The One and Only – Madcraft

Some of you might know, that my fiance plays in a pop punk band called Madcraft. So as they are going through some very big things at the moment I thought it would be a great time to open up this subject just a little bit more.

I got to know Juho when I went to see my friend’s band to Liberté, Helsinki, roughly about 2,5 years ago. I had to wait until my friend would have collected his musical items, so I ended up watching Madcraft’s show too. I had made a promise to myself that I would never fall to anybody again. Such a stupid thing to pop out at this point, don’t you think? Anyway, as I sat there and looked to the stage I saw the person, who I would eventually fall head over heels in… But lets talk about that sometime later.

© Madcraft

© Madcraft

The band, huh. I came from a totally different musical scene, metal, goth, dark electro and such, I had never seen anybody be so HAPPY ON STAGE! They jumped around in the most silliest ways, ran to the audience while spinning their wireless guitar equipments and most of all, seemed to be the tightest group of best friends, who just randomly ended up as a band. And I’ve got to admit, the first 10 minutes I thought they must be joking! But soon I came to the conclusion that this really has something special going on.

This is my favorite song. (Their channel is filled with other music videos too!)

And it doesn’t end to the music. They keep finding new ways to create themselves. They are marketing pro’s, video makers, graphic designers, producers and of course great songwriters. Or as Juho would put it “an advertising agency that plays gigs”. It’s a great fun to watch them growing.

But of course they’re not there alone. The whole Madcraft thing is about making people happy and so they have tons of listeners around the world, who they respect deeply.

© Team Madcraft

© Team Madcraft

They play alot of gigs and keep themselves busy with all kinds of productions, such as funny video blogs and drum covers by their highly talented drummer, Otto.

Madcraft touring in UK in 2012

Madcraft touring in UK in 2012

Right now they’re participating in the UMK 14. The winner is going to be the one, who represents Finland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This clip is from the semifinals. (viewable in all countries)

Madcraft: Shining Bright (Live 18.01.2014 from Peacock, Helsinki)

I think it’s good to spice it up a little! The voting started already, and it’ll continue until 10:3pm (Finnish time) today. You can also vote from other countries too!

Voting for Madcraft

Voting for Madcraft

Finnish people, just text 1 to 17224 and you’re done! :)

I’m heading to the Peacock theater shortly after this, ’cause we’ll know the result in 4 hours!

with all my love,

Mari

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Hands down this is the BEST thing today!

Today I’m gonna dance until my feet won’t carry me anymore and this is the only option for my Friday song!

I have an awesome friend who I’m gonna take to see some great shows today. My boyfriend’s band (Madcraft) is warming up for Bam Margera’s “BAM MARGERA IS FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE”-gig in Virgin Oil, Helsinki. Dancing through the whole night is a great option don’t you think?

FRIDAY! TAKE ME! <3

br,
Mari

Back In The Business

LOVE

Oh how good it feels to be back posting! I’ve been going through so many changes in my life it’s almost scary!

Autumn campaign

I’m gonna start by telling you about my new job. I know I’ve already opened this subject in some earlier posts,  but mostly about my training and such.

So I wanted to have something that you call a day job, right. Since I was doing some styling to there, some graphics to there, hosting to there for years, got me to a situation where I wasn’t really happy. It’s a funny thing, how you’re doing the things you love, fully, with your whole heart, but still you feel you’re not satisfied. Finland is a tiny little country with only a handful of people needing these type of workers, that I noticed I would have had to either start doing something totally opposite to my style of art or start to really market myself to other countries or so. And I didn’t like either of them. I need so much time for my own personal enjoyment in life, that having to use my 24/7 for new projects is just not an option. And after all, I know, that if I would have kept doing that for ages, I’d still most likely feel unhappy. For me the art kind of loses it’s purpose when it’s considered as a job. This is really hard to explain – hopefully someone caught the idea.

Workin process

I applied to the coolest clothing company I knew and got employed as a visual merchandiser! To be honest with you I couldn’t believe I got so privileged. Certainly I had experience in styling and visuals, but the store outlooks were totally new thing to me. And it turned out to be the best job in the world. As I did before, I make my own work days and decide when I do things – and also that there’s deadlines to follow. But everyday I work with different styles, different campaigns, changing tools and trends. I’ve faced challenges which makes my work interesting – which I’ve really missed. I appreciate the fact that I’m allowed to be exactly who I am and style the store in the way I think looks good.

Party wall

Jeans wall

This is it this time. I’m grateful for having you all still here.

hippies

MWAH,

Mari

IKEA

We went to IKEA today to look for a new computer table for our bedroom. Now when we have two computers it’s getting harder to find the places for them. I would love to have all the electronical stuff somewhere hidden, but of course that doesn’t work out in our small apartment. I decided the table we now have for the bedroom computer must turn to our new kitchen table, and that we must get a tiny table that doesn’t take all the space from the bedroom.

The old Ikea table, soon to be our kitchen table.

This is the old Ikea table, soon to be our kitchen table.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S59861342/

The new table

The new table.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80221352/

I will take some photos of our bedroom once I get in ready. Somehow it just seems to take ages… I’ve talked about this like hundreds of times but I should paint our walls. Or not that I’m doing it alone, no. Somehow I’ve managed to get some great family members that are willing to help me out!

Today I’m about to go to see Juho’s gig in Nosturi, Helsinki and I should propably get going now. Just wanted to make this quick post about the tables and keep you updated.

Love,

Mari

Just Because You’re Breathing Doesn’t Mean You’re Alive

Okay you guys, I’ve been looking for a new day job from my home city lately. After some serious brainstorms about what I want to do with my life I got employed to the most amazing clothing company. I start as a visual merchandiser which seems like a perfect job for me. It’s close enough to my visual backround, but still far enough from everything else I do in my life. I didn’t actually want to find a graphic designer’s job, because the industry is filled with all sorts of companies, and to be honest I haven’t faced a company with my kind of people. The most important thing to me is to feel like I can be who I am and the other people respect me for that. Not because they think I look like a bunny, or listen to a particular type of music or seem to have a good amount of friends. I want to work in an atmosphere where all of our members are being loved for being individuals.

This photo is taken from our Helsinki Office. Coffee & flowers, definitely a good start!

This photo is taken from our Helsinki Office. Coffee & flowers, definitely a good start!

So all I can say is that I’m extremely happy and honoured for being part of such an amazing group. We will start building our new store in the beginning of next week and I already know it’s going to look incredible. Actually me and one of my coworkers got an invitation to Denmark to visit one of their biggest stores and went through some training this week. We met some of the most amazing people on that trip – not to mention my colleague, with whom I found a total understanding straight away! Most of all I loved the happiness in Danish people and I will definitely go back someday.

The beautiful store of Herling, Denmark.

Our beautiful store in Herling, Denmark.

Somewhere in Denmark.

Somewhere in Denmark.

 

And of course I couldn't leave without having my final Danish cup of coffee, that I bought from this funny little coffee shop at the airport. I'm not so sure about the taste of my Ginger Coffee, but the place definitely had a good spirit!

And of course I couldn’t leave without having my final Danish cup of coffee that I bought from this funny little coffee shop at the airport. I wasn’t so sure about the taste of my Ginger Coffee, but the place definitely had a good spirit! Thank you Joe & The Juice.

Now when the things in my life are better than in a long time I can’t be thankful enough for everything I’ve got. I wish we could all be proud of ourselves – everyday.

“Just because you’re breathing doesn’t mean you’re alive.”

 

Welcome back on board,

Mari