mercoledì 19 luglio 2017

Interview with The Ronski Gang

Hello everybody,

Roots'n Boots it's only 3 nights away, to warm up the atmosphere here we are with another interview with one of the bands who will hit the stage on saturday ; the band we are talking about is the great The Ronski Gang.

Let's jump into it :) !

-Would you like to introduce yourself to the listeners ?

Hi. I'm Hans "Hate" Sjöblom and I play drums in the rock band The Ronski Gang and I've been playing in that band since 1968, from the very beginning.

The other original members are my brother and lead singer Ronski and the bass player Misteri. Btw Ronski means in English rough or something like that. Then we have two great guys playing guitars, Vesa Kääpä and Kiffe Sjöblom. Vesa is known for such bands like Leningrad Cowboys and Veeti Kallio etc. Nowadays we do a few gigs per year but in the 70's we did no less than 150 gigs per year. We have made altogether 8 albums and the latest The Elevens was released in 2011.

-Is this your first time at Roots'n Boots ? If it's so how are you feeling about ?

Yes this is the first time for all of us at Roots'n Boots but all I've heard is only good things about the festival. 

We haven't been playing in this region for a long time. So that's one reason why we are looking forward for the next Saturday.

-What can we expect from your performance ?

We gonna play our own music from nearly every our albums and also some covers fit for our own style. There's gonna be some old school rock'n'roll etc. We wanna make folks having fun, dance and sing along.

-Do you prefer playing in festivals or at your own gig ?
I can't say which I prefer. Both have their own good vibes. Anyway. In the end it's the attitude that matters. ;)

That's it ! Thank you very much and we really can't wait to see you at Roots'n Boots :).

giovedì 13 luglio 2017

Interview with South River Allstars

Hello everybody,

as last year also this year we are going to be at Roots'n Boots festival in Stromfors Ruukki next week.
Thanks to this we had the chance to have a short chat with one of the band that will hit the stage, the band I'm talking about is the great South River Allstars band which will go on the stage as a first band at 13.00.

Before starting with the interview I would like to remind you all that there is a lottery going on on our facebook page, and you have the possibility to win two tickets for the festival.

Let's start with the interview :

Foto by Hannu Holmberg


Would you like to introduce yourself to the listeners ?
Hi, my name is Mika "Blues" Ikonen. I'm a bluesman from Porvoo.

I was as about 12 years old when I picked up guitar for the first time - and I never let it down...

Nowadays I sing and play guitar in a band named The South River Allstar with Pete Myllynen on drums and Markku Rauma on bass. Most of the songs we play are composed by me. Playing slide guitar - mainly dobro - is my true passion. Even though I often play 12-string acoustic at my solo gigs.

-Is this your first time at Roots'n Boots ? If it's so how are you feeling about ?

Yeah, this is the first time at Roots'n Boots for me and my band. Of course I'm happy for this opportunity to bring our music to new audience.

-What can we expect from your performance ?

Well, you can expect a very exciting musical soup of rhythm & blues (in it's original meaning), rock'n'roll and rockabilly. And as usual, some Southern Hoodoo will also be added for the flavour. ;)

We are the opening act and we'll give to audience a hard and merciless set of genuine roots music.
After our set we'll pack our gear and hurry to another gig at Tirmo Blues the very same evening. No rest for the wicked, eh? :D

-Do you prefer playing in festivals or at your own gig ?

They both have their benefits and it's really hard to say which I prefer. At festivals you can reach larger audience but at own gigs mainly in smaller clubs you can get so close to people - so to speak. One time I played in so very tiny place that the closest listener was just about one meter away. Very nice, warm and cozy feeling!
Thank you so much for this interview and see you very soon ! :)

Don't forget to like their page : South River Allstars
And our page : RadioQueenLoviisa

giovedì 11 maggio 2017

Interview with Andrea Baglio (IT)

Hello dear listeners and readers,
today we are back with a new and fantastic interview with the Italian actor Andrea Baglio.

