A few weeks ago, Soundscape Magazine was able to exclusively reveal that Teemu Koskela was the brand new frontman for progressive metal band Silent Voices, and don’t say we don’t treat you guys, because we were lucky enough to catch up with him for his first ever interview as the band’s official new frontman!
First of all, congratulations on becoming the new singer for Silent Voices! When was the decision made for you to join?
Thank you! I remember it was somewhere in late April this year.
What was the story behind it?
Well, last Winter and Spring was spent writing new Winterborn material. We decided not to do any shows untill we released new songs, so I got some free time from music. I was happily lying on the couch watching a Premier League game (come on you Spurs!) when Pasi called me and asked if I was able to join Silent Voices. I told him to give me a few days to think about it, so I went to our home studio and started to practice. Silent Voices’ material is more progressive compared to what I’m used to singing, but after few days of singing and cursing, I was getting into it! I called Pasi to tell him that it was ok and I’d give it a try!
What will you be bringing to the band?
Damn, I dont know. The band is already full of great musicians. I think I will bring my iPad and bad taste of humour, heh!
Your voice matches the older material perfectly – which songs are the most fun to sing?
That’s great to hear, it was my main concern as to how it will sound. So far, my favourites are On The Wings Of Rage and Blood Of Eden. From the new album, No Turning Back is an amazing song.
Can you tell us anything about the new album?
It’s a great combination of previous Silent Voices albums. Progressive but very melodic at the same time with maybe more focuses to the songs. There are some great tunes to play live. I sang all the demos about two years ago and then the guys sent the files to the guest vocalists. Now that I’ve heard it ready, I’m very honoured to be part of the album that includes such great professional vocalists, aka Mats Leven, Tony Kakko, Michael Vescera and Mike Dimeo.
Are there any plans for some more live shows before the end of the year or will we have to wait a little longer?
Hopefully we can do some shows this year, but at the moment that’s all I can say. Our manager is working hard to make it happen.
What’s been the best thing about playing shows with the band so far?
Cardiff and cake! Well seriously, I’ve been blessed to play with talented musicians, with Silent Voices and Winterborn. I know with these guys that I don’t have to worry how they going to play live because it’s always top quality. I just need to focus myself and try to stay at the same level.
And what are you most looking forward to about being in Silent Voices?
I’m waiting to do live shows in Europe and maybe write new material with the guys. Touring with them is so fun.They are full of positive energy and good jokes.
Check out our review of their recent show in Cardiff here and keep an eye on the site for our review of their upcoming album Reveal The Change!