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15 October 2009 @ 08:12 pm
New audio and translation  

I also found an audio that's partly the same as the video interview posted yesterday, but the conversation goes on for a little longer than on the video. If you want to listen to Ville's lovely voice, you can do it here: http://ylex.yle.fi/radio/ohjelmat/ylex-tanaan/ville-valo-teen-ensimmaista-kertaa-levya-ilman-kaljaa

Behind the cut is a combined translation of the video and the audio. It's not word for word but close enough.

After the initial pleasantries (Ville: Give me a hug!), Ville remembers that the last time they saw each other was at Antto’s [Melasniemi] restaurant over wiener schinzels. Ville asks how Pekka’s day has been, and he answers that it has been a week of extremes from meeting Hillary Clinton and being at the White House to visiting Compton. Ville tells that he has a new hobby: walking. He walks ten kilometers every day--five to the studio and five back. Apparently it’s good because it allows him to smoke more.

(Then they talk a while about how Pekka Himanen only got a few hours’ sleep the night before, is going to stay in LA for the weekend and is flying to Geneva on Monday.)

Then Pekka Himanen says that when he started to think about the Dignifi project, the first thing that came to his mind was Ville’s nerve, and Ville wonders what has happened to it. Pekka Himanen wants to know what the philosophy behind it is. Ville says that it’s basically Mige’s classic saying “If you don’t like what’s going on, you can always get the fuck out.” Ville thinks that that’s a good starting point for your attitude about life, meaning that you should do what you want to do and dedicate yourself to doing it. Then he jokes that none of us have much time left because 2012 is approaching and the Mayan calendar is running out. He thinks that to just stubbornly keep going without a thought to all the adversities, which Finns usually are good at, is a good approach about everything. Everyone has dreams and he believes that most of them can be made to come true. It’s like being a horse on a race track with blinders, like having a tunnel vision, just concentrating on what you’re doing and not thinking about anything else. It has worked for HIM. It’s kind of Juha Mieto-like [very famous Finnish cross-country skier]--don’t worry about the snot running down your face, it doesn’t matter as long as your skis are working.

[Here the video cuts off, the rest is from the audio.]

Pekka Himanen says that when you’re talking about creativity, you just have to throw yourself into things. Ville says that when he was starting out he wanted to throw himself into playing too, but it was kind of difficult when his fingers were bleeding and his bass wasn’t good enough and Steve Harris was just so much better as a bass player. He was about to give up a lot of times, but then his parents and especially his mother just made him rehearse. So it took a while to just learn the basics, but after that you just have to have courage. The booze helps you do courageous things. But being reckless is a good thing as long as you don’t break the law, although that might depend on the country you're in.

Pekka Himanen says that he has talked to a lot of people from Desmond Tutu to Hillary Clinton for the Dignifi project and what he has found interesting is that despite the different fields people are in, their experiences are pretty much the same: when they started out they doubted themselves and didn’t have enough confidence, then they had adversities and almost gave up but in the end decided to keep going anyway.

Ville says that he gives up every night and every morning, but then he drinks a cup of coffee and everything is okay again. He says that to him music is also a game of luck because the competition is fierce and there are a lot of talented people working in music. Making music doesn’t involve just the music but also being away from home a lot and lots of hard work as well. So Ville says he’s a professional quitter who always at the last moment manages to get his head above the surface again (or has so far). He thinks that existentialist thoughts are a part of life, but maybe because of music he has mentally remained a fourteen year old and his teenage years don’t seem to end which makes that kind of thinking difficult--but in a delightful way.

Pekka Himanen asks how the recording is going, and Ville answers that the recording has finished. They started rehearsing for it in February, and now after two and a half months of recording the other guys just flew back home. Everything is on tape now, and the record is being mixed at the moment. Making of this record has been important in the sense that it’s the first time for Ville without a single beer, and he has put all the energy that before went into sitting in pubs and having a hangover into making the record. That’s a reward in itself for Ville, but he acknowledges that it’s not enough. That’s why they’ll keep on working hard until the very end, and the record will be done when it’s done. Then it’ll be time to think what to throw themselves recklessly into next, probably it’ll be the gigs they’re playing in Australia at the end of February.
gonewiththecingonewiththecin on October 15th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for the translation. you ROCK!
mariana_lico on October 15th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
I second that. :)
(no subject) - gonewiththecin on October 15th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
have_666_mercyhave_666_mercy on October 15th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I third it!
Thanks for the awesome translation.
Nefertarinefernefertari on October 15th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
kiitos from every corner of my heart, sweetie.
Monique D'Oraziomonique_dorazio on October 15th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Carla Rettich: Lightshadowdoomed on October 15th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. :))
I'm extremely grateful.
sweetie_616sweetie_616 on October 15th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! :o)
helvillehelville on October 15th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your translation! We love you!
lovely_lonnylovely_lonny on October 15th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanx a lot for the translation! Although it's awesome to listen to the man's voice it so much better now when I know what he's talking about!
cherimortoncherimorton on October 15th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
and the awesome person of the day award goes tooooo *drumroll* YOU! lol thank you soooo sosososo much :)))
don't worry, ville dear, i give up 6,000 times a day :D
bellivvbellivv on October 15th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
Music dreamer.korppi_ravn on October 15th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Apparently it’s good because it allows him to smoke more.
Only Ville would say something like that.

Thank you for taking the time to do this, and it was done very well.
hartagrmhartagrm on October 15th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this! He is so smart, it's no wonder at all he has had the success he has.

Oh and that legality pic is so gorgeous!
silverblue6silverblue6 on October 15th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the translation :)
astoria_froggyastoria_froggy on October 15th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for this translation !
I understood when he said Wiener schnizel lol !
M.J.dsvillevalo on October 15th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this... we can always count on you:)
I tried to send you a message but for some reason I can't? It's because of posting this trans on my site also, as you have given permission to do so before. Credits are given both to you and Valo Daily with links as usual. If not, please message me and I'll remove it.
Sorry for posting this here but I don't like to use anybodies work without telling them.
sineresisineresi on October 16th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
I don't know what has happened to my settings... Someone else said that she couldn't send me a message either. I have to look into that.

Thanks for letting me know. I don't mind you posting this on your site as long as you give me credit. :)
(no subject) - dsvillevalo on October 18th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)