INTERVIEW: Finnish Dream Pop GEA

Hi GEA, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks! I’ve been good! I’m really excited to have my album released during these special times!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Your Hand In Me”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was dropping my friend Juulia off to her train, when she turned to me and said: “your music is not just important to us who are here on the earth, but also to the ones who are no longer.” And then she said to me that it wasn’t she  who said that, but the message was delivered via her. When driving home I was thinking really hard about what the deceased wanted to communicate via me, and I got the chorus for Your Hand in Mine. I felt very moved by it. Our loved ones who have passed are still holding our hand  from the other dimension. We are looked after. We are never alone. Loneliness is an illusion. There are family members, friends and lovers that we have an eternal bond with. Our souls are eternal.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Maybe. I have a video idea with similar atmosphere and lighting as in “The Beloved – Sweet Harmony” video, minus the nudity. The video would be about the other dimension, the home of our eternal souls. I haven’t yet figured out how to make it so that it would not be tacky. So maybe one day. Until then there is the psychedelic visualizer video to enjoy.

The single comes off your new album Call For A Snake – what’s the story behind the title?

Snake is the healer and intuitive knowledge in us. When we are inviting the snake into our life, we are inviting our own soul energy. I believe we were all born for a reason, and somewhere along the way most of us forgot it, but our souls didn’t. Snake can be also seen as kundalini, life force energy that rises in us as part of spiritual awakening. If you are not into spirituality, snake can be also seen as your dna, which has also a form of a spiral. It has been now proven by science that for example trauma transfers from one generation to another via dna. That spiral includes a vast amount of data, knowledge and wisdom that you can access by going deeper into yourself. You have all the knowledge you need within you, and all problems can be solved.

The album is about awakening. It is about accessing that inner knowing, and walking your individual path that contributes to your original mission.

How was the recording and writing process?

I don’t really write songs, I get them in a magical instant, all at once: the melody, the music and the lyrics. I call this process  “divine download”. I can also get a full song delivered in my sleep. These songs came to me after I quit my corporate career in May 2018 in order to focus on my soul mission – to make music that touches people’s inner light. The hardest puzzle piece was to find the right producer. I had a really strong inner knowing that I will meet that person in Toronto, while performing at Indie Week. And that happened. I went to a demo session, played my demo to four producers and agreed to work with Chris Birkett, who has a similar relationship with music as a healer. Chris came to Finland January 2020 to record with me in a Northern island called Hailuoto. We worked together for two weeks with the intention of me coming to Toronto to do the final vocals and to be part of the mixing. The album was supposed to have a debut at the Canadian Music Week in May. Needless to say that none of this happened. Instead I worked in Finland with a recording engineer / producer called Oona Kapari and recorded the vocals. Chris continued the work based on the files we sent him. Since we were not able to work side by side, I went through a mixing course in order to give better feedback during the process. The mastering was done by Fred Kevorkian in Brooklyn and the artwork by an agency called Bynew.co in Tallinn, Estonia. The process was way slower than originally planned. The work was done in four countries remotely, and singles were released as they became ready.

How would you say Yoga and other meditation methods influences this album?

I started doing yoga a year before I quit my job. I didn’t know it would have such a major impact on me and my life choices. I didn’t know about kundalini energy and I didn’t realize I had activated it as a side effect of my yoga. I changed drastically, and couldn’t live with my old life choices any more. I quit my job and the process accelerated. This music was bursting out of me with a force. I used to get songs that were related to my personal life, but these ones were different. These songs are not about me and my life. They are encouraging messages to the human kind, sent by the cosmos. I feel more and more that I am just a channel. These songs were given as medicine, and I was the first person to drink it. I have healed, transformed and found peace.

What role does Finland play in your music?

Many people say that my music sounds more Icelandic than Finnish. Couple of years ago I even travelled there in order to see why. My conclusion is that maybe people are just not so familiar with the Finnish nature and folklore. There are many similarities with all the Nordic countries. Also Finland is not the most musically diverse place and sometimes it is really hard to make music here that doesn’t fit into the very narrow, very local expectation. I would say that my music does sound very Finnish. Not like the typical music that comes from Finland, but it sounds like the experience you get in our forests.

How has Depeche Mode and Enya influence your writing?

Oh I love them both! I was tripping on Depeche Mode summer 2019, at my brother’s cabin in Lapland. I was sitting in the forest, listening to them and planning the production of this album. My music has been often compared to Björk, but I feel my atmosphere and energy is closer to Enya.  My original brief to Chris was that let’s make it sound like Depeche Mode’s and Enya’s love child. I created many of the songs after seeing Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds live, so they have certainly had their impact on the album too.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Good question! Since I get my songs as a download, I often don’t know. I have some songs that have lyrics that are hard even for me to understand. Nature, personal growth, living your life to the fullest, sustainable happiness, free will and unconditional love are common themes though. Sometimes I can be tapped into a certain energy that makes it easy to understand what the song is related to. Like I wrote the last song of the album called  Jää huurteinen maa on Christmas eve, while being taken over by hard, dark sadness. Afterwards I learnt that my artist friend Kelly Fraser had ended her life that day. That lyric is about young life ending too soon.

What else is happening next in GEA’s world?

I’m practicing for the first gig for a very long time! I got an idea of a sound healing themed album release concert that takes place in a kundalini yoga studio. I can take as small a group of people  as is needed due to the covid restrictions. If the situation keeps getting better, I might have the first proper post-pandemic festival gigs already at the end of July! It is really hard to make and commit to any touring plans yet, but I got my vaccine yesterday and I’m hopeful! I’m also making a lot of music. I have studied electronic music production during the pandemic and been playing around with Ableton a lot. My friends have given this project a nickname “Acid GEA”.

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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