By Serenat Kivilcim
Regina (link), a three piece dream-pop group from Helsinki, Finland, is a different sort of melodic getaway. They will transport you away from the monotonous doldrums of everyday life and treat you to a truly surreal and dreamy soundscape. Though they sing completely in Finnish, their music is emotionally translatable and fun, while still maintaining a uniqueness with their captivating melodies and musical theory. blackonthecanvas had the opportunity to chat with Regina about life in the band, newly released music, and more…
Let’s start from the beginning. How did Regina start? Why the name Regina ?
Mikko: We started 10 years ago. We first put couple of songs online and then everything fell into place. The origin of the name doesn’t matter, it’s just a name.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
Mikko: It’s pop music, but everything around that changes constantly, at least for us. Career-wise I don’t know if it’s good to change direction all the time but we just get bored easily, so want to do something different every time.
How do you guys balance your input and contributions, so that no one is more dominant than the other?
Mikko: I do the production and most of the music and Iisa writes all the lyrics and also writes some melodies. I personally don’t care whose ideas end up on the album, as long as they are the best ones. And the actual doing part is only a small portion of the whole process. It is more about the ideas than anything else, and we discuss them together all the time..
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Mikko: No, but we are secretly planning a 10 year special for next year.
Who would you say your favorite Finnish artists are?
Mikko: There are many, but Jaakko Eino Kalevi is one who I’ve always liked very much.
How did you come together with Osma Harvilahti to make the Unessa video?
Mikko: We really liked his photographs and asked him to shoot some 8mm film for the video. We wanted to have someone with a strong sense of aesthetics to shoot it.
Have you ever considered singing in English to appeal to a broader audience?
Mikko: We’ve been asked that a lot, but no, it’s not going to happen. I don’t think it would change anything – I actually think there would be a risk of losing something that is very much the essence of the whole band. We are not chasing audiences, we are happy at this level of success.
What would you consider to be your biggest success so far in your career? What’s going to happen with Regina in 2015?
Mikko: On our band CV, the biggest thing would be the Emma award (a Finnish Grammy award) two years ago after releasing Soita mulle album, but musically I hope that it’s still ahead of us. We are currently free from any label and we want to celebrate that for a while releasing maybe something on our own. We’ll see.
Photo Credit: Osma Harvilahti (link)