We had the opportunity to have a phone interviewe with Andrea a few months ago, and finally the interview is ready to be spread around the world, so.... let's get started :

Hello Andrea,

Would you like to introduce yourself to our listeners and readers ?

I'm just a young man that, as many others, had this wild dream in his heart, a childhood dream, to be an actor. I don't want to sound cheesy, but this desire is at the same time a curse and a blessing because the satisfactions arrive only after many struggles and sacrifices, but I never gave up and I tried to be brave and alwas kept the hope alive in my heart. In 2011 I started also using YouTube, and I have to say that thanks to this platform I could get, at 32, many of my dreams fullfilled, I have a wider public, I could try myself not only as an actor but also as a director and now, knowing that i have followers even in Finland ! What I could wish more ?

How did you discovered the world of acting ?

As I said, it has been very natural for me. Since when I was a child I loved to be under the spotlight, drawing attention to me with sketches and recitals I organized for my relatives. When I have been old enough I studied acting at Rome's academy for 4 years, I studied with members of New York's Actor Studio. I have always valued a lot my education in this field, because I think that as every other job, you need a high professionality, you need the knowledge of your means and how to use them at their best. I know people thinks 'everbody can act' and of course there are a lot of people out there who are just 'pretending' to be actors, but as everthing else, this is a profession in which you need the 'know-how' and you have to work really hard to achieve your goals.


You have been performing in television and in theatres, do you feel you are more a television ot theater actor ?

Well it's like asking to a musician if he prefers to play violin or guitar, they are totally different instruments, but you can play and enjoy both of them. I'm mainly a theatre actor, cinema and tv followed. Even acting on the web is very different, I think of myself as an actor who has learned his profession at the fullest. Of course when you're on stage it is very emotional, you can see your public, see their reactions,'' feel their feelings''. Cinema, tv and web are somehow more virtual, even if I don't really like to use this word, since anyways you will find a way to interact with your public\followers and know what they think of you.

There is a theatre in specific where you would like to perform ?

Well Finland would be a dream ;) : really, I think at the world as a huge stage and I would love to act everywhere, I live my own life as if it was a show of a sort, and I always try to end my days with a smile on my face. I try to give a meaning to all my days and to interact with people as i would be on stage, getting rid of any kind of mask, because I think that a good actor it is not the one who can pretend better than others, it is the one who can always be him\herself on stage as in life. ' Be, don't pretend'.

You took part in many weberies like : "Fuga dalla morte", "Come mi sono innamorato di te" and many more. Would you like to tell us something about these experiences ?

Well they're all very different, ''Fuga dalla morte'' (Flee from death) it's mostly sci-fi-horror while ''Come mi sono innamorato di te'' ( How I fell in love with you) it's a kinda of teen-drama so much more 'light'. Both of them anyway gave me the chance to work on different but very interesting aspects of my profession. For the first one I had to work a lot along the director (Michael Righini) to understand how to portray something that is not 'real', an untouchable unreal presence which is quite hard task. For the second one I was already 30 but I was portraying a younger man, 19\20 years old, so i had to lose weight, go to the gym and exercises a lot to look younger and more fit. I loved both of them and now both are among the most view series of YouTube Italy.

Is there a movie where you would have loved to act in ?

In my opinion, making indipendent productions has been my biggest luck. In Italy mainstream cinema and tv are a bit of a disaster, with neverending series that become very soon 'old' and boring and which can't give much motivation. Instead in the indipendent cinema I had the chance to do so many different things , now for example I am doing a fan movie about Harry Potter which is even recognized from Warner Bros, so quite of a big thing.

Which is the role of yours dreams ?

Honestly I don't have favourite roles, because I like to experiment and try new things. In ten year of career I have been a killer and a good man, a beggar and a millionaire. The main thing for me is to be true to myself, to set goals and try my best to achieve them.

If you wouldn't became an actor, what profession would you have choosen ?

Since when I was a kid I have always wanted to be an actor.
What is the thing you like the most about being an actor ?

