Interview with alternative rock band End of You
End of You is a Finnish alternative rock and gothic metal band formed in 2003 in Helsinki. Their latest album Remains of the Day was released on April 7, 2010, on Playground Music. In May of this year the band released a new single "Soul Eater". We talked with Jami Pietilä about a long break, new music and plans for the future.
NRR: Hello guys! Thank you very much for the answering my questions! It’s very kind of you!
Jami Pietilä: Thank you very much for having us on Northern Rock Religion.
NRR: It's been a long time since the release of your last album. What caused such a big break in the group's work?
Jami Pietilä: Sometimes it’s good to take a break and do other things for a while to get fresh view for things.
After we decided to take a break, I took about year long trip around the world with my wife. I bought a nice little ukulele from Santa Cruz California and played it around the world, especially in many beautiful beaches.
Back in Finland I felt that I want to play with many different people/bands for a while and just enjoy the music and get a little better with my own craft on the way.
End of You has been in the background but we really didn't have to rush for anything so it took a while to get back to releasing music and doing some live shows.
NRR: The new single «Soul Eater» has very ominous lyrics. What inspired you to write this song?
Jami Pietilä: When I was traveling around the world I learned that you shouldn’t turn your back to the sea no matter how calm it seems. I think in many cultures there is even own word for this. In my head the starting point for the song was someone who has turned his/her back to the ocean and washed away. Then the story takes more kind of mysterious turns.
NRR: Are you already working on new songs?
Jami Pietilä: Yes, next single is coming out really soon!
NRR: When are you planning to release the album you are working on? Tell us about the upcoming releases.
Jami Pietilä: We have no plans for the new album right now, we just keep releasing new music.
NRR: End of You is known for its otherworldly sounding, which distinguishes you from other groups. How did you come to this sound?
Jami Pietilä: We love big (epic) synths, huge guitars and hell a lot of delay and other cool effects. Experimenting with those elements is always fun.
NRR: Who inspires you to write music?
Jami Pietilä: I can only speak for myself, but I get really inspired when I hear something really cool. Example when I see great show I just feel that I need to get to my studio right away.
I think that biggest influence over the years for me has been Tori Amos and her Boys for Pele album.NRR: How do you maintain good relations between the band members?
Jami Pietilä: We are really good friends (and such an idiots right away when we get together). I think we just try to keep everything fresh and interesting so we can enjoy “the trip” while we are on it.
NRR: What is your best work at the moment?
Jami Pietilä: It keeps changing. Right now it's probably one of the latest singles called Stay. It just keeps evolving when we practice it. Breaking Bad is one of my favorites also. It takes me instantly to this dark world from Crow movie.
NRR: Do you think musical education is important?
Jami Pietilä: I learned the guitar by the ear when I was young. That really helps me to find my way with almost any instrument. But finding harmonies and all that stuff takes me way more time than someone with music education. So I keep learning “both worlds”.
NRR: What makes End of You so unique?
Jami Pietilä: I don't think I have simple answer for this. So many things have been influencing who we are and what we do.
NRR: Is it hard to find your own place on the music scene in Finland?
Jami Pietilä: While we have had some success over the years, I would say that we are pretty unknown band in Finland. So the answer is yes
NRR: Are you going to play concerts in the near future?
Jami Pietilä: Yes, we have couple of shows coming up, On the Rocks in Helsinki 7.7. and John Smith Rock Festival 21.7.
NRR: And the last one. Do you have something to say to your Russian fans?
Jami Pietilä: We love our Russian fans! Got lots of fan mail over the years from you guys and we have met many cool Russian people. Keep on rocking and listening to us!
Interviewed: Tuuli Talvinen
12 july 2018 | Northern Rock Religion