Lauri Lepokorpi aka Zen-Mestari (gtr/voc).
Where are you from?
Finland / Tampere.
Name of band:
Who else is in your band?
Riku “Rickmaster” Airisto (dr), Juhani “Rydi” Rytkönen (bass), Matti “Mandela” Auerkallio (live guitar).
How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We are bunch of music lovers with various backgrounds and experience from all sorts of projects. Peekaboo Primate plays modern metal. We are determined to make a stand with a twisted smile delivering a combination of bouncy rhythms, distinctive sound, provocative lyrics topped with melodies bound to stuck in your head forever - a fresh and all crowds welcoming approach to metal music. Not to mention the live energy. Since the debut “Peek-a-boo Primates” in 2011 we have stepped into a next level. Our thing has become even more recognizable - modern metal straight from the heart with nation wide possibilities.
Who are your main influences musically?
Mainly the influence comes from Korn, System of a Down, Deftones, Faith No More and Coal Chamber. But also other artists like Busta Rhymes, ODB, Portishead, Cypress Hill, Primus and many others. I think you can hear a lot of different influences in the music, bits and pieces from all over forming a nice original mix.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
In the end it’s constantly creating and developing our own unique style which will eventually lead to world wide recognition. Especially in the metal genre there is a lot of room to innovate and stick out from the black mass. This is both a gift and a challenge but with talent, taste, clear vision and hard work we own it so I think the pieces are now starting to come together in Peekaboo Primate as we speak.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
As I see it a lot of good stuff has happened and we’ve gained a lot of experience but only quite recently have we had the luck of meeting people like Ari Pietilä and Daniel Heerdmann to name few. Like we all know in every endeavor the supporting team, management, crew etc. is really what makes it all tick. So thank you all for that.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I’ll always remember Anssi who is our fist real fan and he also has to spend his life in a wheelchair. So if the stuff and music that we do makes him smile it’s pretty damn cool!
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Ouch! That’s a hard one. I’d have to pick a song called ‘Peekaboo Primate’ from the upcoming “Misanthropical” album since it’s something everyone will always remember one way or another.
Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
We really appreciate this sort of opportunities to say hello to the world. I’m 100% that all you new music seekers will find Peekaboo Primate worth the time. Thanks!