giovedì 17 agosto 2017

Mellow Mood interview @Rototomsunsplash2017

Yesterday night we had the chance to finally meet in person Jacopo and Lorenzo from Mellow Mood. It has been great to talk with the guys about their show here at Rototom (they will perform tonight, so a few hours to go ! ), their expectations, their memories from past editions and their plans.

Hello Jacopo and Lorenzo, it is so nice to finally meet you guys in person ! I talked with Giulio a few months ago, it was february I think, did anything change since then ?

Well, now we play Jazz music ! (laughs) No just kidding ! What changed since then... well mainly our plans, I mean, back in februaryour focus was on the summer tour, now the tour is almost over and we're thinking what to do next.

So tomorrow (today) is the big day. How do you feel ?

Very well, much more relaxed than usual. This is probably the most important gig of the year so there are alwayz big expectations which can bring  some anxiety, but instead this year the feeling is much more relaxed, we're just thrilled to go on stage and play.

This is not your first time here at Rototom. This is your ...

12th time ... in Spain the third, but the 12th in Rototom. Since 2006 if we remember well. Of course not always on Main Stage.

The 12th ! Really amazing, so we can say that playing at Rototom is like coming home for you ?

Absolutely ! We feel like this is our festival, like everything you see is ours . It is like a second home to us.

What are your expectations for tomorrow's (today's) gig ?

Playing at Rototom is always a bit tricky you know, it is such an important festival. But we only expect good things, good energy, great vibes. We want to make people happy for the couple of hours they'll spend with us and our music.

Among the artists  playing here this year, with whom would you like to share the stage ?

L. Probably with more than one, we can't  remember the whole line up ; but  for example, if we are not wrong tonight in playing AIDONIA  in the Dance Hall stage, well I really like him, what has done this year, the single's he has got out have been all super cool. Defenetely there's more than one with whom we would like to share the stage.

Would you like to share with us a Rototom memory, you are especially you are fond of ?

Well for example, in 2009/2010 we won the Reggae Contest and that was the first time we played on Main Stage. That is our great memory. But as we said Rototom is like a second home and it is always wonderful. Last year we didn't  come and it felt so strange. It's always great. There are many different reggae festivals in Europe, but this one feels always special to us, with a wondrful atmosphere that you can hardly find anywhere else.

Could you anticipate us something about your future projects ? 

Now we are going to stop and record a new album. This is our projects right now. But we can't say more about it. We hope we'll release it next spring.

Thank you so much for this interview, has been amazing to finally meet you and talk to you in person. Keep up the great work you are doing and be always true to yoursefl because you are really amazing. See you up on stage in a few hours  !!

martedì 15 agosto 2017

Rototom Sunsplash 2017- Celebrating Africa

It was exactly one year ago in Loviisa, when we started daydreaming about covering Rototom Sunsplash as media. It has been a long year of working hard, brainstorming and promoting. But all our efforts have been rewarded by getting our accreditation. As an independent radio it has been a really exciting pursuit from such a big festival.

So here we are, are you ready for a walk inside the biggest european reggae event with us ?
Let’s begin with the media center, which is something you hardly ever see.

It is just on the left of the main stage, very cozy and useful area for every professional working here. 

But let's go on with our visit. The festival area is one of the most eclectic and sparkling you may imagine. Thematic areas, uplifting quotes and art everywhere, and delicious and spiced smells from the several ethnic restaurants. There are several stages displaying artists that go from old school roots to the most up-to-date Dance Hall, for every taste and age in the big reggae universe.

 This is the Lion Stage, the first one you come across when you enter the festival area, quite a welcome if you arrive when someone's playing !

 It was a bit too early for this stage when I took the picture, but here you can see the Dance Hall area, where the craziest and those with most stamina can dance and sing until the sunrise.

 And here we are in the real musical heart of the festival, the Main Stage and Radio Rototom. The greatest name have perfomed on that very stage.

And here you have a quick peek of my very favourite area : the Artisan Market, where it is possible to see many different kind of artisans perform their skills in front of the amazed eyes of adult and children.

If we want to find a downside of Rototom, it is not in the festival itself but mostly in the camping accommodation which could be better to meet the basic needs of such a huge amount of people (worst part is the lack of drinking water ) and the communication among the staff which is a bit poor. 

I really hope you enjoyed the stroll around the festival, we're surely happy to be here and we look forward to many more collaborations.

mercoledì 19 luglio 2017

Interview with The Ronski Gang

Hello everybody,

Roots'n Boots it's only 3 nights away, to warm up the atmosphere here we are with another interview with one of the bands who will hit the stage on saturday ; the band we are talking about is the great The Ronski Gang.

Let's jump into it :) !

-Would you like to introduce yourself to the listeners ?

Hi. I'm Hans "Hate" Sjöblom and I play drums in the rock band The Ronski Gang and I've been playing in that band since 1968, from the very beginning.

