13 Questions to Jyrki Witch (Two Witches, SinMasters, Lumous Gothic Festival, Darklands Records)

What was the very first record you bought?

Hot Wheels by Hurriganes. I do not own the album anymore. It wasn’t my first record either, because I already had plenty of singles I got from my relatives (varied from The Beatles to Tapio Rautavaara), but the first one I bought.

What is the most expensive record have you bought?

To be honest, I do not even remember. I’m collecting pretty many artists and even if I try to avoid paying too much, sometimes I’m using “too much” for the records. I guess it must have been something by David Bowie, but could be something else as well.

Who are your 5 very favourite artists ever?

I could mention five times David Bowie, because his material covers musically nearly everything. But let’s mention also Bauhaus, Japan (and David Sylvian’s solo works), Christian Death and Hanoi Rocks.

Name 5 bands that have changed your life?

David Bowie. Like for millions of others as well, it changed everything.

Christian Death. Their attitude and style was a role model for Two Witches and my personal life.

Hanoi Rocks. They showed there could be an international band from Finland, they didn’t ask if it would be possible to do something but just live their dream. I wanted to copy that attitude for myself.

Army of Lovers. They helped me to understand you could combine over the edge outlook and style to good melodies and catchy hooks, talking about sexual revolutions and play roles, add a lot of camp humor and still be so f**king cool.

Two Witches. I have to mention this, because it really changed my life. Literally.

Name your 3 favourite Gothic Fests?

All-in-all there are a lot of good gothic festivals around the world, big and small, and I try to visit as many as I could every year.

Herbstn√§chte in Burg Rabenstein of Germany was great, we played there 2002 and I was there later as a customer too, but unfortunately it’s not running anymore.

Also Castle Party in Poland is really nice.

And last but not least, I must mention Lumous Gothic Festival, of course. It is the only gothic scene festival in Finland and I create it with my friends 17 years ago and have been running it all these years.

Name your 3 favourite gigs as a musician and as fan?

Our first concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil (January 1997) have been the highlight so far, but also the both concerts in Buenos Aires, Argentina (December 1997) and the first concert of Mexico City, Mexico (2001) were great, because of everything… the audience, the cities, the whole trip itself, the sound of the venues.

As a fan… Every concert of David Bowie (I saw him eight times, in-between 1983-2004) could be mentioned as number one, but if pick the best, it would be Berlin 2003. He played a very long set, including Low-album and some acoustic solo tracks as an opener.

Christian Death in Marquee, London 1989. Gitane DeMone and Kota was still in a band.

The Lords of the New Church concerts in Finland. These guys were a total blast on stage.

Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist?

David Bowie: Low.
-For the atmosphere, sounds and mysticism.

Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio: Cocktails Carnage Crucifixion And Pornography
-Very important influence for lyrics.

Bauhaus: In The Flat Field
-A pioneer with the whole concept.

Describe yourself with 3 adjectives?

Stubborn, self-contained and curious.

What is the most overrated gothic band?

I would not like the name anyone. It’s one of these things where we should give respect to each others work.

What is the most underrated gothic band?

All of them! If thinking all the shit which is popular at the moment, all gothic bands are totally underrated!

But if mention just one, then I’d vote for Love Like Blood.

In which band would you have liked to play live?

The Spiders From Mars

Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?

La Scaltra, Gorgonas and Sexy Suicide (even if the last one is more like “wave” act, but had to mention anyway).

Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?

I do not want to think any difference in-between these two, because both belongs to the same scene. It is stupid to label this way, because it will only add confrontation inside the scene. We should unite, not separate the sub-cultures!

Jyrki’s photo by Niina Helminen


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