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Erki Pärnoja – Artist of the month

A post by Eastaste Eastaste on May 25, 2017

How did your band come to being?

The whole thing started out with me doing an experiment on my self to see, whether I can write and record all parts of a song on my own. I’ve always been a team player so I’m used to taking my unfinished demos and ideas to the band rehearsal to finish writing the song and figuring out the parts together with the group. So, I have always been relying on other people, even when it comes to my song. I just felt I am ready for trying to make something without the input of other people. When I had recorded a bunch of songs I called up my friend Ulrik, who lives in Sweden and asked him if he would like to join in on the recordings. I had tracked most of the instruments like tons of guitars and basses and synths, but I didnt have anything percussive on the tracks. I could really imagine Ulriks sound and drumming on it and so we made a long distance recording out of it. Filip Leyman joined shortly after Ulrik. And Peedu Kass and Jonas Kaarnamets joined once the record was finished and the dream of playing that music live had settled in my head.

How would you describe your music to a deaf person?

I think I should show the person a pallette of colours that describe the music best for me too. Much better than words. Red, pink, purple, sky blue and everything in between. Plus the occasional dark black with a light beam or a distant little white sparkling thing in it.

If you could decide to put your own track in any film ever made or yet to be made, what film/track would it be?

A modern western movie would be something I could see my music in. But not too many of those are made these days. Something slow, I love super slow movies.

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What movie would you liked to have soundtracked and why?

‘Interstellar’, no doubt. Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the film is just magical. It’s a long movie and the first time I saw it, I watched it twice in a row. Fascinating and magical and haunting. The sound track has all that I love about music — it’s not so much about the song as it is about the vibe and the color (for me personally).

When you were 13 you listened to…

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix occasionally.

What was your first vinyl, cassette purchase?

I think the first cassette might have been one by the Beatles too, and the first vinyl must have been purchased in the recent years. I just bought my first vinyl player like a year ago, though I’ve been collecting vinyls for some years now. Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark comes to mind. But that wasn’t really a purchase, it was a birthday gift from my girlfriend.

Currently obsessed with…

A record of two very dear friends of mine — Isla Del Rojo — Check them out!

Make three wishes!

1. I wish the Estonian weather has mercy  on the people over here and gives us a lot of sun and good weather this summer.
 2. I wish there were more hours in a day.
 3.  Peace and understanding — I mean, If you had a wish, why wouldn’t you wish for that?

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