Dick

Dick… a name which could lead to a gazillion of double entendres and silly figures of speech, but also a Finnish pop/rock/prog even band that really surprised me, when I heard their album “Dangerous Dreams” not too long ago. I didn’t really know what to expect. Dick’s material is challenging, but also rewarding and catchy once you get wind of what they’re trying to do. Overanalysing it doesn’t work, so take it for what it is a sophisticated slice of pop/rock with over the top vocal performances, which are not the aporia of inability but actual choice. Fantastic music that transcends genres and touches the soul. Fill your hand with Dick’s debut album preferably in physical form. You ’ll be happy you did!
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Hi Jaako/Dick and welcome to Grande Rock. First of all, do tell us how and when Dick was formed.
 
D: After my old band Frankie And Gator decided to take a long break, I wanted to keep performing and releasing music. So, I very quickly made an album, which I recorded with friends as quest musicians. It became my first solo record under the name Dick and It was released in the Spring of 2014. I did some gigs with different lineups, acoustically and with a four piece rock band. At the moment I’m rehearsing with guitar player Toni Rintala for some acoustic shows and I’m also planing to form a rock band. So, at this point Dick is a solo act still taking its form.
 
 
And how did you come up with that “weird” name for the band? Weren’t you afraid that some fans may be shocked or something like that? By the way, has it caused you any kind of problems thus far?
 
D: All the good names like “The Beatles” or “Crash Test Dummies” were already taken, so I had to come up with something different! I’ve been Dick since Frankie And Gator was formed about ten years ago and since we’ve had Donald Trump as the president for the United States I believe we can live with a progressive rock artist named Dick. It has not caused any problems so far. I believe it’s been quite effectual in a way.
 
 
This is you sophomore album, if I’m right, and you released it independently just like your debut. Why’s that? Did you search out for any label but didn’t find anything to satisfy you or do you prefer to do things on your own no matter what?
 
D: At this stage of my musical joyrney as I’m still working on the band and the direction of the music, I believe that trying to get a record deal isn’t the most important thing at the moment. Sure it would propably get me more exposure but other than that a deal with a small label won’t help me to develop the band and the music. Nor would a bigger label be interested if the band isn’t ready for it. The first record was more like a demo that I sold in the concerts and the new album “Dangerous Dreams” is a big step forward, so for the third one I’m trying to get a distributor and a label to release it. But at the moment I sell and promote my music online and at the gigs. I want to grow the bussines with the music and the music first.
 
 
What does the album title “Dangerous Dreams” declare?
 
D: The title came to me when I was looking back at my life and realised how much I’ve sacrificed for music and how many mistakes I’ve made, whilst “trying to reach the gold at the end of the rainbow” so to speak. It’s dangerous to chase a dream because you can lose so much if you don’t play your cards wisely. The title can also be about human psyche and night dreams. While you’re having dreams stuff can pop up from your subconsciousness. You can relive stuff that has happened to you as a child. Incidents that your mind has pushed away to prevent you from going mad. When memories of traumatizing situations or abuse come back to your consciousness you can lose it.
 
 
Do tell us a couple of things about each track…
 
D: “Back to Hell”: A song about lost love. It’s basically a blues song.
 
“Night Flyer”: About a person who was considering a suicide.
 
“To See Angels”: About a woman who murders her own children as she is so desperate that she believes that they’ll go to a better place when dead.
 
“Winter Ghost”: I’m a bit of a fan of a Finnish artist named Kalervo Palsa who made these beautiful paintings of a skier on a winter landscape. He also made some very grotesque paintings which he is more famous for. I see his paintings when I think about this song.
 
“Woman”: It’s about the difficulty of being with a woman. Simple as that.
 
“Hand in Hand”: I wrote “Hand in Hand” in Thailand and the music and the lyrics just came to me whilst staying there. It’s a bit of a tribute to Jon Anderson the lyricist and singer for Yes whom I admire greatly.
 
“Show Me A Girl”: A love song that could be about a girl, or nature, or a place, or all these three combined.
 
