Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Hey popsters <3

It's new years eve, which means 3 things: 1) It's time to look back at the year 2) It's my birthday in a week! 3) Let's own the world tonight!!!


Sooooo.. This year has absolutely been the best year of my life, and it's all thank to you guys!!! 

We've been working full time with this band for almost three years, but this last has really been the year that has made all the difference! Finally someone else (major record companies and agencies that is) started believing in us too, and YOU made that happen!! You've showed up at gigs, traveled long distances and waited for hours in the cold for us. I can't tell you how much it means to us<3

The best part of this all is that it's just getting started! We haven't even released anything yet!!! You have no idea how much I wait for the release of our first single (in February) and the album (hopefully in May). For the first time ever something is done the way it's supposed to be done. Big production in Sweden, big music video filmed in America… More on that later ;) 

And there are a lot of things coming, not just the single and the album! We'll tell you more later, but I can reveal so much that we have one special winter fan-day planned already! All of you and us and a lot of snow, it's gonna be fun fun fun! And you don't have to wait too long! Stay tuned on facebook!

In a couple of hours I'm having the craziest New Year's Party at my penthouse, and we're really gonna own the world tonight!! As that song won't be on our upcoming album I suggest you listen to it now, before it's gone forever!




Wish you all could be here! 

Speaking of that, you should come to our gig at Vuotalo 25.1! That's probably the last  time ever you're gonna hear some of our older songs, so you'd better come!!

Those who have been on our gigs know that we always have time for you after the gig, we take pictures, give autographs and hugs and stuff. We won't stop doing that, you fans mean the world to us and we wanna show that to you. Now's a good time to come to our gig, because now we have more time for you than when there are thousands of people in the line;)


A couple of days ago we got a really moving video from some of you guys. My heart melted completely... <3 thanks girls <3 We promise to make our album the best debut album ever, for all of you. Thanks for the support<3



2013 will be the year of Satin Circus. We have a couple of new years resolutions in the band, have you made any?

Now let's party!!!!!!!  Have a great new year, WE promise to make it one of the best in your life ;)

Much love to you all!

-Axel <3


On Christmas eve I decided to go snowboarding in the powder snow! It was nice!

Our Christmas tree!
My birthday present to Krippe!
For Xmas i got some candy... haha




Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!


Merry Christmas!!! (c:>*

Such a peaceful feeling! Christmas holidays are finally a reality for Satin Circus, as we set off to stay with our near and dear ones for a while (Axel, Olli and Krippe are of course "near and dear" too, but this time I mean my family :D)! But! What calms me most is that our Swedish producer Peter Månsson has started working on our debut album in his studio in Stockholm!!

If, and when, everything goes according to plan our first single of the new album will be released somewhere around february 2013! How soon isn't that!! And yet how I long for february to come already!!! Kind of like a second Christmas…..

B.t.w. I "pimped" my shoes for the holidays already a few weeks ago! :D It's amazing what kind of magic new laces can do to a pair of poor old shoes!!!

I love doing handicrafts for Christmas, wrapping christmas presents and decorating them. As I find it sometimes very hard to buy good gifts for people I spend some time making the package look perfect...:
Tried some gothic script technique on some of them ^^

 
tiiny tiiiny Christmas presents ^^


I did an interview for a local, newspaper, called "MaTaPuPu" this month. It was kinda fun to answer questions alone this time. It ended up being a very thorough and personal article!   (c:>*  But it's still more fun to do them all together! (:

Click the image and zoom! Maybe you'll be able to read it :D


Already on our Kirjasto 10 gig 8.12.2012 our fans had made a huge effort, giving us a load of charming presents!! Thank you all!! And Hennas and Sannas outrageously gorgeous gingerbread house, with it's light effects and all is definitely worth a BIG special mention!!! 
All of this thoughtfulness makes me SO happy, and SO proud! 


So, please have a wonderful Christmas Eve! Share the love, and eat well!
<3

//Paul

Monday, December 17, 2012

Caribia


Hi Popsters!

It's been an amazing week once again!

