I cannot rally say that I grew up with metal, because in my childhood I listened to Bowie, Dylan, Eagles and so on.
When I was 16 years old, I started listening to metal and other kind of rock bands (Queen…) and became more and more interested about the music coming from Finland. I loved the sound of Finnish music. It captivated me in many ways. I don’t have one special favourite band. I like so many, and just like everybody else, I either listen to more than one band or I play one song on repeat for the whole day… It depends on the day and on my mood.
I always look up to musicians and bands who can handle their instruments well and have their own creative ideas.
I don’t know how many times I have been in Finland, as I also lived and worked there for half a year (I’m from Germany). I have been to many great parties, discovered amazing music and found awesome friends that I still meet with regularly there.
Finland, its music, and my friends will always be a part of my life.