 
A video for “Woman” is already out. Do you plan to release any other video (concept or lyric) anytime soon and if yes for which track?
 
D: I shot a video for “Back to Hell”, but it won’t be released for it didn’t turn out to be very good (to get the picture you can watch Rush’s video for “Time Stand Still”). I did a video for a song called “Her Love” from my first album and you can find it on my Youtube channel and Facebook page. I still think it’s a good video and the next video I’ll do has to be better or there’s really no use for releasing it.
 
 
How would you describe your music style to someone that hasn’t heard of you before?
 
D: Rock/Pop music with prog flourishes.
 
 
Do you prefer to work alone generally? What about the live shows? Is it easy to find musicians to back you up when needed?
 
D: I know some very good players and I’ll ask them to join the band when we’ve rehearsed the set with guitarist Toni Rintala, whom I’ve played with in the band before and as Dick for about 8 years now. I do the writing alone but I really prefer working with other people. Collaboration gives the music the personality that it needs so it can eventually be good.
 
 
Do you have in mind to make Dick a full band at some point?
 
D: Yes. Step by step I hope to see the band stabilising. But it’s sometimes good to shake things up a bit, so you can discover new sounds and new people.
 
 
What are your expectations from “Dangerous Dreams” and what do you wish to achieve with Dick over the years?
 
D: “Dangerous Dreams” has already done what it was put out to do. I now have a pretty good record under my belt and a lot clearer vision about the direction Dick is going for. I’ve learned a lot about recording and promotion and the album has really strengthened my musical identity. The next record will be better and very much focused. Of course you wish that the record sells and wins you a lot of fans but you have to start from somewhere and It feels to me that the real Dick was born with this record.
 
 
It’s time for our Weird Questions!!! If you could “erase” one thing from today’s music industry, what would it be?
 
D: I don’t think that I have enough experience about the industry to really answer this question but I’ll give it a go. Because every musician that get’s paid by the industry can be considered as a part of it, I would erase the left foot of Lars Ulrich, so he could only play just one bass drum.
 
 
Are “social media” a “compulsory part” of music biz these days or bands, artists & labels can do without them as well?
 
D: As long as people still want to hear live music artists don’t necessarily need social media. It’s a good tool for spreading the word but I believe it makes the already quite shallow music world even more shallow. Everything get’s quicker and easier and easier to forget about as well.
 
 
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
 
D: John Cale “Paris 1919”, because it’s so brilliant and so beautiful.
 
 
Fill in the phrase… “Rock wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
 
D: Jimi Hendrix...
 
 
Which are the best 3 Rock albums of all time according to you?
 
D: Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”, Yes – “Close to the Edge”, David Bowie – “Black Star”...
 
 
Top 3 sci-fi movies of any era?
 
D: The Thing (the remake starring Kurt Russel), Alien, The Fly (the remake starring Jeff Goldblum)...
 
 
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
 
D: Janos Valmunen – “Bussipysäkillä” (just listen)...
 
 
Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in metal history?
 
D: Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Maynard James Keenan...
 
 
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
 
D: To the past into the year 2003 to see King Crimson at Finlandia Talo Helsinki. (I missed it back in the day)...
 
 
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
 
D: Sade...
 
 
3 Top Models of any era?
 
D: I don’t know any.
 
 
What’s the worst thing one can say right after sex?
 
D: “Thank you”...
 
 
You have the opportunity to sleep with a movie-celebrity/porn-star of your choice. Who would it be & why?
 
D: That would be Kim Cattrall from Sex And The City.
 
 
Which of the Seven Deadly Sins do you reckon is the one, that’s more likely to send you straight to Hell, in the afterlife?
 
D: Taking part on a Finnish TV music show “Vain Elämää”.
 
 
Which character from the “Game of Thrones” would you have been – if you lived in the Seven Kingdoms?
 
D: I have not seen that show.
 
 
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
 
D: It would be fun, cuz I could buy them all over again! On vinyl!
 
 
That’s all for now Dick. Thx for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care dude!
 
D: Thank you for having me.

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