Tuomas quizzed about new album and more

We caught up with Tuomas and gave him a bit of a grilling about the new album and a few other bits and pieces. Tuomas quizzed about new album and more 

So mixing & mastering due for completion in January. All been smooth going? Any cock ups (other than beating up poor Troys ribs)?

* Poor Marco got his share of water sports hazards, as well. As did a couple of our technicians. We just can`t help ourselves when it comes to having too much fun.

Nothing major, though, everything else has been going nice and smooth. (Except for the horrible situation with Jukka, of course. He`s doing better now, and still is the driving force behind the band`s economics and merchandise. Jukka and we agreed that Kai will substitute him for the whole upcoming tour and we`ll just have to wait and see how things are after that.) 

This has been one of the faster recording sessions, mainly because the material was very well rehearsed and we skipped one demo recording stage. This caused the project to be slightly more challenging to Pip (Williams) to orchestrate, since most of the time he only had the original keyboard demo to work with. In the end it didn`t matter since we know each other`s thoughts all too well. He knows how I feel about xylophone, and I now know his opinion about fx bass guitar in ballads… 

The vibe throughout the 3 months of camping was wonderfully positive, relaxed and enthusiastic. 

As I`m writing this we have just finished the second round of mixing, so all the songs are now appr. 95% done. A bit more fine tuning and we should have The Giant ready by mid-January.


How the heck you came up with this not really Nightwish style album title? 

* It was there all along, in front of our eyes, but it didn`t occur to me until a few months ago that it would make the ultimate album title, as well! It sure is my personal favorite from the whole NW catalogue.    


The inclusion of Dawkins gave us a headache reading all the comments. Did you expect such a response to the announcement, and in what way will he feature on the album?

* I was quite baffled about some of the reactions, yes. But they do prove a point that I´m highly in favor of:  

"Everybody wants to believe it, a lie that`s preferable to the truth. If a person debated is a sham, no one feels inadequate". Unfortunately, very often people are not after hard evidence when searching for answers, they want to find evidence which supports their preconceptions about the matter or person debated. There`s a world of difference between those things. And I can`t help the feeling that there`s a deliberate willingness to misunderstand, and not search deeper.

Aren`t we all guilty to such way of thinking every now and then? I know I am.  

Marco`s sarcasm about the message board - havoc was a classic : "If one wishes to cause a real sense of threat with rock `n roll these days, forget drugs and satan, bring an evolutionary biologist aboard instead"


When did you become interested in his work? 

* A few years ago I came across his book "The Ancestor`s Tale" and was instantly hooked. His writing skills, witty humor and overwhelming passion for science and reason made a huge impact on me. Evolution by natural selection is such a beautiful force of nature, and truly understanding the core of it was a spiritual and humbling experience for me. 

Dawkins` " Ten New Commandments " is great fridge door material, too. 


The pipes around your keys were very ott on the last tour. Are you planning an elaborate stage dressing this time around? 

* There will be something again, for sure. Brainstorming ideas as we speak.  


You said 'operatic style' period was over but were you been tempted to use Floors operatic style in places on this album? 

* There`s no need to do anything just because "you can". We have stories to tell and as a band we try to bring them to light in the most convincing way possible. Sometimes it takes a soft voice, sometimes high `n loud or even operatic, sometimes an instrumental version is enough. The whole wide spectrum of Floor`s voice will definitely be present on the album, but I would limit my expectations when it comes to the use of operatic vocal style.  


We all know it's promoters that dictate shows, but if you could choose any place and venue where would it be? 

* We frequently ask our promoters about the more uncharted territories, like India, Iceland, Greenland, South Africa, Siberia, etc. They would be fantastic fun to visit! As would be touring in old churches and castles. 

In the end, we feel privileged to play anywhere.


If you do a 'very very secret' gig again, what you think of the name 'The Warrior Queen & her little rascals"? 

