Interview with MEMOREMAINS



Finnish pop metal group Memoremains have just launched a single and a cover of Madonna's song "Sorry." In a new interview for Metal Horizons, they tell us more about it.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how's life?
Life’s great, thanks for asking! 
Speaking of music, you have a new single which is a cover of Madonna’s song “Sorry.” What can people expect from it?
Mikko: It is such a great song from The Queen of pop. I´ve been in love it since its release. If you remember this 2006 dance hit, you will now experience it with more rocking groove. You´ll be hearing it faster and with more Memoremains-power in it.
What was it like working on arranging this song?
Mikko: The arrangement started from changing the rhythm of the song. The original version has its own steady and pumping rhythm which we wanted to change a little bit more groovy and to make the song sound more like us. However, we wanted to keep the “mood of dancing” that conveys from the original version. We also thought that speeding up the song would suit in our style.

Does Memoremains tour often?
Johanna: We started touring about a year ago. In addition to gigs in our home country Finland we did our first European tour in spring 2019. 
Mikko: It’s awesome to play to different kinds of people in different countries. It’s been a pleasure to meet people on our gigs and talk with them about our music and what kinds of feelings our music evokes in them.
Aleksi: We have still five gigs for the end of the year. In Finland.  
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
Mikko:: There are so many cool countries in the world and we would love to tour in as many different places as possible! It would be awesome to play, for example, in Japan because of their fascinating culture and we believe that there could be demand for our music there. South America feels great also!
Who and what inspires you the most?
Johanna: I enjoy following young musicians and bands who are just building their own careers. It’s inspiring to see them develop little by little. It creates faith also in our own career. 
Mikko: That’s true. I also enjoy that our music touches people. It’s feels really good and motivating to see people singing along our songs with us. 
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
We all listen to different types of bands from different genres and that’s maybe the reason why our music style has evolved into something of its own. 
Johanna: I listen to all kinds of music but my all time favorites are maybe alternative rock bands Linkin Park and System of a Down. I pay special attention to surprising melodies and touching lyrics, no matter which genre I’m listening.
Mikko: In Nowadays, I don’t define myself as a listener of any particular genre. I find great stuff in many different styles of music and the inspiration helps me to make own music. While listening to Spotify, I can change from Rammstein to Michael Jackson and back without any further analysis.
Aleksi: I don’t think about genres or what I am “allowed” to listen. Mostly I listen more heavier stuff but I can enjoy any kind of music. But yes,  I have learned to play with metal music. 
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
Johanna: We’d be grateful if you would listen to our new song and also check out also our previous material. We would love to hear comments about our music, so don’t hesitate to contact us! Thank you for this interview and hopefully you’ll have a great day! 

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