Mauri Dark

INTERVIEW: Mauri Dark

How would you classify your music?

It is emotional, honest, sincere and timeless acoustic music full of moods and stories. My bass voice and lyrics are backed by baritone acoustic guitar. Spiced discreetly with instruments like piano, cello, pump organ, ambient electric guitar but also drums and bass on a couple of tracks. It is dark folky singer-songwriter music with various flavors.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Johnny Cash (American Recordings era, Produced by Rick Rubin), Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, The Beatles.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want to connect with people with my songs aiming for what is beautiful, real and human. Things that taste of life. Thoughts that we all think and feelings that we all have. Something to relate to and feel you are not alone. Music to rest your ears to.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

I am from Turku, Finland and there are a lot of bands here and good studios and a lively live scene. We even have government funded Turku Rock Academy with US guitarist Douglas Blair from metal band W.A.S.P. teaching young promising bands. A popular joke is that every other Finnish person has metal band and there is a hint of truth in that. Many different kinds of music made in here though. Finnish and US rap is also very popular here.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Some of the best have been Faith No More’s first comeback tour, Rammstein with their huge show in Provinssirock festival a couple of years ago. Neil Young & Crazy horse in Stockholm. What I like most playing live is the connection with the audience. The best concerts are a collective experience where people are brought together by music.

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

They all mean a lot to me. A very special set of songs that came out in a certain life phase. I broke up from a 7-year relationship, my mother died of cancer, I got married and had my firstborn daughter. It makes you think about life and write your thoughts to songs. If I must pick one, the album title song “Dreams Of A Middle-Aged Man” is a unique piece. It is a dreamy trip through life to beautiful landscapes. In the end is kind of improvised, spoken word part which was different each time I recorded it. Fun to play live too.  

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

I have written songs and lyrics for 25 years. Before this I made five albums with metal duo Mystons. So it is a long leap to dark folky music. I think my lyrics have gotten more meaning. My voice keeps getting lower and lower. I have learned to arrange and record songs better. I feel that I am improving all the time so it is really rewarding. The list where I would like to improve is very long though!

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?

Sometimes it is good not to meet the people you admire because it might take away the illusion or mysticism from the artist. The word artist contains also visual artists (my 2nd profession) so I will pick Leonardo Da Vinci! If I could one day put into a song as much of life, emotions, enigmas and beauty as he has put into his paintings, I would be very happy.  

What’s next for you?

My debut album and third single is coming out on December 18, 2020. So a lot of album promo. I have just teamed up with the award winning US promoter/ manager Michael Stover of MTS Management Group/MTS Records so I am excited what that will bring in the future!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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