This past Thursday (Sept. 25th, 2014 to be exact) I covered "Rust On The Rose", the second full-length release from Finland's STUD. Now it is my absolute pleasure
to publish a recent interview that I conducted with this fantastic hard & heavy/heavy rock band! I want to thank STUD for taking time out of their busy schedule to chat with Heavy Metal Time Machine and if you have not had a chance yet to read my review of "Rust On the Rose" then be sure to head over to the following link when you are done here!
(Coverage of "Rust On The Rose" by STUD)
Andy (A): Would you mind introducing the
members of STUD and describing your sound or our readers who might not
familiar with your band?
STUD (S): STUD is: Ari Toivanen (vocals), Mika Kansikas (guitar),
Matti Jalonen (bass), Tero Kukkonen (drums). Our music is melodic, guitar-oriented
hard/heavy rock, where we believe we have our own sound.
If you listen to the two albums we've made you
can easily find a tone and a feeling to the music that is unique to
us. We also have a variety of songs from hard rock
to metal to some ballads as well.
It was very interesting to find out that
almost all of the songs from the debut got airplay, and were mentioned as
favorites in the album reviews. That proves that we are not just relying on
one song. We are confident that same applies to "Rust On
A: Your roots go all the way back to 1986! What
made you decide to re-form the band after so many years?
S: Most of the guys in the band have been making music in
form or another throughout the years.
However, the idea of re-forming the band came
up through a project Mika and Tero did together.
There was also lots of cool songs that were
never given a chance to be recorded and in that way presented to
people. By taking those songs and adding some new
ideas we had soon enough material to work with.
You can here the results of that all over the
A: What was the reaction from friends and family
and when you made the announcement official? I would imagine there was as much
excitement as there was shock right?
S: At first most of them (that probably includes us as well)
thought that this is something that passes by soon, and we would then continue
with our "real lives". Well, it hasn't yet ;) For now, the attitude has changed, and people
have seen that we really have achieved something more than a happy
get-together, and that's been by doing lots of work for the
A: Since re-forming it sure sounds as if STUD has
been going nonstop. Is there a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm in the
S: Going nonstop are exactly right words to describe what
we've done. That includes being involved in everything
that considers the band, would it be writing songs, recording, booking gigs,
doing promotion, etc.
We haven't been waiting for a big record
company to pick us up from our rehearsal room and bring us amazing opportunities
to choose from. Instead, we've been doing everything by
ourselves, of course, with a help of some cool partners, like Metal Revelation
that's been doing promo for us. Also Puke Kataja, a super-cool guy (with
amazing nerves :)) has been essential for helping to record and mix both of our
At this point, we actually wouldn't mind, if
someone would offer those opportunities for us, but we are certainly not going
to sit down on our butts and wait for that to happen.
A: Musically a lot has changed
since the band since the band first called it quits. Are you amazed by how
different everything is?
S: Everything has changed, in good and
bad. When we first started there was no way to make
a record without a record company, resulting that those who got the deal with a
record company actually got quite a lot of attention. Today there are zillions of band that are
making records in their home studios and publish them through digital channels,
like iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and whatnot. So, in that way it's difficult to get noticed
from all the rest. On the other hand, you have the net and lots
of cool sites that you can use to promote yourself. In the 80s you just about had stickers or
posters to put on the door of the local bar you were playing, now you can promo
the gig through Facebook weeks before, and all your fans can be
A: "Rust On The Rose" has all the hallmarks of a
classic rock release and yet here it is 2014! Could you tell us a little about
your thought process going into the studio and how you managed to achieve the
sound you got?
S: We were really happy with the debut album, so
we decided not to change much of the working method for the
follow-up. The main idea was to take the lessons learned
from the first album and improve for the new album. The most important thing, of course, is to
have bunch of good songs to work with.
Right after the first album was ready, we
started to work on the new songs, one by one. Every couple of weeks we'd bring a new song
for the rehearsals, and many of the songs from "Rust On The Rose" were played on
gigs before the actual recording started. So we were well prepared going to
When it comes to the songs, there are some
elements that are common to most of them. A typical STUD-song is melodic, energetic, it
usually has a cool guitar riff, and the vocals and guitar solos are
Apart from that, there really is not much
limits to them. When you compare songs like "Playing To Win",
"I Don't Know" and "Break The Chains" for example. They really are different from each
other. What really ties them together is Ari's vocals
and Mika's guitar sound.
A: Where can fans find out more about STUD and
pick up a copy of the new album for themselves?
S: Our Facebook page www.facebook.com/STUDofficial is really the place to get the latest updates from the
band. Very soon we will announce where you can
pre-order the album. Even though you can get the album from digital
channels when it's published, the best way to support the band is to buy a
The CD will be available with worldwide
shipping. We'll be also posting samples of the songs to
our Facebook pages, so check them out.
A: What's next for the band? Will you be touring
behind the new album?
S: There won't be a new album for couple of
years, that's for sure. It's now time to take those songs and play
them live, and build up the fan base that way too. We are really open to any opportunities to
play in front of live audience, and we have already started book gigs to support
the album. Releasing our second album is really a dream
come true for us, and we are so excited to see how the album will be received by
the fans and media. We're going to continue to work hard to
present the band to yet larger audiences.
A: I always let artists have the last say. Is
there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
S: There's so many people around the world that
really love rock 'n roll music, just like we do.
If you're one of those, you really should
check STUD out, and if you like what you hear, let your friends know about it
too. Thanks for having opportunity for this
interview, we appreciate it a lot.
Labels: 2014, Finland, hard & heavy, heavy rock, interview, STUD