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Highlights from the Chaoszine interview:

  • Ewo is the one who comes up with the funny names for the various fake cover bands.
  • Although they enjoyed the experience Tuomas doesn't expect more virtual shows for Nightwish, however a Blu-Ray will be made out of the two shows. 🤘
  • After the first Auri album, and even more so after the second album, Tuomas has the feeling that what began as a project is actually a band that will keep going for a long time. He sees Auri doing ten albums, numbered 1 to 10 of course. 🙄😁
  • Writing for Nightwish and Auri both comes from a place of freedom, but the historical dynamics within Nightwish makes it a bit different than Auri which is possibly a place of even greater freedom and friendship. (I'm paraphrasing a bit here)
  • Tuomas is also quite excited about the idea of a short tour with Auri whenever Nightwish duties allow, including material from the two albums and possibly some cover songs.
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Tuomas interviewed by Metal Hammer. Many good, direct questions and straight answers.

https://www.loudersound.com/features/tuomas-holopainen-if-floor-left-it-would-be-the-end-of-nightwish

 

Tuomas Holopainen: “If Floor left, it would be the end of Nightwish”

By Dave Everley (Metal Hammer) 2021-08-20, published in Metal Hammer #351.

Disney, dark places, and accusations of being ruthless: inside the life of Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen

 

A few quotes:

  • “[As a kid, I was] very introverted. I enjoyed being by myself. I was full-on into Walt Disney comics, fantasy board games, The Lord Of The Rings, all that. I had adventures in the nearby forests with my imaginary friends Huey, Dewey, Louie and Frodo Baggins. Was I a nerd? Yeah. And that still describes me pretty well.”
  • “I was spending a night at my parents’ cabin at this little island with the guys from a high school band I was in called Dismal Silence. While we were barbecuing sausages and having a few drinks, I told the other guys that I wanted to form a band because I wanted to write my own songs. I said it will be completely acoustic campfire music, and they said, ‘Yeah, go for it.’ And then a week later I joined the army.”
  • “I was completely broke, so I got this job as a stand-in teacher in the local high school. I was there for about two years. My main job was to take care of a girl in a wheelchair – I’d take her to class, take her to eat, all that. But whenever teachers got sick, they would call and say, ‘Can you replace me for a day?’ I have absolutely no qualifications for that, but they gave me notes, so it would be OK. It’s funny meeting those students, ’cos they’re 35, 40 years old now.”
  • You fired Tarja Turunen after Once. Did you think, ‘This is it, the band is over’? “Funnily enough, no. I’ve had that feeling twice. The first time was in 2001, after we fired our first bass player, and the second was when Marko left. But when Tarja left, and when Anette left, I never felt, ‘OK, this is the end.’ On the contrary. The persistence was there: ‘We need to get over this and show the world.’”
  • Have you spoken to Tarja since she left? “We have emailed a few times. Even though the wounds are still there on both sides, things are better.” Have you actually spoken to her? “No. Just emails. A few months ago, my father passed away and she immediately sent me an email with her condolences. I was very touched by that.”
  • “There’s a very common misconception that people have of me, that I’m a tyrant and I want to take care of everything. I’m the opposite of a control freak. If you ask the other bandmembers, I think they would agree that I try to be as invisible a band leader as possible. I make the final decisions when it comes to important matters, but I don’t want to make an issue out of it.”
  • “There was a period, maybe 15 to 20 years ago, when I was maybe drinking too much. There was the rock’n’roll lifestyle for a few years. But never drugs. I’ve never tried those.”
  • “I trashed a backstage once, because it just had to be done. A bucket-list thing. But that was when the troubles with Tarja were happening, so the frustration just came out. I felt so ashamed afterwards.”
  • “After doing this for this long, you’re bound to get a little bit jaded about doing another American or European tour for six weeks. I don’t mind at all, but the initial excitement is not there anymore, it’s not the same as it was in 1999 when we toured for the first time. To get that excitement back in would be something special.”
  • You said in 2019 that if another bandmember leaves, it’s the end of Nightwish. And now Marko’s gone... “That’s how I felt back in 2019, and that’s also how I felt when Marko left. I take my words back when it comes to that. But if it would be Floor leaving, that’s it, it’s the end of Nightwish. Absolutely, 100%.”
  • “If Nightwish ends [tomorrow], it was a great run, a wonderful adventure of 25 years. Then I’d just have to come up with something else.”

