Marko Interview, MTV3 Good Morning Finland

Marko from Poets Of The Fall at MTV3 Huomenta Suomi on March 21st 2012 being interviewed on the album release of “Temple of Thought“.


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  • Length: 6:33min

Transcription & Translation available thanks to Dark Side of Light (thank you!):

Interviewer: This is what new Poets Of The Fall sounds like. Good morning Marko and welcome.
Marko: Very good morning.
Interviewer: This song has already piqued the interest of so many people that we’ve been getting a lot of questions. For example, being such a delicate song, does it have a special story that it came from?
Marko: This song? Yes, it has. It’s a rather complicated story. It’s a fun question, but so personal that I don’t necessarily want to talk about it more than that.
Interviewer: But it’s funny how it has struck so many viewers to think that there has to be something behind it.
Marko: Yeah, yeah, I don’t know. Maybe someday in my memoirs…
Interviewer: You will reveal what this song in question was about, what was behind it.
Marko: Yes, where it started from.

Interviewer: Actually we could continue along the same line. How often do the songs come from your own life, or do they come from the lives of people close to you?
Marko: That’s a good question. They come from both. I do take influences from around me and stories that I hear. As a musician my experience is that we all have our own life and it’s best to take from there. That’s where you get the strongest spark from, in a way, and it makes things happen. It may even come across in the music somehow, that feeling.

Interviewer: Have you ever gotten feedback from anyone who has recognized themselves in your song? Like, oh, you used me there.
Marko: Yes, and I’ve received questions about if this part is from this event and that part from that thing. But… They come from so many different things and they go through such a huge mill in that process of song writing that in the end everything affects everything, but it’s not exactly what it looks like. In the end the song is pretty much minced meat, it’s such a salad. Like I take this from here and that from there and then there’s everything that Olli and Captain bring onto the table in addition to the story. And that feeds the musical output and all that so much that in the end the song is pretty much a heap of spices.

Interviewer: Talking about Olli and Captain, you’re the guy who usually seen talking about Poets Of The Fall.
Marko: Mmm.
Interviewer: Are you a dictator-like boss in the band?
Marko: No, completely the opposite. We’re pretty solidary guys and like to talk about things. As a front man of the band it has fallen onto me quite naturally. We’ve tried to have a starting point where each of us gets to do the things that come easily or naturally to us or if someone’s interested in something then that’s what they do. From the start it was just fine for me to do these promotion things and Olli and Captain enjoy working at the studio more or concentrate on other things that I don’t really like to take care of. But those things aren’t as visible as this task is.

Interviewer: An alias Tähkä is asking if a band can be compared to a passionate marriage.
Marko: You can compare anything with anything really, you can compare a band and an Easter egg if you want but…
Interviewer: There’s a surprise inside.
Marko: A surprise, yeah. But if the question is about if those 2 things are at all alike, then I suppose you could say yes. If you think about a relationship and a band, we are in a way married to each other, especially on a tour. Or why not in the studio as well. This is a 24/7 job, you have your antlers out and your wits about all the time. You’re on the lookout for influences and topics to write about and what I’m experiencing in this life or what that person is experiencing, can I write about that person’s stuff, does it touch me somehow. Like so. And all the while our collaboration is so close that we’re together all the time. Sometimes we clear the air and sometimes it’s “happy-happy joy-joy”.
Interviewer: There’s also the financial pressure just like in a real relationship.
Marko: Yes, yes.

Interviewer: Vilma asks that when you’re writing a song, do you know it’s going to be a hit. And someone else asks if any song has ever turned out to be a hit even though you thought the song was close to good for nothing.
Marko: I have to say that a hit has turned out from something I thought didn’t work at all, but…

Interviewer: Which song is such an example?
Marko: Lift.
Interviewer: Oh?
Marko: It was like that for me. We almost left that song out from the first album and now it’s one of our most played and most liked songs ever since it came out. It was quite funny. But you know when you have a good song. You don’t necessarily know if it’s going to be a hit, but when you’re working on a song you know if you like it. But it’s through your own perspective, what you personally like and what affects you in a positive way. It’s a whole another thing if other people are affected by the song in the same way and it turns out to be a hit. You never know beforehand.

Interviewer: If we’re talking about hits, we’re also talking about money. Vicky wants to know how much money rock music like that gets you.
Marko: With this kind of rock music…
Marko laughs.
Marko: Variably. We’ve been doing alright, I can’t complain in that sense. But, well… Each new album and each new gig and all these things, it’s like going to a job interview over and over again. You always have all your money in the line when you’re making the new album. We spent a year creating this one, Temple of Though. During that time you don’t make that much money because you’re in the studio all the time. After that you wonder if the album is going to sell, are the songs going to play on the radio, will you be booked for gigs and all that. It’s always a bit of a risk.

Interviewer: But you still like that kind of lifestyle?
Marko: Absolutely, in a way that… that… We’re been able to achieve a position where we’re the lords of our own time. We do our work when we like and it’s also something we would do even if it wasn’t our job. Even if music was just a hobby for us, we’d still be doing it. To have been able to turn your passion into your profession has been really great.
Interviewer: Thank you for the interview.
Marko: Thank you.

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