By Claxton in the year 2000
There are times when I am overloaded with work, either with the Ďzine or with school work, that I just donít have the time to do all the interviews. I was going to give Cyric (a contributor in my last issue) the opportunity to conduct the interview, but his schedule was a bit hectic, so I pondered; "Who could do this interview?" Claxton! Claxton is a young and energetic ball of love that loves his metal. Although this interview is rather short, one must keep in mind that it was his first.
The Outcast: So youíre the keyboardist?
Janne: I am the key board player, yes.
The Outcast: Ah... How long have you been playing the keyboards?
Janne: Well, Iíve only been playing keyboards for only four years.
The Outcast: Wow.
Janne: I used to play the piano before that, but when I was sixteen I got sick of that. But then when they were forming Children of Bodom and asked me to join, I started playing again.
The Outcast: How old were you guys when you released your first album?
Janne: We were 18.
The Outcast: Iíd like to ask you if you know the connection between the cover of your album "Something Wild" and a magazine called "Christianity Today." They have the exact same cover.
Janne: Do they?
The Outcast: Yes. There is only one small difference and that is that the reapers arm is down on the cover of the magazine.
Janne: I havenít heard that. Whoa. You mean "Something Wild" the red one?
The Outcast: Yeah, the red cover.
Janne: We bought that picture from an artist. I think he was from Canada or something.
The Outcast: Ok, alright.
Janne: I donít know. He must have sold it to someone else to.
The Outcast: I was just curious because I saw that and it was "Christianity Today"magazine, you know?
Janne: What! Ha, ha!
The Outcast: Children Of Bodom and "Christianity Today", this doesnít make sense.
Janne: No, no...
The Outcast: Cool. How long have you guys been together?
Janne: We have been together for almost four years now.
The Outcast: Alright. How old is Alexie?
Janne: We are all 21 except Alexander is 25 and Hank, the bass player, is 20.
The Outcast: How long has Alexie been playing guitar?
Janne: Iím not sure, like nine years or something.
The Outcast: Nine years! Cool. Have you ever been told that Alexie looks just like Zach Wylde?
Janne: Does he? Well, I know that he loves Zachís playing but I have never heard that before.
The Outcast: Yeah, when we saw you at Metal Fest, my friend and I were talking about how striking the similarities were.
Janne: I have seen some Ozzy videos and stuff and I havenít noticed. Maybe itís the way that he moves around?
The Outcast: They are both like uncontrolled balls of energy on stage.
Janne: I will tell him that next time I see him.
The Outcast: Cool! Did you guys enjoy Metal Fest?
Janne: Yeah, we did. It is always a bit like awkward situation to go play a festival without your own equipment and your own gear or your own stuff. You know you are working with strange people, and we had some minor technical difficulties, but the feeling was great and the audience was really nice. It was a really nice experience.
The Outcast: Did you guys expect the reaction you got?
Janne: No, because we had never before played in the States. We were really happy with the reaction we got. I think the audience was really just totally pumped and aggressive. They seemed really into it!
The Outcast: Yeah, it was pretty insane. Do you guys plan on touring in the U.S. anytime soon?
Janne: We hope that in April or something we will get a full U.S. tour.
The Outcast: Sweet! Do you by any chance know who you might be touring with?
Janne: We had some.... Um, I think it was In Flames that was going on tour.
The Outcast: Really!?
The Outcast: That would be awesome, just totally awesome.
Janne: Ha, ha, it sure would.
The Outcast: Do you guys have any favorite classical composers?
Janne: Yeah, Mozart of course.
The Outcast: Word, Mozart is awesome. Could you tell me about the murders at lake Bodom from whence you got your name?
Janne: Sure. The official story is... you get so much shit when you go to some Children of Bodom fan web-site, all the stories about the murders are complete shit. The real story is, I think that it was the year 1966 and four people went camping at Lake Bodom. Two 18 year old guys and two 16 year old girls, and when they were all in the tent at night, somebody jumped onto the top of the tent and started stabbing through the tent. Three of them got killed immediately and one of them escaped but he is pretty much messed up and doesnít remember much about the situation.
The Outcast: Weird.
Janne: Yeah, and the guy who did it has never been caught.
The Outcast: They never caught him?
Janne: No. One guy confessed of doing it and then committed suicide, but it was later on proven that he didnít do it.
The Outcast: That is quite a cool history to have behind a name.
Janne: Yeah, it is. The strangest thing is that three or four years before we started this band I was camping at Lake Bodom and also my mothers friend got shot at Lake Bodom. It really is a strange place.
The Outcast: Hmmm... On to other subjects. I was wondering if any of you guys have what my mom would call a day job?
Janne: Well, no we donít. I have a minor day job. I am working as a.... what would you call it? Not a janitor but the guy who closes the doors of the building. But almost all of us are now full time professional musicians.
The Outcast: When you guys started, did you have a good feeling about the whole band thing and that it was going to work out?
Janne: Yeah, we all had a good feeling about it, but we thought that we would sell like 200 albums in Finland, but we had no idea that we would get so big one day. We never had any idea we would have so much success around the world. It has been really great.
The Outcast: What are some of your guys favorite bands or influences?
Janne: Ah, well of Finnish band, there is like Stratovarious. Those are some killer musicians and some very nice dudes we have been hanging around with. A lot of us, like Alexie, Alexander, and I listen to a lot of the 80's like Ozzy and stuff like that. I just love the 80's music.
The Outcast: Well, that is all I have for you. I appreciate you calling and I wish you the best of luck on any tours or gigs you may have.
Janne: Okay, bye, bye.
The Outcast: Bye.