lunedì 20 giugno 2016

Yeshe interview !

Hello RQL friends ! How are you ? It's the first day of summer and we're here with a very special guest, someone whose life and music can be of great inspiration:
 Yeshe !

So thank you so much Yeshe for taking the time to have this interview with us !

Hello Yeshe, would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners\readers?

I am a singer/songwriter, percussionist, playing 2 African melodic instruments, the Mbira Dzavadzimu from the Shona people of Zimbabwe and the Kamele Ngoni from the Bambara people of Burkina Faso and Mali. I was born in Germany, but left there at age 16 to discover the rest of the world. I still travel a lot but am now based in Byron Bay, Australia.

-When did you start playing\singing?

I used to sing in the school choir when I was young and also studied classical guitar back then.

-When did your interest in African sounds begun?

When I was 14 I started studying African drumming with world renowned Ghanaian master drummer Mustapha Tettey Addy, which completely changed my musical path from then on.

-So you were very young when you left home for african countries. Can you tell us more about that experience?

Travelling and living in different African cultures, I got adopted into the families of my teachers and straight away felt very much at home.

-In which countries have you lived so far and what has, each of these countries\people, given to you? How many languages can you speak?

I have lived in more then 20 countries and speak bits and pieces of many different languages, but learned very quickly to communicate without language and through music.

-How would you describe your music?

Good question, but difficult answer. I have been described as a “genre bender” as it seems hard to fit me into any particular musical genre. I see myself as a singer/songwriter, but my instrumentation is quite unique. I studied a lot of traditional music and played in Africa in a lot of traditional settings and ceremonies, but my teachers always encouraged me to find my own voice in my music.

-What inspires you writing your music? Tell us something about your creative process.

Everything inspires me, I think that as musicians we become vessels or channels, it feels like the music just flows through me. I don’t necessarily think that I am the one doing it.  Some days a new song starts to develop and I often wonder myself where it came from.

-Which message can we find in your lyrics?

All kinds, really, I never know what inspires me to write at any given time.

-'Peace of mind' and 'La Ballade de Jean Batailleur', two of my favourite songs of yours. Soothing, engaging, wonderful songs. Would you like to tell us something about them?

Well, ‘Peace of Mind’ is really just some personal thoughts about finding that ‘Peace of Mind’ that, I think, most people are somehow looking for. I came across ‘La Ballade de Jean Batailleur’ when I was on tour in Quebec, the French speaking province of Canada. It’s a song written by Zachary Richard and most people in Quebec seem to have a strong connection to that song. When I first heard it there on the radio, it really touched me on a deep level and I knew that I had to try my own version of it. Zachary Richard has since contacted me to tell me that my version is his favourite version that anybody had done of any of his songs and he became a big fan of my music, which of course made me very happy, as I was a bit nervous of how he would react to the way that I changed the song.

-And about the whole 'Roots and Wings' cd ? I consider it such a gem, filled with different sonorities, atmospheres, languages ...

‘Roots & Wings’ was my second CD and it was really about honouring the ‘roots’ of all the music that I had learned and then making it my own, becoming my ‘wings’.

-With which artist have you worked with? With whom would you like to work?

I have collaborated with a lot of different artists all over the world, it usually just seems to happen very organically, there is not really that much planning involved on my behalf.

-And what about your collaboration with Xavier Rudd and the United Nations? How's been that experience?

I met Xavier Rudd many years ago while touring and he has since become a good friend of mine. Our favourite time together is sitting at a fire, playing music and sharing ideas. We talked about the idea of collaborating for a long time and finally the timing was right when the ‘United Nations’ were born. It was a great experience, we had the perfect team come together.

-Are you working on some other project at moment?

Yes, I have just finished recording my new album ‘Woven’ and I am very excited about this. I feel that on this album I finally found my voice/sound. It’s a lot more raw and gritty, and the lyrics are very deep and close to my heart. The album will be released later this year. If you are interested please check my website:

-We are italian, we live in Finland and we are curious. Have you ever been to Italy or Finland?

I have been to Italy many times, I love the Italian audiences, but I have yet to come and play in Scandinavia,
 I hope that it will happen soon. I always love experiencing new places.

-If you could make a wish, which one it would be?

I guess my biggest wish is peace on earth and that we all take more responsibility to look after our precious planet.

-Where can we follow you ( social, websites, youtube ... ) ? Where can we buy your music ?

Here you go:

And to buy my music, you can buy physical CDs at the shop on my website ( or download the songs on ‘Bandcamp’:
If you are interested in the new album ‘Woven’, please keep checking this site as we will soon do a special pre-release for fans only on ‘Bandcamp’....stay tuned

"Here is a photo of me playing the Kamele Ngoni, the instrument that I play on my new upcoming album 'Woven' " (cit.)

Thank you again Yeshe for the interview but most of all for the great music,we can't wait to listen to 'Woven' !

