First of all, can you
give us a short introduction of Plan E?
Jani (vocals): Plan E is a finnish non-guitar
dark rock band. Right now we are a 5-piece group with a
drummer, keyboard player and three bassists.
Plan E already exist for like ten years. How was the
Jani: I started the project with some friends
long time ago, in May 1995. We were jamming some stuff
with our ex-drummer and almost accidentally wrote the
first song. The song turned out interesting and good
enough to give it another try with some keyboards and
that was it.
Although I think Plan E has a pretty unique sound,
you must have some influences. What bands were your
influences in the beginning? And what are your
Jani: I've always tried to just do my thing and
not to really copy anyone but of course the whole
spectre of music I (we) listen to affects to our music
in some subconscious sense. I dig artists and bands from
almost every genre from Suzanne Vega to Morbid Angel and
Elvis Presley to Emperor so it's impossible to name any
You and also some ex-members have got history in
Impaled Nazarene and your keyboard player plays in an
ambient band. How important is it to have different
influences within a band like Plan E?
Jani: I used to play in ImpNaz long time ago as
well as our ex-drummer(s) but it didn't have anything to
do with Plan E. All band members have done their time in
different metal, punk, hardcore and rock bands and I
believe that's just a strength when writing & arranging
the songs. This new keyboard guy is a good addition to
the Plan E family and I believe he's got a lot to give
to the fine blend of new Plan E sound.
Impaled Nazarene is fast stuff while Plan E is pretty
slow. What is your favourite?
Jani: I don't really care. Good song is a good
song. Fast or slow.
Haha, yes I totally agree with you on this one! Now
let's talk about your latest record. Best Kept Secret
got some good critics on IndustrializedMetal.tk. It was
released three years after the preverious album. Did you
took that long writing and recording it?
Jani: I wrote and recorded that album for about
two years and it was released one year after finishing
the package. It also took also some time to find a good
label to put it out.
What do you think of the album yourself?
Jani: Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't.
It's difficult album. Definitely not for the background
music for fun party, but more like a night time record
you listen alone in the dark with your headphones.
On the back of the album I found the following
written down: "Shuffle play recommended". What is the
meaning of that?
Jani: It's just a crappy joke. I recommend you to
put the disc on and push that little button on your cd
player that says "shuffle" and there you go.
What can we expect in the (near) future?
Jani: Plan E is about to enter the studio again
next summer and our 4th yet to be titled album should be
still coming out in the end of 2005. We're also
celebrating our 10th anniversary this year so who knows
what else we'll come up with later this year.
Thanks a lot for your time. As always on this page,
the final words are yours.
Jani: Thanks for this interview. Visit
www.plan-e-tarium.com and enjoy the music.
Interview by: Gerardo (April 2005)