@Rahina w/ Tomas




On Thursday we had the Rähinä Records & Rähinä Live Christmas party, which was a lot of fun! We met a lot of new people, like the YleX crew and Elastinen, the hilarious party host. I guess the lesson was that if you want to have a great party you should party with rappers :D 


On Saturday we had a great gig in Caribia, Turku with Robin. Before I even start to talk about the gig itself I should mention the hilarious ride to the venue. We shared a bus with Robin's crew, including Jimi Constantine who shared some pretty amazing stories he had experienced during his years of touring around Finland! He's such a nice guy :)

Soundchecking. I'm finally at the front row!
And the gig… It was AMAZING!! This was the first time that we were able to set the drums right in front of the audience. We've had this stage plan for a while now, but due to practical reasons we've always had to put the drums to the back of the stage (and if you've ever been performing on a stage, you know that when you're at the back you're not really able to see the audience because of the stage lights that are blinding your eyes). So there I was drumming two meters away from the front row and I saw the whole audience: all 1700 people! It was so great to get this kind of interaction with the crowd that I've never had before, and to get to party with them throughout the whole show! And what a show it was!! I think it was one of the best ones we've ever had!! Thanks Turku! :)

It was also so nice to see so many fans coming to see us after the show. You have no idea how much you guys mean to us!! <3 After a show we always hope that the audience would have had even half the fun we've had on stage, and it's SO heartwarming when people come up to us to tell us that they had the best time too! You Popsters keep us going! <3
© Paula Essiina Pekkinen <3

© Carolina Viljanen <3




After the show we spent the night at the Caribia Hotel. The hotel itself was nice, but the best part was the spa/waterpark! :) We had some really intense races in the water slides and a snowball fight at the outdoor pool. I guess the waterpark lifeguards are happy if they don't see us for a while :D 

Having fun at the hotel lounge
Today we had a meeting at The Fried Music studios with Patric Sarin and the executives from Sony Music. The deals have been signed, and now we're finally starting to record our debut album with the Swedish top producer Peter Månsson and Patric Sarin. We heard some talks about this being the most expensive debut album ever made by a Finnish label, so you can just imagine how good the album is going to sound! We've been waiting three years for this moment and it feels so amazing to finally be here. Thank you so much for supporting every step of the way <3 You made this possible! <3


Christmas is almost here! Have a nice holiday <3 We had an amazing year together! Next year we'll rock the world, together! :)

- Social Joe <3

I've been trying to not to eat candy but the
backstage catering is not making it easy :D


Monday, December 10, 2012

Chestnuts roasting in the Library

Hi there Popsters!

What a week! Feels good to actually do something instead of barricading ourselves in the studio writing songs. The past months have been a bit rough and sometimes we even feel our well of creativity is running out. But I guess that's how life is; ups and downs. The only thing inevitable is change. This past week was extremely important for us! Mainly because of one thing. You. 


You have no idea how happy you make us.
You have no idea how much you inspire us.
You have no idea how thankful we are.
We had no idea how much you care.


sweat tears of love


On saturday we had an unplugged gig in Kirjasto 10. It was incredible to see so many of you there. You made the concert so special. The atmosphere was lovely and the fact that we could play for you close enough to hear you sing along made us all fuzzy inside :) We're truly amazed over how much you help us to develop as a band. We always thought we are doing this all by ourselves, but boy were we wrong. You guys fuel us and you make us do our best.

Special thanks to all of the lovely presents and for singing Happy Birthday to me ;___; It was insane! :) Presents are always fun <3 but even more important is you showing up! Even if you have to wake up early in the morning and jump on a 4 hour train ride. That's just super cool.

another opportunity to dress up <3

On wednesday we were guests at #Bloggpriset2012 in Korjaamo. Basically like the Oscars, for blogs, in Finland. But it was super fun. We were asked to present the award for this year's most inspiring blog. They only required a one minute long speech... The day of the gala crept closer and we were confused until we finally
came up with the obvious! Let's make a song out of it. It was super silly but the crowd went wild. Overall it was a great event!


Yesterday we were in Jyväskylä playing at the Aito Joulukonsertti with Robin. It was super fun! In the beginning it felt a bit weird playing the real set after playing mostly acoustically. But we caught up fast! There's both pros and cons in small gigs vs big gigs. But we love 'em both! <3 We got to meet more fans afterwards which was great! You guys are the best!

winter wonderland



feels good to be on the road


Posting some winter pictures for our international readers! Snow is cool.





paul was scared sh*tless before the gig, I tried my best to cheer him up!
After the gig we enjoyed a deserved rest in the new Solo by Sokos Hotel Paviljonki. The design was exquisite. We sat in the sauna for hours and afterwards I watched a movie with Ryan Gosling (♥) when the others had a go at Jyväskylä's nightlife.