Well this is the only job that give you the chance to show your inner and most true self. As I said before, I think an actor must not 'pretend' but find in him\herself that precise side of our soul which can portray at the best our character. Acting for me it's like watching my reflection in a mirror and being forced to see not only my brighter sides but also the darker ones. This is probably the main reason why I became an actor.

What are your plans for the future ?

My goal for this year is to learn how to play guitar, piano and maybe even taking some singing lesson. Until now I focused on acting, because I think it was better to put all my energies in one thing. Now I feel much more comfortable with my skills as an actor so I want to try to open myself to different forms of performing arts. I'm also very interesting in directing, and now my third corto is about to be released. This last work is very dear to me since I have been working on it for quite a long time, almost one year. The first one 'La prova' has had a lot of awards in many international festivals.

Do you have any tips for youth who would like to start an acting carreer ?

The main reason why someone should become an actor is the inner fire. The drive to pursue the career must come from within, otherwise studying and learning different methods you may also become a very good performer, but the public will know that you're not giving them nothing more than appearence, like an empty shell. In my opinion what makes you a great actor is that flame, that keep you going all your life in spite the fact that you have or not commercial success, money and big public. You may only perform for an handful of people but see your passion reflected in their eyes, you see their love and respect for what you do because you have given them so much. In my opinion, if you feel in your soul the call to become an actor, or any other thing, you should just do it and not living with the regret.

So this was the interview, thank you so much Andrea for making this interview possible.
Here below there is the link to Andrea Youtube channel and web site if you wanna give it a look.

mercoledì 26 aprile 2017

Loviisan Tanssiopisto Spring show 2017

A few months ago we had the chance to have a lovely talk with Kati Kivilahti-Fagerud, principal and dance teacher in Loviisan Tanssiopisto, for the opening of the photographic exhibition Liike, which started the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the dance academy ( you can read the full interview here ). She told us about the amazing ideas they had for this year's spring show and we were really eager to see it after our chat. Finally last Sunday, the 23rd of april, ''Noin 7 sisarta'' was on stage in Loviisa's Liikuntahalli. Fabio Putrino, or Mr RQL , the beloved heart and mind running this radio for three years now, has taken care of the music with a wise and excellent sound engeenering. Beniamino Borghi , coreographer and dance teacher (beside of course creating the coreogrphies of his dance groups ),along with Hanna Neuvonen, took care of the scenographies. Olli Liukkonen took care of the lights and effects.Official photographer of the event has been, as every year, Janne Lehtinen. A special mention this year for the EK-ryhma (erikoiskoulutusryhma) which has been on stage almost no-stop showing no problems in interacting and dancing along with all the other dance groups of every age, including the youngest children which looked at them as real role-model for their dance achievements. 
But now let's enjoy some pictures we took during the show.... (there's many of them ! )

domenica 19 marzo 2017

King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown

Greetings RQL listeners ! Today we're here with our old time friend Addis Pablo and his sister Isis, as they are working on an amazing project and of course here at RQL we definitly want to do our best to support them in this endeavour. But let's Addis and Isis do the talking now !

Greetings Addis and Isis, welcome back on RQL. Would you please shortly introduce yourself for our listeners and readers ?

I am Addis Swaby aka Addis Pablo son of Augustus Pablo,  I am a Musician and composer.

- I am Isis Swaby, an artist, producer, DJ and the daughter of Augustus Pablo, legendary musician and producer. I have been an artist since birth but for the past four to six years, I have been working more within sound and production. Also, I am managing my father estate with my brother, Addis. I have my hands in a few projects regarding my fathers work and legacy from design to music.

 Tell us something about the amazing projects you're working on right now: the re-issue of 'King Tubby meets Rockers Uptown' album .

