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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.

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWhseVNXel4[/embedyt]

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.
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxruxu4bmQI[/embedyt]

Leaving On A Jetplane

Hi everyone,

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

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUP00hqsFEc[/embedyt]

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.

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDj4srwgtXc[/embedyt]

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.
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZoz-Mm8_fs[/embedyt]

Music In Japan

Hi guys,

Releasing my new album in Japan was again an experience of it´s own kind. Everything from performing in a Boxing Hall, to amazing food, weird toilet seats and making a fool of myself trying to speak Japanese.

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Quick Update

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Magic Castle

Konnichiwa!

I just released my new music video Magic Castle ( in Japan only). A little inspiration I got while recording songs in Los Angeles.

It will be visible for other countries as well in the nearish future 😉

Until then, check out my new video blog Learning By Doing – Cave Diving

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciEVn4yWyAk[/embedyt]

Rock on!

See You Soon Japan!

Dear Japan!

In a few days (5th -12th) I´m stepping on the plane to come and see you for the release of my new album Grounded. You managed to impress and amaze me already as a child when I had my first piece of sushi. 20 years later you released my first album Renegade and gave me an armful of great memories and experiences along the way.
I can´t wait to get there for a second round!

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