KÄRTSY HATAKKA (HEAD FIRST/WALTARI): “We Have A Responsibility Because No One Is Doing This Anymore”

Head First

Once there was Waltari…and Head First! The status of Finnish crossover monster Waltari is undeniable, as they were already the first “Metal-like” band export of their home country in the early 1990s. But only a few can still remember that their singer Kärtsy Hatakka already had another band back then under the name Head First, the only real Funk Metal band from Finland! And now this very band is releasing their debut, after 30 years of waiting!

The band’s self-titled debut will be released May 27th, and what an album! Metal Express Radio’s Stig Nordahl was thrilled by the 15 tracks on the album and decided to have a chat with Kärtsy about the second coming of Head First. Watch the interview below:


  • Stig G. Nordahl

    Stig is the founder and the president of Metal Express Radio, based out of Oslo, Norway. He has been around doing Metal radio since the mid-eighties. In fact, running Metal Express Radio takes almost all of his time. Is it worth it...? "Most times, yes," Stig says. "My philosophy is to try to give all Metal releases a fair chance to get promoted in one way or another. As you can imagine, it can be an arduous task to listen through about 20 albums every week! Still, I know we have the best METAL dedicated radio on this planet, and that is a reward in and of itself. I hope one day the whole Metal community can and will make listening to Metal Express Radio part of their daily rituals! Yeah, right..."

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