Reckless Love (Olli Herman)

We had the pleasure to talk with Olli Herman, Reckless Love's frontman, a based hard rock sensation inspired by the eighties.

Article by Gaetano Loffredo - Publish on: 04/06/10
Hey Olli, how are you?

Hi Gaetano, It has been a rainy day, I did a photoshoot and then I had this conference call, this interview, with you. It’s a pleasure, anyway.

It’s a pleasure for me, too. You know, it has been raining for two weeks here in Italy.

Two weeks of rain in Italy!? That's impossible. Last time I went to Italy, I think it was in the middle of winter, but there was sunshine all the time!

Oh, where in Italy?

It was a couple of years back, with Crashdiet and Hardcore Superstar, we toured pretty much there.

Do you like Italy, Olli?

I love Italy! It is one of my favourite countries among those I have ever visited. Actually, Rome is one of my favourite cities, I like the way they speak in Rome, and I have a friend, Roberto, who told me I know a lot more about Rome than him. I knew many things and places and trivia about sites, and you know, I said something like “you know, there is a statue designed by Bernini”… I am a fanatic. (laughs) And women in Italy , wow! It is not about the look, it’s a way of being so… intense, you know.

I am really happy to have this interview with you, also because your first album is awesome! Congratulations!

Thank you very much, I am glad to hear such kind words. Thank you man.

What about the first reactions from the fans and the press?


Well, from fans we received mixed feedbacks. You know, a lot of them followed us since the very beginning in 2001. Some of them were surprised and didn’t like the album, whereas some other loved it. It is just about mentality. But, my email, my Facebook page, it is packed of thousands and thousands feedbacks. I love it and there is hardly a negative email. The press, well… Two journalists have just voted it down as though it was the worst piece of crap they have ever heard from the ‘80s. But then, another hundred of them said that it was a great album… So, it couldn’t be better than this, we are all very excited and happy about this.

Let’s talk about the beginning: when did you decide to leave your hometown, to go to Helsinki and create a rock ‘n’ roll band?

Back in 2001, in my home town in Eastern Finland, that is Kuopio, in school I was quite bummed out, I quit music during the ninth grade and I went to this math school and it didn’t really worked. Then, an old friend of mine, the guitarist in the band, Pepe, told me something like “hey, me and this other guy, we’re forming a new band, would you like to join us and play bass?”. I thought “Fuck, I’m going to stay”. My dear, dear friend, he is actually a brother to me, we have known each other since we were four years old and he is incredibly talented, he can play anything, just give him fifteen minutes and he can play even the flute! He is a genius and this was the first band we have ever started and we have just stuck with it. And you know, Hessu Maxx is our third drummer and we have known him for about four years. I asked him to join because he plays killer drums! And he is such a  good looking and sexy guy.

And then you singed a deal with Universal Music... Do you think you have reached your rock ‘n’ roll dream?

Well, the contract is not my “rock ‘n’ roll dream”. It doesn’t matter if it is Warner or Universal, but Universal Music Finland is the most awesome music company I have ever known. There is such a good team behind it, there are so many good people working for us and I can’t believe that we have ended up at Universal. Actually, also Warner Music Finland was trying to make a deal with us, but there was something like a competition between the two, then  we just decided to go with Universal, because it is the best in Finland and the largest company in the world! So, I am just happy for the contract, but my rock ‘n’ roll dream is just being on the road with Reckless Love, because we are born to do that.

Apart from Universal Music, there is perhaps another dream, that is about money, about cash … Do make a living with your music or do you all have a job?


The music business is different from the past, you know. We are doing great with the band, but we are at the very start. You know, you get the cash, or money, after a year, when your work is done. We made only the first step, so … We are still waiting for the cash, eheh. We are still working.

reckless_love_intervista_2010_02So the first one was the contract, the second one money, and the third one… I suppose it is sex! What do you think about that?

Oh well, sex as a rock ‘n’ roll dream? Well, for me that was the number one! (laughs). It is my favourite thing in the world, if it is good sex. However, this doesn’t have to be necessarily connected with rock ‘n’ roll, but if you have a good tune playing and you are having sex … (laughs).