* Sounds like a porn movie to me. :) 


So goodbye to Scene Nation but is the name Oily Empire linked to the nickname you guys give to salmiakkikossu? 

* You`re on the right tracks there, but the name`s origins go deep into a highly private secret society, with its grandmaster the Oily Emperor being very careful about its intimacy, so let`s leave it at that. 


How many people you have working for the band in total? 

* Well, it varies from tour to tour. When touring overseas it`s usually just the band, the managers, the bus driversand 5-6 technicians. In Europe the number goes up to 60-70. 


What on earth did Troy take before the photo sessions? He's smiling like a lunatic in every one. 

* Dear Madam, with such unfounded claims you need to show strong evidence or forever hold your peace ! However, I do remember Troy and I agreeing on a curry and Shiraz after the photo shoot, maybe it was that… 


Why you always end up crippling your team mates when doing water sports? 

* All those nice toys and no velocity makes Jack a dull boy. 


Have you ever visited Don Rosa's home and visited his "vault"? 

* No, I haven`t unfortunately. I did meet him again a couple of months ago in a book fair in Helsinki, though. Such a sweet man. 


Did you ever try to rescue the bottle that you lost in the water when baptising Nightfish 2? 

* How on earth do you remember all these things…?! 


What is your most dearest/memorable/expensive Disney item in your collection? 

* Don Rosa`s original black and white cover artwork he painted for the Scrooge - album. Goes for each of those three categories.  


When I first found the 'Dark Chest of Wonders' and 'The Ring of the Oceanborn' in Elder Scrolls I couldn't believe it. Did you know the programmers did that? 

* Seriously? I did not, that`s great ! 


Thank you! 

Have a peaceful and merry Yuletide everyone!


Chat Transcript Thursday 12th June

Transcript from the live chat on Thursday 12th June 2014-

Cheyenne: Heippa Tuomas :) I'm Marijke from Switzerland but have lived several years in Finnish Lapland (Rauhala) racing Huskies and still spend a few months per year in our Hirsimökki (=Blockhouse?) up there. Great honor to have you here live. Your music means pure enthusiasm to me.

* Tuomas: Well hello Marijke!

Cheyenne: A couple of years ago in January you joined a sleddog-tour in Lapland. Right? In my opinion you couldn't have chosen a more perfect month to go for it! Did you enjoy the polar night?

* Tuomas: I did, yes. For the 2nd time. It was fantastic!! It was for a Finnish tv series..

Cheyenne: What was your adrenalin kick like when you drew the snow hook for the first time and your dogs nearly exploded by their „desire to go" and „will to please"?

* Tuomas: Just trying to survive and stay alive. I loved the combination of speed and quiet.

Cheyenne: I sincerely trust you did NOT lose your team! I hope you were lucky enough to hit the track one fine evening during full moon, clear starry sky and the aurora borealis appeared? (It's bright enough to go without illumination.)

* Tuomas: Didn't get quite so romantic, actually. If I remember correctly it was a bit warm so the huskies were a bit lazy. Beautiful experience nonetheless.

Cheyenne: Let's imagine what kind of sound most likely stucked into your mind? Has it been landscape metal, relaxing soundtrack or did you just enjoy the natural pyros, scenery and silence besides the dogs' hackling?

* Tuomas: I remember the panting of the dogs and the sound of the sleigh on the snow the best. Metal (or music altogether) was the last thing in my mind then.

Cheyenne: Great to hear! Talking about your affinity towards wolves. Did you have any experience in wilderness with wolves so far?

* Tuomas: I've never encountered a wolf in the wild, yet. Would be a great experience. I met one in a cage, though. Impressive animal!


strangemas: Hey there, nice to see you here! I'm Andy, a mathematics student from germany, hope you are fine? ;)

* Tuomas: I'm superb, thanks!! Hope you are, too.

strangemas: sure! ;)

strangemas: I've seen some concerts yet, a few quite small ones and some really big ones as well. In my oppinion the small concerts are more personal and kinda intimate, while the big ones are really epic with the big LED screens and the pyro. What do you as an artist think about this? which kind of show do you prefer?

