Grammy-winning music producer Sylvia Massy to produce Finnish pop/progressive rock band O D E O N S in Suomenlinnan Studio in an old Finnish sea fortress (from 8 March to 11 March, 2018)
Just established Finnish pop/prog rock band O D E O N S caught the attention of one of the most influential producers, Grammy-winning Sylvia Massy (Tool, Prince, Skunk Anansie, and Johnny Cash) with their first demo. Sylvia heard that their approach in combining pop melodies with progressive rock arrangements and riffs is truly unique. She liked the songs so much that she will fly to Finland in March 2018 to produce two singles for the band in Suomenlinnan studio, which is located in an old sea fortress in Helsinki. This is the first time that Sylvia will be producing a Finnish band.
O D E O N S – LOTTA VALTANEN (vocals), MIKKO PATRAKKA (guitar), MIKKO JAAKKOLA (guitar), MITJA VÄLIMAKI (bass), and MATIAS AALTONEN (drums) – was put together in 2017. The aim was to find the most talented and ambitious local musicians no matter how long it took. ”The band has a healthy dose of wide experience as well as young talent and vision, which results into fresh sounding material”, says Jaakkola. The founding members Jaakkola and Patrakka had previously played in the same band, and wanted to fully realize their shared vision. They first got Välimäki and Aaltonen on board, who also had played together, so the groove was found fairly easily between the four. In summer 2017 young talented singer Lotta joined the band. ”Lotta has an amazing ability to instantly discover the emotional spectrum of the song, and take it to a new level with her vocals, so we are now also production-ready for a full-length”, says Aaltonen.
Of their songs, Jaakkola says, ”We usually build the songs on a prog rock foundation. The riffs have very musical chords, so everyone in the band has millions of options as to how to write their part. After the lyrics are completed, the arrangement is tightened up to let Lotta shine through and deliver the melodies and lyrics.” ” To us the songs are more like stories and soundtracks with a rich narrative, than just two verses and two choruses bundled together. That is why we put so much emphasis on the lyrical content as well”, continues Patrakka.
Sylvia Massy is renowned for her unusual recording techniques and recording locations, e.g. recording through a potato, a garden hose, and strange microphones. She always wants to set aside time to try something new. ”We are really looking forward to what Sylvia has up her sleeve for us”, says Lotta.
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