What inspired you as musicians to release an instrumental EP?
Joona Okkonen (drums) and Konsta Kemppainen (guitar) have been playing together since early 2000s so basically the earliest stages of Unscaled Seven go back almost 10 years in time when it comes to material in general. In the spring of 2014 Ville Tikkanen joined the band as a second guitar player and thats when we really started developing ourselves as a band and preparing our debut release.
We have always written songs without vocals and thats something we really felt we could do well. Writing songs based on strong riffs and memorable structures was and still is one of our strongest points. We felt that these songs didnt necessarily require vocals because the atmosphere and technicality itself was more than enough to represent who we are as a band.
We also felt that with this way of writing we could bring something new and fresh in to the music scene here in Finland, since this style of music was and still is fairly new. Getting a vocalist has also never been out of question. If/when the person with the right sound comes by we are also more than ready to work with this person and bring the band to a new level.
Wow, that’s so awesome to hear! Thank you for your kind words!
As cliche it may sound, we are all quite emotion based writers so to speak, so we naturally reflect those feelings into our music. Limiting the writing process by genre etc. is not an option, we want to write music the way it feels the best. So in then end of the day you actually never know whats gonna come out.
When it comes to songs, we have always loved creating songs with an individual and unique feel on every single track. We like to write and listen to music that lets you create the musical world in your head and find something new after every listen. Thats the most natural to us!
I can certainly hear the moods in your music. There is a lot of different harmonies and tempo changes in all the tracks that help transport the track from one place to another dimension almost crescendo like. Another very positive thing I like about your music, is that you don’t jump on the bandwagon like most other progressive bands and blast beat all the way through songs. I believe your orchestrations help give more depth and feeling. Do you guys practice a lot to achieve this level of talent or does it come naturally?
Funnily enough, it has become kind of an inside joke that we 1) Write the songs 2) Learn how to play them. In other words, we simply like to challenge ourselves and always write stuff that is hard for us. That way we can really get to the next level as players. Constantly getting out of the comfort zone is an on-going process that we try to reach every single time.
Taking progression to the extreme. I’ve seen a lot of guitarists use computer programs to write their guitar parts, then actually play the structures themselves. Is this the way forward or do you think trying to create the music in your head and let it flow naturally is more challenging?
Basically if something works for you, use it. Its really hard to say anything specific about ones creative process and how challenging/easy his/her style is. We are of course open for new things but we also know how we like to work and what works for us. In the end of the day its still all about making songs that you want to hear! We basically like to write quite traditionally, at home jamming and at the rehearsal place, of course with the help of technology.
It’s certainly working for you, that’s for sure. I can imagine your live shows, with lots of lighting to create extra added edge to the music. What is a typical Unscaled Seven show like? And can we expect tours outside of Finland in the future?
We can surely agree! Although we have been playing together for almost 2 years now, we basically started off officially in the end of 2015 with our first single. That means we have not played any shows yet. We pretty much worked in silence for a long time just to make our start as strong as possible! Also we are a three piece at the moment, so when we are ready as a band with more material, gigs are very much on the top of the list. We want to fill our shows with energy and interaction with the audience and of course make our live sound as good as possible. Lots of plans have already been made and of course playing shows outside Finland is definitely a goal!
That sounds great. What is the Finnish scene like?
Finland is really known for its rock/metal bands and we apparently have the biggest amount of metal bands in the world considering the population. Lots of influences and styles come from the US for example and that is really visible in tour and festival line ups here. Finland and Scandinavia are sometimes considered melancholic and that can possibly be heard in our music, really hard to say! Still more new bands representing our genre (Periphery, Veil Of Maya etc.) are playing shows here and its great to see that people are getting more and more into new things.
It’s good to see the scene is alive in Finland. When can we expect a full length album from Unscaled Seven?
Our next release will definitely include more tracks than Trisect but it’s hard to say if it’s going to be full length release just yet. All in all, it will happen!
I for one, can’t wait to hear that. I’ve listened to Trisect seven times today. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview, it’s given me a great insight into how technically minded musicians create their art. I look forward to hearing more great music from Unscaled Seven in the future.
That is amazing, thank you once again Andy! We are really glad you like it. And thank you for your time, it really was a pleasure. It would be great to work together possibly in the future as well.