Vinyl Lollipops, Laura Williams’ Interview with Aittala

Written by on August 13, 2019

August 2019

Interviewed by:
Laura Williams 
Vinyl Lollipops 
Rock Rage Radio, AL

Photo courtesy of:
Awake Productions

Aittala is:
Eric Aittala – Guitar/Vocals
Gary ‘Zeus’ Smith – Drums/Backing Vocals
Ali Lugo – Bass

Why call the band, “Aittala?”

First, a lesson on how to pronounce it correctly since I know your readers are wondering. It’s pronounced ‘eye-tah-la’ with emphasizes on the first syllable.

As you can see by the band introduction, it is my last name. But, ironically, I didn’t originally name the band. Way back in 1991 when I was living in Holland (in the military), I formed a band with an American singer (his wife was in the military) and a couple Dutch guys.
I already had quite a few songs written and we were learning those songs as we were organizing the band.

It came time to decide on a band name.

We tossed around numerous names, but either the name was taken or it didn’t seemed to fit the style of music (sometimes band names immediately classify a band’s genre).

Then the singer said, let’s just call it ‘Aittala’ since it’s ambiguous to a specific genre.

After I left Holland in 1993, my initial goal was to keep Aittala as a recording side project and to work collaboratively in other bands. I got tired of the wash, rinse, repeat cycle of joining bands, getting up to speed on the old material and then the band falling apart when it’s time to create new music.

Around 2008 I decided to put all my effort into Aittala as my main project.

What genre of music do you consider Aittala to be?

I’m not a fan of the genre question.

Metal is subdivided into so many sub-genres; it’s hard for me to identify which one Aittala fits into.

The sound infuses elements of classic heavy metal, doom, progressive, power, thrash and hard rock. We’ve been call ‘eclectic doom’ quite a few times of the years.

One of the biggest complements that I’ve gotten is the band has a unique and original sound. In this day and age, with so many bands out there, that’s a tough thing to do.

How would you describe your music making process?

One word: organic.

When I’m writing music, I just put ideas down that I’m feeling; I don’t pay attention to the genre or try to force it into a genre; I just let it flow naturally.

Once I have what I think are a few elements of a song that go together (like a verse riff, chorus riff and maybe some other parts), I’ll put them in a loose, basic structure.

Then I pull out my lyric book that I’m constantly jotting down ideas or shaping lyric elements and just work to match lyrics to the music in a way that I think sounds good.

Once I have a solid base, I just keep working with the lyrics and song structure like clay until it’s a finished piece of work. I let the song happen organically without any intent.

I’m basically just a conduit for the song to exist how it wants to exist in this moment.

What should fans expect to experience at a show?

Three dudes playing their asses off having a great time on stage while taking the audience on a journey of musical ecstasy.

Typical question here. Who has influenced you the most via music?

Growing up as a teenager in the 80s of course I was influence by Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth… the list of 80s metal is almost endless.

As I got older, I started branching out and appreciating different genres of music.

Those non-metal influences may not be evident when you listen to Aittala, but they are there in primal essence.

How can fans and future fans locate, listen to and buy your music?

Here are our relevant social media links:

We’re also on all the major digital streaming and distribution platforms. Just search ‘Aittala’ and you’ll find us. Don’t misspell it. We get mixed up with ‘Atilla.’

If you still prefer a physical CD, check out our CD baby store.

What’s the ultimate direction for your band?

This band is in my blood… literally. As long as I can do it, I’ll be writing, recording and releasing new material.

And Aittala continues to evolve and get better.

With the addition of Ali Lugo on bass this year, this is hands down THE best line up the band has ever had. I’m excited for what’s to come.

What’s coming up next for Aittala?

The new album, ‘False Pretenses’ is coming out on Curtain Call Records (distributed via Sony Orchard) on September 6th. So we’ll be promoting that for the foreseeable future.

The first single, Black Coffin, has already been released. Check the video out here:

Is there anything else you would like your fans to know?

Keep supporting local music. Find new bands and show them love. Without fans and support, new music cannot grow and thrive.

Laura Williams
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