We just reached 1.6k fans today! It's super cool to see that people actually like us. We put so much effort in everything we do so it's great to see that it really pays off! Just remember that it's you that give us the opportunity to do this all! Thank you! and welcome to the club if you're reading our blog for the first time! great to have you on board! This blog updates every monday and since last week we also started a video blog that likewise, comes out once a week. We have a twitter account @satincircus and an instagram account @satincircus follow us! And our biggest announcements are made on our facebook page so be sure to like us there! Oh, and we also have a website

Thank you so much for this week. It's been special for us, because of you! This saturday 15.12 we're playing in Turku, Caribia with Robin. Hope to see as many of you there. We're super excited! Have a good week take care and be safe!  

Stay Classy dear Popsters <3
- the kripp ヾ(^∇^)'ー♪ 



See you next week!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sony christmas party & stuff :)


Hey everybody! 

This week's been pretty different. We've been writing so much new songs that we started to feel a bit stuck, so we decided to do something else for a week!

We've been practicing, planning future releases, and discussing web-pages, promo-shoots and music videos with our record company Sony Music at their office. We're releasing a completely new visual look at the end of the week so be prepared! Finally you're gonna see the pictures from our promo shoot in October! Our Facebook-page, this blog and our www-page will all be updated! 



On Tuesday we were at Sony's Christmas party, and that was epic. In the past few years I've been at a lot of Christmas parties, but this was something completely different……. Imagine all artists, songwriters, producers, managers, photographers, stylists, radio-journalists and record-company people at the same party… It was wild, I tell ya!

Suit up!

As Olli mentioned in an earlier post, we all bought jackets in different colors, and we really got some attention at the party! We chatted with a lot of music business people and now I think the business is prepared for our first single release, that hopefully is gonna be in February. It's gonna explode! This kind of music has never been made in Finland before and just wait till you hear it… It's gonna sound like ten times better than anything we've relased so far!!

Paul doing some magic tricks!




The best thing at the party was the possibility to finally chill out and have a couple of sodas with some great people. Finally we got to know the the people that are gonna be working with us for the next year more closely than ever. Our number one crew member is our A&R Olli, who is our link to the record company. He's the one taking care of us, giving us advice, and telling us when the songs are or are not good enough for the competition on the European market. Our gig booker Mika from Rähinä is also a great guy, and I played a lot of table football with him at the party. (you know the game Joey and Chandler play all the time in Friends;)) But somehow our team always lost!! Mika believed in us before anyone else did, and many of you lovely fans first heard us at the gig in Peacock, which Mika booked for us before anyone even knew what Satin Circus was :)

On wednesday we played an unplugged gig. Nothing beats playing live!! Someone came and asked if we're all from Kallion lukio cause we had such a great stage presence :D well, thanks, I guess! But we're not from there :D




We're playing this year's last unplugged gig at Kirjasto 10 on Saturday at 2 PM! You should all be there, we have a couple of new songs and also a Christmas-cover! And we're also playing one of our old songs, one that we haven't played in nearly a year! Come and find out which it is ;) And the gig is FREEE!!!

And on Sunday we're gonna be playing in Jyväskylä! We'll play a full set before Robin and we've heard that already a thousand tickets have been sold. So get yours fast before they run out! The gig starts at 14:00 so be on time :))


See you on our gigs dear Popsters! <3

-Axel


ps. I just received some new toy synths all the way from America!!



Monday, November 26, 2012

Goofy Galaxy TV-show

Po-po-po-popsters!!

I wish there was snow already! And Christmas! I don't know why, but this year I'm a little extra excited for Christmas. I don't mind that the stores have lit their christmas lights already, not one bit!!! You always hear people complaining: "Oh, again those darn Santa Clauses and gingerbreads, every year a bit earlyer X(...!" Christmas is one damn good tool to cope with this dark and windy autumn i.m.h.o! =D And I also happen to know what we all in Satin Circus would want for christmas, but I'm afraid that's not something that Santa can decide... =I


Last tuesday we spent at Pate's studio @ Fried Music. And Oh My God we hit off with what might now be the lead single, and it took a great leap forward!! Thats all I'll say! I won't give you too much to think about! 


