to new Poets, and we get to do that right now. You’ve released a new single, Cradled in Love.
Marko: Uuuu, yeah.
Host 1: How did it feel like to get into the studio to work on the new stuff?
Marko: Really good, really great. We’ve been working on it for a year now and it feels good to have it done now. We can start on the next one straight away.
Host 2: Is it really such a conveyor belt production, like you have to be at the studio all the time?
Marko: No, you can’t work like that, all the time. But then you get the right feel and want to get to it. For me it took a vacation of 10 days in between, so… I had to relax a little, but then I had to get back to it.
Host 2: The new album Temple of Thought came out into the stores yesterday. Isn’t it so that the afternoon and evening before the release is the most nerve-wrecking time for an artist?
Marko: Yes it is.
Host 2: So right now you’re a completely relaxed and undone man.
Marko: Yes, absolutely.
Host 2: Everything’s ok?
Marko: I’m feeling rather languid right now.
Host 3: The falsetto comes out easier too. So this is an ending to a trilogy, this Temple of Thought.
Host 3: What’s the message of this trilogy, or why is it a trilogy in the first place?
Marko: It’s a trilogy thematically. I did go and change our logo at some point, but the titles and the photographic material and the songs mirror each other in there. And thematically, if Signs of Life is the first part, it depicts the birth and growth and Carnival of Rust depicts the loss of illusions, you see what life is really like and the end result is a human being, Temple of Thought.
Host 2: Going down to pretty deep spheres.
Marko: Yeah, yeah, I can lower my voice a little bit more.
Host 3: We didn’t really get that. Bygones. So what is the next album going to be? A party?
Marko: But that’s a really good idea. I was thinking that it could be. I thought it could be this…
Hosts singing together: Sorry for party rocking.
Host 1: The vocalist of Poets Of The Fall, Marko is here for an interview.
Host 1: Marko, like we can hear from your new song, it’s pretty much a falsetto song, you go pretty high up there. Not necessarily loud, but very high. And all the time! Is it difficult, you’re practicing for the live performances, have you ever gotten the feeling like damn, what did I do, I can’t sing that.
Marko: Every time you’re writing a song you have to think about the live version also, so that you can do it. But sometimes you have to pull off tricks to make it work, because the live situation is so different from a situation at the studio or even from the gig rehearsal situation. When it’s live, there’s noise, sounds, movement, different vibes and your energy is wired up high. And that’s a delicate song. Like if you make a spinning top on top of a pencil, it’s got to stick to that. And if you’ve been running around all over the stage to all the rock songs and then that song comes up you just hope you could get another set of lungs.
Host 2: But somehow these slow songs seem to suit you. When you think about your new music, it seems natural for you to have these soft and tender songs there.
Marko: Yeah, seems that way, we do write quite a bit of those. We do stuff from one extreme to the other, like so. One of my friends from school, a tough heavy metal guitarist, told me back in the day that it’s the heavy metal guys that write the most delicate songs.
Host 1: When you think about putting the gig set together and so, how does it work out to find the balance to it, like on the optimal set list you can offer feelings from one end to the other.
Marko: We have the happy situation that we have feelings from one end to the other in our songs and you can include them. But of course you think about it. There are those certain songs that people want to hear and expect to hear Lift and Carnival of Rust when they come to our show. So we stick them somewhere in between, to spots that feel right. Then there’s the new material that you want to play and want to include and then you see what else you can pull off. We already have so many singles, music video songs that when you’ve picked a few you already have a set for one and half hours.
Host 1: It must be difficult with the 5th full length album, you can’t squeeze in that many songs from the newest without someone complaining “where’s my favorite song from the first album and why didn’t you play Late Goodbye?”. Are you still playing Late Goodbye by the way?
Marko: Yes, we are. We did one whole tour without it because I got fed up with it.
Host 1: The crowd must have been in total rage.
Marko: They asked about it, yeah, like where is it.
Host 3: Talking about feelings, you’ve been the cause for rapture in India… at Oktoberfest, wasn’t it? I read you had an audience of 15 000.
Marko: Yeah, it was cool.
Host 3: How come you’re so huge there? Not to doubt you wouldn’t be able to be huge somewhere, but why India of all places?
Marko: I don’t know why. I think the word of mouth works really well there and people there are really passionate about the things they like. If you like something, you like it with all your heart.
Radio spoof: NRJ Morning Boys.
Host 1: We’re talking to Marko Saaresto from Poets Of The Fall here in studio. We already touched the topic of their success in India. Do you think this success in India will drive you into using traditional Indian instruments, like the sitar. Will this all have an influence?
Marko: I don’t know. Of course it will have an influence. Sitar is an excellent instrument, like all the others that come from there. But on the other hand, the Indian musicians have plenty of sitars to make music with as it is, so perhaps we’ll just stick to what we know and play electric guitars.
Host 2: Will this drive your band to the point that you will have your influence in Bollywood movies?
Marko: Actually we were asked at one point if it would be possible for us to…
Host 2: What?
Host 2: What kind of part?
Marko: I don’t even know if they had a specific role in mind, but they asked if it would be possible.
Host 2: The Scandinavian bad guy.
Marko: But it would be so cool to go there, really.
Host 3: A big market at least.
Host 2: I claim that the next time Poets Of The Fall comes to visit us they will be talking like [mimics Indian accent] “we are Poets Of The Fall, we play the good music”.
Host 1: Everyone will wear a turban and…
Host 3: And every third sentence is singing.
Host 2: Yeah, this India connection won’t change our music at all… yes it will when money talks!
Host 3: The Beatles created some India-influenced stuff at one point too.
Marko: That’s a good comparison.
Host 2: So when is the Goa album coming out?
Marko: Actually I just checked up on the basic living costs at Goa just last night. I was thinking that I’d like to live there, wearing only a pair of shorts and a pair of flip flops. It would be everything I own and maybe a surf board or something. So I checked out how much it would cost to live there.
Host 2: What does it cost then?
Marko: It wasn’t very expensive. I think a monthly rent of some place was around 100 euros.
Host 2: Oh-hoh.
Host 3: Why don’t we all move there?
Host 2: Yes, all of us together. Imagine how cheap. Just 25 euros per person.
Marko: Per month.
Host 2: Let’s all move in there. But this is a really amazing moment really because this is the last time we get to interview Poets Of The Fall. The guys will be moving to India, so…
Marko: That’s life.
Host 1: No, we really want to thank you for showing up and all. Your new album is in the stores since yesterday and Temple of Thought… or Thooth is the name of the album, it’s worth it to go and get it. I’m very grateful, you wrote something on my booklet with hearts and all. Thanks very much!
Marko: Thanks, it was fun. Good day to everyone.
Radio spoof: NRJ Morning Boys.