Interview with Janne Wirmen of

WARMEN

 

Courtesy of Century Media Records.

 

Conducted on February 4, 2002.When Janne called he sounded exhausted.He had already done a ton of interviews.As for me, I was on a tight schedule.So between the two of us, we agree that a short interview would do for us both.

 

Criticaltom:SOLO PROJECTS ARE A POPULAR IDEA THESE DAYS, BUT WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO DO THIS ONE?

Janne:I would like to write the all music for Children of Bodom, but I have to share.This band allows me to write more music.[Let me impress upon the reader that Janne Wirmen comes across as someone who is in love with composing music and nothing else! Ė Criticaltom]

 

Criticaltom: IS IT EASY FOR SOMEONE IN AN ESTABLISHED BAND TO GET A DEAL FOR A SOLO PROJECT?

Janne:Really easy for me because COB is on the same label, Spinefarm.

 

Criticaltom:THIS IS ACTUALLY YOUR SECOND ALBUM, ISNíT IT?

Janne:Yes, it is my second.The first was called, Unknown Soldier.

 

Criticaltom: HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT WRITING SONGS FOR AN ALBUM LIKE THIS?WHICH COMES FIRST, MUSIC OR LYRICS?

Janne:Music totally.Iím not involved in making the lyrics.The singers write the lyrics.I am just involved in writing music.Thatís all I care about.

 

Criticaltom:whose idea was it to do ďAlone,Ē Kim Goss?Are you a Heart fan?

Janne:Well, Iím a big fan the 80ís.

 

Criticaltom: ARE THERE ANY THEMES ON THIS RECORD THAT YOU WANT THE LISTENER TO PICK UP ON?THE MOZART CONNECTION?

Janne:Yeah.Of course, there is the Mozart thing.

 

Criticaltom:DOYOU SEE YOURSELF AS A SORT OF MODERN DAY COMPOSER LIKE MOZART?

Janne:Yeah, kinda.Of course, I play other stuff.

 

Criticaltom: WHAT ISSUES DO YOU CARE A LOT ABOUT?

Janne:No.I donít have any kind of messages behind my songs.I only like to write my songs.

 

Criticaltom: WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT DOING A PROJECT LIKE THIS?

Janne:Today I realized the most rewarding thing for me has been doing 12 reviews today and all the comments have been very positive.I didnít have any expectations of the sales figures of Warmen because COB is my main band, but everything Iíve heard is positive.

 

Criticaltom: ITíS A VERY EXCITING RECORD.I LIKED IT MUCH BETTER THAN THE AVANTASIA ALBUM.

Janne:Thanks.

 

Criticaltom: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE COLLABORATOR ON ďBEYOND ABILITIESĒ?

Janne:I have to say Sammi.Heís like 38 and my brother is 19.So they are like 18 years apart.We talk about why he isnít playing for a bigger band, but he drinks too much.I also enjoy playing with my brother.He has only been playing for four years and it is exciting to see him put so much into it.[I mentioned that he must look up to his big brother.Janne seemed to like that comment . . . duh!

 

Criticaltom: IF YOU COULD PLAY/TOUR WITH ANY MUSICIAN IN ANY PERIOD, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Janne:A difficult one.I would have to say Stratovarius.For me, the reason I am doing this is their album Visions inspired me.

 

Criticaltom: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER HEARD YOU BEFORE?

Janne:Warmen has a nice combination of many different styles.Like we have this progressive stuff going on, some like Stratovarius, and some fast playing.Itís a mixture of everything nice.

 

Criticaltom: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR WARMEN?

Weíre already planning to play some gigs in Finland.And maybe some festivals in Europe.We are planning to record a third album.Iím thinking we have such a nice line-up . . . COB will be my main band for a long time.So Warmen is kind of my way to impress myself.But itís so much fun to do.

 

And so we said goodbye.

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