Pirkka Birkstedt


- Bass -

History (musical):

I started with drums at the age of 14 or something. I was already 21 years old when I first picked up bass guitar. My friend taught me how to play the opening riff of Motörhead's Iron Fist and it felt so great that I joined in band to play bass even thought I really didn't knew what I was doing.

Bands (past):

I still play in every band I've ever been in.

Bands (current):



Schecter Hellraiser-4
Schecter Hellraiser-5
Markbass Little Mark II
Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver
Ampeg SVT-610HLF


Work hard, party harder.

Mainly influenced by (bands etc.):

I'm influenced by great artists like Lemmy, Dimebag Darrel, Cliff Burton, Ronnie James Dio, James Hetfield, Flea, Vinnie Paul, Slash and other great ones.

Listens to:

Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Megadeth, Sodom, Dio, Testament, Manowar, Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, Morbid Angel, Nile, Carcass, AC/DC, At The Gates, Iron Maiden, Primordial, Arch Enemy, Deicide, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taake, Torture Killer, Sotajumala, Turisas, Korpiklaani, Tuomari Nurmio, Eppu Normaali, Popeda and many, many more. From classical music to death metal.

Favourite book(s)/authors(s)?

Animal Farm by George Orwell

First album bought?

I'd like to say it was Metallica's …And Justice for All or Rust In Peace by Megadeth but I'm pretty sure it was something really lame.

5 favourite albums of all time?

Impossible.. But maybe something like: Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell, Metallica - Kill 'em all, Black Sabbath - Master of Reality, Slayer - Reign In Blood, Pantera - Far Beyond Driven

Best live show you've seen?

Heaven and Hell in Wacken 2009

Story in Ruinside:

I knew Timo (Anttonen) before and he sent me a message that Ruinside is looking for a bass player. I played couple of songs with Ruinside in the rehearsals and we agreed that I was going to play couple of gigs with them. After the gig in Madrid guys asked me to join the band and I was like why the fuck not!

Best in Ruinside:

Awesome people, great music.

Favourite drink / smoke?

Beer, whiskey

Dream car?

1969 Shelby GT 500

Favourite movie(s) / actor(s)?

Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back, Watchmen, Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.

Favourite TV-Series?

Twin Peaks, The Simpsons

Favourite computer/console game(s)?

Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim, Call Of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare, The Curse of Monkey Island

What do you like to do on your freetime?

Hanging out with my friends and drinking beer. I also love to see live gigs.

Personal qualities:

I can get stressed about almost anything.

Describe yourself with 3 words:

Lazy, social, optimistic


Keep on thrashing!!!

Free word!:

See you all at the gigs! Support metal!!!