Editors Note to Ville Vesalainen –
The Best Part to know about Studio Guest Ville Vesalainen happens to be when he said “My goal is to be a good father and make as great music as I can.” This statement was something that makes everyone remind that passion and family must stay intact. Thank you for reminder and let’s dig deep into your passion Ville 🙂 – Harry Johal ( Studio Editor )
Tell us about yourself ? Introduction Note : Name / Band Name / Location from / Goal in Life
Hi, I’m Ville Vesalainen lead guitar and singer in Willie & The Goodsouls, rock band from Finland. My goal is to be a good father and make as great music as I can.
How long you been in performing arts ? Share some details of initial days / learning days / experimenting days to grow to BE WHAT YOU ARE TODAY
I started recording music when I was 8 years old. I sold cassette’s of my songs to other students of my class lol. I joined the hard rock group The Grammers 1999, and started rock and soul band Willie & The Goodsouls where I would also sing 2014. Being part of a band and touring as a frontman made me grow a lot in life.
What was most attractive part for you to be in this industry ?
I still find the energy and emotion shared when performing music to people the best part of music. I’ve witnessed it many times how strangers connect and feel love towards another after sharing a good musical experience. Both the band and the crowd become friends there and then.
Share some experiences ( good or bad ) any that made you grow in life or profession ?
There have been many good lesson givers, mostly it’s still all trial and error and always will be. You learn best by your own mistakes, even if someone warned you. During lockdown I got very deep to my main instrument the guitar and the same fact about it goes to singing as well, you can never be as good you can. Always something to learn. In everything you do there will be ups and downs but you can always learn from both.
Who inspired you ? How do you work on creating your own signature style ?
All the most classic performers of rock have influenced me, but playing for 25 years has given me the ability to say what I want with the guitar, and when you reach that I think that’s where you’re sound is. An instrument is a channel to express eventually.
What do you want to convey through your music?
I’ve been told people feel good when they come to a show or listen to some songs. Hearing that makes also the performer believe in his own thing because you know you can reach, and what’s better than reaching people in a good way by just doing what you love.
Story behind making of your new track / Album?
The whole Willie & The Goodsouls album is quite personal, sort of a clean up for things going on in the few years of my life, and I must say it’s been full. Full of life’s sides.. Lot’s of lessons learned. Lots to still learn. You need other people to help you know who you are. Everybody does. ‘Future single was wrote saying we will evolve. By the events of the world you might sometimes think we have no hope as species, but it’s all just because our ‘future is late’.
Any interesting trivia about making of song ?
We often do what Paul McCartney said, go for the first idea. There is a reason why it’s your first idea that gives what you mostly naturally would. You’ll thank yourself later for everything to feel natural to you, and you’ve not lost your idea in overthinking. I usually have a song idea and the band follows while creating their own input to the music.
People who you would like to thank ?
The Goodsouls for giving their minds and hearts to our music. Also producers Hannu Leiden and Eero Kaukomies for the same reason. Severi Peura, Teemu Jortikka and Juho Välitalo for recording add ons with me, always a pleasure to work with all these people.
People who you would like to work with and people you idolize to be like professionally ?
Professionally I have to say the first artist that comes to mind is Prince, every performance I’ve seen was thinked ahead and yet full of soul in the same time. He must have been very focused. You never see him fail. Other big inpiration is Mick Jagger ofc, you won’t see a moment he doesn’t own throughout his career and that’s what rock is also about.
Where do you see your music 3 years from now ? Hints : Your Dreams / Inputs that you are gonna put in to reach there.
In 3 years, the next album will be out, and I can’t wait for us to start working on it. I’ me very keen on getting the things I’ve learned during lockdown out to the open.
How would you like to stretch your boundaries of genre in future projects ?
With our arrangement almost anything is possible. We try to make music that lifts you, keeping that in mind you’ll just find the solutions that seem to work and go with them. Sometimes it’s reggae rhythm but we’ll still sound like a rock band we are doing it.
Message for Fans and listeners. ( Apart from connecting …. Your Advice / Inspiring Message
Don’t worry be happy, remember that the good you do lives on!
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