(Image by Carolin Büttner)
Based in Tampere, Finland, Joviac are a 3 piece progressive metal band, made up of Viljami Jupiter Wenttola (vocals, guitar, keys), Antti Varjanne (bass) and Rudy Fabritius (drums)
Who is your main inspiration?
Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, Pain of Salvation, A.C.T, Devin Townsend, Toto.
What is your songwriting process (which bits come first?)
I mostly write with guitar in hand, but I’m gravitating towards more and more synths. I wouldn’t call myself a synth player yet, I’m still learning how to play the instrument. I usually come up with some melody, riff, chord progression or rhythmic idea and then I build from there. I usually have a feel for what song part the idea is, so once I record it and flesh it out, I try to go on to the next song part until the song is done!
What made you want to start in music?
My class mate made me listen to “Bed of Razors” by Children of Bodom when I was in grade 7 or 8. It made me pick up the electric guitar and it was all downhill from there! About a year later Dream Theater blew my mind even more. I then got into the whole progressive metal scene and that’s kind of still the trip that I’m on, even though I listen to a lot of different types of music nowadays. At any rate, that’s the type of music that comes out of me when I write.
What is on the horizon for you?
More of the same, I hope! Joviac is constantly going forward and we’re fulfilled and having fun at the same time so my needs are taken care of! That being said, our one concrete goal is to build Joviac up to the point where we can go on tour abroad and I’m hoping we’ll reach that goal within the next 5 years if we solve this corona pandemic thing.
Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)?
That’s a tough one. I’ve never been very good at collaboration and I’ve had to learn that the hard way. At least when it comes to writing this type of music. I’m really into synth driven 80’s pop though, so collaborating with someone on that kind of music could be fun! It would be a dream come true to take a crack at writing a pop song with someone legendary like David Paich!
What is your ultimate goal?
To go on tour abroad. As things are now, Joviac is the biggest energy and money sinkhole, and while I don’t think we’ll ever make a comfortable living making marginal music like Joviac, I do dream of a time where the band could sustain itself instead of just sucking up every penny that I have. I do love it though, I have no complaints.
If you could cover any song, what would it be?
I was just thinking about this when I was commuting to work the other day. I was listening to “Faded” by Alan Walker and I think it has a really cool vibe. I’m sure there are already loads of covers of it out there, but I would like to take a crack at arranging it for “real” instruments. I’m so tired of metal covers, they usually don’t make the song more interesting in my opinion, but I think this song could work, who knows!
Tea making: milk first or last?
I’m a coffee drinker, myself! I pretty much only drink tea when I’m sick and never with milk. I never put in milk before I drink coffee though, so I’d have to answer milk last.
Tell us your funniest joke!
Man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm. The bartender asks “you want a drink?” And the man answers “I’ll have one, and one for the road!”