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Manzana


Manzana

Discography
Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart, EP , 2005.
Falling To Pieces, Single & Video, 2006. TRC- Records
Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart , Album , 2007. TRC- Records
Cripple Heart, Single , 2007
End Of The World, Single & Video, 2008. Dynamic Arts Records.
Babies Of Revolution, Album, 2008. Dynamic Arts Records.
Everyhting But You, Singe & Video, 2010. Tuupa Records
Industrial Hippies, Album,  to be released autumn 2010. Tuupa Records.

Hi guys, how are you?
Great! Just got new, third album release settled, also new video out & european tourdates ready. Happy and excited!

Would you mind introducing us to 'Manzana'?
We are and industrial toned pop metal band from Finland. I am Piritta , the singer, and in Manzana there is also Henkka, Klasu and Tomi.

How long has the current band line up been together?
We started touring on 2004, but started to push it for real on 2005. So five years, with other bassist and drummer, three.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't yet heard you?
We´re tough and elastic, groovy pop metal. We have played a lot at goth parties also,there is a dark side in our songs too. We are labeled usually under female fronted metal bands, but I am not a soprano.

What have you been up to recently?
Organizing the tour, promoting the forthcoming album, also some gigs, with Sparzanzan, Lullacry ect. Good summer!

What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
"Industrial Hippies "release in autumn, European tour in October, possibly Finnish tour after that,  another new video, good times on the run ! Brand new video " Everything But You " is now on youtube, go check it, come see the shows !

How did you meet each other?
Henkka and I played in a grunge band in the 90´s, as kids, so we found each other at Nekala rehearsal room, but we only started working together again in 2004. Klasu was found at Yo- Talo backstage drinking coffee with sugar even tough he hates it,  and Tomi at the Ylöjärvi gas station buying chips!

How did you come up with your name for the band?
I have always loved Spanish language, not that I know any, it just sounds great in rhythm. The idea was "poison apple" , fresh from the top, dangerous inside. Pop-Metal, Gentle and Violent.

Did you always want to be in a band?
I knew I was a rock singer when I saw Tina Turner on Tv at the age of 9. I used to  hung around at my brothers rehearsal room and asked them to let me sing. Sometimes they gave in, suppose I was so irritating hehehe. But I was very insecure, afraid to sing, even tough I wanted it.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
Mostly grunge  bands,  I loved Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Hole.but also electronic pop stuff like Depeche Mode , and punk.The guys were more into heavy stuff, and Klasu also into Jazz, Zappa and the complex stuff.

How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
As a teen I sung in a choir, and we toured abroad too, but I got into my first rock band in the end of 90´s.

What were your first music making experiences?
A song with our grunge band Mellow.it was called.Garden. I wrote three pages of lyrics, and screamed my head off, the guys were just laughing and said that less is better hehehee.  "Garden", very grunge!

Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
I played the piano for years as a kid, and got some vocal teaching with the choir, but I hated people telling me how to do it. Like someone you don´t like teaching you to kiss. I wanted to yell " wrong " for a long time, just for the fun of it. I like the punk style singing, I look for the feeling and stories, not techniques. Later I got some vocal lessons because my voice started getting tired on tours, it is healing. From the guys Klasu has studied music, others are self taught.

What is your current equipment?

Basic ear monitor stuff & Sennheiser mic. We have stuff coming from a laptop on shows, so we must have ear monitors, but at  punky places we go the old fashion way, feet on a monitor & shake it.  At home I used to have pro tools and boxes, but now I do all demos with garageband. It´s no use for me trying to know about technique because I sing, other people are so much better in it.

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If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
A tourbus, huge amount of clothes, wireless mic, videos for every song, studio time for 4 albums a year, maybe a beautiful guitar.a pink Gretsch. a keyboard, endless cash to tour forever.I think the guys could make hugely longer list on this one = )

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Usually Henkka has a bottom idea of a song he sends me, I write some text, I sing something, send it back, he changes something, I sing it again..we do this about 20 times, and then we go record it. At the studio Klasu usually steps in, he arranges a lot of stuff, then Tomi plays something, we change something a bit again. Sometimes Henkka and Tomi just jam something, and others step in.

Would you sign with a major record company?
Probably, but not likely. Around the first album we run our own label, and got distribution from bigger companies, but when the album went pretty well, we found ourselves in trouble not knowing what to do. The two other albums are via independent labels. We all have worked with major labels in other roles, so we have an idea how it goes. We like to stay a bit strange,  this suits us. But we wouldn´t mind a few thousand euros for marketing and more hands!

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
All involvement. We do everything ourselves because Henkka has a studio and he also produces the albums. On first album we had visiting producers, and might have some in the future too if it feels right.

Is the production side of things something you'd like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
Maybe. I like fuzzing around and talking to people, but being too social is away from songwriting. You have to be a bit lonely to get the urge to write.

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
It gets easier, but still, with every song you can be great or you can just totally suck. You never know, have to stay present. 

Do you try to capture your 'live' sound on recordings or do you think that the 'live' sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
We sound heavier and punkier live, I also scream more and guys improvise quite a bit. But the basic energy is the same.

Do you any favourite tracks from your album?
Demolition Doll at the moment. The good girls revenge. I feel so much for her, poor girl.She should get up and hit back so hard...

Do you write songs only about personal experiences?
Yes, I wouldn´t write about a feeling I haven´t experienced. But I protect myself with fiction, but in a way, songs are like a diary. I  am my own clairvoyant, I can tell from a song what´s about to happen to me hehehe.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
I write for others too, lyrics, I also write poems & stories, playing the piano and making up stuff is easy. What is difficult, is to actually finish, polish, produce, arrange and make a song go ready all the way to the end. That´s hard. You have to be very patient and wait and fix and ask for opinions and fix again.

Who are your favourite songwriters?
Dolly Parton, Linda Perry, Otep, Neil Young, Mike Patton, many...

Which countries have you gigged in?
Most Europe & Baltics quite many times.

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
Germany and Czech Republic have always been good, also Latvia and Lithuania..and of course we would love to go to Uk and Us, the sooner the better! And south America! We want to go everywhere.

Who would you like to tour with?
Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Alice In Chains.what ever big bands. No Doubt, Otep, Bullet for My Valentine, Doro, Volbeat, Him.

How do you relax?
We go into the woods and get drunk heheh. I also do yoga and swim.

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Yes we get nervous. I love it, the stomach pain and the shaking legs. It is like a drug! I calm down by going into a song, imagining what goes on in there.

What are your day jobs if you have them?
We all work mostly with  music, Henkka mixes and records, Klasu plays in many bands and teaches bass, only Tomi has a day job outside music, and yet he plays in three bands. I teach some theatre stuff and write, and sing covers and backgrounds occasionally.

Would you like to be full time working musicians or are you happy with things as they are?
We are happy this way, it would be impossible to do this much music with a day job. My friends are painters, they have no money but  in the morning they  go paint. I am like that too, I just do music.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
Be true to you heart if you can. Heart is usually smarter than the brain =)

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