Answers by: Jani Stefanovic
1. For the beginning can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your band and your music?
Jani : Well hello there. My name is Jani Stefanovic and I am one of the main founders and composer in Solution.45 . S.45 is a half Swedish half Finish band. Musically one could call us a band that plays melodic metal with some melodic death influences.
2. Which artists/CDs got you into this music?
Jani : Many bands have shaped me into what I am today. All the way from Iron Maiden, Helloween, Yngwie Malmsteen in my early years to bands like Symphony X, Metallica, Sepultura, Pantera, Meshuggah, and Hypocrisy. So a quite wide spectrum of bands I started out listening to.
3. Is there a song that you like so much that you wish that you have written it?
Jani : Oh yes, just that there´s too many of them to mention here and now. A lot of good music out there.
4. If you could throw one big party with unlimited budget what would it look like and who would you invite?
Jani : Haha, interesting questions. Hmm probably a big place with all the great people you once have admired musically or as a human beings. I would have a lot of good food, and definitely my favorite Balkan style pita haha, and other good things. With lots of different music areas and bars. Not only metal but cool jazz lounge area, and a main stage with all the best and coolest bands out there.
5. What are your lyrics about and where do you find inspiration for them?
Jani : In S.45 the theme is about fiction and real life situations without becoming too personal. But World events, human relations and everyday life is a big part of the inspiration. Movies, literature, it could basically be anything exciting you come across at some point in life.
6. If you had to do a cocktail named Solution.45 what would you put in it and what effect would it have on people?
Jani : OH man, I suck at cocktails since I rarely drink any hard liquors :). But this has to be metal right. So yeah, a smoky whiskey with some kind of twist. No I don’t know, I simply just suck at this. I´ll stick to writing music :)
7. If you could listen to just one album for the next 2 years, which one would it be and why?
Jani : I don’t know now a days, but when I was younger I could listen to Pantera - Cowboys from hell over and over for many many months without changing the record I was like 12 years old at that time and it was mind blowing, same thing with Dream Theaters Images & Words and Awake album. But now I rarely listen to metal music and I get bored quite fast with all the new bands that pop up every now and then. So don´t know, it would mean death to me if I would have to listen the same album for 2 years. It would need to be something that has many many layers of texture and something that might inspire me into learning. Maybe some classical grand masters, really don´t know.
8. Do you remember which was your first song on guitar/drums/bass?
Jani : I started out as a drummer in my early years. And the first songs I learned to play along with was Megadeth songs from Countdown to extinction and Yngwie material. But the actual first songs I had to play live for the first time was music that I hated, Oasis, Green day and Offspring and luckily one Metallica song, haha. It was a school event.
9. If you could play one song with any artist/band (dead or alive) who would that be and why?
Jani : Today I think I would choose to perform a song together with Meshuggah. Or it would be awesome to be a session musician at some of the big arena events of the today’s mega stars.
10. What is the strangest thing that happened to you on stage?
Jani : Maybe two events that I remember most clearly. First one was in Japan 2006 I think. I have bad sight, so I need glasses or lenses. I didn´t have contact lenses with me on that trip and I don’t play with glasses. It was time to enter the stage and it was totally black and I had forgotten to plug in the guitar cable, it was lying on the floor somewhere but I couldn´t see it, and it was my responsibility to kick of the first song, got a bit stressed there, In total blindness I luckily found the cable and got just in time. Second was in the States 2012 with S.45 at Progpower. Where I played with a pair of jeans shorts, and already quite in the beginning as I went down to head bang I felt how my pants got ripped. But what I didn´t realized was how bad it was. I had my back against the crowd many times and at some point I tried with my hands and found that the shorts had ripped all the way from my balls up back to my belt, haha :) . Well nothing to do, just had to continue the show, but I didn´t turn my back towards the crowd after that.
11. The strangest thing you have ever eaten/drank?
Jani: I don´t like to eat anything that´s weird so I haven´t actually eaten or drank anything odd. NO snails or snake or grasshoppers, nothing like that. I´m not that adventures, because I would puke quite easily :) .
12. What do you like the most - vinyl, cassette, CDs or mp3s?
Jani: I would say that I actually would prefer vinyl but have to admit that I mostly listen to mp3´s today, because of the iPod and such which is a shame actually.
13. What are your plans with Solution.45 for the future?
Jani: We are in the middle of writing our second album and so far we have about 10 songs ready but we´ll write some more just to make sure we have a great selection of songs that we can choose from. Entering the studio sometimes around early spring 2014. Hopefully we have a release out late summer and after that we´re planning on getting out on the road.
14. Some last words for our readers?
Jani: Thank for the interest and hopefully we´ll be able to come someplace near you in the future to rock together with you and to eat some pita and have a pivo or two. Take care people. Love and respect.