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TO/DIE/FOR: Jape Von Crow


We started with a very special guest directly from Finland. 

The voice of To/Die/For: JAPE VON CROW!

 
ZEPHYR: Hi Jape!! It’s a pleasure to interview you. ^_^
Give a brief history of To/Die/For and where you are from.

JAPE: >HELLO!

TO/DIE/FOR IS FINNISH MELANCHOLY ROCK BAND. SOMEONES SAYS WE ARE GOTHIC ROCK BUT….WHATEVER.

OUR HISTORY IS QUITE LONG AND NOT THAT SIMPLE SO I TRY TO EXPLAIN IT VERY SHORTLY.

BEFORE WE CAME A BAND AS TO/DIE/FOR WE HAD A BAND CALLED MARY-ANN. AN TDF IS BUILT FROM THE ASHES OF MARY-ANN BAND.

IN 1999 WE SIGNED OUR FIRST RECORD DEAL WITH SPINEFARM RECORDS AND FIRST ALBUM “ALL ETERNITY”CAME OUT IN 1999 IN FINLAND AND 2000 IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

AT THE MOMENT WE´VE BEEN RELEASED 5-ALBUMS AND 4-SINGLES. WE ARE FINISHING RECORDINGS OF SIXTH ALBUM AT THE MOMENT.

ZEPHYR: Who are the members of TDF?

JAPE: JAPE VON CROW – VOCALS

ANTZA TALALA – GUITAR

JUPPE SUTELA – GUITAR

EZA VIREN – BASS

JUSKA SALMINEN – KEYBOARDS

SANTTU LONKA – DRUMS

ZEPHYR: How did you choose your artistic name “Jape Voncrow”?

JAPE: WELL IT WAS A JOKE FIRST 🙂 I AM STILL JAPE TDF ALSO:)

I TOOK THAT ARTIST NAME A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN I HAD A PROJECT IN GERMANY CALLED SUNDOWN SINDROME.

SO…I COULD NOT BE JAPE TDF IN SUNDOWN SINDROME AND I CREATED THIS ONE. BUT I CANNOT CHANGE IT ANYMORE:) I AM JUST “JAPE”

BUT U CAN CALL ME VON CROW TOO, IT IS OK.

ZEPHYR: Ok Von Crow 🙂 Tell me about TDF’s logo and name.

JAPE: YOU WILL FIND A STORY OF TDF HEART FROM MY FACEBOOK´S NOTES!! CHECK THAT STORY FROM THERE!

TO/DIE/FOR FITS WITH OUR NATURE, LYRICS AND MUSIC. THAT´S ALL IT MEANS.

ZEPHYR: Describe TDF’s style and how it changed during time.

JAPE: OUR MUSIC IS NOT 100% ANY GENRE. IT IS JUST TO/DIE/FOR MUSIC.

THERE´S INFLUENCES FROM GOTHIC GENRE,INFLUENCES FROM FINNISH DARK ROCK ALSO IN MELODIES YOU CAN HEAR INLUENCES FROM FINNISH TRADITIONAL EVERGREENS I THINK.

WITH NEW (SIXTH) ALBUM OUR MUSIC GETS NEW LEVELS AGAIN AND MORE THAN EVER!

OUR 6TH ALBUM WILL BE CALLED AS “SAMSARA” AND THERE YOU CAN HEAR INLFUENCES FROM INDIA, 70´S AND 80´S MUSIC, AND MOST IMPORTANT..OUR LIVES!

OUR LIVES ARE INFLUENCE FOR US ALWAYS!

ZEPHYR: Who are your musical influences?

JAPE: HMM..CANNOT NAME JUST A FEW U KNOW.

BASICALLY WE ARE NOT LISTENING GOTHIC ROCK GENRE AT ALL.

WE ARE LISTENING DIFFERENT KIND OF BANDS FROM THE BEATLES, ROLLING STONES, LED ZEPPELIN, PINK FLOYD,THE DOORS TO MOTLEY CRUE AND IN FLAMES U KNOW.

BUT WE NEVER TAKE STRAIGHT ANY INFLUENCES FROM ANY BAND, BUT YES…FROM BEETHOVEN TO OLD SEPULTURA 🙂

ZEPHYR: If you could play, record, or jam with anyone past or present, who would it be? ^_^

JAPE:  WELL:) GRAZY QUESTION.PERSONALLY I WOULD LIKE TO JAM WITH JIM MORRISON OR WITH FINNISH BAND CALLED SMACK.

OTHER GUYS WOULD LIKE TO JAM WITH LED ZEPPELIN, MOTLEY CRUE, PINK FLOYD…I DUNNO…BUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS YES.

