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Live Wire: One for the road

By Joe Henley  /  Contributing reporter

Kokkomaki left his bandmates behind in Finland at first, but his stories of the new country that he has come to love were so compelling that at least one of them could not resist coming to check it out for herself. Backup singer and keyboardist Milja Makela joined him in April, and got to do one show before heading back home. Both express a strong desire to return to Taiwan someday soon. Though Makela has already departed and Kokkomaki will return to Finland at the conclusion of his studies in late June, they are already plotting to find a way to relocate the entire band to Taiwan. After performances at the 2014 edition of Spring Scream and a handful of others in Taipei, both have become somewhat enamored with the music scene in Taiwan.

“I feel that bands and performers are very cooperative [in Taiwan],” says Kokkomaki, with Makela adding that “There’s a good common spirit.”

Before any ambitions of return can be fulfilled, though, there is some unfinished business to attend to. Kokkomaki has a master’s thesis to finish up, and plans to take Tammikuun Lapset on the second leg of a Finnish tour in support of Alaska before getting down to work on album number two. Once that album is ready to go, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Coming to Taiwan has opened up Kokkomaki to the realization that whether people understand the words he is singing entirely in Finnish or not, the emotions he is conveying still translate.

“Now I feel like I could perform anywhere because it works here,” he says.

■ Antti Kokkomaki and Tammikuun Lapset play on Sunday at Future Broken Scene Music Festival (我的未來就是夢 音樂節), a two-day event taking place on Sunday and Monday at National Chengchi University (國立政治大學), 64, Zhinan Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市指南路二段64號). Bands start at 1pm and continue until 10pm. Tickets are free, and can be printed out at

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