 

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On 8/20/2021 at 12:49 AM, Fugazi said:

Tuomas interviewed by Metal Hammer. Many good, direct questions and straight answers.

https://www.loudersound.com/features/tuomas-holopainen-if-floor-left-it-would-be-the-end-of-nightwish

 

Tuomas Holopainen: “If Floor left, it would be the end of Nightwish”

By Dave Everley (Metal Hammer) 2021-08-20, published in Metal Hammer #351.

Disney, dark places, and accusations of being ruthless: inside the life of Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen

 

A few quotes:

  • “[As a kid, I was] very introverted. I enjoyed being by myself. I was full-on into Walt Disney comics, fantasy board games, The Lord Of The Rings, all that. I had adventures in the nearby forests with my imaginary friends Huey, Dewey, Louie and Frodo Baggins. Was I a nerd? Yeah. And that still describes me pretty well.”
  • “I was spending a night at my parents’ cabin at this little island with the guys from a high school band I was in called Dismal Silence. While we were barbecuing sausages and having a few drinks, I told the other guys that I wanted to form a band because I wanted to write my own songs. I said it will be completely acoustic campfire music, and they said, ‘Yeah, go for it.’ And then a week later I joined the army.”
  • “I was completely broke, so I got this job as a stand-in teacher in the local high school. I was there for about two years. My main job was to take care of a girl in a wheelchair – I’d take her to class, take her to eat, all that. But whenever teachers got sick, they would call and say, ‘Can you replace me for a day?’ I have absolutely no qualifications for that, but they gave me notes, so it would be OK. It’s funny meeting those students, ’cos they’re 35, 40 years old now.”
  • You fired Tarja Turunen after Once. Did you think, ‘This is it, the band is over’? “Funnily enough, no. I’ve had that feeling twice. The first time was in 2001, after we fired our first bass player, and the second was when Marko left. But when Tarja left, and when Anette left, I never felt, ‘OK, this is the end.’ On the contrary. The persistence was there: ‘We need to get over this and show the world.’”
  • Have you spoken to Tarja since she left? “We have emailed a few times. Even though the wounds are still there on both sides, things are better.” Have you actually spoken to her? “No. Just emails. A few months ago, my father passed away and she immediately sent me an email with her condolences. I was very touched by that.”
  • “There’s a very common misconception that people have of me, that I’m a tyrant and I want to take care of everything. I’m the opposite of a control freak. If you ask the other bandmembers, I think they would agree that I try to be as invisible a band leader as possible. I make the final decisions when it comes to important matters, but I don’t want to make an issue out of it.”
  • “There was a period, maybe 15 to 20 years ago, when I was maybe drinking too much. There was the rock’n’roll lifestyle for a few years. But never drugs. I’ve never tried those.”
  • “I trashed a backstage once, because it just had to be done. A bucket-list thing. But that was when the troubles with Tarja were happening, so the frustration just came out. I felt so ashamed afterwards.”
  • “After doing this for this long, you’re bound to get a little bit jaded about doing another American or European tour for six weeks. I don’t mind at all, but the initial excitement is not there anymore, it’s not the same as it was in 1999 when we toured for the first time. To get that excitement back in would be something special.”
  • You said in 2019 that if another bandmember leaves, it’s the end of Nightwish. And now Marko’s gone... “That’s how I felt back in 2019, and that’s also how I felt when Marko left. I take my words back when it comes to that. But if it would be Floor leaving, that’s it, it’s the end of Nightwish. Absolutely, 100%.”
  • “If Nightwish ends [tomorrow], it was a great run, a wonderful adventure of 25 years. Then I’d just have to come up with something else.”

 

I am going to plan some time to go all these older posts. Hopefully this weekend. Thanks again for the time you put into these greats posts! (It says I can't react to anymore posts today)  so here🤘🤘

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A keynote interview with Tuomas during the East European Music Conference held in Sibiu, Romania.

https://www.facebook.com/EastEuropeanMusicConference/videos/653759775649807

 

Some highlights:

  • Auri 2 (the second album) took about 6-7 months to make from start to finish. Most of the recording was done either at Tuomas' or Troy's place.
  • Tuomas has been obsessed with Nightwish work in the last few months, the foundations of 7 songs have been mapped.
  • There are no plans to start rehearsing and recording the new album before the planned date of Summer 2023.
  • The virtual show idea was proposed to Tuomas as soon as Spring 2020, at the time there was no interest from the band but it eventually grew on them.
  • Tuomas reiterates that a Blu-Ray will be released with the virtual show.
  • The tavern idea came from Toxic Angel, without input from the band.
  • The band has toyed with the idea of including digital elements (like holograms) in future shows.
  • Despite the struggles, the crew members (Crewish) have stuck on board, and Tuomas values personal relationships with the crew members above business relationships.
  • Tuomas would be excited about Crewish supporting the band during live shows one day.
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Good interview, very insightful!