The other original members are my brother and lead singer Ronski and the bass player Misteri. Btw Ronski means in English rough or something like that. Then we have two great guys playing guitars, Vesa Kääpä and Kiffe Sjöblom. Vesa is known for such bands like Leningrad Cowboys and Veeti Kallio etc. Nowadays we do a few gigs per year but in the 70's we did no less than 150 gigs per year. We have made altogether 8 albums and the latest The Elevens was released in 2011.

-Is this your first time at Roots'n Boots ? If it's so how are you feeling about ?

Yes this is the first time for all of us at Roots'n Boots but all I've heard is only good things about the festival. 

We haven't been playing in this region for a long time. So that's one reason why we are looking forward for the next Saturday.

-What can we expect from your performance ?

We gonna play our own music from nearly every our albums and also some covers fit for our own style. There's gonna be some old school rock'n'roll etc. We wanna make folks having fun, dance and sing along.

-Do you prefer playing in festivals or at your own gig ?
I can't say which I prefer. Both have their own good vibes. Anyway. In the end it's the attitude that matters. ;)

That's it ! Thank you very much and we really can't wait to see you at Roots'n Boots :).

giovedì 13 luglio 2017

Interview with South River Allstars

Hello everybody,

as last year also this year we are going to be at Roots'n Boots festival in Stromfors Ruukki next week.
Thanks to this we had the chance to have a short chat with one of the band that will hit the stage, the band I'm talking about is the great South River Allstars band which will go on the stage as a first band at 13.00.

Before starting with the interview I would like to remind you all that there is a lottery going on on our facebook page, and you have the possibility to win two tickets for the festival.

Let's start with the interview :

Foto by Hannu Holmberg


Would you like to introduce yourself to the listeners ?
Hi, my name is Mika "Blues" Ikonen. I'm a bluesman from Porvoo.

I was as about 12 years old when I picked up guitar for the first time - and I never let it down...

Nowadays I sing and play guitar in a band named The South River Allstar with Pete Myllynen on drums and Markku Rauma on bass. Most of the songs we play are composed by me. Playing slide guitar - mainly dobro - is my true passion. Even though I often play 12-string acoustic at my solo gigs.

-Is this your first time at Roots'n Boots ? If it's so how are you feeling about ?

Yeah, this is the first time at Roots'n Boots for me and my band. Of course I'm happy for this opportunity to bring our music to new audience.

-What can we expect from your performance ?

Well, you can expect a very exciting musical soup of rhythm & blues (in it's original meaning), rock'n'roll and rockabilly. And as usual, some Southern Hoodoo will also be added for the flavour. ;)

We are the opening act and we'll give to audience a hard and merciless set of genuine roots music.
After our set we'll pack our gear and hurry to another gig at Tirmo Blues the very same evening. No rest for the wicked, eh? :D

-Do you prefer playing in festivals or at your own gig ?

They both have their benefits and it's really hard to say which I prefer. At festivals you can reach larger audience but at own gigs mainly in smaller clubs you can get so close to people - so to speak. One time I played in so very tiny place that the closest listener was just about one meter away. Very nice, warm and cozy feeling!
Thank you so much for this interview and see you very soon ! :)

Don't forget to like their page : South River Allstars
And our page : RadioQueenLoviisa

giovedì 11 maggio 2017

Interview with Andrea Baglio (IT)

Hello dear listeners and readers,
today we are back with a new and fantastic interview with the Italian actor Andrea Baglio.

We had the opportunity to have a phone interviewe with Andrea a few months ago, and finally the interview is ready to be spread around the world, so.... let's get started :

Hello Andrea,

Would you like to introduce yourself to our listeners and readers ?

I'm just a young man that, as many others, had this wild dream in his heart, a childhood dream, to be an actor. I don't want to sound cheesy, but this desire is at the same time a curse and a blessing because the satisfactions arrive only after many struggles and sacrifices, but I never gave up and I tried to be brave and alwas kept the hope alive in my heart. In 2011 I started also using YouTube, and I have to say that thanks to this platform I could get, at 32, many of my dreams fullfilled, I have a wider public, I could try myself not only as an actor but also as a director and now, knowing that i have followers even in Finland ! What I could wish more ?

How did you discovered the world of acting ?

As I said, it has been very natural for me. Since when I was a child I loved to be under the spotlight, drawing attention to me with sketches and recitals I organized for my relatives. When I have been old enough I studied acting at Rome's academy for 4 years, I studied with members of New York's Actor Studio. I have always valued a lot my education in this field, because I think that as every other job, you need a high professionality, you need the knowledge of your means and how to use them at their best. I know people thinks 'everbody can act' and of course there are a lot of people out there who are just 'pretending' to be actors, but as everthing else, this is a profession in which you need the 'know-how' and you have to work really hard to achieve your goals.


You have been performing in television and in theatres, do you feel you are more a television ot theater actor ?

Well it's like asking to a musician if he prefers to play violin or guitar, they are totally different instruments, but you can play and enjoy both of them. I'm mainly a theatre actor, cinema and tv followed. Even acting on the web is very different, I think of myself as an actor who has learned his profession at the fullest. Of course when you're on stage it is very emotional, you can see your public, see their reactions,'' feel their feelings''. Cinema, tv and web are somehow more virtual, even if I don't really like to use this word, since anyways you will find a way to interact with your public\followers and know what they think of you.

