This young Finnish rider broke out on the Euro scene a few years back when he scored one of the strongest part in the French-Swiss production 'La Cassette' from Ero One. Still on the path of filming, Jani have found a new family with the locals from KBR and he's doing pretty well with them too. We met him during the DC Shred Days in Meribel, where he killed the park with both his skills and motivation. So, in the end, who's Jani?
First thing, how were the DC Shred Days for you?
Shred Days was a perfect event for relaxing and having fun with all the DC people after filming most of the season for the upcoming KBR movie. Even though we did a lot of parkshootings and some ads in Meribel before and during the Shred Days, it was still a lot more relaxing time than filming for a moviepart. Good parties and good people as well!
What are you up to now?
Right now I'm visiting home for a few days. After Shred Days I went to Davos for MBM magazines photoshoots and I just got back home two days ago. The season is pretty much over in Helsinki and we were supposed to go straight away to North Finland but it's been too bad weather up there so we decided to stay a few extra days at home. Actually it's pretty good to have a couple days break and just chill at home a little bit.
When are you finishing your season?
I think we are going to spend 2-3 weeks at North Finland for the last parkshoots and of course for Wappulounas. After that the season will be over at least for me.
I remember your sick part in Ero One's 'La Cassette'. Now you’re with KBR, how different is it for you?
It was really good times to film with Ero One and I learned a lot especially about backcountry riding with those guys. But for sure it's been easier for me to be back filming with a Finnish crew. About half of the KBR crew, including one filmer, lives now around Helsinki so it's been really easy to organize all the street sessions. And when most of the crew spend their season in Helsinki, there is no hurry to film the streetrails. At least for me it's much better to ride at least once or twice a week just for fun in my home resort Serena to keep up the motivation.
Does it feel more natural to film for a Finnish project?
Yeah for sure. I have never learned French so pretty often I had no idea what was going on around me and for example what were the guys talking about the spots. Of course they did speak English to me but I know it's sometimes really weird to speak English with your friends from the same country even if there is a foreigner around... Actually this season it's been pretty much the opposite for our French filmer Jon Vital, who used to be Ero Ones filmer before. Now he even has the Finnish spring ahead, so we really have to try to speak some English too!
What can we expect from ‘Golden Years’ coming out this fall? What would you say are the strong points of the footage – although it’s not edited yet?
What I know is that there has been really motivated crew behind it, so there is a lot of good footage for the movie. Lots of bangers that I have seen and heard from different riders. And after seeing the teaser, I'm sure the movie is going to be great!
What was you best trip this season?
It's really hard to say. I spent a lot of time in the Alps this season and had so good luck with the weather every time so there were for sure no bad trips on this season at all. But if I have to choose one anyway, maybe it's our trip to Les Crosets with the KBR crew in January. We had a lot of fun there and it was the most productive backcountry trip for the movie.
What are your expectations for next winter, what would you like to achieve?
I haven't planned next season yet at all but I hope it's going to be at least as good as this season. Most importantly I want to stay healthy, ride a lot of powder and film a good videopart!