50 years old | Guitarist Jussi Jaakonaho understands that aging can be difficult for a musician: “In the worst case, it may even be bitter”

In the music industry, it is not natural to move to “senior statesman duties” as you get older, says guitarist-producer Jussi Jaakonaho. “In this field, even the fifties can still be hell-hungry.”

Guitarist Jussi Jaakonaho has been an exceptional year, like many of its colleagues.

“I’ve done maybe five gigs this year, when normally live shows in recent years has been a kind of 50-70.”

In the autumn, for example, canceled Ismo Alangon gala concert tour. There is still no real time left.

“I have sat more the studio, playing and making music. I’ve been lucky, ’cause I did not have a material financial distress. Year after year, mut has saved these other artisans related to making music. ”

In addition to the work of the gig musician, Jaakonaho has been midwifery to the world since the 1990s.

“I’m just gaining a producer of pre-Pekko Käppi & KHHL configuration sheet. It is becoming one of the best records of my career. ”

Jaakonaho lived his first years of life in Helsinki, but his youth was spent in Haapajärvi in ​​Northern Ostrobothnia. Knowledge of life outside the perimeter trio has been useful when touring gigs.

“I think I understand people in remote areas better because of that. Sometimes it feels like some closed musicians don’t always realize how much more Finland there is. ”

In Haapajärvi, Jaakonaho ended up playing bass in his big brother’s band, and at the age of 15 the guitar changed. Own and local bands had to be recorded on a four-track track from my father’s uncle on a hobby basis.

“I didn’t think about the music in any way, but afterwards it has been understood that the game was clear early on.”

At the age of 19 was about to return to Helsinki. The fire to play was strong.

“I put ads in the magazines and hung out in music stores. It was introduced to people quite randomly. That’s how I got to know, for example To Kilpeläinen Tuureen. Tuure was really good back then and made songs that sounded right. ”

Jaakonaho acquired studio skills from the weekend courses organized by the Sibelius Academy. Jonna Tervomaa the debut album, released in 1997, became the first actual screening as a producer and a business card for a later career.

“It was part of the birth of a new generation and sound in Finland, the emergence of certain types born in the 70s. It started a very active phase for itself. I became a professional pretty quickly. ”

The connection with Tervoma has been maintained to this day.

“We have seamless collaboration based on trust and knowledge of each other’s authorship. It’s instinctive and easy from the start. The same may not be achieved with others. ”

Another notable artist in Jaakonaho’s career has been Alanko, whose band he joined eight years ago.

“Ismo gives a lot of responsibility. He makes others throw himself by his own example. I’ve found myself a musician yet fearless side. “

Calling Jaakonaho describes life as a matter of size. However, Korona and the fifties have made musicians think more seriously than before.

“For us musicians, identity is built so strongly on what we do for our work. Sometimes maybe too much. ”

He takes himself, for example.

“I am a typical representative of our sector, in which everything revolves around more or less around the music. I don’t really have any hobbies either, because nothing else interests me as much. ”

It can lead to things resting on one card. In the worst case, it may even become bitter when the place is taken by a new knee with a new time better held. It hasn’t happened to Jamesonah, but he says he understands that it can happen.

“There are areas where it is natural to move to more suitable positions for a so-called older statesman as younger and hungrier ones come into the picture. But in this field, it may be that even those in their fifties are still quite hungry and healing only as a caller. ”

To the best as a musician, Jaakonaho lowers his ability to adapt. Although his own roots are in rock, he has played, among other things Chisun, Johanna Kurkelan and Katri Helenan in bands.

“In my youth, the electric guitar was the dominant instrument in mainstream music and was still in the early 2000s, but it hasn’t been that time. But I don’t need to be on display as a guitarist in any way. It is enough that I can make an emotional contribution.

Jaakonaho’s latest takeover is making music for TV series. The beginning of the year was commended All sins in the composition of the second season of the crime series. The soundtrack of the first season is also his handwriting.

Learning something new clearly makes Jaakonaho excited.

“In middle age, there’s a danger of starting to think that yes I know how these things are going. It’s really interesting to be in your fifties and start at some point. ”

Jussi Jaakonaho

Guitarist and producer.

Born in Helsinki, spent his youth in Haapajärvi.

Produced several records, e.g. Jonna Tervomaa, Ismo Alanko, Anssi Kela, Pimeys, Martti Servo & Napander.

Solo album Ghost Riot (2017).

Played in bands of several artists, e.g. Jonna Tervomaa, Ismo Alanko, Chisu, Katri Helena and in The Shubie Brothers and The Latebirds.

Composed music for film and TV series.

Producer of the Year -Emma 2004, Teosto Award 2007.

Lives with his family in Helsinki.

Turns 50 on Wednesday, November 25th.


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