Up and coming, and ready to take the world by rock storm Poets of the Fall are a rock band formed in Helsinki, Finland, in 2003. Known for their rock and rock-alternative style of music. Poets of the Fall are also known as a band with an eclectic member mix; a rock singer, a jazz guitarist, and ‘the’ industrial-machine-trance-man.
Poets of the Fall are composed of singer Marko ‘Mark’ Saaresto, guitarist Olli ‘Ollie’ Tukiainen, and keyboard-player Markus ‘Captain’ Kaarlonen. Poets of the Fall‘s music is amazing, their instrumentals flawless, and their vocals epic in feel. I recently talked to singer Mark Saaresto about Poets of the Fall‘s origins and yet untitled album due out in spring 2008.
How did Poets of the Fall come into being?
Mark: Um. Through several lucky accidents, I guess. Mainly, myself and our guitarist Ollie used to jam in another band, where we realized that we had similar goals in life and that we wrote music real well together, so we decided to form a band of our own. Later on, another lucky coincidence brought Captain into the team… and there you have it, Poets of the Fall was formed.
How old were you when you picked up your first instrument? Under what circumstances?
Mark: I got a guitar for my seventh birthday, and eventually I did learn how to play, but I had already been singing since I was three… so I suppose being a singer, I was born with my instrument.
Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
Mark: It’s an innate thing. I never saw or heard somebody sing or play and decided I wanted to be a musician. I think I started the whole music thing before I was even old enough to understand what a musician is. Of course, at some point in my life, I spent long years trying to accommodate my family’s more conservative wishes of getting “a real job”, in other words becoming something I didn’t want to be, but I couldn’t keep that up. It would’ve been a sham. It occurred to me at some point that I couldn’t be satisfied in life if my life’s work didn’t somehow involve making music and singing.
Remembering back to your first time in front a live audience, what comes to mind?
Mark: With Poets of the Fall we were at this festival where there were a bunch of bands playing before our show time. I remember having a severe case of the butterflies, and I wanted to throw up many times, I was that nervous. As the evening wore on, I became more and more anxious to get up on stage and have the whole thing done with, so I could get my peace again. so by the time it was time for us to get up there and play I was so wired up to go sing and blow the place to bits, that I wasn’t the least bit scared anymore, which was fun, becauseâ€™ I found out I could pretty much do whatever I wanted on stage and get the whole audience to do the same stuff with me. So we really had a blast.
My very first personal performance before an audience happened when I was just three years old. It took place at a family gathering, loads of people, big family, cousins uncles aunts, the whole enchilada. I’d picked up a screwdriver and used that as a microphone to sing my impromptu songs a capella.
Which bands/artists do you listen to?
Mark: Anything and everything I like, no matter how uncool they were considered and vice versa, I don’t care how on top someone is, if there’s nothing for me in their music, I’ll pass thank you very much.
What’s your favorite venue a) to play; b) to see a band?
Mark: We played at E-Werk in Cologne last march. That was a cool place to play. It was the sort of old factory kind of hall straight out of some movie that you’d just love to convert into the coolest home you ever lived in.
Will there be a USA/Canada tour in the future?
Mark: I sure hope so.
What do you want fans to get from your music?
Mark: Emotions. Palpitations. “Oh My Gods!” â€œWhat the fxxxs!” And solutions.
Have you got any upcoming events/releases you want to promote?
Mark: Yes, we are currently working on our third album. It’s going to come out in the spring of 2008 and I can already tell it’s going to be our best album so far. I’d really love for people to keep an eye out for that one, because when it comes out they’ll know why it’s already the talk of the day all over the place. It’ll have stuff on it that you’ll be happy you didn’t miss. Happy days to everyone.
I have to agree with Mark about the USA/Canada tour, we can only hope that as word and sales spread such a thing will happen sometime soon. I would like to thank Mark Saaresto, Poets of the Fall and Tara Kojonen (Interviews and media relations, Finland) for their participation in this interview.
~Denise Smith (Interview 2007.10.01)