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Hannu Lepisto / Bio

Meet Finland's genre-bending answer to Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Nick Cave. Expect a blend of rock, folk, Americana & pop - and even the odd shot of hip hop! For fans of dark Finnish rock and singer-songwriters like Townes van Zandt and Steve Earle.

Cutting a genre-bent swath through the alternative scene, this son of a Lutheran priest's powerful bass-baritone vocals blend equal parts gravel, black velvet & bourbon into a compelling & bittersweet brew of alt-rock, blues, noise & Americana. His debut LP album, HAVE A BEAUTIFUL LIFE. features the percussion talent of Michael Blair (Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band; Elvis Cotello; Lou Reed & Tom Waits) on several tracks of the LP.

Hannu has been writing songs and playing in bands since his tween years, initially as a drummer. Part way through high school he joined forces with best friend and fellow guitarist Petteri Mard to front the soft rock quintet The Matt Pistol Project (tMPP). tMPP opened for Bonnie Tyler on her Finnish tour, as well as for rockers Poets of The Fall. Blair also produced & drummed on Lepisto's debut solo EP “Run Away With Me” (2011), Lepisto was Finland's #1 Alternative artist on Reverbnation for almost 2 solid years.

'if Tom Waits could sing" -e.V.'s Underground, CKCU-FM, 93.1 Ottawa, Canada

General Info

Band Members
Hannu Lepisto: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, *On the EP*: Petteri Mård, Markku J. Lepistö, Ulf Rockis Ivarsson, Michael Blair
Artist Name
Hannu Lepisto
Profile Page
Alternative / Singer-Songwriter / Rock / Americana

Contact Info

Helsinki, FI
*under negotiatons*

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