INTERVIEW: Voula

How would you classify your music?

VUOLA is a psychedelic rock project of a Finnish drummer, producer and studio manager Jussi Vuola. In his music there’s a shimmer in darkness, a touch in space, beauty in distortion and aspiration in despair. A history of growing with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the like is being shaped with low tunings, vibration and chanting on his concept album, based both on geometrics and syntax. The anticipated, esoteric, heavy hitting album ‘Alouv’ is coming out in spring 2022.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (as mentioned above), Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Kyuss and Kingston Wall (a Finnish band that only released 3 albums in the 90’s, as a bonus) to name just a few. But I do listen to a lot of different kind of music and don’t want to limit my output any way. On the debut album there are instruments from bowls to synths, and from drums to choirs – and 4 different languages ​​are being used. I have my The Beatles awakening happening atm too!

What do you want fans to take from your music?

VUOLA is rich in human voice, melody and vintage fuzz sounds. 12-string acoustic guitar is also a strong part of the sound palette. The songs are loaded with a lot of meaning and feel. My aim was to create something timeless and fundamental. My whole solo career and the album are based on respecting the universe, in peace and freedom, with love. The syntax and geometry provided with it can be used by any musician or artist to help to tame the writers block and stress as a tool to create. I hope it will give birth to an anthology of great music, without boundaries.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Things are starting to open up again, which is absolutely great! Some of the venues were closed during COVID-19, but there are also new places in town. Turku is not a major city, but we have our own little scene here and a lot of new talents releasing great music this spring. I have faith in our local scene!

What are the best concerts you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Best concerts I have seen in the audience are probably Heaven & Hell (one of the last Ronnie James Dio appearances) in Helsinki, Anthrax soon after with Joey Belladonna dedicating Indians/Heaven and Hell to Dio (and sky coming down when it came to ‘ Cry for the Indians’) on a festival that got hit by a tornado, a magical Soundgarden show as a 15-year-old, David Bowie at Glastonbury Festival 2000. I also attended the Pearl Jam show at Roskilde Festival that became famous for very sad reasons.

I enjoy playing alive for the same kind of reasons. You never know what will happen and the interaction with the audience in time and space can become beyond earthly.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

The first single ‘Under Above Orion Venus Loves’ is the most personal and thus the most important. ‘Astra Lucia Omnia Ultra Verum’ – the last song on the album is a personal favorite too. Actually, I am very pleased with them all, hahaha!

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I am a debut artist, so the evolution has been huge! The album was recorded in August 2021 and now were starting it up as a live band. Even though I have hundreds of gigs and releases on my belt, it all feels new and fresh and very exciting!

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Well, I might be borrowing a lick or two from Led Zeppelin in one of my songs, as a tribute. I would enjoy a chat over tea about recycling riffs and about music in general with the gentlemen!

What’s next for you?

The next single and video “Laugh Vivid often Adore Unity” will be released on 20th of April. The first single has had a good response in the music services, audience and critics. The album will be out 13th of May. We’re living interesting times in the VUOLA university!

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