* Tuomas: Both have their advantages, I love the big production, the more fire the better. But you cannot beat the intimate feeling of a 400-person pub show somewhere in the backwoods of Texas.

strangemas: right I think i'd prefer a smaller one if i had to decide

strangemas: after the movie and your great solo album, do you have any other projects in mind besides nightwish?

* Tuomas: Not at the moment. I did the charity thing for the Finnish Live Aid but now it's all NW for the next 3 years or so.

strangemas: Lohtu - great song! :)

strangemas: now something out of the line: I'm gonna take finnish lessons in my university for the next 3 semesters, what do you as a native speaker think? Is it really that hard to learn? (hard grammar?)

* Tuomas: Thanks. I belive Finnish is one of the most difficult languages there is. Good luck!

strangemas: thanks

strangemas: well thank you for your time and have fun with tho others ;)

* Tuomas: Sure will, thanks!


SlainByThePendulum: Hei Tuomas! How are you? My name is Emmanuel, a 21-year old guy from Mexico. It was my birthday two days ago when I was told that I'd be one of the few people who'd chat with you tonight. A very nice birthday gift, if you ask me.

* Tuomas: Happy BDay!

SlainByThePendulum: Thank you so much

SlainByThePendulum: First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your Scrooge album going gold in Finland, definitely a well deserved achievement! The album is very good.

* Tuomas: Cheers, it was quite the surprise for a "fanboy" album like that.

SlainByThePendulum: Haha, but it was great!

SlainByThePendulum: You've visited Mexico quite a few times now. Have you ever had the chance to go sightseeing? If so, what has been your favorite moment/place here?

* Tuomas: Teotihuacan was fantastic, been there twice. Mexican cuisine is also one of my very favorites!

SlainByThePendulum: Cool!

SlainByThePendulum: Once you said you like Mexican food. I wonder what your favorite dish is, or what dishes have you tasted.

* Tuomas: The hotter the better. Vegetarian Tacos, but definitely with hard shells.

SlainByThePendulum: Haha, awesome!

SlainByThePendulum: Is there any chance that you will go back to the more complex keyboard arrangements in the next NW-album? I mean more keyboard solos and all that cool stuff.

* Tuomas: There's always a chance! Haha. The key arrangements are always quite complex, they're just hiding beneath the orchestra. Every single thing the orchestra plays is always doubled with keyboards.

SlainByThePendulum: Ok. You've probably read this a lot of times and I'm sure that it's nothing new to you, but I want to tell you that you music is very important to me. Thank you for everything, really! Good night to you!

SlainByThePendulum: And thanks for your time!

* Tuomas: Good night! There's more stuff coming up soon.


Anmonite: Hi Tuomas, how are you? Im Andrea from argentina, Im really happy to share this moment with you, thank you so much!

Anmonite: How is my ammonite?

* Tuomas: Hi Andrea! Good luck with the World Cup.

Anmonite: hha, thanks

* Tuomas: The ammonite is well and safe, on the desk of my work room.

Anmonite: beautiful!

Anmonite: do you remember me?

* Tuomas: Yes, now that you mentioned the fossil.

Anmonite: i have to tell you sorry, for all the recomeded i told you abou the fossil

Anmonite: but that was really importat for me

Anmonite: for that i give it for you

Anmonite: The show in buenos aires was fantastic!!! I remember flor singing ghost love score, I couldn't stop the tears.

* Tuomas: Cheers, Argentina always treats us beautifully.

Anmonite: Congratulations for Lohtu and for all the artists that made a participation in the clip, and were motivated for the call of help to childrens for them hospital. We are working in a movil hospital, that travels around cities on a track, and take care of people in aboriginal communities.

* Tuomas: Thanks !