  Addis :  Its  A Classic LP Created by our Father Augusuts Pablo one of the Pillars of Dub Music released over 40 years ago featuring the Dub Master King Tubbys in some of the best dub mixing in history the reissuinng of this album through Pledge music (Check it here ) was a choice we made to present this classic album in a way which will allow our dads fans and supporters to be a part of the release more then just supporting the product upon release but pre ordering the project so they can have the ability to add their name in the credits just to give a example of the ways which they can be a part of the release 

Isis: The projects are a reflection of what my father has created and now giving a piece of what we can to his ultimate music lovers of what he has created for 40+ years. We want to give special items, that we hand picked and we are looking to create memorable experiences such as we are pushing the Augustus Pablo Annual Tribute in Jamaica for June 2017; during my father birthday which is June 21st. We have one pledge experience available on Pledge Music (here) is to spend time with us during the tribute and experience the planning and have dinner with us to learn new things about us from our prospective. At the same time, the pledge will go towards to the estate to fund other special projects, the Rockers International, our record shop and add items into the shop as well.
  This project will include some never before released tunes by your father. Will it be original material recorded by him or it will be played anew ?
 Addis : The Album is a Reissue of the Classic King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown Album in its entirety,  including a few bonus tracks and unreleased version
 Isis: Of course, Original Music and also, special photos, personal information/stories and imagery to go with the music personally designed by us.
  Are involved in this project people who already worked in the original album?

Addis: We are always around the people who help create these works one of them being Earl Chinna Smith, however the release a reissue of the original  album not a remix or featuring any overdubs etc. 

Isis: For my father productions everything will remain the same. We plan on releasing in the near future more of Addis Pablo's works, from his new mixtape to his second album. I will be releasing some of my productions and mixes inspired by my father works and my experimental, dub and drum-bass productions.
Which label will release the re-issue ? Tell us something about that.

 Addis: The Label of release is Rockers International our dads label we intend to release most of our dads works on this Label or one of the other labels he created like Message, Yard, Pablo International.

Isis: Rockers Interntional label and shop is the focus for distribution of music and re-releases. In addition, VP Records/Greensleeves are doing re-releases for some of the classic albums, 'Original Rockers' recently was released.
 How do you both feel about this project, it is so important in keeping your father's legacy alive?

Addis: This project as any other project or works we carry out are mainly highlighting  the legacy and works of our father to continue the tradition of music he created, developing the business so it's able to sustain and maintain itself also creating more opportunities for spreading the works or delivering the message to the fans and supporters who have been with his music since its early days over 47 years ago.

Isis: I feel that working with the Pledge Music team closely with my father, Augustus Pablo's legacy will add to what my father has created but this will reach even more people from younger audience or to the core Augustus Pablo music lovers. It is important in keeping our father's legacy alive. Our father productions, artists and Rockers International foundation, keeps it alive but we will extend the story with our story and life in music and creation from Jamaica to Tokyo. We will keep the history and music, a live through projects like Pledge Music.
 Thank you Addis and Isis, we wish you all the best in this project, we can't wait to see it done ! 

For more informations :

venerdì 17 marzo 2017

Cesco's new single is out.

Hello dear listeners and readers,
 last sunday (12.03.2017) Cesco's new single Astronauta was released in all the digital stores and day before yesterday the official video was released also.  Useless to say that we bought it right away, and we loved it from the first second till the last one.

In this song is really possible to recognize a development in the lyrics and also in the melody. In the song is possible to hear also the great Silvia Capasso, who unfotunately is not longer with us in this world.
For the non-italian speakers,  the song  tells about the aleatory trip of a man wandering in the ruins of his unconscious, sure to be an astronaut looking for his lost love, who knows in which corner of the universe.
I have really liked the lyrics. I have found at least a couple of verses that could really apply to myself.  There is one verse that says " sono sbarcato su un pianeta ma è quello sbagliato sono solo in questo posto che appare abbandonato" which traslated means "I arrived on this planet, but it's the wrong one, I'm alone in this place that appears to be forsaken, which I can really relate to.
I recomend this song to all of you !

Here's the official video :

Here's the link to I-tunes & Spotify :
Have a great day !!!

sabato 4 marzo 2017

#RQLRecomendation 5

#RQLRecomendation, every saturday we will share with you a song that we personally like. This week's song it's "Shelter Your Heart" by the one and only Faydee.
Check it out !!
We will "see" next saturday with another great tune !