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Jani is the man behind DoF riffs and lyrics. His driving rhythm guitar playing gives the band its style but you can't keep him from throwing in some tasty solos that rely on various past and present techniques. Big part of the DoF vibe is Jani's signature guitar sound that is really dense and defined. He is known worldwide for his collection of rare Jackson guitars and from being the webmaster of the online Jackson Guitar Palace community. Lately Jani has also been making big waves in co-operation with Amfisound guitars to familiarize people with their handcrafted masterpieces.

GEAR

Amfisound and Jackson custom shop guitars, Mountain W400D acoustic guitars
1981 Charvel Telly bass
Marshall 50W Silver Jubilee stack
Ibanez STL overdrive, Boss Hyper Fuzz FZ-2, Ibanez Super Stereo Chorus SC10, Mad Professor Snow White Auto Wah
Lexicon PCM 41 digital delay
SansAmp GT2 & Bass Driver DI
Roland MicroCube
DR and GHS 10-46 Strings
Jackson and Seymour Duncan pickups
Shure and Sennheiser microphones

Q & A

Past and present musical influences/favorites?
My first memories of music are of 80s metal like W.A.S.P, Twisted Sister, Scorpions, Accept etc. That stuff still works for me. In the 90s Megadeth was THE band and got me into other great thrash metal like Annihilator and Kreator. That style of guitar playing is something that comes naturally for me as a player. I also went through a period where Finnish folk music style melodies played by bands like Amorphis and Sentenced infected me and that also linked me to arabic scales a bit. Nowadays the emotional content of music and especially the grooves and feelings within songs are really important to me. I'm a big fan of Therapy? and ZZ Top. I also like to listen to osbcure old metal bands online and I keep finding a lot of inspiration from them.

Guitar influences? Dave Mustaine, Chris Holmes, Wolf Hoffman, Michael Schenker, Billy Gibbons, YJM, Jeff Waters, Jimmy Page, Davy Graham...

Favorite albums?
Megadeth - Peace Sells
Therapy? - Troublegum
ZZ Top - Eliminator
W.A.S.P - Wasp
Accept - Metal Heart
Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists

Some great Finnish albums...
Sentenced - Down
Zero Nine - Intrigue
Tarot - Spell Of Iron

Songs?

Therapy? - Dead, Straight Life
ZZ Top - Planet Of Women
Stormwitch - Ravenlord, War Of The Wizards...
Kim Wilde - Keep Me Hangin On
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Nirvana - Negative Creep, School, Drain You...
Warlord - Aliens
Winterkat - The Light Of Day
Obliveon - Dynamo
Heaven - Where Angels Fear To Tread
Metallica - Ride The Lightning
W.A.S.P. - My Tortured Eyes, KFD
Adramelch - Eyes Of Alabaster, Zephirus
Virtue - Hideaway
Lapset - Paikka Auringossa
Angelwitch - Angelwitch
The Clash - Magnificent Seven, I'm Not Down
Davy Graham - Grooveyard, Renessaince Piece, No Preacher Blues
Bert Jansch - Moonshine
Alexander Vinitsky - Something Happened In The Wonder Forest
Child - Wish
Gentry Bobbie - Fancy
Blind Blake - Chump Man Blues
Donnie Iris - Do You Compute?
Xentrix - Reward
Kreator - People Of The Lie, Mental Slavery, Don't Trust, Phobia, Impossible Brutality
Carcass - Tomorrow Belongs To Nobody
Rotting Christ - Sorrowfull Farewell
Turlough O'Carolan - Planxty Hewlett
Sirusho - Qele Qele
Tarot - Dark Star Burning
Babylon Whores - Omega Therion
Dover - Better Day
The Donnas - Take It Off
Jethro Tull - Seal Driver, Songs From The Wood
Megadeth - Angry Again, This Was My Life, Devils Island...
Thunder - Low Life In High Places
Helloween - A Little Time, Future World, Sole Survivor...
YJM - Crash & Burn, Soldier Without Faith, Faster Than The Speed Of Light...
Led Zeppelin - The Rover, Since I've Been Loving You...
Annihilator - The Fun Palace
Close II You - Baby Don't Go
MSG - Essence, Desert Song, Captain Nemo, Rock You To The Ground, The Tower...
Amorphis - On Rich And Poor
Dire Straits - Your Latest Trick
Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme
Cyndi Lauper - Unconditional Love
Joan Jett - I Hate Myself For Loving You
UFO - Rock Bottom, Lookin' Out For Number One
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
ABBA - Summer Night City, Lay All Your Love On Me
Damone - Get Up And Go
The Supremes - Love Child
Twisted Sister - Love Is For Suckers, Fire Still Burns
The Ramones - Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Judas Priest - Jawbreaker, The Sentinel
... I could go on forever. I love music! :)

Movies?
Das Boot, Blood Diamond, Walk The Line, Taken, Van Helsing, Mel Brooks comedies...

TV-series?
Pasila, Get Smart, Robin Of Sherwood...

Books?
The Tripods

Actors/Actress?
Ryan Gosling, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Connelly, Kate Beckinsale, Mo Collins...

Food?
Herkkupizza, Chinese buffets, Karjalanpaisti

Drink?
Dr Pepper

Favourite DoF song(s)?
Blossom & Decay, Loaded Dice...