Some people has asked questions (Q) related to our band, music, works and other stuff. Here’s some of them with the answers (A) written by Tuomas. If you have other questions on your mind, send it via email to email@example.com
Band related questions & answers
Q: What is the meaning of your monicker Jääportit?
A: Jääportit means The Gates of Ice or more freely translated The Frostportals. This name came to me one night in 1997.
– Ice and frost represents the coldness within and the coldness without oneself.
– The Gates are about something pompous, a place where you could enter, a place where you haven’t been before. Also read the question about the logo & symbol at the bottom of the page.
Q: I assumed you are Jääportit; is there anyone else involved?
A: Yes, this is one man project.
Additional members involved during the years:
Vesa Partti plays electric guitar on the song “Gnosis” released on compilation album “My Own Wolf: A New Approach to Ulver” (2007).
J-M Kenttälä plays acoustic guitar on the song “Sydänyön samooja syvällä unten mailla ja metsien soilla” released on compilation album Sonic Visions of Middle-Earth (2005).
Mindy played the acoustic violin, did vocals in a few songs and created album cover artwork paintings for Jääportit albums during 2003-2009.
Q: Would you be interested to perferm live at our party?
A: This project has never performed live and propably never will but keep me posted.
Q: What kind of gear you use in your studio?
A: I used to have few hardware synthesizers but nowadays I mostly work using software-based stuff running on digital audio workstation. I play all of the music with a MIDI-keyboard, although occasionally melodica, flute or other random instruments also have been used.
Music related questions & answers
Q: What’s the best place to purchase your albums?
To get our albums in digital MP3/FLAC high quality format, without any form of copy protection or DRM (Digital Rights Management), just visit these our BandCamp site.
Q: I am interested in distributing some copies of Avarrus album. Do I have to contact your label, or can I go directly to you for wholesaleprices?
A: You should take contact to my label boss, Martin at Epidemie Records, to get the wholesaleprices of Avarrus. Contact him via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I would like to buy ‘Kauan koskematon’ album, where can I get it and was it really published as a cassette?
A: Yep, Kauan koskematon album was published as 500 copies limited edition of cassette tapes. At first record label’s original plan was to publish it as CD or CDR, because of money issues they ended up releasing it on cassette at the autumn 1999. All of the cassettes were sold out in about a year. Therefore it’s not available anymore, except maybe on second hand stores sometimes. Although digitally remastered Internet re-release should be out in the future.
Q: Is it possible to get a copy of ‘Halki lumisen metsän’ CDR from you please, as I really want to hear it?!
A: All copies of the first demo CDR have been extinguished/sold out ages ago, so it’s not available anymore. The quality of the music on it doesn’t correspond to the level we produce today anyway.
Q: Let me ask you something, was there any one thing in particular that inspired the creation on song “Maa pirstaleista”? I think I remember reading somewhere that you were inspired by glaciers and other things of the sort (not for this song in particular, but overall).
A: For the creation of the track Maa pirstaleista I got inspiration from the melancholic feelings when it seems like the earth under your feet starts to brake down and there’s nothing you can do about it. Only thing left is the fragments. Glaciers reflects more the meanings behind the name of the band and overall feelings behind all of the tracks.
Q: What about for the track “Pois muodot huutoo?”
A: Track Pois muodot huuhtoo (Leaching Shapes Away) deals with the water elemental. It has field recordings made in the beautiful and quite peaceful Ainola Park, which is located in Oulu, Finland. That place has some originality which is hard to explain..
Q: Can you give me more details on that Lovecraft compilation?
A: We have finished the work with our track Kuihtuman henkivi for this special compilation few years ago. Our track runs about 25 minutes and the compilation album YOGSOTHERY – Gate I: Chaosmogonic Rituals Of Fear was released on November 15th 2010.
Visual related questions & answers
Q: What your logo represents ?
A: Well, Jääportit symbol is supposed to represent same things as the band name: it’s a portal between this world and the frosty depths of unknown dreamspheres. There’s an alien look-alike person with triangle between the eyes and above him is branches of trees and a gateway. All this is covered in a circle with thorns that protect it against unpleasant surprises and uninvited visitors. All in all there’s a lot stuff going on in the symbol and everyone can freely discover meanings of their own for it.
Q: One thing caught my attention: why everything blue? What does this colour mean to you?
A: I like deep dark blue and ultramarine blue colors. I guess it’s the color to express who I am and how I think, see and experience this world around me. I’ve read that its a color that express melancholy, tranquillity, coldness, night, ocean and sky. Those things matters to me and I think can be heard in my music too.
Other stuff related questions & answers
Q: Is this some kind of joke?
A: It’s very unlikely with this sense of humor.