An Interview with Noni Hutterer for Heavy Metal magazine (May 2006)


1. Reading around the Internet your interviews I've noticed that you like to talk about Aarni using the "we" term instead of "me". Hope you don't mind if I'd talk only with Master Warjomaa...OK, just joking! Hope you don't mind!

MW: Not at all, let's just pretend you are talking with Master Warjomaa now...

2. I don't want to be the next "music journalist" who tries to label your music, but you have to admit is a hell of a job to describe somehow your music. Sure, everybody can just check you official site and find some answers to the f.a.q., but can you be so kind and give to our readers a path to follow before clicking on www.aarni.info?

MW: Yea, I freely admit that. But after all this is music we're talking about, why just read about it when you should be listening? To your readers: Aarni plays a sometimes annoying mixture of folk, progressive, ambient and occultist "metal" for a mature audience. I promise you won't be subjected to any love songs, at least. I consider that a definite plus nowadays. Also no lyrics about vampires, crying, teenage angst, being "metal" or empty threats.
If you have an obsessive need to label things, feel free to label Aarni under 'extreme metallish music' or just 'obscure'. Don't forget to add an adjective such as 'shit' and/or 'ingenious'.

3. You work for the Firebox label and you know that each new promotional copy of a CD and the whole promo kit contains a bio and the file under. Let's presume that for the next Aarni album will be your duty to write few words about it; what will you write about yourself?

MW: In fact I don't work for Firebox anymore, but when I did I indeed wrote the 'Bathos' promosheet :) But I consider that a good policy of record companies: artists should have a say in how the label markets their music before things get too embarrasing. With the next Aarni album I'd again like to write some of the nonsense myself, you'll see it when and if the album gets released...I feel unpleasant describing my or other people's music, especially if the text is intended to be used for some sort of marketing purposes. Still, what I write won't be very important because most people who like Aarni cannot read for one reason or another. The rest of Aarni fans are deaf.

4. Due to the wide range of variety and influences included on your tracks, for some listeners may be a little bit difficult to perform a full spinning of your Cd's. Taking for example the songs included on "Bathos" album, you cannot find two tracks written in the same style, but hell! "Bathos" remains a great album!

MW: It's always nice if you feel good! I have no problem if someone has trouble playing the whole album through. Why should you even play it through in one go? I didn't plan the record to be a whole entity; I always make individual songs and only pile them up...maybe people should just listen to those songs they like (if any). It seems likely that in the future people get most of their music from the net as individual favourite tracks, not entire albums. So why should musicians continue to make old-fashioned "stylistically whole" albums? I have always been bored with albums wherein the artist has clearly tried to maintain a uniform sound throughout for no good reason. I would like people to adapt themselves to change instead of neurotically embracing the old and tired conservative ways. Mutate or die! And fuck nostalgia.

5. If you'll remain out of the Metal scene I think even the next Aarni album will be a great one. By the way, do you prefer to work with people who are into Metal scene or with people who don't care too much about that?

MW: Don't worry, I don't intend to enter any scene. I don't fully understand what you mean by the concept 'being into the metal scene', but most of my associates can be seen as metal music fans. But I pity the fools who want to be a part of a scene, I interpret that as shamefully neurotic behaviour and a sign of deep insecurity. If you must outwardly show you belong to a group, you don't really belong. That shit seems to be for teenagers who haven't yet developed an adult sense of self. So far I haven't felt the need to identify myself as a member of some sad social group, fuck that. In my life I like to battle against collectivism on many levels, be it political, religious or ideological (as in the case of music and subcultures). In my experience the people who make a public display of for example being "in the scene", always make the worst music and otherwise act most unoriginally. At least in the delightfully retarded city where I live, going to subcultural clubs apparently is the main way of "getting into the scene". I don't attend bars and clubs anymore, I've done enough of that in my time. When I want to get recreationally intoxicated I don't want to be surronded by boring lowlife strangers and made to listen to bad music. I think music and all other artforms are about individualism - art is a strictly personal act of creation. So when and if you're not just a passive music listener, but an active creator, I say you should work in healthy isolation from the outside world and its banal distractions. No contacts outside, especially not to the media brainwash and propaganda, but to work as a hermit and let none disturb your inspiration and creative genius. Do your will and remove all that stand in your way - the musical equivalent of the magickal Abramelin operation. The optimal result: some original and highly personal creations. Now wouldn't that be nice?

6. I know Aarni has no booked shows till now, but if ever are you going to play a live show how the band line-up will be like?

MW: A raven will probably turn white sooner than it happens, but then there will be at least two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, a singer and a keyboardist. Maybe even a flutist or two. Most of those musicians will be clones made from my DNA to ensure the music's superhuman quality.

7. Was it hard for you to choose or to find the artist who draws the cover art work? Is it the same person who created Aarni's logo on "Bathos" album?

MW: Not very hard as I already knew Tuomas Mäkelä's work. Yes, he also created that logo. Other cd booklet artwork was made mostly by Aslak Tolonen (of Nest and The Mist And The Morning Dew) and some by yours truly. Aslak's contributions will likely be featured on the second album also, and the cover artwork is currently being made by Albert Frankenstein - who also does some vocals on the album (like he did on Bathos).

8. Some news about the new Aarni's album? There's any deal with Firebox or any other label?

MW: Yes, Firebox has grudginly agreed to distribute also the second album, although likely we'll have to produce it ourselves. Currently the album is in progress; one song has been finished and a couple of others remain under work. This time I have had trouble finding musical motivation and inspiration, it feels more of a struggle than with Bathos. I've got a plethora of riffs, melodies and ideas, but I have difficulties in actually piecing them together and getting them recorded. Maybe there are too many elements and factors to choose from. I also have the bad habit of spending more time planning than recording. Anyway, the new one looks like to be darker than Bathos, you can witness the actual degeneration (or evolution to the next level?) of my psyche in time. Currently I can say that the new material appears to be (even) more fragmented than earlier Aarni stuff; lots of different annoying song parts and less structure to the music. I think the end result will be more 'uncommercial' and alienating than ever before, in other words aimed for an obscure elite. But the production will likely be better and musically less minimalistic than before. Aarni returns to the Cthulhu themes among others.

9. After the second album will be released, do you agree for another interview for Heavy Metal Magazine?

MW: Naturally! For me answering interviews has always been a great excuse for not spending time making music.