ZEPHYR: What have you released?

ALBUMS:

-ALL ETERNITY 1999

-EPILOGUE 2001

-JADED 2003

-IV 2005

-WOUNDS WIDE OPEN 2006

SINGLES:

-IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

-HOLLOW HEART

-LITTLE DEATHS

-LIKE NEVER BEFORE

VIDEOS:

-FAREWELL

-HOLLOW HEART

-LITTLE DEATHS

-LIKE NEVER BEFORE

ZEPHYR: What is your favorite TDF album and favorite song? Why?

JAPE: SORRY BUT I CANNOT CHOOSE THIS EATHER 🙂

LIKE IF I WOULD HAVE 5 KIDS I COULD NOT SAY WHO IS THE BEST ONE U SEE.

AND FAVOURITE SONG CHANGES DEPENDS WHAT MOOD I HAVE.

AT THE MOMENT ALL SONGS FROM NEW ALBUM SAMSARA WINS EVERY PREVIOUS TDF SONGS EASILY!!!!!!

ALSO LYRICS ON NEW ALBUM BECAUSE ALL IS WRITTEN WITH OUR BLOOD AND SOUL. ALL LYRICS ARE BASED ON OUR TRUE LIVES AND NOT ANY BULLSHIT IN THERE!

ZEPHYR: Do you have any other projects or bands?

JAPE: NO! THIS IS TAKING MOST OF OUR TIME!

I USE MY ENERGY NOW FOR THIS AND ALL OTHER THINGS ARE NOT THAT IMPORTANT.

IF THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF SOME KIND OF PROJECTS HOW COULD YOU DO EVERYTHING WITH YOUR HEART?

THAT´S BULLSHIT, AND I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ACTUALLY PEOPLE WHOS ARE PLAYING IN SEVERAL BANDS. MOSTLY THEY COULD CALL ALL OF THOSE BANDS AS PROJECTS!

THE BAND IS THE BAND!!! TO/DIE/FOR IS THE LIFESTYLE!!

ZEPHYR: What equipment do you endorse, or endorses you?

JAPE: HMM..I DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT OTHER GUYS THINGS U KNOW 🙂

WE HAVE YAMAHA ENDORSEMENT BUT I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THE REST

BIGGEST ENDORSEMENT WE HAVE IS OUR FREEDOM TO DO WHATEVER THE FUCK WE WANT!!

LOVE, PEACE, FREEDOM AND ROCK AND ROLL..IT IS OUR ENDORSEMENT!

ZEPHYR: Tell me about TDF new album release.

JAPE: IT WILL COME OUT BETWEEN AUGUST-OCTOBER AND AFTER THAT WE START TOURING.

WE STILL DO NOT KNOW WITH WHICH LABEL WE WILL RELEASE IT, BUT LET´S SEE. I KNOW THESE THINGS COMES MORE CLEAR VERY SOON.

BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT SAMSARA ALBUM WILL BE SOMETHING PEOPLE NEEDS RIGHT NOW!

NOT TYPICAL GOTHIC ROCK WHICH BECAME SO FUCKING BORING BECAUSE NO ONE DOES ANYTHING NEW IN IT.

   WE ARE PROUD OF OUR NEW MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ZEPHYR: Are you doing any tours or festivals this year?

JAPE: OF COURSE.

AT THE MOMENT WE´RE LOOKING FOR SHOWS FOR NEXT AUTUMN AND SO ON…AND CONTINUE TOURING WHOLE WINTER 2012 ALSO.

WOULD BE VERY NICE TO COME AND PLAY IN PUERTO RICO ALSO!!! ACTUALLY IT WOULD BE LOVELY!

ZEPHYR: Jape, we will love to see TDF playing in our country!!! ^^ Thank you for this interview…for me was an honor. We will be waiting SAMSARA!!! 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2PM1z6DcZo 

To/Die/For Websites: http://www.todieforband.net
http://www.myspace.com/tdfrocks
http://www.twitter.com/wearetodiefor
  http://www.facebook.com/tdfofficial

 
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10 responses

  1. Nice one! Hopefully their new album will not dissapoint.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

    • Thanks for your support!!^^

      June 4, 2011 at 7:46 am

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  3. Amatorre

    really nice job in the interview …congrats on the job well done!!

    June 1, 2011 at 3:13 am

    • Thanks Amatorre for your support!!^^

      June 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

  4. Excelente entrevista! sigue asi!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

  5. Gracias Carl!!^^
    Ya esta disponible la entrevista a Embellish tambien. Pueden dejar comentarios alla de igual forma. Gracias a todos por su apoyo!!^^

    June 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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    July 9, 2011 at 2:47 am

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