Let Me Dream
by Jett Black
Out of Finland emerges a corps Gothic Rock
band well versed in the strength of strings. Since 1989, Let Me Dream has
evolved through classic hard times to become one of Europe's premier Dark Metal
Gothic Rock groups. Let Me Dream takes a unique, nearly tactile approach in
targeting the emotional subconscious. Now, Jani Koskela explains a bit of the
mystery behind Let Me Dream.
Who is in the current line-up of Let Me Dream? Will this
line-up be changing before your next tour?
The current line-up is:
Marko Tuominen - bass/vocals
Jani Koskela -
Juhana Stolt - guitar
Jari Koskela - keyboards
Peltoranta - drums
Juhana joined us for the second guitar about two months ago,
rest of the line-up have been together since 1994. This line-up will remain,
but it's possible that we'll add a lead vocalist if we find someone
When will you be touring next? Where is your next tour
set to begin?
We have a small Finnish tour coming up in February (1999)
with: MIDNIGHT CONFIGURATION (UK), TWO WITCHES (FIN) & BARATHRUM (FIN).
When will you be recording next? What concepts will be
woven into the next recording?
We haven't planned any schedule yet. Things are
very open right now. It's possible that we'll record some bonus tracks for an
Italian version of "Medley Rain" in February/March, but we might as well use
already recorded material, we'll see. We'll go to record our second full-length
album as soon as it's reasonable to do so, most likely somewhere in 1999.
For the Italian release, we will probably add tracks like:
The Maze, Wolfborn, The Spear in Your Hand, & Medley Rain (keyboard
What is the title of your latest and next release? When
will the next release be available?
The latest release is a mini-CD "Medley Rain," which was
released on our own label SUCCUBUS RECORDS. The next release will be the
Italian "album" version of "Medley Rain" by NOCTURNAL MUSIC. This release
should be available in Summer 1999.
What changes in style & membership has Let Me Dream
undergone since its inception?
The band started in 1989 by me (Jani) and Janne. For the
demos 1 - 3 (recorded in 1992 and 1993) we had Teemu Peltoranta on keyboards.
Marko came in for the 3rd demo. Jari took over the keyboards in early 1994 as
Teemu left the group
Between 1989 - 1991 we were searching our sound & trying
out songs that didn't really work out. Also because we didn't care much about
rehearsing back then. The first demo in 1992 was where this band became more
serious and that's also when we had already found the style that we wanted to
What has been most effective in holding the band
Definitely the music and friendship. We have gone through a
lot of shit with record labels, media, gigs. Everything except the music
itself. It's all about passion for this kind of music.
What changes are planned for Let Me Dream in
Well, if we manage to find a VERY good lead vocalist for the
band then we'll definitely consider about adding him or her to our line-up.
That would make things a bit easier for us. If we don't find anyone then we'll
probably go on by mixing mine and Marko's voice.
How would you describe the music that Let Me Dream
ultimately performs and records?
Well, that's a hard one. I think our music is Gothic Metal
mixed with Dark Metal and Dark Pop styles. For metal heads it's Gothic/Dark
Metal, but I think for Goths it's easier to hear the other influences as well.
However we like to keep the music original.
Which musical classification would you prefer to be known
Well, personally none of the genres. For LET ME DREAM it
would be original, atmospheric, emotional & energetic (Gothic/Metal)
Since the late '80's differentiations in "underground"
music have resulted in distinctions such as "Gothic," "Industrial,"
"Electronica," "Darkwave" and others not as trend-setting. Where do you believe
these distinctions in darker music are headed?
Well, I personally have been following more the progression
of the Metal underground scene since that's where we're from. I'm personally
very much into the Gothic underground as well, but I guess that I'm not the one
to predict its future. I hope it does progress and new bands come up with fresh
ideas. Mixing different genres will take us a little forward and maybe even
generate a new style that remains.
How would you describe their evolutions from the late
'80's to today?
The biggest/most effective Goth bands have always given
something of their own to the music of their genre and had the strength that
enough people will follow to 'cause evolution. There will be evolution as long
there will be people with the personality of their own.
What is the general idea behind Let Me Dream? What
messages infuse the music you create?
The idea behind the band is to create original music.
Lyrically we don't want to have an influence on people. Lyrics are mainly for
ourselves, for our own needs. So far we haven't printed any of them for the
public, but it's possible that we will. However, the music is what we want to
offer to the other people. They have minds of their own, I hope.
What other bands have you worked with in the past that
have influenced your style(s) since then?
For me Janne & Jari (now also in MEDIEVAL ART) it's
always been LET ME DREAM / CONGESTION (which was the name of this group 'till
late 1994). Marko did play with several groups (Blind Reality, Thromdarr,
) before he joined us, but those were very different from us.
Juhana has played before with MEDIEVAL ART whom with we're doing a lot of
co-operation (record label, gigs etc.), but they haven't influenced us
Would you be interested in working on a side-project band
with members of other bands? If so, have you begun looking into this
Yes, it's happening already. Me, Jari, Antti from MEDIEVAL
ART & Ari (ex- MA) are working together for a project and Juhani from
YEARNING will join us for the recordings & gigs when ever there will be
time for those. Our style is more (gothic) rock oriented than our main bands.
