Five Questions With… Begravningsentreprenörerna

Country of Origin: Finland

Begravningsentreprenörerna got my attention last year with their straightforward balls-to-the-wall rock’n’roll. The band’s 2018 release,Jämna Plågor, was one of my favorites from last year, here’s what I said about it in our Favorite Records of 2018 post:

“… Though it could easily pass as a long-forgotten, unreleased record from the late-’70s, Begravningsentreprenörerna’s debut full-length is a modern powerhouse. Listening to this record is like hearing all of those classic bands for the first time; like listening to “Don’t Fear The Reaper” without knowing that [Generic Classic Rock Radio Station] would ruin it for the rest of your life by playing it every five minutes. Every single track is a high-octane rock ’n’ roll powerhouse which makes for an incredibly fun listening experience…”

After reading Matti Jalava’s (vocals & guitar) answers to this week’s Five Questions With… it’s clear the band achieved what they set out to accomplish.

Featured photo was sourced from The Obelisk

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

Hard to say, there are so many to choose from. But it should be quite easy since I’m not a big music explorer in the sense that I don’t follow bands and don’t know a lot about releases. In fact I’m not the slightest interested in any of that. Bands that matter to me are the old Iron Maiden and Metallica, Skynyrd, Samson and even classical music. So my album would be a mixtape.

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

We have known each other since school and we’ve also been involved in bands together before. Beg.Ent got started because I wanted to play music the way, according to me, it should be played. No experimental guitar tuning with lightning fast licks along with guttural growling or some other weird stuff that is so common nowadays. I’m very old fashioned and traditional in many ways and old fashioned rock n’ roll is getting rare and soon a forgotten craft.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

It is very uninspiring since there is no scene of any kind at all on the Åland Islands. Only entrepreneurs trying to make the place to an attractive doormat for tourists to visit during the short summer months 🙁 The nearest communities with musical scenes is in our mainland of Finland or Sweden.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

People that grew up, lived and fought during times in the past and their sons and daughters we don’t understand to appreciate enough. I guess it would be called “The Greatest Generation” in the U.S. Why this has such an impact on me is because I’m fearful of how insane the world has become and how the youth grow farther from the events that shaped the present. Everything is automated and digitized. The more technology develops, brain volume decreases it seems. People are so stupid nowadays. Nature, taking long walks in the woods or on the rocky shores in the archipelago and spending time alone.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

I must say the first show we ever played with Beg.Ent. It was in Sundsvall, Sweden on an event called Nordfest 2018. It was a great night in every way. Excellent arrangements and so on.


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.