Cosmopolitan had a nice interview/article about Marko. I scanned and also translated it for our foreign friends
Here's the scanning. I't had a cutiecutie pic, might wanna check it out:
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/ ... cosmop.jpg
And the translation, try not to mind all the typos. The writer used weird words in some point.
Poets of the Fall’s vocalist Marko Saaresto announced already at the age of 15 on the educational guidance class that he wanted to become a rock star, when the other boys told they wanted to be polices and the girls travel agency officers.
“I’ve done music since I was a little kid and played in bands from the age of 15 more of less ambitiously.”
Years passed by before the young man got to make his dream come true. Before the band’s first album release Marko sold his car, moved to live with his parents and quit his day job.
“ I thought that I won’t do this now I regret the rest of my life. It took its own time to make the decision cause I’m a person, whom things happen later than to the others. Age is bit like money, it’s rarely really matters.”
Sacrifices really were worth it. Poets’ melodic, sensitive songs representing “big sounding” (?) rock first become well-known through computer games’ and programs’ soundtracks, and the band got fresh wind to the sails. The debut album Signs of Life released in the beginning of last year went straight to the top Finnish album chart and has stayed on the Top40-list for a year. The album has been released in several countries as far as New-Zealand and Africa. The band has also got awards, last of all two Emma-awards. The band’s success can be predicted to continue along with the new album Carnival of Rust. The touring has already begun.
“It’s great to success, but if some reason this all ends I’ll just think this was great as long as it lasted. I can’t imagine what our success looks like from the outsider’s point of view. I heard one day that 4 people had taken tattoos from the picture I had drawn. Feels so inconceivable to me.”
Poets of the Fall draws it’s charm, including the band’s name, on the opposites of life, birth and death, despair and joy, happiness and grief. The upcoming album’s title track Carnival of Rust was planned to be the title song from the very beginning. The lyrics of the song Marko rewrote many times.
“The song tells about world being totally wicked. The singer experiences that he can’t survive without his loved one, who’s the bright spot in the darkness.”
Marko, having found his own bright spot in the darkness, knows what he’s talking about but says discussing about relationships is no good.
He says that artists have always made people think.
“At my best I am able to express something in my lyrics that has never before been put in to words. I feel like I’ve failed if our music doesn’t revive feelings in the listener.”
Rock’n’Roll life is hard but Marko knows how to stay in balance with it. He mentions meditation, acupuncture, feng shui, yoga and tai chi. As bad habits he counts eating huge amounts of candies and coke. Being satisfied to his life Marko doesn’t stress for he’s learned there is also a solution to the problem.
“Little things, like good things people do, make me happy.”
Cosmopolitan, May 2006
(the original text was written by Elina Pirinen)
The blue text above the pic says "Great guy", the white text on the right "the man manual" and the little blue box on the pic
Where do i know him: The singer of Poets of the Fall, who just released their second album"
Just if you're interested