Also, meet several people that have been very influential to the work of The 69 Eyes, and of course vice versa!

JOHNNY LEE MICHAELS

Also known as the sixth member of the band, Johnny Lee Michaels with his producing skills

shapes the characteristic sound on the 69 albums that enchant us.

As Michaels is also famous as a film music composer, he gave a certain movie touch

to the works like “Blessed Be” from 2000, so the soundscapes in  “Matrix” and “Sleepy Hollow”

style are recognizable, also not forgeting shadows of “The Crow”.

On this album he did all the arrangements and handled all keyboards and programming as well,

and similar cooperation continued on their next masterpiece entitled “Paris Kills” from 2002,

on which they began working in October 2001. The album, enriched with keyboard pieces

in 80’s style and mature melancholic melodies represents a perfect symbiosis

of what both the band and Michaels have wanted, and Jyrki’s vocals

can be decribed as a combination of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jim Morrison

(in the song “Forever More”, Michaels even describes it as ‘too much Cash-like’!)

Fascination with dark movies and the whole notion of “vampire romance”

continues with “Devils”, which Michaels produced together with Hiili Hiilesma

(also one of their old friends).

LOTTO

Lotto was also a 69 Eye once! He played drums on their first two singles,

and stayed in the band for cca one year. After that, Jussi took over the drumsticks in 1991,

and “the rest is”, as they say, “history”.

GIA JUPITER

You’re wondering where the name ‘The 69 Eyes’ came from? It was a suggestion from Gia,

a tattoo-artist from New York, a mutual friend of both Jyrki and Bazie,

for whom Jyrki says is the most unbelievable person he ever met in his life.

VILLE VALLO

If you have heard of The 69 Eyes before, it’s very likely that HIM

have also reached your cd-players. This finnish band is known for ‘love metal’

and frontman VIlle, who has a close relationship with his countrymates.

In fact, Jyrki describes it as “brothers by blood”!

In the times where both bands have been growing and pawing a path to the millions of fans

throughout Europe and the rest of the world, their mutual support meant a great deal,

and their friendship goes another step further by recording Valle’s vocals for many songs

of The 69 Eyes through the years (f.e. Wasting The Dawn, Lazarus Heart, Beneath The Blue, Betty Blue…)

And not only that, Ville also gives excellent red wine guidance ;)…

Također, upoznajte nekoliko ljudi koji su jako utjecali na rad The 69 Eyes, a naravno i vice versa!

JOHNNY LEE MICHAELS

Također znan kao šesti član The 69 Eyes,

Johnny Lee Michaels svojim producentskim umijećem

oblikuje karakterističan zvuk na 69 albumima koji nas očarava.

Kako je Michaels poznat i kao skladatelj filmske glazbe, uratcima poput

“Blessed Be” iz 2000. godine dao je filmski štih, pa su tako prepoznatljivi

soundscapeovi u stilu “Matrix”-a i “Sleepy Hollow”, naravno ne zaboravljajući sjene “Vrane”.

Na tom albumu je uradio sve aranžmane, uključujući klavijature i programiranje,

a slična suradnja se nastavila i na sljedećem remek-djelu “Paris Kills” iz 2002. godine,

na kojem su počeli raditi u oktobru 2001. Album obogaćen klavijaturskim dijelovima

u stilu 80-tih i zrelim melankoličnim melodijama predstavlja savršenu simbiozu

onog što su željeli i članovi banda i sami Michaels, a Jyrkijev se glas

može opisati kao kombinacija vokala Johnnyja Casha, Roya Orbisona i Jima Morrisona

( u pjesmi “Forever More”, Michaels ga čak opisuje kao ‘previše Cash-evski’!).

Fascinacija s mračnim filmovima i svime što podrazumijeva “vampirsku romantiku”

se nastavlja s albumom “Devils”, kojeg je Michaels producirao zajedno s Hiili Hiilesmaom

(također jednim od njihovih starih znanaca).

LOTTO

Lotto je također bio 69 Eye! Svirao je bubnjeve na prva dva singla,

i u bandu je bio oko godinu dana. Nakon toga, Jussi preuzima bubnjarske palice 1991.,

i kako kažu “ostalo je povijest”…

GIA JUPITER

Pitate se otkud ime ‘The 69 Eyes’? Naziv je predložila Gia,

inače tattoo- majstor iz New Yorka, zajednička poznanica Jyrkija i Bazieja,

za koju Jyrki kaže da je jedna od najnevjerovatnijih osoba koju je upoznao u svom životu.

VILLE VALLO

Ako ste već prije čuli za The 69 Eyes, velika je vjerovatnost da su i HIM

doprli do vaših CD playera. Ovaj finski band je poznat po svom ‘love metal’ izričaju

i frontmanu Villeu, koji je također tijesno povezan sa svojim zemljacima.

U vrijeme kada su se oba banda razvijala i utirala put ka milijunima fanova

diljem Europe i ostatka svijeta, zajednička podrška značila je mnogo,

a druženje su zabilježavali i snimanjem Valleovih back vokala

za mnoge pjesme The 69 Eyes tokom godina

( npr. za Wasting The Dawn, Lazarus Heart, Beneath The Blue, Betty Blue …).

I ne samo to, Ville daje sjajne savjete oko crvenog vina ;)…

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