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Aikakone began as a Finnish dance/pop music group. Their music was simply wonderful with intelligent lyrics and superb vocal harmonies. In my opinion, the only thing that prevented Aikakone from huge international success was that they sang in their native language of Finnish.
The band changed their name to Aika to reflect the language change from Finnish to English. It is still the same group with the same excellent music skills. They are hoping to expand their fan base well outside of Finland.
Even while known as Aikakone, their reputation was going to many places in the world. Because of this fan site I have gotten emails from fans in various countries such as Mexico, Germany and the UK.
So now on to a profile of the band in question.
Who Are Aikakone/Aika?
As far as band duties, Maki is the main musician and composer. He has handled producing duties many times. His instrument of choice is the guitar.
Sani is the main singer, while Vera and Alex both have their turns at singing lead on various songs. Alex's role as a singer has reduced over time as he is becoming more hands-on in the instrumental music aspect of the band.
The three each share lyrics writing duties. When in Finnish, Vera was the lead lyricist. Now that the songs are more in English, Alex has a lead role in writing those lyrics. My personal preference is for the songs which Vera has written because the lyrics tend to be the most intelligent and vivid.
What albums have they recorded?
As Aika, the band has released:
Tähtikaaren taa - 6th Mar 95
So why do you like the group?
More than that... I just love their music because it is so well done. I can just listen and enjoy it only on a superficial level if I choose. The nice thing about their music, though, is that it does have real substance. They are a talented group of people who have worked hard for the success they have achieved.
Alex was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. He is a Finnish citizen, but he does know Spanish. In song this was proven in 'El Sol' from the Maa album. I also had the pleasure of getting a personal email from him on December 7, 1998. It was a fantastic treat for me as a fan.