Interview with the promoter of Jalometalli Festival : Marco Järvenpää
We had an opportunity to talk with the promoter of the Jalometalli-festival, Marco Järvenpää. We were curious to know how this great festival got developed in the early years and what it takes to grow one of the biggest metal-festival in Finland? Check this out.
This was 8th year in a row for arranging Jalometalli-festival. When you started in 2002 did you ever think that it would become this big?
No way in hell. At the time we just thought that there is simply too few metal gigs for underground bands in Oulu area. We kinda just wanted to provide metal bands a chance to play. We had a blast arranging the gig and it just took from there. Next year it was pretty much the same thing, we just added a couple of bands on the bill. Nowadays, it´s a pretty different ball game though, heh heh.
Jalometalli’s been one of the most rapidly growing metal festivals in Finland and it’s been growing bigger year by year. Do you think that there are certain limits what comes to the size of the festival or is the sky’s the limit?
I´m happy with the way things are at the moment and there´s no pressure to grow any bigger. We know there is enough capacity to double the size of the festival, but the way I see it, there´s no rush. It will happen when the time and bands are right. Simple as that.
Jalometalli’s been famous because of not being mainstream metal festival. It’s always been offering totally different kind of acts than any other metal festival around in Finland. I think this is definitely one of the reasons why so many people want to come in Oulu year after year, but it’s also one of the reasons why some of the people avoid for taking part. Are you going to react to this somehow?
Nope. Since the day I started doing this alone I made only one rule. I have to like and/or respect the bands that will participate Jalometalli. And that´s the only rule I will keep on following. So far we´ve mostly had old school metal bands, but who´s to say we won´t book crossover/hardcore/punk bands, and I´m talking about bands like Crumbsuckers, Cryptic Slaughter, The Exploited etc.
The festival moved in 2006 to Teatria-club . I believe this was good decision overall. What kind of future you have regarding this arrangement?
It is possibly the single best thing ever to happen to Jalometalli Festival. Everything is so much easier to arrange at the Club Teatria surroundings. We´ll take this each year at the time, because the area will be demolished sometime in the next 5 to 10 years and we´ll never know when the owners of the area will pull the plug. Hopefully we´ll be able to be
there at least two more years so we can celebrate the 10th anniversary in familiar surroundings.
Was it easy to recruit staff in the festival? How many people are working in Jalometalli festival?
It is reasonably easy nowadays since we´ve pretty much had the same crew for the past 3-4 years. Of course we are constantly looking for new blood and we do need new people every year, but nowadays we don´t have much trouble recruiting people. We have approximately 80 people altogether working for us, it could be a few more, but we´ve managed so far
In 2011 there will be 10th anniversary coming up. Have you already planned to do something special then?
It is in the back of my mind, but to be honest, I want to keep it just there for a while. Every year is different and I want to build it up from scratch. Only thing I´m honestly thinking, is the headliner and I do have a few ideas. It´s just too early to really even consider making an offer to any bands, because anything can happen before 2011.