Anmonite: I work with animals, recently was born a Little puma in the reserve, who we called Tuomas, like a hommenage for your work. Is our dreams that Toumas will be free there are many people working with this, but we have to learn a lot about the behavior of the animals. People ask us about the why of his name, and we ask that we considerated that an artist is a m

Anmonite: mirrow of the soul of the humanity, Nightwish is the Vechicle of the Spirit, for a lot of cultures that's get the name of Merkaba.

* Tuomas: Now, that's an honor. Much appreciated!

Anmonite: We´would like to send you the Tuomas´s footprint sign for everone and a necklase made from a cacique Wichi specialy for you.I love this culture because the spirit is all for they.

* Tuomas: Sure, lovely!


DarknessCrawler: Hey Tuomas :) I'm Jessica from Portugal, thanks a lot for your time with us! Amazing opportunity

* Tuomas: Hi Jessica, welcome!

DarknessCrawler: As a key lover first thing I want to ask is ... do your prefer church organ or grand piano?

* Tuomas: Actually I prefer my beloved Korg Karma, but out of those two, definitely church organ!

DarknessCrawler: Deeper one ... was it bearable for you to live in a place where you couldn't see the sea?

* Tuomas: I'll manage...

DarknessCrawler: I see

DarknessCrawler: What's your opinion about black metal?

* Tuomas: Some of the stuff is really good, like Emperor, Dimmu, Enslaved etc. (If you consider them black metal..?)

DarknessCrawler: Since I love this genious too ... Do you have a favourite poem from Edgar Allan Poe?

DarknessCrawler: and I'm a Dimmu fan myself :)

* Tuomas: Well, everyone loves Raven. Maelstorm is my favorite novella, together with The Pit And The Pendulum.

DarknessCrawler: What's your favourite time of the day to compose?

DarknessCrawler: The Raven is awesome

* Tuomas: Early morning, by far! I haven't written a song after 6pm in 10 years...=)

DarknessCrawler: thanks a lot Tuomas, couldn't ask for better :)

* Tuomas: Bye!


lonely_wolf: Hi Tuomas ;) My name is Svetlana and I'm from Russia ;) First of all I want to thank you for taking time in your schedule to chat with us :)

* Tuomas: Hey Svetlana what's up.

lonely_wolf: So, here is my first question: do you have/had a pet? And whom do you like most: cats or dogs? :)

* Tuomas: I'm a dog person but don't mind cats either. I used to have lot of dogs and cats but can't do that now.

* Tuomas: One day I'll have a Deerhound!

lonely_wolf: Nice :) I know you like J.R.R. Tolkien books and so I guess you have watched 'The Hobbit' movie. Do you like it?

* Tuomas: I loved the Hobbit. I get the criticism, though..

lonely_wolf: And, concerning the movie theme: have you ever, while watching film, had an idea about music for it. By another words, had any film inspired you to wrote something as 'soundtrack' for it?

* Tuomas: Not quite like that, but watching movies is a huge source of inspiration for me. Storywise and music wise.

lonely_wolf: Do you talk to Emppu, Jukka, Marco, Floor and Ewo about upcoming Nightwish 20- years anniversary? have you already discussed any ideas about it? ;)

* Tuomas: We had a quick cat but nothing was decided. We'll most likely be on tour when the time comes.

* Tuomas: Chat.

lonely_wolf: Now I want to thank you Tuomas for everything you've done and wish you good luck. And of course thanks for a nice chat :) Take care of yourself :)

* Tuomas: You too!

lonely_wolf: Thanks :) Best wishes from Russia


isis: Tuomas Hello, nice talking to you! I would like to know your feelings about the songs: Nightwish, and Ghost Love Score? They are my favorite, I got a tattoo of the song Ghost Love Score!

* Tuomas: GLS is one of the watershed songs of Nightwish, a very important one for me. And Floor's #1 favorite.

