Gallery / Finland 2015: meet Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
HELSINKI, FINLAND – Finnish national broadcaster gave to the press an interesting Q&A for the fans to meet the 2015 Eurovision participants Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät.
Can you introduce yourselves and the band?
We are Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät from Finland. Pertti plays guitar, Kari sings, Sami plays bass and Toni plays the drums.
How did the idea to take part in the national Eurovision preselection UMK come to you?
Pertti is a fan of Eurovision. He wanted to play there.
Are any of you fans of Eurovision Song Contest in general, and what are your brightest memories from the competition? Sami doesn’t care about Eurovision song contest! Pertti has always watched and recorded them on VHS. Pertti remembers Tauski Peltonen. It was his favorite Eurovision song. Katri Helena, Lapponia, Danny, Kirka. And of course, Lordi.
Which was your favourite country in Eurovision 2014? Also, do you have any favorite Eurovision songs from previous years? Pertti’s favorite from 2014 was Austria. He’s all time favorite is Lordi’s Hard Rock Hallelujah and Vesa-Matti Loiri’s Huilumies as well as Riki Sorsa’s Reggae OK.
How can you describe your entry “Aina mun pitää” and its message?
Kari: the message behind the songs is that people must do things. Otherwise they will get lazy and sore.
Can you tell us the story of its creation? Was it written specially with the Eurovision in mind, or simply as a new single? It was just one of the few new songs that weren’t released on any record. That one was chosen. The other two songs are on the Aina mun pitää 7″ vinyl EP.
How would you describe your music?
Pertti: PKN is punk rock. I like punk rock.
Who are your musical inspirations? Which famous musicians do you admire?
Pertti: Ypö-Viis, Kollaa Kestää, Karanteeni, Pelle Miljoona, Eppu Normaali, Loose Prick (all Finnish)
Kari: Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Bob Marley.
Toni: Souvarit, Arja Koriseva (both Finnish as well)
Will there be changes in your Eurovision performance compared to UMK?
Not any. (Toni: we will play faster and make the song shorter)
You’re used playing instruments live at your concerts and tours, is the fact that instruments are prerecorded at Eurovision making it more difficult or easier for you? Pertti: It’s easier for me because I cannot make any mistakes.
Toni: Harder. I don’t like it.
Sami: I don’t see any difference.
Kari: I sing live anyway.
What aim do you put for yourself in the international contest?
Pertti: We aim to win and I will survive.
Do you feel any extra pressure because you’re defending colours of Finland?
Pertti: No pressure. Well, actually there is…
Have you listened to any of the other competing entries this year and do you have any personal favourites?Pertti: Not yet. I will watch them on TV.
Have you already thought about any promotional activities prior to Eurovision or do you have any gigs planned up to May? Not actually any promotional gigs.
Do you want to have status as ordinary band and not point out your handicap, or do you want to be an example for handicapped people and show them that they can do everything and be successful like you? We’ve been like an ordinary band in Finland for years. But with the Eurovision thing we can show to the world that people with disabilities can do anything they want and are capable to.
What are your hobbies and how do you spend your free time?
Pertti: I like to visit flea markets and buy cassettes, CD’s, vinyl records and stereo equipment.
Kari: I hang out in bars with my friend and I like motorcycles and cars.
Sami: I’m the opposite of Kari!
Kari: You are what you are and I’m not you.
Toni: I watch TV and run.