About Bandmill and Pete Alander

about bandmill and pete alander

Pete Alander the magician from Bandmill

Greetings and thanx for showing interest to my work! I am a graphic designer from Finland with more than 16 years of experience from the field of graphic design and marketing. I’m currently working as a graphic design teacher, as a journalist and I run my own little one man army Bandmill – a graphic design studio.

I do websites, corporate identities, brochures, books, album covers, business cards, logos, videos, photography… I’ve worked with companies all over the world and I’ve been a graphic design teacher for over 14 years now with experience of teaching in Finland (Järvenpää Training Centre, Pekka Halonen Academy) and in Spain (Marbella Design Academy – Internation Design School). I’ve also been involved with many e-learning projects, worked as a design specialist, contributor and I’m also a member of international network of art and design schools and businesses.


If you have a nice project in your mind then I hope you are. My expertise is working in the music industry. I’ve been lucky to have some really cool clients around the world from world famous rock stars to local bands still trying to get into the top. I also do graphic design for print and web, even the “boring” stuff gets me excited.

I consider myself as hard working designer with good experience of different kind of clients and projects. I get along with everyone.

In 2013 I was chosen to be one of the featured artists in a book called ‘Pandemonium! An Extreme Metal Art Gallery!‘. Check out more information about the book from my post. I also have my name stamped in other important books such as “The Art of Metal – Five Decades of Heavy Metal Album Covers” and “…And Justice for Art. Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers”. I’ve also been asked many quotes and advises for various art and design projects, logos and album covers. In 2014 I was featured in a full page article in Finlands biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Other mentions includes Iltalehti, Aamuposti, Helsingin Sanomat.fi, Soundi and Rumba.

I hope you enjoy my work and keep coming back to read my blog where I mostly write about design and branding in music industry. I update my portfolio often also.

Pete Alander in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Stuff I do:

  • Book design (traditional and ebooks)
  • Editorial design, journalist work
  • Printed and digital album art + other band promotion stuff
  • Logo design, Corporate identities, Branding
  • Webdesign (Dreamweaver, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal)
  • Social media administrating (Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Reverbnation…)
  • Photography
  • Video editing
  • Teaching (Typography, Graphic Design, Campaign Design, Web Design, Editorial Design, Adobe software, Printing…)
  • Journalist work (interviews, reviews, articles)

Past and present clients:

Bands and musicians:

  • K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Sandalinas
  • Rockstar
  • Project Rock
  • Hostile
  • Kings of Modesty
  • Furnaze
  • Ciconia
  • Conflicted
  • Michael Schenker
  • Nick Marino
  • Tarja Turunen
  • Jordi Sandalinas
  • Violent Storm
  • All Tomorrows
  • Keri Kelli
  • Syron Vanes
  • Garagedays
  • Behind the Lights
  • Dark Man Shadow
  • Octanic
  • Order of Nine
  • The Jokers
  • Kiss of the Dolls
  • First Dawn
  • Unconscious Disturbance
  • War Kabinett
  • Magnotauro
  • Jupiter Falls
  • Spiritz
  • Jack & the Rippers
  • Magnotauro
  • Snake Eyes
  • Elliot Minor
  • The Sailormen
  • Takorauta
  • Behind the Lights
  • Kadonneet
  • Nuclear Salvation
  • Conflicted
  • Stonecast
  • Elliot Minor
  • Rantakulmarock-festival
  • Framestory
  • Soulead
  • HellBoys

Business and other:

  • Rising Force Records
  • Heavy Metal Artwork
  • Metal Music Bookings
  • Metalliluola
  • MediaAuditFinland Oy
  • ILS Oy
  • Validia
  • Into Concerts
  • Media Audit Finland
  • Mixtrack Studios
  • Luizinho Mazzei
  • Into Records
  • Seahouse
  • Cute Star
  • We Are One
  • Kukkariihi
  • Contenta
  • Espoon Helvi Oy
  • Sisko-Palvelut
  • GoldStorm Records
  • Validia Ammattiopisto
  • ArtECult-network
  • Rocktehdas
  • ATPL Tuition
  • Suomen Nettiautokauppa
  • TI-Klubi
  • Graaflinx
  • Taitumo-network
  • Kukkariihi
  • DoseSoft
  • Novotek Finland
  • Elkome
  • SataEdu
  • Tritmar
  • Törmien Torakat
  • Derius
  • IJKK
  • Mahis-projekti
  • Kultahaarukka
  • Thai-Vegetables
  • IO-Agent
  • Kuikka Network
  • Atostek Oy
  • Town of Hyvinkää
  • Framilla
  • Järvenpään Palo
  • Selco
  • Staselog
  • Jarin Romu

I also do journalistic work and write gig, festival and album reviews together with interviews and take photos. Since 2013 I’ve been also contributing to the biggest heavy metal art websites in the world called HeavyMetalArtwork.com. I also write articles of Judas Priest’s founder member K.K. Downing and his website Steel Mill. In 2015 I joined forces with Finnish heavy metal media Metalliluola where I have been writing also. For some other further reading here’s some examples of my journalistic work with HeavyMetalArtwork.com, Metalliluola and K.K. Downing’s Steel Mill:


Stuff I can’t do:

  • Javelin throw (but if you really want to pay me lot of ££, $$ or €€ I can give it a shot…)

Hardware I use:


Some cool people I’ve met during my career:


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