Name: Alexi (or Allu) "WildChild" Laiho
Date of birth: April 8th, 1979
Influences: Roope Latvala, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Zack Wylde, Steve Vai, Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Jeff Waters, Paul Gilbert,
Dimebag Darrell, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven
Alexi was born is Espoo, Finland. As a child, he played violen, and later became familiar with piano. But, as he began
to listen to Steve Vai and W.A.S.P., He was spellbound with the riffs and solos. His first guitar was a tokai stratocaster.
In 1993, Alexi formed the death metal band Inearthed with his best friend, Jaska Raatikainen. After recording Inearthed's
first three demos, Alexi joined Thy Serpant. But he left to fully concentrate on Inearthed, Which happened to now be called
Children Of Bodom. CoB had just released the Something Wild Album.
After the Something Wild europeen tour, A night of drinking resulted in Allu joining Impaled Nazarene as lead guitar
player. Alexi then told the band that Children Of Bodom is his main priority, and he couldn't join Impaled Nazarene on all
One of Alexi's biggest side projects ever Is Sinergy. knew their frontwoman Kimberly Goss from the first Children Of
Bodom gig ever in Tavastia (Children Of Bodom were supporting Dimmu Borgir and Kim played keyboards for them). Kimberly also
played the keyboards for Children Of Bodom in the SW tour back in 1998 since Janne was busy with school.
In October-November 1998 Alexi went to Studio Fredman with Sinergy to record their debut album "Beware the Heavens".
In addition to lead guitar, Alexi also played some keyboards on this album. He wrote the following songs by himself : "Venomous
Vixens", "Beware the Heavens" and the instrumental song called "Pulsation". He also co-wrote "Swarmed"
and "Virtual Future". Wildchild also did backing vocals for "Beware the Heavens" and "The Fourth
World" with Kimberly and Fredrik.
Somehow Alexi found time to write for all three bands even though he was touring all the time. Later in 2001 Alexi
left Impaled Nazarene since he got too busy with Sinergy and Children Of Bodom. Impaled Nazarene was never very important
Before the recordings of Sinergy's "To Hell And Back", Alexi's dream came true when Roope Latvala joined
Sinergy. The album had solo duels between Alexi And Roope in almost every song.
In 2001 & 2002 Alexi did some backing vocals for Norther with Alexander and Jaska. His voice can be heard on the
Skid Row cover "Youth Gone Wild" (came with the Released -single) and in three songs of their second album "Mirror
of Madness" ("Everything Is An End", "Dead" & "Mirror of Madness").
Sinergy went to record their third album back to Studio Fredman in August 2001. Despite the fact that 2001 was a very
busy year for Children Of Bodom, Alexi found time to write the title track of this album, "Suicide By My Side".
This was also the video track of the album, but it was done on a very low budget. He also co-wrote "I Spit On Your Grave"
(he also did a spitting intro for this one :)), "The Sin Trade", "Violated" & "Passage to the
Fourth World" and did some vocals on the track "Shadow Island".
In early 2004, Alexi got together with Vesku Jokinen and Tonmi Lillman to form a punk project, "Kylähullut".
Alexi's main interest has always been music. He has two bands, and there's almost no time for any other activities. But
Alexi is fine with this - he doesn't even want to do anything else. He enjoys playing Playstation (especially the Grand Theft
Auto -series) and used to work as a roadie to build huge tents and stages for special events (concerts, conventions..) and
he also did some telemarketing. On this job, He remarks "I had to sell a fucking dictionary via the phone and that really
sucked. Unfortunately I didn't have the patience to be friendly to those suckers. That's why I quit the whole thing after
One of Alexi's special Abilities is that he never forgets a riff. He has written nearly every Children Of Bodom song
by himself, except for Bed Of Razors and Lil' Bloodred Riding Hood, Which he wrote with Alexander. "I do a song, and
then another one and if the first doesn´t sound as good as the other one I just dump the whole song and take all the cool
riffs and melodies and put it in some new songs. It´s like recycling the good material, and so our songs are full of good
riffs and melodies." He says.
