We at New Fresh Music had the big opportunity to Interview the upcoming Finish artist Janne Elias!
Where are you from?
I’m from southern Finland, born and raised. (A short answer like a real Finnish person would give, hehe)
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
John Frusciante raises above anyone else for me, if we’re speaking about my all time influences. I really like his minimalist approach to music. When I started with guitar I pretty much learned all the RHCP songs and his solo stuff. Generally speaking I like any music that touches me in some way, no matter the genre. If I can feel the passion behind the music. Recently I really also like Radiohead and Elliott Smith, for example. And Tom Bukovac.
Tell me about how your creation part begins, and how is your workflow.
Where do you find inspiration? It usually starts by writing the guitar parts, usually by accident while improvising. Then I add the other instruments and lyrics and melody after that. There are some songs that were born completely differently though, starting from a melodic idea, for example. I record ideas on my phone all the time. Sometimes they become a song and sometimes not. I find a lot of inspiration from nature, looking at the trees I see from my balcony and things like that. Often the lyrics come by itself as well by listening to the instrumentals of the songs.
When is your favorite time of day to create your music? It varies. But usually I feel more inspired at night-time. Still I think I’m a morning person, I wake up pretty early every day. It’s a weird contradiction.
Describe how art is essential to society nowadays. What motivates you to create?
I think art, in whichever form, is a great form of creating discussion. Now with all the craziness going on in the world art is needed more than ever. Good art can also expand one’s mind and help to think critically. And to find oneself, be true to himself/herself.
The second part of the question, what motivates me to create. I feel it’s a way of life to me. I have recorded music since I was a teenager, and played piano and guitar pretty much my all life. I make music to feel good and productive. I’m fascinated by music and music theory, learning how to convey different kinds of feelings. That’s what music is all about to me. Even if nobody ever heard my songs, I would continue to make them.
How do you define success as a music artist?
I guess every artist sees it differently. I hope one day music could be my full time job. That I could spend everyday just thinking and learning about music stuff. And even if not, I’m successful enough if I keep on finding inspiration and coming up with interesting songs.
Does art help you in other areas of your life?
To me music and art is something pure and honest. It keeps me focused on what’s really important in life. It helps me to relax and stay positive even in more difficult times.
How do you develop your art skills?
I study music every day. Either learning new songs or studying theory. I want to get good enough so that the listener would grasp the feeling I’m trying to convey in my songs. I want to learn more about the visual stuff, I want to make a music video one day. But I would need a better laptop. The one I have right now shows one frame / minute, if that.
What is your next move? Where will we see you in 5 years?
The B-sides album, also 28 songs, is published on February 8th. I don’t have any more future plans right now. But if one thing is for sure, I’ll be making music 5 years from now.