NETTA LAURENNE is a Finnish singer & actress (FIA). Born in the 80’s in Pirkkala only 12 kilometers to Tampere! Her youth was full of nature and calm. She sang all the time but she kept her dreams of singing and acting a secret from everyone as she was afraid to show vulnerability to people and feared someone would destroy her hope if she had let them know her Achilles’ heel. Her dreams were her lifeline.
Nowadays she is the front woman of SMACKBOUND she has acted in many theatre plays, musicals and TV.
She’s still working towards a dream she has had since age four.
Step by step as they say.
Smackbound’s story started back in 2015 when singer and actress Netta Laurenne founded the group. You may have heard her before on guest spots with Amorphis, Lordi, Black Sun, and Elvenking. She is a classically trained singer who has also studied pop/jazz and folk singing. And yes, she is also an actress. Guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari was the first to join the line-up and soon followed Rolf Pilve on drums, Vili Itäpelto on keyboards and Tuomas Yli-Jaskari on bass. [Collectively, they have experience in well respected metal bands like Wintersun, Stratovarius, The Dark Element, and Tracedawn.] The band immediately started writing their own songs, but to get their live chemistry flowing, founded a cover band “Run for Cover” to be able to play gigs right away and turn Smackbound into a well-oiled live machine.
The band launched with a string of successful singles and videos including the debut “Drive It Like You Stole It,” the energetic “Wall of Silence,” and “Run”. All the singles are included on the band’s debut, “20/20”.
One day in September we had an internet chat with the explosive front woman of SMACKBOUND… with the explosive voice NETTA LAURENNE!
Athenscalling.gr: Hi Netta… I am very happy cause chat with an real actress and also with a very very beautiful woman …with explosive voice! Welcome to culture web site magazine Athenscalling.gr… Welcome in Greece Netta!
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound):Thank you! I’ve beeen to Greece a couple of times and always enjoyed your beautiful country immensely.
Athenscalling.gr: We are living all these crazy the pandemic days of Covid-19 so at first I will ask you, where are you now and how pass all these crazy days of the pandemic?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): I am at home in Helsinki. As all gigs were cancelled around the release of 20/20 in June, we have started to write the next album with Smackbound.
Athenscalling.gr: Difficult days for the music… I mean for the people just around in all of music project! What you predictions for the future… any prediction… any light?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): I have no idea what’s going to happen to tell you the truth. We just have to wait and see what the future brings and when we are getting back to normal.
Athenscalling.gr: Your band debut album is 20/20… How diffucult was for your debut album, cause released in pandemic days?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): Well, the release was postpones twice due to the pandemic but we decided to put it out in June despite the situation. We just didn’t have a change to perform live with the music.
Athenscalling.gr: 20/20 why this title?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): It is about 20/20 vision. Getting to the bottom of things. Getting to the truth.
Athenscalling.gr: Tell us about the music and the lyrics of it.
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): It is about self discovery and self-empowerment. Learning to know yourself and being accountable for your own actions and feelings. To become self aware is a way to happiness with yourself and with others. To happiness in life in general.
Athenscalling.gr: And about your band name… “Smackbound” , who was the Godfather of the name?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): I was. I wanted something that doesn’t mean anything so is not an existing word but makes a strong impact. It’s suggesting to mean many things so people get associations from the word that serve the purpose of our overall message.
Athenscalling.gr: Netta a name all about for arts… Singer & Actress! What do you love most?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): I love all my work but my dreams have always been related to singing.
Athenscalling.gr: I will stay – Netta as actress- and I will ask you… Do you know something about the Greek Theater?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): I have read about it during studies. It’s evolvement from musical choirs to having actors. The types of genres were born there: Tragedy, comedy, satire.
Athenscalling.gr: And Netta as singer- tell us your influences and your best singer or band?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): I have so many influences….Whitney Houston was a great teacher. My favorite band is Pain of Salvation from Sweden.
Athenscalling.gr: Do you remember your best and your bad moments in your life till today?
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): Yes. Both I’ve had many and I carry them all with gratitude. Our experiences, the good and the bad, make us who we are.
Athenscalling.gr: … And your future plans
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): Keep on singing and making music as much as I can.
Athenscalling.gr: O.k Netta … Explosive Voice and Aphrodite woman, thank you for all and I wish you all the best about your health and about the health of your family and your friends ! All the best to SMACKBOUND!
NETTA LAURENNE (Smackbound): Thank you so much and the same to you! I wish everyone the best. Stay healthy, positive and keep on listening to music.