Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Interview: Jacko (APOLLO'S CHILD)

   Apollo's Child (formerly The Black Room) is a multi-cultural London based band, with a romantic sound, fusing bohemic vibes from the past with harsh rock and roll sounds of today. Originally finnish lead-singer Jacko Turunen is here with us for a little talk!

pdn: Howdy, Jacko! Please tell me, how did you decide upon The Black Room name for your band?
Jacko: William Blake wrote that:

"When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite."

The Doors took their name from this. I'm a huge The Doors fan and I was thinking a name for the band when a thought possessed me. What is behind the doors. A room? How does infinity look like? Infinity is the darkness that surrounds the moment that we are living in right now. The dark space around our life in this time. Opening your mind and seeing beyond this moment. This life. It truly is like going through those doors of perception to that dark space that is the universe. The Black Room without space and time in the house of your mind.

pdn: When and how did you start playing music? Please tell me a bit about that!
Jacko: I've always loved music. Since the day I was born. I went to music school when I was a kid
and actually started my career as a very high pitched soprano in the school choir. When
I hit puberty, and couldn't really sing anymore I started playing trombone. Haha. Out of all 
instruments. I guess I've always wanted to be different. Well anyway, that must have taught
me how to breathe properly into my stomach and gave me the power to sing from multiple

pdn: What and/or who were your main musical influences?
Jacko: Everything in life.

pdn: If you could pick any bands to collaborate with or share the stage with, which would those be?
Jacko: If I can pick any bands out of any time, I would have to say. A festival where there would be a feeling like what I think it felt like in Woodstock. A big collaboration of great bands and an audience who knows what is going on in this world.

pdn: And if you could choose any events, where would you love to play? Like festivals or so.
Jacko: Haha. That same festival.

pdn: What other passions and main preoccupations do you have except making music?
Jacko: Hmm... Passions? There are many things I love in this world. All kinds of art that is heartfelt and umm... Women :) Good food and most of all. People that are real and that you know you can trust.

pdn: Which are your main ambitions, goals? The Black Room's plans for the near future?
Jacko: I want this band to be recognized for what it is. Something that is missing from the rock music scene. We have a lot of talent in the band and also so many great bands/players that are coming from this town, that its time to do something about the sad situation that is the current popular music.

pdn: Thank you for your time! Anything you would like to add for friends and fans here at the end? :)
Jacko: A change is coming.. 


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