* Tuomas: I can't even remember how "Nightwish" goes...

isis: There is more a dream, in relationship to your career would you like to accomplish? For example record a song with someone special?

* Tuomas: There was a flute... and a guitar... and a girl singing...

isis: There is the possibility of disseminating his new work The life and times of scrooge here in Brazil? I loved the songs, they were great!

* Tuomas: A whole bunch of dreams, yes! And we do the best we can to accomplish them. Already on the next album.

isis: What would you like to do when you free?

* Tuomas: I have no details about Scrooge... There will not be a live show if that's what you are asking.

* Tuomas: Gardening, culinarism, drinking, campfire, books, friends, hiking.

isis: Thanks for the chat, thanks for taking the time to talk to their fans! All the best, your work is the best I've ever met! A big hug, Isis

* Tuomas: Huge thanks!!


Varda: Hi Tuomas! :) It's very nice to meet you! My name is Merethe and I'm a 29 year old biologist from Norway. First I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your music. It means more to me than words can ever express! :)

* Tuomas: Hi Merethe!

Varda: I'm curious: What is your favourite Finnish bird? I'm a hobby bird watcher, and I always like to ask people this question :P

* Tuomas: Owls.

* Tuomas: Just sth about them...

Varda: I agree! :D

Varda: Have you heard of the group Wardruna?

* Tuomas: We have a half tame black woodpecker by the house, gorgeous, as well.

* Tuomas: No..

Varda: I ask because I think their music is so fantastic, and I have a feeling you may think so too. So I wanted to recommend them to you!  It was founded by Kvitrafn from Gorgoroth, but the music couldn't be more different! It's sort of folk/Viking/ambient music, if I had to try to describe it :P

* Tuomas: Will check it out!

Varda: Great! :)

Varda: Could you recommend a book for me? One that affected you in some way.

* Tuomas: Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles. Best fantasy since Tolkien. Everything by Richard Dawkins & Carl Sagan.

Varda: Thank you! :)

Varda: Thanks for your time. I wish you all the best for the future, and hope it brings all that you wish for and more :)

* Tuomas: Very best for you, as well.


ParadiseSeeker: Hello, my name is Natalia Olmedo Alberca, I am 21 years old and I live in Campo de Criptana, a beautiful town of Spain. Next year I finished my Law degree. I would ask you a lot of things, but I have selected some questions.

* Tuomas: Go for it!

ParadiseSeeker: What is your favorite Disney film and why?

* Tuomas: Fantasia (1940). Magical and brave.

ParadiseSeeker: Do you know Don Quixote? It is a good novel that I recommend you strongly. I think it would like you.

* Tuomas: I read it as a young kid, don't remember much about it.

ParadiseSeeker: Discusses about a gentleman that after reading many books on knights becomes crazy and sees the windmills of my town as giants

ParadiseSeeker: :)

ParadiseSeeker: I'm glad you know some of my culture

* Tuomas: That much I do remember..

ParadiseSeeker: Have you ever thought about coming to Spain to act or as pleasure trip?

* Tuomas: I've been there a few times years ago.. On a holiday. Act??!! =)

ParadiseSeeker: Do you like actual Disney films, such as Frozen, for example?

ParadiseSeeker: Perform""

ParadiseSeeker: I don't speak very well english

ParadiseSeeker: And I'm too nervous

* Tuomas: I like the animated classics, don't really enjoy the computer generated ones. Wall-E & Toy Story were the only exceptions.

ParadiseSeeker: Good bye, Tuomas. Thank you for making without realizing the soundtrack of my life. I hope to meet you in person someday.

ParadiseSeeker: Thank you for all

* Tuomas: All very best to you!

ParadiseSeeker: :)


Eltanin: Hello Tuomas. My name is Marta and greetings from Italy! :D First, I wanted to thank you with all my heart because your music helped me overcome depression in a very particular moment of my life. You saved my life, really. So thank you very much.

