Joviac Interview 18/09/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Joviac is a progressive metal band from Tampere, Finland founded in 2017. My previous projects and bands had come to an end and I decided it was time to start something of my very own for a change. Music has been the main form of self expression and self actualisation for me since I was a teenager, and I needed an output where I could honestly be myself. While the progressive metal genre is known for long songs and (sometimes gratuitous) technicality, I’d like to think that in Joviac’s case it’s always offered in a tight and interesting package. Whatever transpires within a single song, emotion is key. I have so many influences, but if I had to just name a few: Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, Devin Townsend, Pain of Salvation, A.C.T and Toto.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
I write about what comes to mind when I’m working on a song. Usually I get a certain vibe from whatever demo I’m listening to. Most of my songs are about personal struggles with mental illness such as anxiety and depression, that subject still has loads of stigma around it and I would like to promote free speech around that subject. I’m also very interested in global politics and news, but keeping up with the world also makes me want to vent about it, so often those issues also bubble up to the surface when I’m working on a song.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
That’s a tough one, but I would have to say it’s the second song off our new full length album, “Straws”. Straws manages to walk that tightrope between progressive metal and pop. It borrows crafty arrangements and out-of-the-box ideas from the prog metal side and mixes them with memorable melodies and hooks borrowed from the poppy side. That’s kind of what I’m going for most of the time, on the surface it’s something you can easily wrap your head around, but if you look closer there’s more depth and stuff going on. That’s what the progressive metal genre is for me personally. You have the freedom to make 40 minute long songs in 19/8 time but also a very straight forward verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus-chorus pop song. It’s that freedom that I love. We don’t have a 40min song yet, though. Maybe one day!
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
Corona took care of our calendars pretty well this year. We released our new album “Here And Now” in April, but only now have been able to celebrate it with live shows. In fact, last Friday and tomorrow will be our only shows for the immediate future. It sucks, but then again I am incredibly excited about tomorrow. We’re playing a great venue here in my hometown of Tampere called “YO-Talo”. I’ve seen. Many gigs there and always dreamt of playing there one day. In fact it’s where my parents met in the 80’s so it has that personal connection too.
MM: What can we expect from (Band Name) live
I think we embody the same principles on stage as on the album. We are honestly ourselves and not putting on any kind of megalomaniac rockstar facade. If you come down to our show, we’re incredibly happy to have you there and we’re there to connect with you. We also spend a lot of energy rehearsing our material because we care. Unfortunately I still suffer from quite a bit of stage fright which makes my hands tremble so I’m never 100% on stage (at least when it comes to guitar playing), but I think that will change once Corona is over and we can finally get on tour. It’s harder to be nervous if you’re on stage almost every night.
MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring
We haven’t been on a proper tour yet so I really can’t fully say. Our shows have so far been sporadic concerts here and there, but our biggest goal is to build Joviac to the point where we can go on tour. It’s coming at some point and I can’t wait, I’m a big fan of playing live. My favourite parts about playing live is when the crowd is really into what you’re doing and there’s that whole exchange of energy, that’s the best. The worst part is my nerves. When I feel like nothing is going the way I want and my hands are shaking, I just want to die right there and then. In most cases I start enjoying the stage around the end of the set, and then it’s over…
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
It would be a dream come true to warm up for some of our heroes like Leprous, Haken, Dream Theater, etc. Imagine how nervous I would be THEN! Hah!
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
I’ve been to some great shows. I’ve been lucky enough to see Toto live 5 times, every single one of those gigs proved time and time again why they are revered as the legends as they are. Leprous, Haken, Between The Buried And Me, Opeth, Pain Of Salvation have been amazing live, but I think my favourite one would have to bee the last time I saw Kvelertak live. I NEVER go into mosh pits and I always steer clear of aggressive people, but Kvelertak’s shows are something else. You can’t help but be in the pit because the whole crowd is basically the pit. You fight for your spot especially if you’re close to the stage and it’s amazing. I’ve had the most fun seeing them live, and seeing them crowd surf while playing their last songs just puts a smile on my face.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Our last album, Here And Now. It was our first full length as a full band and everything went so smoothly. I just had these 8 songs before we started recording and they became this body of work, I’m very proud.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
That’s an impossible question, I have so many! But two albums that I could mention as being among my all time favourites would be Images & Words by Dream Theater and The Seventh One by Toto
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
I remember some concerts from lower secondary school (grades 7-9). We played Testament, Iron Maiden and Moonsorrow in front of our school and the headmistress was not happy at all. She wanted the lyrics to each song on her desk by the next day because the Moonsorrow song had pagan lyrics. I was very nervous then and I still am!
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
I didn’t have any! I was really into Children of Bodom as a teenager but I had to kind of keep it on the down low because my mother thought it was devil worshipping music! I was also listening to actual devil worshipping music with satanist lyrics too though, so she kind of had a point.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
I have no idea. Whoever invented the electric guitar? Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are often touted as the fathers of heavy metal by different people so I guess they had something to do with the formation of the genre.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Tomorrow’s record release show. It was postponed from April (when the album came out) due to corona reasons and we’ve been looking forward to it ever since. Luckily the second wave hasn’t hit Finland hard yet, so we had the chance to play last Friday in Helsinki and tomorrow here in Tampere. After tomorrow they can shut the whole country down again for all I care, my work will have been done at that point. I do hope they come up with that safe and effective vaccine though, next summer would suck without festivals!
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
I’ve actually been listening to a fair amount of pop recently and I was thinking that Alan Walker’s Faded could be a fun cover to do. I’m sure there are loads out there already, but I’m sick of your average metal cover songs. Covers are only interesting to me if they bring something new to the plate.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
If you’re a fan of Dream Theater and similar bands, we could have something to offer you. You don’t have to like us, but if you gave us a chance and listened to a song of our’s then I’m eternally grateful because that’s all I can ask. We are humbled by every bit of support that we get, but perfectly understand that we’re not everyone’s cup of tea.
MM: Four words to describe Joviac
Genuine, Sincere, Memorable, Emotional
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Thank you so much for this interview, it was a pleasure answering your questions! I hope all your readers and their loved ones are safe! If you want to check us out you can go to www.joviac.com for everything related to Joviac. Thank you