torstai 20. maaliskuuta 2014

In the spotlights...


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Yo folks!


I’ve been writing this blog almost three years already but not even once I’ve done it in English. But there are lots of our fans who are unable to understand Finnish so it’s only natural that I’d like to share my thoughts and the stories of my life also with you guys! Usually I blog about my normal, everyday life but I’ll also share some wildest off-stage stories from our tours and so on… You can also find lots of links of our band from above and they’ll give more basic information about Groupie High School and all the people involved. I’ll write maybe once in a month, sometimes more or less. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride!

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The winter 2014 is almost over and that’s maybe the brightest fact of the week. I fuckin’ hate snow and the coldness of Finland probably more than anyone else in this world. The only – AND I REALLY MEAN THE ONLY – good thing in winter is that there are lots of places to snowboard during this long, dark season. Snowboarding gives an ultimate feeling of freedom – just like skateboarding or surfing! That’s why I love those sports so much. They’ll free you from the reality for a while. Just like getting wasted or making love with my girlfriend… ;)

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The past year has been full of up hills and down hills for the first time in my life. I’ve always been pretty optimistic person and lots of people are often asking: “Are you ever in bad temper?” Well at least my closest friends have probably noticed that during the last couple of years I’ve been a wreck once in a while. I’ve had many outbursts of rage which haven’t happened before. Folks have probably learned to know me as a laid-back beach guy who doesn’t stress easily. I’ve also been known as pretty vain because I’m the only child of my parents and so on but there’s a difference between self-assurance and self-centeredness right? ;) 

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I’ve been tense because first of all, I’ve decided that nothing will stop Groupie High School to climb to the next level for the success. I’ve focused all my energies to that target and if there’s a thing that’ll slow my dreams down, I’ve concentrated to clear that obstacle out of my way. Well – I’ve always repeated a same mantra to the others – CHILL, DUDE – RELAX! It’s probably time to learn to do the same thing myself. 

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Lately I’ve been studying some Buddhist methods because of that. I mean, I’m not turning into a vegetarian or a teetotaler – NOT A CHANGE, haha! But after my backpack trips to India and Nepal, I’ve learned a lot about peaceful living and especially about the peace of mind. Westerners are often in a hurry through their whole life. Here’s an example: Okay, I’ve recently earned some money – more than I used to when I was a college student. What was the first thing I did, after having the first paycheck? I bought a fuckin’ coupe car! I thought I would be satisfied after having a brand new car but you know what?! After a week I started thinking that maybe we need a bigger house – which has never slipped my mind before. 

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I think lots of westerners are in that same rat race for their whole life. They always want something more and that leads to suffering in a basic level. So I just wanna put a period for those kinds of thoughts and start to enjoy about my life again! I’ll report about the progress of my spiritual crowing here later. If there’s something to report, haha! I’ve been telling you all this because that leads to the main point of our band and the music we make.

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The main point is having FUN! I’m not singing about the misery or grievances of the world. We are just five guys from an urban neighborhood and we don’t want to have wars or stupid fights. We just wanna have FUN. All the people should be happy together, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, gay or straight – who the fuck cares! Just enjoy the ride here – that’s the main point! Our lyrics tell usually stories from an everyday life so sometimes there’s gonna be sad fairytales and so on. Like in our lives! But I’ll promise to concentrate on partying and having a good time in my personal life – that’ll naturally lead to positive lyrics as well haha…    

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All right, enough of that. Our new single was recently released and oh boy – it took about half a year to put that one out. But now you can find “Eyes Like The Ocean Sky” and “Yesterday’s News” from Youtube, from Facebook and so on. We had a meeting with Saha Productions earlier this week in a bar called Otto K here in Oulu. We shared our thoughts about the video and I tell you – IT*S GONNA BE FUCKIN’ AWESOME!! Last week Matt, Tiger and Wexx also recorded some tracks from our demotape collection called Slippery Stuff so I guess we are releasing some of the songs from that record in the future.

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On the other night I was thinking that we need some private time with my girlfriend. I picked her up and we went to a wine bar called Vox. We ordered some cheeses and drinks and enjoyed the moment like never before. Formula One season started from Melbourne last weekend and we had to wake up early to catch the first race! Miia had a super sore throat and high fever so we actually just relaxed the whole weekend at home without partying this time. I wonder how many weekends have passed during my time as a grown-up without having a party.  Anyway we had some traditional Finnish food for a breakfast and the morning was great! Later I drove to our training house to record some vocal parts to a new song called “High-Class Addiction”.

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Because there was no hangover, I cleared my “to-do-list” during the weekend. I bought the PlayStation Plus membership and downloaded games like “Rain” & “X-Com” & “Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons” and gotta say man, they were all fuckin’ great!! We have also a nice large balcony with a heating system so I when I was “sunbathing” during the Sunday afternoon at the sofa I decided to start reading. 

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I borrowed a couple of biographies from a library. Kalevi Häkkinen’s book was actually so bad that I couldn’t read it further than few pages. It sucked and it was written so badly that I just couldn’t go on. However, the biography of Ice-T seems to be one of the best books of the year. I’ve always loved rap music almost as much as rock and this time they’ve done an awesomely written book about the colorful life of Ice-T. Worth of reading FOR SURE!!     
 
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We spent Friday Night at Kiiminki with all the guys from work. It was pretty atmospheric to grill some sausages around the bonfire and watch the sunset. After that we gathered around a big wooden table, lighted some candles and started eating and drinking like the ancient Romans. Such a good time! When I got back home, I was planning to go to bar for the rest of the night but because Miia was having flu, we watched a crazy comedy called Don Jon and the most spectacular 3D-movie of the year, Gravity with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock playing the main parts.

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Just when I was talking about my own enlightenment we had some bad news from the other side of Finland. One of the friends from my past had collapsed and was locked to a mental side. It was devastating to read her weird writings from Facebook. Hopefully she’s going to be better soon but gotta say that she was brave because she formed a public blog to write about her feelings and didn’t try to hide her problems. If you’ve watched the recently released movie called Mud, you’ll probably understand what I’m saying.

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As we’re talking about movies, I’m just gonna lay down for a while and enjoy the Oscar winner “12 Years A  Slave” and because of the situation in Russia, I’m gonna check out an old 80’s film called Red Heat with Big Arnold playing in it haha. How relaxing! I really need some rest because tomorrow morning we’re gonna drive to our training house with Wexx. We were talking something about tuning the drums and our vocal sounds better and later it’s purpose to hit some nightclubs again. Enjoy the night (or a day), LIFE IS SWEET! <3 
 
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