After successful cooperations with artists
like Nina Hagen, Sandra Nasic (Guano Apes) or Linda Sunblad (Lambretta) the
Finns of Apocalyptica have now had the idea for a very special line-up for
their single Bittersweet. No-one less than Ville Valo (HIM) and Lauri Ylönen
(The Rasmus) visited their cello-playing country mates in the studio to assist
them with their charismatic voices.
“This is the first time we’ve made a real
cooperation, as Lauri and Ville wrote the lyrics and Eicca the music, while all
the other times before the singers only interpreted our instrumentals”, says Paavo Lötjönen, one of the three
“We’d been thinking about this for 5 years already, but both
singers were always too busy. We’ve known Ville for a long time because we
always hang out in the same bars and he was singing a track at one of our shows
in 1996. Lauri didn’t want to do something like this before the international
career of The Rasmus was up and running, so now it was the right time.”
There were also good reasons for their
decision to ask two men to sing a duet, and not to cliché-like present Ville
with a female singer. Paavo explains:
“The initial plan was that both Lauri and
Ville would sing one song each on the upcoming album. But when Ville heard that
Lauri will take part too, he suggested the duet.
We thought this would be a good idea, as apart
from Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder we only knew duets with men and women.
Still Lauri will sing alone on another song on the album. It is called “Life
Burns” and is the only other track with vocals on the album.”
In order to promote such a special
cooperation accordingly, there was need for a good video too, for which they
found a producer with a known reputation.
“The video was made by Antti Jokinen
who works in Hollywood and has worked before with Korn and Shania Twain. When
he heard that we’re going to record a song with Ville and Lauri, he was
absolutely keen to make the video for it. In the video, Ville and Lauri are
singing to the same woman. Only that Ville could have her, but doesn’t want her
anymore, and Lauri wants her, but she isn’t interested in him. The video is
very dark with a lot of elements of Finnish mythology, spiritual signs and
In some scenes we can be seen in marshland and
in other moments we’re hanging on the ceiling playing the cello. During the
shoot we were pulled up and had to play upside-down. That was very exciting.”
For the interview, credit to:
mareofmynight’s favorite bands (8/15) - The Rasmus
The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band that formed in 1994 in Helsinki, Finland. They have sold 4 million albums worldwide, 310,000 copies in their native Finland alone. The Rasmus went abroad to support acts like HIM, Roxette and Spanish rockband Dover in Germany, Scandinavia and Latvia.