On thursday we took the train to Tampere to a video shoot for the children's TV-program "Galaxi". I had bought some new Fazer candy, with which I played the entire time in the train! Mom said you shouldn't play with food... but then again, she also said that candy isn't food at all! :D  

They had a pretty awesome studio with some pretty awesome scenery there!! Unfortunately the show won't air until the 30th of January, but in the meantime you can digest this very goofy footage from the sessions:
Axel has never seen a hairspray bottle...?


The goofmeysters

THE Goofmeyster

This first is Satin Circus on TV!! And in the next pic we made an attempt in "inceptionism" by capturing ourselves taking a picture of ourselves!!! Amazing! I think you can kinda' see it despite the high zoom.






"Movember" is an annual event, founded in 2004 by some australians, with the intent to raise funds for mens healt. I'm taking "movember" a tad too seriously this year. Anyone can participate by growing a mustache to raise awareness of mens health issues... weird!! So, I started growing a mustache.... but I didn't quite realize the consequences of long facial hair! It tickles like crazy! And it makes me look like a walrus! And I'm gonna get rid of it tomorrow!!! Sorry men! And sorry for your bad health! But I can't stand this lampshade under my nose anymore! We still had good times together, like when you warmed my lips in the cold autumn breeze!! Bye!!

This is what it looks like today:

Pretty good handlebar stash there. But tomorrow it will go, because its PARTY TIME!!

Hehehehee!
We'll keep you in tune!!

PS. the word "GOOFY"...yea... :D lol

Keep cool, and sorry I was late =D

//Paul


Monday, November 19, 2012

1.5K Likes on Facebook!


Hi there Popsters! :)

Another month has passed and it's my time again to let you guys know what we're up to :)

This Thursday we are gonna take the train to Tampere and we're going to be on a TV show called Galaxi on YLE TV2. We're gonna play an unplugged version of Peach Party and do an interview. It's not gonna be live, so the show will be aired sometime later. We'll let you know once it does :) 

We have spent the last few weeks pretty much in our studio so I'm really looking forward to this trip. Also, it's been a while since the last time I was in Tampere and I've always liked the city. Axel has been the one organizing this trip, and we might be staying in Tampere for a bit longer than just for the show. Let's see what Axel comes up with but whatever it is, it's gonna be something that Tampere is not gonna forget! :D

The "Pikkujoulu" season (pre-christmas party - check the very first blog entry to see the long explanation if you don't know what it is) is almost here and we've been invited to some really cool parties (Sony Music and Rähinä Records just to mention a few)! Our trademark have always been the bright colored jeans, but for these occasions we've planned something special: bright colored blazers! It turned out to be a really difficult task to find four jackets in different colors this time of the year, so we've been searching through the internet to get our hands on some. It became quite an international shopping trip since Axel found his from the US, Krippe found his from the UK and I found mine from China. Now let's just hope they'll make it to Finland in time. Since Paul is the most handy of us he made his by himself :) We're really looking forward to meeting some great new people and to have tons of fun at these parties! We'll keep you posted on the subject :)



Just a random pic from our last years "SC-pikkujoulut" ;)



Last week we passed 1.5K likes on our Facebook page! Thank you all so much! The support you give keeps us going! We love you <3

- Social Joe <3 


Ps. Last week we wrote a song about you Popsters! It turned out to be a really good one and I'm pretty sure it's gonna be on the album :) 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Websites, logos, preparing for pogo!

Hey Popsters!

What a surprisingly normal week. Nothing extraordinary has happened. Well apart from insane brainstorming about our future album, looks and what not. No week is "normal" for Satin Circus but this one has been fairly uneventful. As I'm writing this blog I have exactly 15 minutes to get it ready. Let's hope I'll make it.

Paul gazing at a star





We have some gigs coming up before Christmas. Just like you guys requested! It's heartwarming that you constantly ask us about gigs, events etc. We might actually be doing something with a purpose n_n'

8.12 Kirjasto 10 Helsinki (unplugged)
9.12 Paviljonki, Jyväskylä w/Robin
15.12 Caribia, Turku w/Robin

11.1 The Circus, Helsinki w/Chris Medina              (Click on the link for the Facebook events!)

 As usual, we've been spending a lot of time in our studio fooling around!



Plu's insane singing skills

 I have exactly three minutes left. Darn this photo position system! :)



We're working on our logo at the moment and it's been super fun. Imagine trying to describe Satin Circus in one single piece of art. It's quite hard huh? The new website is also under construction. Can't wait for you all to see how what we're developing! It's beautiful to see that our hard work is bearing fruit! 