* Tuomas: Hi Marta! I'm sorry to hear that, and glad to hear we could've been of help..

Eltanin: My first question is about the new Nightwish album. Speaking of past albums, you've always said that they were the result of your personal experiences. It will be the same for the next one?

* Tuomas: There's a lot of personal stuff again, but not as much as before, I think. It is more or less a thematic album.

Eltanin: it will be great :D

Eltanin: I am an opera singer and up to eight years ago, I never imagined that opera music and metal music could combine together so wonderfully. How did you get the idea to combine them together?

* Tuomas: Just listened through it yesterday, sounded promising.

* Tuomas: It was a coincident. We originally thought Tarja would have a smooth girly voice.. When she came to the studio she sure surprised us all.

Eltanin: You're a big fan of Donald Duck (obvious affirmation! hahah) but what about Mickey Mouse?

* Tuomas: Mickey is boring. Really boring.

Eltanin: Thank you a lot for your time and have a magical life! Hope to see you here in Italy, maybe in Rome :D

* Tuomas: All the magic to Italy, as well!


landayna: hello! . My name is Diana, I am Colombian I work as a reading promoter for kids. Very happy to talk with you!!!

* Tuomas: Cheers, Diana!

landayna: Well I want to play a game with you and make the conversation a little bit fun how is that.

* Tuomas: Ok?

landayna: Ok, so I am going to write a word, simple word, and you write whatever first comes to your mind ok?

* Tuomas: Sure

landayna: Butterfly

* Tuomas: Fly

landayna: Wheels

* Tuomas: Toyota Land Cruiser

landayna: Rainbow

* Tuomas: Richie

landayna: Thunder

* Tuomas: Rumble

landayna: Bike

* Tuomas: Mike

landayna: Grandgrandfather

* Tuomas: Ape

landayna: Chicken

* Tuomas: Even older grandfather

landayna: very basic haha

landayna: hahahahaha

* Tuomas: Buhahhaaaaa

1landayna: so now i wander Have you ever read any Latin author like Gabriel Garcia Marquez?

* Tuomas: There's a Latin author'

* Tuomas: ?

landayna: I will like to recommend you 100 years of loneliness, is a great book, you might like it if you ever have the chance to read it!

* Tuomas: Thanks!

landayna: Yesterday I ask mojo if he knew any Colombian metal band, he said No, and I wander do you know any?

* Tuomas: I don't, no.

landayna: Do you ever find yourself singing a song while you are distracted?

* Tuomas: Don't we all..? =)

landayna: You really enjoy nature right, what is the thing you enjoy the most beside silence?

landayna: hahahaha yea is true

* Tuomas: The feeling of Home. And "basics".

landayna: Have you ever try Colombian coffe?

landayna: Ok now, I wanted to share something with you, someone once ask me what a think about your music and I said: his music has own soul, inviting us to see a world to escape away that is full of beauty as tolkien with music, and I wanted to share that with you because you inspire me as much as reading a book inspires me, a good book.

* Tuomas: Every day! Many times. Couldn't survive without it.

* Tuomas: I reflect the things which inspire me dearly, too. That's what it basically is.


NyjahAtaru: Hello, Tuomas! :)My name is Regine, I'm a 17 year old girl from Norway. I'm so grateful that you are willing to do this for us!

* Tuomas: Regine, hello!

NyjahAtaru: So my first question: would you ever consider doing a concept album? Or would that leave you with too limited possibilities for your songwriting?

* Tuomas: Mayabe not a concept album, but a "thematic album", yes. Like DPP, or the next one.

NyjahAtaru: okey :)

NyjahAtaru: • You said in an interview that you hear music when you read, and mentioned The Life and Times of Scrooge and Lord of The Rings as examples. As for LOTR, do you hear your own music or Howard Shore's Soundtrack?

* Tuomas: I used to hear my own. It's impossible to avoid Shore's awesome score now, though..

