When and how was your band created?
We started as the Cure covers band in 2001. We only played The Cure songs written before 1980, or was it -81… It was just for fun. We all knew each other from before and we just decided to start a band. After a year we got frustrated in playing covers and started composing our own material.
Where is the name of the band coming from?
Cold Colours was supposedly the working title of The Cure song ‘Primary’.
What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
Jutta: At the beginning our main influence was The cure but nowadays I would say Bauhaus, Siouxie and the Banshees, Cranes & Joy Division.
What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician in Finland?
Sami: I would consider the small market for music sung in English a negative aspect. Positive aspects… are there any? People are generally supportive towards new groups.. as long as they don’t have to support the bands financially.
How could you qualify your style of music?
Jutta: Well we play dark rock with influences of post punk. Almost minimalistic music with blue melodies and cold creepy sounds.
During the years how has your musical style evolved?
Jutta: Well we have tried to get rid of that illusion of being a goth band.
Sanna: The songs got wilder and more schitzophrenic.
How do explain these changes?
Sanna: We don’t want our gigs sound like funeral parties. Dark punk rock attitude suits us better.
What are stories/topics you tell/treat in your songs?
Sami: They are about frightening things such as big nations bombing others back to stone age just because they can, about stupidity of people. Basically about anything that seems to be wrong in the world or that feels worth writing about.
Sanna: My songs are mostly about personal inability to communicate with people. Whether they are total strangers or dear friends. Real communication between any two persons is never truly possible.
Have you ever considered the possibilty to change totally your style of music?
Jutta: No we haven’t discussed about that. I would choose grunge… or reggae.
Sami: Then I would probably want to play something like glam rock… or something quiet with acoustic instruments.
Sanna: I would switch to punk rock or perhaps to a solo career as a singer-songwriter pianist. When I’m 40 I will start composing film scores.
What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
Jutta: Haunting bells…or actually it depends which day you ask.
Sami: All the songs in which I get to play loud (all the songs?).
Sanna: All the songs in which I get to play.
Do you tour regularly? Do you prefer performing your music live or in a studio?
Jutta: Live, definitely. Music is something beetween people, a type of interaction. the same songs can change completely depending of the situation, atmosphere, audience…
Sami: I get better kicks out of playing live, but working in a studio is inspiring in another way.
Sanna: Live. Studios can be really frustrating places. Though sometimes also inspiring.
During the process of making an album, what is the moment that you prefer?
Sami: The best part in recording is when you get to experiment with different things and when something really good comes out of it.
Sanna: I prefer the moment when the first version of a song is taped in and you hear the song for the first time as a listener.
What kind of music / What artists do you currently listen?
Jutta: Dead Kennedys, Dandy Warholds, Manu Chao, 22-pistepirkko….
Sami: Miyuki Nakajima, The Yellow Monkey, Tulenkantajat, Wu-Tang Clan
Sanna: Tom Waits, Dead Can Dance, Dead Kennedys, Musta Paraati, Air, Magyar Posse, Finnish children’s songs…
A stupid question but… what is, among all the songs you’ve been listening in your life, the BEST song?
Sami: Gary Moore “Over the Hills and Far Away”
Sanna: Right at the moment A-ha’s “Take On Me”, because it’s the song playing in my mind right now. “take on meeeeeeeeeeeeee…” If you ask me five minutes later it will be something else. Obviously.
What is your opnion, as a musician, regarding internet?
Sami: It’s a good medium to spread your music. I encourage people to download our songs as much as they can and send them to their friends and relatives.
What are your actual and future projects?
Jutta: Trying to get a gig or two in Finland, if we manage to fool someone….
Sami: Well said.
Sanna: Yep, that’s the actual project. In the future we will guarantee world peace and play a gig on Jupiter.