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Tour in Germany

Hello guys!

The Grounded tour started with a wake up call at 2:30 AM Friday the 23d. Some hours and a couple of flights later we arrived in Nuremberg and headed to Rosenberg for our first gig. 

The warm up band, Birkett Hall was amazing and I emmediately became a new fan.

Follow the link to check them out! 

https://youtu.be/VAkr810uP0U

To my big surprise my old friend, Kerry,  from US I haven’t seen in ages, happen to be close by and came to my gig. 

The last time I met him we flew jumped out of an airplane in San Diego. Good memories. 

The staff and the audience were so wonderful and warm-hearted. Nobody sat still and the concert was sold out.

In the middle of the gig I decided to sing a birthday song for Kerry as well as for another girl. A fun improvisation 🙂

The next day we continued to Kaiserslautern and played in an old church called Friedenskapelle. 

The pre-sales was around 20 tickets but 30 showed up. Even if the crowd was small it felt like there were way more people.

There happened to be a piano so I decided to sing the song “Leaving On a Jetplane”. The band guys never played it before but did a great job. 

https://youtu.be/vefXO1lFQaM

I also sang an acapella song in Swedish as a request from someone in the audience. 

Random but fun! 

After a couple of days of we’re just about to do the soundcheck  for our third gig at Beavers in Miltenberg. 

Stay tuned! 

 

Life On The Road

 

 

Hello!

Before going into all the craziness the last month and the 10 days to come, I wanna start by thanking everybody who still reads my blog and supports my music. You’re the guys who make it possible for me to do what I love the most.

Last year the most amazing thing  happened, I finally found a label in Germany after trying really hard for a couple of years. It’s an indie label called Metalapolis Records, with the best team ever. They’re more like a family than anything, and when they started talking about a tour last year, they really stood up to their words. 

We started in Holland, then to Belgium, Germany and  Switzerland.  Finally get to live the dream I had for so long, but not without challenges! 

For 10 days, we lived in a bus with 2 other bands, Treat, the headliner and the other warm up band Dark Sky. We were 18 people!

The tour bus

Upstairs

Upstairs

 

After not performing for 3 years with my band I was a bit nervous before the first gig, going through the question I guess every artist does at some point “will I meet their expectations”. 

For around 8 years I used in ear monitors. Which means I can choose exactly what I hear in my plugs on the stage. You can hear everything clearer and saves your voice. 

Right when the intro was playing and I was about to get up on the stage one of my in ear plugs broke. I couldn’t hear anything on one ear and half of the stuff on the other. After 8 years, what is the chance?!

But the show must go on, and once I started singing I didn’t feel nervous anymore and ended up having a lot of fun despite the stupid in ears. 

 

After the shows we wouldn’t get to bed until around 2 am after loud out. A couple of hours later the bus headed for the next gig. It wasn’t easy to sleep with movement and orchestra of 16 snoring guys! 😂

“Sleeping time”

The next big challenge happened after 2 days. My tooth started aching, and not just a little bit. Like crazy much! The funny thing is that I am terrified of dentist and have avoided them for 3 years. Why now! 

The next day we went to a dentist together with my drummer who happens to be a dental assistant, so he could translate in Finnish. 

Get me out of here!!!!

While trying not to hit the dentist out of fear I tried to explain what the problem was, so did my drummer, but he didn’t listen. After what seemed like ages I was finally done. When we got back  to the bus people asked he if my tooth was better.

”Nope, he worked on the wrong tooth” 

Before the gig that evening I took a bunch of headache pills to get through the show, but afterwards the ache was back like never before.

We had a day off the next day and had a party on the bus, which was good coz because I didn’t want to be sharp in the head for the next appointment next morning.

Fortunately this dentist rocked it and and only had to go two more times to get rid of the pain.

Jake the drummer and me

 

Blistyar the rockstar dentist

  If someone would have asked me a if I could perform with broken in ears, big lack of sleep and a tooth ache, I would have said no. That’s what I like about challenges, they make you grow. If you can handle something well in a very difficult mode you can do anything. 

Other than this we got off pretty well, except for my guitarist who broke a rib bone. The shows went well and the audience was simply amazing!

Had a good rest in Finland for 10 days and just got back for another tour in Germany! Stay tuned! I’m gonna keep this blog going during the tour. 

 

 

TOUR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi guys, 

Goin on tour for the first time with my second album Grounded! 
The first tour will be between 1.11-11.11 in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. The other tour will be in Germany between the 23.11-3.12 ending at the HEAT festival. It´s gonna be great! 
Other than that, just started working on my third album. Still in the songwriting phase but going to the studio in a couple of months. 

I´m so thankful things are rolling again. For a couple of years the music scene was standing pretty still for me and I almost gave up hope of finding a label in Europe. I´m glad I didn´t! 