And dear RQL friends, have a wonderful summer !

martedì 14 giugno 2016

Blind Channel interview

Hello dear listeners and readers,
here we are with a new interview ! Today we are going to know better a great band from Oulu, that we had the chance to see live a couple of weeks ago in Helsinki, and since that I  really can't stop listening to their music. Let's get started :

Hello guys,
Would you like to introduce yourself to our listeners/ readers ?

Aiyo! We are Blind Channel, a violent pop band from Finland formed in September 2013. We are signed to a Finnish record label Ranka Kustannus and our first album is set to be released next fall.

The band was formed in september 2013, how did you guys met ?

Blind Channel was formed by our guitarists Joel and Joonas. The two were in the same school and had a history in competeing each other, but eventually they got over their rivalry and ended up forming a band together. Joel and Joonas knew the drummer Tommi and the basist Olli from their previous music projects and asked them to join in. Finally, Joonas and Tommi met Niko at a highschool party and after jamming to some tunes from Linkin Park and Enter Shikari, Niko decided to join the band.

Why did you choose the name Blind Channel ? Who came up with the name ?

When we started we had many names for the band and we actually ended up choosing Blind Channel a few hours before we put up our Facebook page! It was Niko who came up with the name and we decided to use it because it was easy, and we thought it sounded and looked badass. The name also has some controversial aspects that are also included in our lyrics. People in today’s society are spending too much time staring at meaningless screens - blind channels. It’s time to show them something real. It’s self-irony actually.

Have you always dreamed of being in a band ?

I think that one way or another we all share the dream of being in a band and doing it for a living. And that dream grows stronger everyday. That’s what keeps us going.

What do you like most of being in a band ?

Everything really. The tours and the shows and the feeling afterwards. It’s just amazing to write music and perform live. We’re born to do this.

Are you all involved in the writing the lyirics and the music ?

Blind Channel songs are written by Niko, Joel and Joonas, but Olli and Tommi arrange their own instruments into the composition. Niko mainly writes the lyrics, but it’s important to note that Blind Channel would never release lines that weren’t approved by the other band members.

You have been performing in many places like Provinssirock, Ilosaarirock, Qstock at the Circus with Simple Plan..... Where would you like to perform next ?

Our shows involve a lot of running and jumping around, so we always hope to make it to the big stages. The bigger the better! Right now our goals are somewhere outside Finland, partly because we like travelling but mostly because we feel like our main audience is outside Finland. We also love to play at festivals because of their atmosphere.

Which is the best memory you have as a band ?

There’s too many! Wacken Open Air and Sziget Festival were awesome trips that included laughter, terror and survival. There are lot of great stories. Also the experiences of touring with Simple Plan and supporting Enter Shikari are on the top of the list.

Do you have any new music coming up soon ?

We’re gonna release our debut album before next fall and at least one single before that.
 Do you have any gigs coming soon ?

This summer we’re doing some festival shows in Finland and next fall we’re travelling to Norway to be a part of The Edge Nordic Festival. When the album comes out we’ll be touring a lot first in Finland, then abroad.

We knew you opened the Simple Plan concerts in Helsinki, Tallin,Riga and Vilnius would you like to tell us something about this experience ?

It was an amazing experience! Definately the best tour we’ve done so far. The Simple Plan guys were really nice and had a good taste in cheesecakes. Like every Blind Channel tour, this one as well included some dangerous-yet-hilarious moments. For example when we were making our way from Lithuania to Latvia, Joel accidentally and literally - stepped on the toes of a customs-officer and they almost didn’t let us go through. Fortunately these situations ended up in laughter and we got ourselves more stories to tell.

Where the listeners can follow you on social medias ?

Thank you very much, guys for this interview it was great to know more about you. We really hope to see you again soon.

By the way here is the link to our Blind Channel favorite song, you must listen to it !!!

Wish you all a nice day, and see you in the next interview !!!!







martedì 7 giugno 2016

Open Studio Event with Carmen C. Wong

Hello RQL listeners and reader. Yesterday we had the chance to join in a fantastic event here in Loviisa, an Open Studio evening with the resident artist Carmen C. Wong. Carmen creates performance concepts and collages by, with, and around food and its eaters.
The event took place in the Loviisa Artist Residency in the Forum Building and was hosted by Beniamino Borghi. 
In her new space, Carmen invited us to talk about cozy food and what makes a home, while tasting some sweet cous-cous pudding and savory cous-cous loaf both just out of her kitchen and incredibly good and while watching a few of her past performances.
What Carmen will explore in her time as artist in residence is the concept of what makes a space a home . Which appliances, which furnitures, which food could help her to transform her temporary residence in her home. Everybody in town is invited to give her advices and instructions and help in this task.

Carmen, we want to thank you for the brilliant time we had in your studio and all the friends who joined, sharing thoughts and laughs around the table. 
And RQL friends, stay tuned, as we might have the incredible chance to have a live interview with Carmen in the next weeks !

Now please enjoy a few pictures from yesterday's event...