264 – Kari Paavola: Living and Drumming in Vienna, Budapest, London and Helsinki, Providing Valuable Information for Freelancers
Kari Paavola is a freelance drummer who started his career in the club scene in Helsinki, Finland. Kari studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles before moving to London.
After two years in London, Kari joined the band Cinerama, an international touring act, and toured across US four times as well as shorter tours of Europe and UK. In addition, he did the Womack and Womack UK tours in 2006 and 2008. In 2009 he toured with Womack and Womack again as the drummer and Musical Director.
During his time in London, Kari recorded albums and demos and appears on 17 internationally available albums including a Top-40 hit in the UK when The Wedding Present song I am from further north than you entered the charts.
Kari currently lives and works in his home town of Helsinki, Finland and offers a masterclass / seminar on important aspects of working as a freelance musician.
In this episode, Kari talks about:
- Dealing with the Covid-19 situation
- His time working in London
- Living and working in Vienna, Budapest, and Stockholm
- Lessons learned after losing a gig
- Kari’s masterclass on freelancing
- Organizing tours and bands for American artists