Where might fans specifically look for the most recent
reviews of your music and interviews with band members? Any soon to be in
Hmmm, there's the Finnish webzine called SUBFENNICA that
might have the most fresh interview of ours. Most of the 'zines that did our
interviews after the release of "Medley Rain" haven't been published yet, but
I'm sure they will be quite soon.
Looking back upon the progression of your music, how have
your messages evolved throughout the evolution of the musical styles?
Hmmm, the same way as our personalities have progressed. I
can't see any major changes in my writings, it's all so natural. You progress
by experience and we have experienced a lot during the last ten years. You
learn a lot about yourself, other people and life in that time.
What experiences have been most influential in the
development of your music?
Probably hearing the PARADISE LOST "Gothic" album back in
1991. It was so different from everything else. And that's how we wanted to do
it, differently, especially from PARADISE LOST.
What do you believe is lacking in the industry that if
added would stimulate evolutionary growth and creativity?
Well, of course, the fact that the industry would release
more new, original and creative music. But it isn't always wise for the
industry to do so as it could stimulate the evolution as well and what would
the clone bands do after that? Clone something that is already old news? The
business would collapse if they would have to promote everything as new and
fresh and nameless for the present scene.
What barriers do you perceive exist in the industry that
prevent evolutionary new growth and suppress creativity?
The money that they aren't making or even getting back for
investing in such music.
What impressions do you have of the new music festivals ?
(Some examples include Convergence, CopFest, and ProjektFest).
Well I have heard/read only a little about the mentioned
festivals. Generally festivals like these prove that even marginal music has
the following which can make such festivals worthy of arranging.
How do you believe these festivals impact the growth of
the scene that supports your musical talents?
It gives you a good feeling and it's always good for the
band. And I'm sure the crowd is pleased for seeing other people who are into
same thing as they are. The festivals bring new connections, new people and
interest to the scene, not only for the bands or arrangers of the show.
How do computers, and (additionally) the Internet, impact
how the band presents itself?
We have a homepage which actually is nowadays quite a good
way to find information about us. E-Mail has a lot of advantages when compared
to snail-mail, so generally the Internet has been good progression.
Do you utilize computer technology to develop the music
So far we haven't used computers in our music. I may buy a
digital recorder in the future and, of course, use the advantages of it when
I'm creating new material.
What record label are you currently signed onto? How did
that professional relationship begin?
We're working with our own company. As I mentioned earlier,
we will probably sign the deal with NOCTURNAL MUSIC for the repressing of
"Medley Rain," but the deal will be only for that release. We started our own
company because we wanted to release something new and to break the long
silence on the CD line.
Where have you found the largest positive support for
Besides Finland, Eastern Europeans have showed much
interest. Portugal has been quite good to us and also France as our debut album
was released on a French label.
What activities occupy your time outside of recordings
I'm personally finishing my media studies and working as a
sound engineer for the national radio. Jari is doing video and film directing,
so far mainly music videos (for example LET ME DREAM's "Medley Rain" & TWO
WITCHES' "Irresistible"). The rest of us have day jobs.
What might you describe as the worst thing to happen in
the music industry in the past five years?
Too many labels, too many bands, too many releases.
What might be the most positive thing to have happened,
or be happening in the music industry?
Enough releases to find a few interesting ones.
Do fans compare your band to any other band frequently?
Well, one guy just said that we try too hard not to be
mainstream and asked what are our influences as he can't hear any. Usually
people compare us to MOONSPELL and other bands that have a similar past,
background and influences than we do, so they're not influences - they're
causes of the same influences that we are. Some of those influences would be
(old) CELTIC FROST & FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM.
What influences, besides other music, the development of
the music and lyrics in your band?
I respect very much the lyrics of Carl McCoy and Thomas
Gabriel Fisher (aka. Tom G. Warrior) and they have influenced my writing style.
Writers like H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe should be mentioned as well.
Anyway it's mainly the style that influences me, the topics come from my
What problems have you experienced with audio during your
live performances in the past?
Mainly problems with stage monitoring. It's very important
to have some kind of balance on the stage, especially for the vocals. But
sometimes there's no monitors at all - that ain't fun.
What really adds to your personal satisfaction of your
own live performances?
Getting the interest of the crowd is very important. If the
crowd is interested then it means the rest of things are going fine enough.
What do you like most about performing live?
Performing our music and seeing people.
How do your recordings generally evolve?
First we do the drum tracks with the whole live band. Then
we'll overdub the bass, after that guitars, keyboards and then record possible
"extra" stuff . Last in the recording process are the vocals.
Who usually guides Let Me Dream through these
We have produced the recordings by ourselves so the only
person besides us who have an influence on the recording process is the
Which writers/artists/film-makers have had an influence
upon the development of your music?
I think Coppola's Dracula had an influences on Marko's
lyrics for the debut album opener track "Centuries of Longing," but musically I
can't remember any influences that would have come from a film.
Does Let Me Dream appear in any music video or video
Actually we did a promo video for the track "Medley Rain."
We definitely want to get it to compilations and anywhere else to promote the
How might fans reading this be most likely to contact Let
Me Dream for more information?
Anyway they want! My E-Mail is:
By snailmail: Jani Koskela, Leppäsenojantie, 243, 12100
Our Mini-CD "Medley Rain" (and other releases) is available
from the very same address for 10 U.S. $ / 45 FIM. Check out also the homepage
at: http://www.multimania.com/gore/LMD.html & SUCCUBUS RECORDS