Cheers

War – Music Video

This is one of the most random music videos I ever made. While performing in Los Angeles I came across a directior, Niel Johnson. He wanted to work with me on future projects and making a music video was a great start to try it out. 
Without a script and a lot of improvisation we ended up in the desert for a day and as a result this music video was made. 
Enjoy! 

My album is finally here!

 

My new album is finally about to be released the 17th of November!

This journey has been quite a roller coaster, and right now I´m doing the happy dance at the top. But it wasn´t an easy ride to get here. Let me rewind a bit and bring you back on the memorylane. 

After releasing my album in Japan, the plan was to release it in India and find a label in Europe.
We tried to combine the release with concerts in India and had a lot of maybies that eventually never happened. India is beautiful in many ways, but the paper work is a bit pain in the a**!

After being high on hopes and down on disappointments several times, the band eventually went on a break. 
It did break my heart and drove me nuts having my album on the shelf without having it released anywhere else than Japan.  

Being in a long distance relationship and not having anything holding me in Finland anymore I decided to move to the Dominican Republic, freedive, sing in bars on the beach and work as a Personal Trainer. 

Right after the decision was made I got contacted by a film festival in Los Angeles. They had seen me in a short film Eliza, and wanted me to go to LA to sing and do a sword performance, as well as host a Wellness seminar. 

Boom! The tied turned and all of a sudden you can see the city from the roller coaster again. 
I started preparing, said bye to everyone, gave away my big Boa Constrictor and packed 2 bags.
One for Los Angeles and one for the Dominican Republic where I was supposed to go straight after. 

 

 

The festival went well and met a bunch of weirdos and awesome people during my stay.
Still, out of a couple of 200, I only found a few I could trust. One of them was a producer, who invited me to do a small roll in his film. He also ended up making a music video for one of my songs on the album. We basically just went out in the desert one day with out a script and started filming. One of the best memories from LA! 

 

 

                                                                                                     

 During my trip I started getting second thoughts about moving to the Dominican Republic. I wanted to save my relationship and live close to the sea and nature, but at the same time it felt like I wasn´t done with my music and acting career. 

Before I even reached a conclusion my relationship ended like a crash in the wall. Instead of flying to the Caribbean I flew home with the tale between my legs wondering if I was a fish or a bird. I´m not gonna lie, that was the dark tunnel of the roller coaster. 

I stopped working with my manager abroad and was left with everything in my own hands. While trying to figure out my next step I kick-boxed a lot, got my snake back and started working as a personal trainer. 

 

 

 

 

Like my Kung-Fu master always tell me when I do jump kicks “you have to go down in order to jump high”. It´s the law of nature, and so I did. 

Before I knew it an Australian director, I met in LA, invited me to the film festival in Cannes.
Off I went and surprise surprise, he was very well connected in the music industry in Europe. He connected me to his friend who works for a label in Germany. During the trip I got to know both of them well, and they decided that one way or another we´re gonna get my album released!
Having people like that around you, who truly want to help you, is worth gold and diamonds, especially in this industry! 

 

 

A couple of months later I flew to Croatia to make a music video, met up with the same guys again and before going home it was decided that my album would be release worldwide through Metalapolis.

I had to hold on to the chair not to jump up on the table when I heard the news. Now I´m gonna stop the roller coaster for a good while and enjoy the city view from the top!

 

 

 

 

 

Love Me Like You Never Did Before

Hi guys, 

Here´s a live studio version of “Love Me Like You Never Did Before” that I recorded with the songwriter himself, Jay Lewis, the pianist from the “Yö” band as well as my bands guitarist, Sebastian Lindqvist.
Also big thanks to Jani Viitanen, the studio engineer.

Snake Feeding

A little snake feeding session with my snake!
PS! If you had a pet bunny or a sensitive stomach you may not want to watch this. 

Leaving On A Jetplane

Hi everyone,

Time to go back to my roots to one of the first songs I ever performed with. Enjoy!

 

Stunts

Hi everyone,

In 2008 I met the stunt group HMCIndie for the first time. Thanks to them, especially Mikko Löppönen (the director, stunt choreographer and film maker) many doors have opened for me.
Next August I´m going to Los Angeles to attend a film festival/seminar called

The MartialCon, where one of our short films got 3 nominations. I really can´t wait!

Here´s a little combo of the stunt/action & acting projects I´ve taken part in the last 8 years.

Rock On!

Squishy – my pet snake

Squishy and I have been roommates for almost 10 years.
When I was 18 years old and moved away from home, I wanted to have a pet. Knowing what kind of resposibility it requires to take care of a dog, I knew it wasn´t an option.

So I went to the pet shop, I saw Squishy and fell in love. Without having a clue about snakes I decided to give him a home and one week later he moved in.