Finland’s Lake Jons promise genuine and interesting awesomeness at our Ja Ja Ja Germany Club Nights in Hamburg and Berlin this month, and we are too excited for words!
Thankfully, the folk-rock trio from Helsinki have taken care of that bit, as we had a nice chat with them in anticipation of their upcoming Ja Ja Ja Germany shows. After two extremely successful club nights in Hamburg and Berlin back in August and September, we are thrilled to return with more brilliant Nordic acts next week!
Alongside Lake Jons, we will be joined by one of Norway’s most interesting electronic duos, Apothek‘s, and Danish noise-pop collective Lowly, at Molotow in Hamburg on Wednesday November 23rd and Musik & Frieden in Berlin on Thursday November 24th. Tickets for the shows are available now – priced just €5 in advance for Ja Ja Ja members (not a member yet? Then sign up for free here!) – so make sure to grab yours soon to be able to join us!
Ja Ja Ja Proudly Presents:
Lake Jons | Apothek | Lowly
First of all, thanks for joining us! For those who haven’t met you yet, could you please introduce yourselves – who are you, where are you from and how long have you been making music?
Hey you all, we are Lake Jons and we come from Helsinki, Finland. There’s three of us. Me, Jooel, I sing and play guitar, Jaska who masters his baritone guitar like no one else, and Mikko who plays basically anything you throw at him. We’ve been making music together for about two years now.
It’s always interesting to hear the history of a band, so – what are your backgrounds as musicians individually and how did you come together?
All of us have been doing, playing and studying music the most of our lives. I started with a saxophone as a little boy and since then moved to drums and singing and doing music etc. Mikko started with a cello and then as well moved to drums and so on.. Jaska has been focusing mainly on guitar and that’s what it takes to really master something, right? Nice.
Lake Jons was born as my solo project, but pretty soon I realised I wanted and needed good fellows around me. First I lured Jaska as a part of my unclear vision and then when playing our first gig Jaska got tired of playing percussions with his feet so he asked his friend Mikko who was in the audience to come and play the gig with us. Success. That’s when Lake Jons was really born.
We’re kind of head over heels in love with your Explode EP that arrived in June. Can you tell a bit about what your vision was for this EP and describe the process of making it?
Oh really? So NICE! In the beginning of Lake Jons we made a whole album of music but then decided to publish it as two EP’s. The Explode EP is the second one. The vision wasn’t too clear in the beginning but I think the main vision was to try make music we all would like to listen and play. And it would evolve over time. We made the EP’s in my grandmother’s garage so it got this nice lo-fi feel right from the beginning. The whole process was trying to find something that comes naturally but is still different. So we tried not have any limits in the making. Our very limited gear was the only limit we had. And then we just played and recorded.
How do you go about creating one common vision and what are the song writing processes like?
Fortunately we all have very similar taste in music, so the vision comes really naturally for us. If it isn’t there already, we talk about it and then usually we get it.
Usually I do the base for a song and then we work it on together. Nowadays Jaska and Mikko have joined in the making more and more, like doing the pre-production and lyrics.
You play folk music that combines ‘the spirit of dusty garages, rumbling canyons and nordic woods’ – what are some of your biggest inspirations and influences?
Well… Inspiration comes from so many places and you can’t avoid taking influences around you. For me those both come definitely from nature. At least I like to think that. But of course other artists are maybe the biggest influences an artist can have. For me artists like Beck and Jack White are one the biggest I can now think of . And the guys, I can only say Jaska is an old gangsta rap digger and Mikko loves the music of Levon Helm and Neil Young.
Since you emerged as a band last year, you have released multiple singles and two EPs, as well as playing quite a bunch of gigs across Finland and recently Sørveiv Festival in Norway. What have been the highlights of your year so far?A release is always a highlight so those for sure and Sørveiv was definitely one of the highlights of the year as it was the first gig abroad for us! Flow festival in Helsinki was also great fun. We’ve been playing twice in a town called Pietarsaari and that’s always a highlight cause they’re one of the nicest hosst you can imagine and great food!
Although your latest EP Explode just arrived this summer, we’re very curious about what you’re working on at the moment? Bring us the details, we want more Lake Jons!
We have been working on our debut album since the beginning of the year and I can guarantee it’s going to be an awesome album! There’s only mixing and mastering left to do. We are now eager to find a publisher for it!
We’re super excited to have you join us at this month’s Ja Ja Ja shows in Hamburg and Berlin! What can we expect from your performances there?
We are too! We are gonna deliver a genuine Lake Jons for you. It’s gonna be awesome! You are about to hear an interesting set.
We’re always looking out for up and coming artists, so we’re wondering if you could recommend any promising artists from Finland right now?
There’s a lot of good artists in Finland. For example Mikko Joensuu, a great guy and a great artist, and Biniyam, a superb rapper dude, and also Feels, an interesting synthpop band.
And finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you? What are you most excited about?