Monday, August 11, 2014

Road dog

So, for the last weekend I was working as a guitartech for Stratovarius. Their regular guy couldn't make it so they called me, and as it was something I had never done before I thought it was something one should try, if only for shits and giggles and to be able to add that to my CV :) Now I'm richer for the experience and appreciate guitartechs more than I did before. It's insanely hard and stressful job, but also kinda fun :) Of course on Saturday I managed to bust my face open, but these things happen and it wasn't anything serious.

Some pics of my latest ventures, for your viewing "pleasure" :

"Be our guitartech they said.. It'll be fun they said..."
There will be blood

We are the roadcrew

A guitartech from hell

My vantage point during the show

24 comments:

  1. A guitartech from hell... with a Halo (SunShine) over his head! lol

    A new venture and a new add-on for your C.V. Hope the wound heals soon enough. Thanks for the share. Cheers!

    DrummerBoy here and not Anonymous

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  2. Will you rock at Tampere soon? ;)

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  3. You could be the guitartech from Stratovarius when they are on tour and to come to South america :)

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    1. I like that! You should do that, Jani! :P

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  4. It is a pleasure to always see you jani, I hope that your wound will soon improve

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  5. If you were to resume the guitartech job in a single statement?

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    1. I don't understand the question?

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    2. Sorry, I wasn't clear enough! I mean, if you had to synthetize in a single sentence what are the job's duties, what would you say? I've always been wondering about this role, I never got to figure out precisely what is a guitartech supposed to do, apart from being around and checking if guitars are in right place and working properly. You're talking of it like it's an heavier job than I thought!

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  6. IF I understood correctly, it's "If you had to sum up the job...?" :)

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  7. Oh my God, are you okay? o.O
    How did that happen? :D

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  8. Hey Jani, I hope you can come to Argentina with Cain's Offering. The first time Sonata Arctica came here was in 2008 and I never had the opportunity to see you playing live :(
    I play drums since I was 4 and drums were all for me, until you came inspiring me to play guitar. Now I'm 22 and your music is still the reason why I play guitar (even though I'm not as good as you and I still play drums :P)
    Now that Cain's Offering is rocking again I have faith that all will go forward and maybe you will come to South America. Would you like to come here? Lots of people loves you and I'm shure you'll have a great time with us :D
    PD: if you can't come with Cain's Offering Im pretty shure that you can come as the Stratovarius Official Guitartech :P

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  9. Ouch, hope that heals quickly. But you got a hell of a view of the stage at least!

    Jani, I hope you can somehow bring Cain's Offering to the USA, be it in CD or live form or whatever form. Because I can't find the CD anywhere and it's bumming me out.

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  10. Your resume is your discography jani. Working as a guitartech is a crazy idea. They shouldn't have done that...

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    1. hey you are crazier, make new things is always a good idea...

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    2. Well, it was pretty much a joke, I'm not planning on changing carreers :) Besides, if Alexi Laiho can be a guitartech for Kotipelto-band why can't I be one for Stratovarius? :)

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    3. of course you can, I support you ;)

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    4. Yea? But Laiho's only half your size, he's more suitable sneaking between the equipments

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    5. A collaboration between you and Alexi Laiho would be the most interesting one possible. You guys have such different styles and approaches that a project where you'd work together would be absolutely priceless. I am sure you'd work smoothly as guitarists but it would be the coolest thing to discover the combination between your love-oriented lyrics and Alexi's dark and hateful ones.

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  11. I'm pretty sure that soon or late we'll see a statement of you joining strato officially ;)

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  12. ok, well, just saying ... i believe you can do better

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  13. So did you get to noodle with Matias's Ruokangas guitars?
    How did they play? I've been dying to know this!

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    1. Of course, that was my job :) They're fine axes indeed.

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  14. You've done a lot of cool stuff with the Strato guys as of late (:
    Arround 2008, was there any talk about you becoming their guitarist before Matias joined?
    Of course, that's not really important right now, but I'm just really curious.

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