The real reason for this blog being a bit late is the fact that I was enjoying playing video games. Something I've been doing quite a lot lately :) I'm also on the hunt for an extravagant blazer.
Requirements: Colorful, Slim Fit, Awesome.

I'd like to be stylish for the upcoming pre-Christmas parties! We have a few ones coming up. The legendary Satin Circus one(!) and we just got invited to Sony's  "Glögi-party". If you're hardcore you'll take a time travel back in ... well time, and check out our blog posts from last year. You might just find something interesting! Not that I advise you to do it. :D At least we've come a long way from last year!



That's it for me now! And I'm 10 min late... But this one goes out to all of you night-owls. I know you're still up waiting for this post to be released. Here it is!

Stay Classy dear Popsters <3
- the kripp ヾ(^∇^)'ー♪


the boys <3
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday, Sunday


Hello everybody <3

I love Sundays!! Can't think of a better way to end the week than pizza, candy and America's Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest! (on the Voice 104.6 every Sunday evening)! Sunday band practice is also different from other days. We start a bit later, often a bit tired from last night's crazy dancing.. We write songs, tell bad jokes (and sometimes good ones!!!) and discuss important subjects like swedish producers, pizza toppings and girls…

                                           writing the blog :D

                                           Almost winter!

This week's been great! We had an interesting meeting with the record company, and we realized that when we're only writing songs all day and producing demos on our studio's computer we're not really doing the most important part of being a band: playing the songs. So while we've spent the last 3 months writing, writing and writing, we finally decided to practice and play the new tunes. We got a lot of new energy and new ideas, and I can already hear the sold-out stadiums singing along ;) 

writing writing writing

                    
We played unplugged at COR-huset on Tuesday, great audience!!
 keep posting photos like these dear popsters<3

We now have almost 30 songs, and we like most of them a lot. Only the best 10-12 are gonna make it to the album, so the bad news are that some of your and our favorites might not make it… But the good news are that they will be replaced by even better ones!! ;)

The next phase in making this album is choosing the best songs, and after that they will be produced, recorded and mixed.  We've been in contact with a great Swedish producer, and he might just be available to do the production, which would be soooo great. He's currently in Los Angeles working with some of the biggest Billboard-topping artists, and it remains to see what happens when he comes back to Stockholm… Let's just hope for the best… ;)



                                                              LIVE @ Kamppi


Here's a video of the new Speed Of Love - Unplugged Edition from our Kamppi-gig. Check out the sax solo ;)

Hope you all have a great week!

with <3
Axel

Monday, October 29, 2012

Satin Circus @ The Circus

YO!!

Thanks to all the Popsters who came to our gig at Kamppi last wednesday! It was magnificent! + It's been a productive week with co-writes with the finnish top songwriter Patric Sarin. =)  >>>>

We also booked a great gig with Chris Medina! He's famous from American Idol, and is a truly terrific singer. His single "What are words" tell's about his wife who went trough a car crash. The doctors didn't believe she'd survive, but Chris kept believing that she'd come out ok, sleeping every night by her side at the hospital. After staying in a coma for one and a half month she made it trough, although with serious brain damage. The song about keeping promises, and the true impact of words. It's such a touching story! 
Also the gig is at The Circus in Helsinki, which because of it's name has been on my list of "must do's" since the founding of this band =DD So many reasons to be there!! Buy the tickets from here: HERE 

Chris video:

Tomorrow we'll be playing unplugged at ASK Band night @ COR-Huset in Arabia, Helsinki. It's age limited, and 2€ in for students! What a bargain!!! BARGAIN  = Showtime 'round 21:15 =


Songwriting is not always easy, so Olli tried banging some ideas into my head today. Got what he deserved!  >:D


video

Were renewing much our visual stuff in the near future, whatever that means, you'll see. Keep your eyes open! 

I'm not sure that the person I'm about to thank will read this, but in case she ever does, I want to make clear how much we appreciated all her tips and wisdoms. Thank you Márta for foreseeing nearly everything there has been to foresee in the music business so far. I think it's been very helpful.

This was a very sentimental blogpost indeed, so I'll end it with the sentiment it requires.

Goodnight folks! Keep yourself warm, drink good tea and love each other. See you in a week!

//Paul <3