NyjahAtaru: I see, even I hear it.. and I rarely hear musiv unless im listening to it ^^'

NyjahAtaru: • Regarding the Vehicle of Spirit-competition. How many of the fan-memories did you read? Did you take part in chosing which ones that were to be published? (I'm the girl who met Troy on the airport after your Trondheim-gig in 2012, btw)

* Tuomas: I wasn't a part of this one at all, it was Mad Supply's competition.

NyjahAtaru: okey :)

NyjahAtaru: • Is there a question that you are tired of hearing? If there is, and you had the opportunity to answer it once and for all, what would your answer be?

* Tuomas: " Please don't bring this one up anymore " ? =)

* Tuomas: "Please tell the history of NW shortly" is a rather annoying one.

NyjahAtaru: I understand that one :) Thank you so much Tuomas, this have been such an amazig opportunity. I hope that i'll be able to see you the next time you come to Norway!

* Tuomas: Until then!

NyjahAtaru: :)

LittleKat: Hi Tuomas, I'm Kat mum of 5 from London :)

* Tuomas: Hi Kat - mum!

LittleKat: :)

LittleKat: I'll be visiting Finland this summer with my family (very excited!) – what's your favourite place that you recommend we visit?

* Tuomas: Lapland! Cafe Regatta in Helsinki.

* Tuomas: Reastaurant OLO in Helsinki.

LittleKat: Thank you. Isn't cafe Regatta near the Sibelius monument/

* Tuomas: I can't remember. Greetings from the countryside of Finland.

LittleKat: Thanks. It will be so good to go, looks beautiful

LittleKat: u wrote in Gaeli at the beggining of Glasgow 1877 – such a beautiful language which my ancestors spoke and I started learning. I was delighted when I heard it –who translated it, does Troy speak Gaelic?

* Tuomas: It was a girl called Maeve MacKinnon

* Tuomas: Got a hold of her via Troy.

LittleKat: Do you have any songs that were never quite right, that you didn't finish? Can you just leave one, or do you go back to it until it's right, or maybe take bits of it for something else?

* Tuomas: There has been a couple of incidents like that, but it's very rare.

* Tuomas: We already know which one of the 12 songs will be next albums bonus track..

LittleKat: Thank you so much for your time, Tuomas, and for everything. Take care

* Tuomas: Best wishes, Kat!

LittleKat: :)

LittleKat: and to you

Darkforever: hey Toumas My name is ozgur from Turkey

* Tuomas: Hi Ozgur!

Darkforever: did u ever visit my country?

* Tuomas: Once on a holiday. Went sailing on the coast of Turkey. Never toured there, though.

Darkforever: hope you have tasted some our spicy foods!:)

* Tuomas: Of course!

Darkforever: since Im suprise egg and didnt prepared this..hımm what you think aboutthe escapist team?
* Tuomas: Nothing but positive things to say.

Darkforever: :) Im a Mc gyver fan as well

* Tuomas: Yes, I like you already!!!

Darkforever: maybe another solo album about..The times and life of mc gyver?:D

Darkforever: imagine the intro!!:D

* Tuomas: If I were ever to do another solo, that's it then. Thanks for the tip.

* Tuomas: I would arrange the intro into a minor scale, though.

Darkforever: haha great!:)

Darkforever: I would love to hear it,thank you for time,and come chat room more often!:)

Darkforever: being busy is not excuse!:D

* Tuomas: All very best to you!

Darkforever: always take care Tuomas


Ganjhorn: Hey Tuomas, I'm Rick from Texas!

* Tuomas: Good evening Rick!

Ganjhorn: You said you really enjoyed playing a small gig in the backwoods, and we've got plenty of camping festivals here! Any chance that'd become a reality?

* Tuomas: Let's see! There are already some tour plans for US in 2015 but don't know any details.

Ganjhorn: Awesome!

* Tuomas: It's all up to the high 'n mighty John Finberg!