“After the [Tarja] split, the next few months were really, really dark. The things that really saved me from doing anything silly were my family, my close friends and the film The Village by M. Night Shyamalan. I watched it twice a day for weeks. That film made all the difference. Just the idea of this community living in peace in the middle of the wood, secluded from the world. Plus it has the best soundtrack ever written. It just filled me with comfort and hope. I was never suicidal, it wasn’t even close, but I was in a really dark place. It was the worst period of my life. Call it depression, but not suicidal. I want to make that clear.”

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Quote of the day, about her solo career: "The fact that I can do it doesn't mean that I have to do it. It has to be fun, it has to be good, it has to coexist."

Quote of the day #2: "There's no need for concern at all. I could never leave Nightwish."

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This was a nice interview!

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It seems like it's been a long time since the last proper band interview... Anyway here's Floor in Swedish media:

 

Nightwish: "We love the world we live in"

The symphony metal band Nightwish has undergone many changes and conflicts during its 26 years since its inception and has also become Finland's largest music export. TT met the singer Floor Jansen at the festival Sweden Rock.

10 June 2022

https://www.gp.se/kultur/kultur-nöje/nightwish-vi-älskar-världen-vi-bor-i-1.74584847

It is cloudy on the second day of the rock festival when Dutch Floor Jansen gives an audience in the backstage area and remembers when she last visited Norway. Then as a singer in the band After Forever.

- I remember that it was my first time in Sweden. But it was hot that year, really hot. Then there was a girl who bought me a drink at the bar but I did not understand that she liked me and wanted to flirt, says Floor Jansen with a laugh.

Nightwish was formed in 1996 but had a major international impact in the early 00's. Now they have just embarked on a long world tour after the pandemic. Floor Jansen compares it to getting on a bike again after many years. Something that sits in the spinal cord.

- I really missed it. I need both home life and artist life. Both me and my husband (Hannes van Dahl who is the drummer in the metal band Sabaton reds note) have really tried to focus on what we could do, instead of what we could not. Like writing music and all that, but there is nothing that can replace going out and playing for an audience.

"Let's festival!"

Jansen says that the start of the tour began a week earlier at a festival in Finland. It was bad weather but nothing disturbed the band.

- When we arrived, it rained a lot, of course. It was ten degrees, everyone had rubber boots and there was mud everywhere. Then we were back and felt "let's festival", says Jansen.

After the tour, which is expected to continue until June 2023, Nightwish plans to record his tenth studio album.

- This will be the third of the albums I have been on that fit together thematically. I'm really looking forward to starting working on the songs and getting to know them and seeing how everyone in the band gets to add their own creativity and sound.

Heavier sound

Floor Jansen wants to keep much of the new album concept secret. She admits that the new record will be in the heavier direction, but promises not to lose the typical Nightwish sound.

The band's lyrics and themes were initially inspired by gothic and fantasy, including themes from JRR Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". But the latest albums "Endless forms most beautiful" and "Human II Nature" have had a different character, says Floor Jansen.

- It's not fantasy with elves and dwarves, it's much more about love for the real world, but where you can almost imagine a fantasy world because everything is as fantastic as it is. We simply love the world we live in. But more scientifically and biologically than spiritually, says Jansen.

Floor Jansen is Nightwish's third singer since the band started and other members have also been replaced over the years, which has led to some conflicts that have been reflected in the media. Jansen, who is also planning a solo album in 2023, says that it is difficult to have a band for so long without any problems.

- Music is more important than all the drama around. At the end of the day, that's what we stand for. An honesty to be true to the music.

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Kai and Tuomas are interviewed at Knotfest, Kai seemed a bit nervous there or he had too much caffeine? 😁

Interesting comment from Kai about how the band was lucky in a way that Marko's leaving didn't happen while they were touring -- I can imagine Tuomas recalling some bad Imaginaerum tour memories right there.

There's even a teaser at the end about a song on the new album! 😁

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