Alexi has never really concentrated much on his lyrics. The ideas for his lyrics and inspirations just come from his
head; his own thoughts and personal feelings like hate, anger and depression - not from religion or anything like that. He
basically just wants to write lyrics about reality and real life. Alexi has written all the Children Of Bodom lyrics except
Silent Night, Bodom Night which was written by Kimberly Goss, and Chokehold which he co-wrote with Alexander and Henkka.
The biggest hero for Alexi, an idol, is definitely Ozzy Osbourne. He's a huge fan of their guitar players and has been listening
to them for a long time. In 1999 he said that his dream would be to play in Ozzys band. Alexi also has a big collection of
various Ozzy stuff. So far he hasn't managed to see Ozzy live, as he has cancelled his gig in Helsinki already three times.
In July 2004 during the Tuska Metal Festival after party in Tavastia, Helsinki, Alexi joined the Finnish Ozzy cover
band Crazy Train on stage to jam some legendary Ozzy hits.
Back in 2000 the Finnish TV show Jyrki did a short documentary about Alexi. It was practically a series fearuring all
the best guitarists in Finland. In addition to Alexi, it had Timo Tolkki from Stratovarius, etc.
Alexi's goal as a guitarist is to improve technique and to keep everything as clean as possible. He knows his own speed
limit and never tries to play anything he's not capable of playing. "After three years of playing I tried to play everything
as fast as possible and that sounded.. would I say.. like crap and I didn't realize that if I'd play a bit slower things that
I was capable to play back then, I would've sound a lot better.. but after all that's a phase everyone goes through."
Alexi has a huge desire to play live. He wants to offer the fans exactly what they came to see for and that's why he
refuses to drink much before a gig. In 1999 Bodom and Impaled Nazarene had a show together in Mexico. Alexi was very ill,
but refused to cancel the gig. He had a high fever and was puking between the first set and encore. Alexi also played a Sinergy
gig with a broken leg.
In September 2003 the Children had to cancel their first gig ever. Alexi's old rib injury started hurting, and after
the soundcheck in Nagoya he was carried to the doctor's. "We have never cancelled a gig, and I don't want to do it especially
in Japan. I wouldn't care if we were in Eastern-Germany, but does this have to happen in Japan? I can do a suicide in front
of these people if that's why they came to see us for, but singing is impossible right now."
Alexi has a very close relationship with his guitars. He thinks that if you play your guitar enough, a special bond will
form between the player and the guitar. "Sometimes I feel that if everything has gone wrong, at least I can seek comfort
from my guitar, which will always be there for me. I've slept many times with my guitar."
Alexi took his nickname "Wildchild" from a W.A.S.P. song with the same name. It describes the wild nature
of his. You could see his nickname in a sticker on his guitar.
In September, 2002, Children Of Bodom played a gig in Spinefeast. After the gig, They had a party at their rehearshal
place. Alexi had set down his Custom Jackson RR's behind something in the back of the room. The next morning, Alexi Woke and
went to get his guitars, and discovered that they were gone. He took this really hard because the guitars were so unique and
important to him.
When the year turned into 2003 and COB was getting ready for their forthcoming European & Finland tour, Alexi desperately
needed to get new guitars. Jackson was sold to Fender, and they told Alexi that it would take a whole year to get him the
guitars he wanted to have. ESP could do the same in 3-4 months which meant that Alexi could have them just before the European
tour. This is why Alexi changed his endorsement to ESP and therefore also Alexander and Henkka had to play ESPs.
Wildchild has achieved a lot in spite of his young age by making his way high on various "Best guitarists of the
world" -lists, and the huge influence he has given to many guitarists & bands can be seen everywhere. Since he still
has many years left, one can only guess what the energetic shredder from Espoo will eventually become.