There is a theatre in specific where you would like to perform ?

Well Finland would be a dream ;) : really, I think at the world as a huge stage and I would love to act everywhere, I live my own life as if it was a show of a sort, and I always try to end my days with a smile on my face. I try to give a meaning to all my days and to interact with people as i would be on stage, getting rid of any kind of mask, because I think that a good actor it is not the one who can pretend better than others, it is the one who can always be him\herself on stage as in life. ' Be, don't pretend'.

You took part in many weberies like : "Fuga dalla morte", "Come mi sono innamorato di te" and many more. Would you like to tell us something about these experiences ?

Well they're all very different, ''Fuga dalla morte'' (Flee from death) it's mostly sci-fi-horror while ''Come mi sono innamorato di te'' ( How I fell in love with you) it's a kinda of teen-drama so much more 'light'. Both of them anyway gave me the chance to work on different but very interesting aspects of my profession. For the first one I had to work a lot along the director (Michael Righini) to understand how to portray something that is not 'real', an untouchable unreal presence which is quite hard task. For the second one I was already 30 but I was portraying a younger man, 19\20 years old, so i had to lose weight, go to the gym and exercises a lot to look younger and more fit. I loved both of them and now both are among the most view series of YouTube Italy.

Is there a movie where you would have loved to act in ?

In my opinion, making indipendent productions has been my biggest luck. In Italy mainstream cinema and tv are a bit of a disaster, with neverending series that become very soon 'old' and boring and which can't give much motivation. Instead in the indipendent cinema I had the chance to do so many different things , now for example I am doing a fan movie about Harry Potter which is even recognized from Warner Bros, so quite of a big thing.

Which is the role of yours dreams ?

Honestly I don't have favourite roles, because I like to experiment and try new things. In ten year of career I have been a killer and a good man, a beggar and a millionaire. The main thing for me is to be true to myself, to set goals and try my best to achieve them.

If you wouldn't became an actor, what profession would you have choosen ?

Since when I was a kid I have always wanted to be an actor.
What is the thing you like the most about being an actor ?

Well this is the only job that give you the chance to show your inner and most true self. As I said before, I think an actor must not 'pretend' but find in him\herself that precise side of our soul which can portray at the best our character. Acting for me it's like watching my reflection in a mirror and being forced to see not only my brighter sides but also the darker ones. This is probably the main reason why I became an actor.

What are your plans for the future ?

My goal for this year is to learn how to play guitar, piano and maybe even taking some singing lesson. Until now I focused on acting, because I think it was better to put all my energies in one thing. Now I feel much more comfortable with my skills as an actor so I want to try to open myself to different forms of performing arts. I'm also very interesting in directing, and now my third corto is about to be released. This last work is very dear to me since I have been working on it for quite a long time, almost one year. The first one 'La prova' has had a lot of awards in many international festivals.

Do you have any tips for youth who would like to start an acting carreer ?

The main reason why someone should become an actor is the inner fire. The drive to pursue the career must come from within, otherwise studying and learning different methods you may also become a very good performer, but the public will know that you're not giving them nothing more than appearence, like an empty shell. In my opinion what makes you a great actor is that flame, that keep you going all your life in spite the fact that you have or not commercial success, money and big public. You may only perform for an handful of people but see your passion reflected in their eyes, you see their love and respect for what you do because you have given them so much. In my opinion, if you feel in your soul the call to become an actor, or any other thing, you should just do it and not living with the regret.

So this was the interview, thank you so much Andrea for making this interview possible.
Here below there is the link to Andrea Youtube channel and web site if you wanna give it a look.

mercoledì 26 aprile 2017

Loviisan Tanssiopisto Spring show 2017

A few months ago we had the chance to have a lovely talk with Kati Kivilahti-Fagerud, principal and dance teacher in Loviisan Tanssiopisto, for the opening of the photographic exhibition Liike, which started the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the dance academy ( you can read the full interview here ). She told us about the amazing ideas they had for this year's spring show and we were really eager to see it after our chat. Finally last Sunday, the 23rd of april, ''Noin 7 sisarta'' was on stage in Loviisa's Liikuntahalli. Fabio Putrino, or Mr RQL , the beloved heart and mind running this radio for three years now, has taken care of the music with a wise and excellent sound engeenering. Beniamino Borghi , coreographer and dance teacher (beside of course creating the coreogrphies of his dance groups ),along with Hanna Neuvonen, took care of the scenographies. Olli Liukkonen took care of the lights and effects.Official photographer of the event has been, as every year, Janne Lehtinen. A special mention this year for the EK-ryhma (erikoiskoulutusryhma) which has been on stage almost no-stop showing no problems in interacting and dancing along with all the other dance groups of every age, including the youngest children which looked at them as real role-model for their dance achievements. 
But now let's enjoy some pictures we took during the show.... (there's many of them ! )