Name, age and instrument:
Paul – 23 – Vocals and Bass
Krippe – 23 – Vocals and Guitar
Axel – 24 – Keyboards and Saxophone
Olli – 27 – Drums
Tell me about the band Satin Circus:
Satin Circus is a pop band full of energy and talent!
How was the band born?
Axel and Olli played in a jazz band together and after a gig in January 2010 they wound up talking about their plans and dreams. It turned out that they both were secretly writing pop songs and dreaming about having a pop/rock band. The decision to go for it was made right there and the next morning Axel called his friends Paul and Krippe, with whom he was playing in the same musical, at the time, and asked them to join the band.
From the very beginning we were very determined that this wouldn’t just be another “garage band”. We started practicing everyday, writing songs together and basically dropped everything else. It took us 2,5 years to get a recording deal with Sony Music, and the debut album “Expectations” was released in February 2014. “Crossroads” is the first single of our second album which is to be released later in 2015.
“Crossroads” is the title of your song. What can you tell me about it? Whats the story behind it?
Crossroads is quite a personal song for us because it’s about things we’re going through in our lives as individuals and as a band. It talks about the time when you feel like you’re in the middle of youth and adulthood. There are lots of decisions to be made, and you realize you can’t go on living your life in the carefree “let’s just have fun” state of mind forever.
What are your plans for 2015?
Taking part in UMK is our number one priority right now, and we’re doing everything we can to make it to the Eurovision Song Contest Final.
We’re recording our second album right now and planning to release it later this year. We’re also touring in Finland, and hopefully later in the year elsewhere in Europe too! 🙂
What’s your all time favorite ESC song?
Axel: the one with the epic sax guy from 2010. People still ask me to play that song on gigs on my sax 😀
Olli: Loreen – Euphoria!
Paul: Ein Bisschen Frieden
Krippe: Thérèse Steinmetz – Ring-dinge-ding (1967)
Why are you participating UMK 2015?
We were watching the UMK 2014 final at Barona Arena, and we all felt that it was something we wanted to take part in as well. The decision was pretty much made right there at the last year’s final, and as we’ve worked with the UMK crew it has turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve made as a band. It’s gonna be a hell of an experience.
What would it mean to you to represent Finland in Vienna 2015?
It would mean the world!
Now let’s talk about the performance, what can we expect to see on stage?
On stage we’re always very energetic and extrovert band, meaning that we’re gonna make a hell of a show and make the audience feel like they are truly a part of it!
Did you watch Eurovision 2014? who was your favorite?
Olli: Yes I did. I have to say that my favorite was the Finnish representative Softengine 🙂
Krippe: Softengine 🙂
Paul: Carl Espen – Silent Storm (Norway)
What do you like about Eurovision?
What we love about Eurovision is that it’s all about having fun together. No one is discriminated, and no matter who wins everybody seems to be having a good time.
Are you Eurovision fans? If so what is your all-time favorite winner from the Eurovision Song Contest and your all-time favourite entry for Finland in the contest.
Paul has been watching Eurovision every year since 2001, he’s a fan!
Krippe’s favorite finnish entry in the ESC is Maarit Hurmerinta’s Life is a jigsaw from 1973 because of the crazy free jazz saxophone solo by Paroni Paakkunainen. We crack up every time we hear it but it’s actually a pretty skillfully executed solo. Tasty shit! Olli’s all-time favorite winner is Loreen.
A fun fact: Finnish ESC 2011 represent Paradise Oskar was a member of Satin Circus for a short period of time in the spring 2011, but had to leave the group due to winning the Finnish ESC qualification.
After so many lows in the Eurovision Song Contest, Finland came back with a bang in 2006 when they won with Lordi! Ever since that win, Finland have been sending strong, modern and fun songs. Did the win in Athens motivate artists in Finland to bring back the trophy again?
I think that the reformation of the whole finnish ESC concept, changing the way it operates through UMK has made an even bigger impact. Its reputation has clearly improved and people follow it more eagerly.
If you’re gonna be the Finnish representative in Vienna do you have any promise to the fans? What will you do and what can be expected?
We promise that if we win UMK 2015 and become the Finnish representatives in the ESC 2015 we’ll rent a mini van and drive all the way through Europe from Helsinki to Vienna. We’ll have our instruments with us and we’ll play on the streets of the towns and cities on the way trying to earn gas money and greeting the fans. As said, the caravan will start from Helsinki and everybody will be welcome to join us on the way. Let’s party our way through Europe and rock Vienna!
Where are you right now?
In the studio recording music for our upcoming second album.
What’s your strangest talent?
Krippe can solve the Rubik’s Cube in 31,5 secs.
Axel has a pilot’s license and flies as a hobby.
Paul also works as a model, and his pictures have been seen e.g. in the Italian Vogue.
Olli‘s IQ hasn’t been tested, but it’s assumed to be exceptionally high.
Home alone and you’re bored. What do you do?
Krippe probably plays computer games, Axel goes flying, Olli spends most of his time at the gym. Paul’s probably cooking something fancy.
What are you really good at?
Olli: Playing ice hockey
Paul: I don’t know if I’d qualify me as good, but I’m fairly good at history stuff, and more recently I’m also super into architecture.
Axel: Flying airplanes!
What are you really bad at?
Olli: Saving money. Every time I get some I just spend it right away 😀
Krippe: Waking up early and being on time.
Axel: Getting boring stuff done. Like paying bills or fixing a broken lamp…
Olli: Finnish Ice Hockey star Teemu Selänne
Krippe: My cousin.
Paul: Italian defender Paolo Maldini.
Axel: Film composer John Williams
Who are your music idols who motivate you to sing?
Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Dire Straits, Phil Collins…
Craziest thing you’ve ever done:
Olli: I once jumped down from a tennis hall’s roof. It was many stories high, and it’s really a miracle I’m still here and able to walk.
Axel: last summer me and Paul took our very small boat and drove all the way to Tallinn. If the coastguard would have caught us we would’ve had to leave the boat there cause we didn’t have any licenses or anything 😀 luckily we made it home safe & alive!
Krippe: When I decided to join the band.
Paul: Imitated a famous finnish Ice Hockey commentator on a gig… plain stupid
What is your guilty pleasure?
Olli: Finnish reality TV series called “Poliisit”
Krippe: Drinking milk straight out of the jug.
Paul: Lemon sorbet
Axel: ask.fm 😀
Name a song that never fails to make you happy:
Olli: TOTO – Africa (easily the best song ever made!)
Krippe: Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Paul: Veronica Maggio – Jag Kommer
Axel: Owl City – If My Heart Was A House
Finally, would you like to send a message for our readers?
We’d like to give all the Eurovision fans a huge thanks for all the support we’ve already got and let’s hope we’ll see you in Vienna!
And as we promised: if we win UMK we’re gonna drive through Europe with the mini van, and everyone is very welcome to join the caravan! 🙂
The Song Satin Circus compete in UMK “Crossroads”: