Passionworks formed 19 years ago, back in 1998. I can remember that decade well, as the 90s helped me get into the music I’m so accustomed to liking – anything rock and heavy – but like anything good, my love for music would grow over time.
A year after forming, Passionworks released their debut single ‘Get Away’ (1999) to promote themselves and to get a record label, while across the water in Wales, I was having piano lessons and writing poetry (not songs).
Two years later they released Passion Play, Vol. 0.3 (2001). ‘Prisoner’ (2001) was released as the single from the EP. During the same year, I spent my only 24 hours in my first band playing keyboard. My services were no longer required so I decided the following year to start writing music for myself.
In 2003, Passionworks released their debut album Passion Play, where the songs from their previous EP also feature. By this time, I was still playing piano and writing lyrics and poetry while attempting to teach myself guitar which proved to be futile, until the following year when I started having lessons.
I signed up to Myspace in 2004 and soon thereafter, I started talking to a woman called Katja Pouta from Finland. We connected quickly over our love of music and still speak to this day. During the summer of 2005, she asked if I’d heard of a Finnish band called Passionworks then sent me to their page. I fell in love with their page and their music and towards the end of the year they uploaded a new song to Myspace as a sample.
‘Falling’ was officially released in 2006 and was the lead single from their sophomore album, Blue Play (2006). What also interested me was that the media industry had compared lead singer Harriet’s vocals to a female Ville Valo of HIM – another Finnish band I like.
Ten years later I’d never have expected to have met them, but last year I arranged a meet up. I had no expectations of them and I felt they were easy to talk to, so much so that they have invited me and my band to promote our music in Finland. Exciting much?
Well they mentioned they’d be applying to do Eurovision again this year and hopefully working on a third album which I’m anticipating will be great, like the rest of their back catalogue. During conversations between Harriet and myself on Facebook, music can’t be rushed, it’ll be done when it’s done. Also, life gets in the way so that’s the reason they take so long to record anything, so we’re pretty much a like in that way.
So, for now I’m going to watch this space in anticipation for their next offering and until then, its goodbye from me. Next week I’ll be relocating from Finland to Ireland. Can you guess who I’ll be writing about?