Well, your lyrics are based on girls and sex, of course. I read on the booklet that, apart from you, all the other guys have thanked their girlfriends. Don’t you think this is a little bit paradoxical in rock ‘n’ roll?

I am a young and healthy guy, of course my lyrics are about women and sex, what else should I think about? (laughs)

What about your career expectations? Do you want to be a rock star?


Of course! Otherwise, I wouldn’t do this. I mean, I am not in this for the cash, for any amount of money. If I were, I would be in the wrong business. I am here to play for people, to see smiles on their faces, I want to have a great time and party all night long. That is what I am here for, I am born to do that, God made me for that. I am living my dream, what could be better?

Fantastic. Let’s talk about the brand new album, it is a return to the past, to the ‘80s. Is it influenced by Bon Jovi, Warrant, Survivor and Ratt … And I would add also Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Did you want expressively an album so close to the sound of the ‘80s?


Yeah, we wanted to capture some music, not necessarily related to the ‘80s, that are suitable even nowadays. We’re all born in the ‘80s and the songs I remember from my childhood are from that decade, that’s where all our influences come from, but, yeah we wanted to capture some atmospheres from those years, it seemed so different: everyone was smiling and having fun, where nowadays everyone seems only to cry and whine. I’ve never felt bad when playing rock ‘n’ roll, you know what I mean.

Absolutely.

If you put a Ratt album on, or a Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and you put on our album, it sounds modern. It is and updated version of the music from the ‘80s. We tried to give it a modern sound, and I think we succeeded in this, I mean, it still sounds fresh and that is also what the reviews are saying. So, I am very happy for that.

I totally agree with you. In my opinion there are no fillers inside. How do you approach to the songwriting?

The way you said it. We just try, all killer no filler! Of course, we had a long history and a long time to write the album, almost nine years. Certain songs from the album are from 2004 and we wrote the newer songs in 2009, we made that in five years. It was pretty hard to pick the right songs for the record, but we still wanted to put our older songs in the record. We managed to have an “All killer, no filler” album and I love every single song in it.

Are you working on a new album?

Yeah, sure. We had a session with our producer and we discussed about that and we are going to do it, and it seems that is going to happen next year. We will start recording in 2011, possibly, I am not sure, it all depends on how well we will do with this album and if we are going to tour around the world, then it would be delayed. But we have a couple of killer tunes for the new record.

Ok, but we want no fillers in the next one too!

Yeah, me too. We have high expectations for ourselves. We are not easy on ourselves, sometimes we are maybe too hard on ourselves, but I think we need to be harsh on ourselves, because nowadays music industry creates so much shit that you don’t want listen to, but the radio keeps on playing that! We need to do an album with no filler.

What do you think of the Scandinavian Hard Rock scene? Hardcore Superstar, Crazy Lixx, Crashdiet and Reckless Love: do you think Finland can be considered as the country of party rock?

Yeah, definitely Scandinavia since 2005 has an insanely beautiful scene! I mean, Hardcore Superstar is doing the best job ever. I know the guys and they are really friendly, they have great riffs … They are doing their job well. So does Crashdiet, they are doing better without me, when they picked Simon they also got new influences. It’s awesome! I love being Scandinavian, I’m in the right place at the right time!

What about your future plans? We want you to come to Italy!

We want to come to Italy as soon as possible, first we have to release the album in Italy, because it isn’t out yet there. But, yes, we are planning to tour in Italy. No worries, we are coming!

reckless_love_intervista_2010_03Is there a band you are dreaming to tour with?

Well, I think they are all the same; as long as the guys are nice, it is fine, since you have to get along with them in a small space – the tourbus. That is my only requirement. There are so many good bands out there, that I can’t choose!

Well, I was thinking of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Skid Row… Not Scandinavian bands!


If I had to choose, I would pick up Def Leppard or Van Halen.

Unfortunately, time is running out. Thank you very much for the great time. Do you have a message to leave to your Italian fans and SpazioRock users?


Yes, I do have. Don’t worry to much about going with the flow, just enjoy your life, life doesn’t suck and it is not shit. Smile and you won’t die, oh well, eventually we all will.

Definitely a rock slogan! Thank you! See you on tour!


My pleasure, thank you. Bye!


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