Ganjhorn: have you got any "rock star" story you've never shared? :)

* Tuomas: Yes. there's a reason for not sharing them. =)

Ganjhorn: hahaha touche!

* Tuomas: It's a funny illusion, though. The whole rock star thing.

Ganjhorn: what do you mean by that?

Ganjhorn: No wine, women, trashed hotel rooms?

* Tuomas: It's a lame excuse for doing goofy stuff and be praised about that. Hahaa.

Ganjhorn: Well I guess it's been a long time since you shared a single with Bodom! Thanks for taking the time for us :)

* Tuomas: Only one trashed hotel room in the history of NW. And even that was the technicians' doings.

* Tuomas: They are the real rock stars of this group..


* Dandelion: And thanks to all the winners for their questions! :) We hope we can repeate this soon!
* Tuomas: Big thanks to everyone!!

Scrooge Talks and Nightwish DVD hardship

We grabbed Tuomas after he returned home from the UK after recording some Scrooge elements there, to touch on a few details about the new Nightwish DVD and get caught up with his Scrooge project:

So Tuomas, was the special premier show at Hartwall a contender to be recorded or was it only Wacken that the label suggested?

Tuomas: The idea to add a live concert to the DVD came so suddenly & so late (In June 2013 I believe it was...) that the options were very limited. So yes, Wacken was the only one we really considered.


Can we expect both singers to be featured on the documentary?

T: That was the original plan. This DVD was all about making an interesting tour documentary with a lot of insight, profound interviews and humor. Everybody had the chance to influence what the documentary would be like, and everyone would have the chance to see the result before it goes into print. And change whatever scenes might bother her / him. ( Just yesterday Jukka and me got one last scene removed which we thought was a bit too much of an "inside joke" )

Then unfortunately in early March 2013 we received a message stating that: " No visuals (moving or still) nor audio featuring Anette Olzon can be used in this product ".

This meant going back to the beginning of the editing process, but everyone respected her wish.

For Ville (Lipiäinen, the director), naturally, it was the ultimate challenge, and he was quite the wizard editing the whole thing all over again.

(Here I'd also like to mention about the recent press release of the DVD. It's your normal record label show-off jargon, intended to make a big fuzz over the release. Yes, there is a grammatical mistake about Floor doing 104 shows on the tour, we are sorry for that. Nobody deliberately wanted to exaggerate the numbers.)


Who came up with the documentary title?

T: Marco and me. Originally we wanted the release to be just the documentary + some bonuses. The live show addition - idea came solely from Nuclear Blast. Still, the band wished this to be more than just "a live dvd with loads of extra material". We felt we should proceed with the document as the priority, but the label thought exactly the other way around, haha! So the end result is 50 - 50. You have the show AND you have the story.


Is the cover of the DVD a homage to 'From Wishes To Eternity' as they are quite similar?

T: More of a coincidence, really.


What was the thinking behind putting two older already released video clips on the DVD? (Ghost Love Score and I Want My Tears Back)

T: There was still some space left on the other dvd so why not fill the space. We find those clips very nice so why not.

Scrooge Project


You mentioned Don Rosa has sent you the artwork for the CD cover, how is it looking?

T: Looking fantastic! A beautiful panoramic picture which truly captures the essence of Scrooge's Yukon years. It's so good we have trouble finding room to put the title of the album in...


How was your trip to London, working with Mr Pip Williams once more again in Angel Studios?

T: As smooth as ever. We even finished a day early this time, recording 3 different sized orchestras, The Metro Voices choir, a solo violin (Mr. Dermot Crehan) and ethnic percussions. The musicians were incredible, as always, and with Pip it's always a blast!


Are you using any obscure instruments in the recordings like what appeared on Imaginaerum?

T: There will be some odd ethnic percussions, banjo, didgeridoo, finger cymbals, sleigh bells and harmonica. And an oboe sounding like a duck who's had too many mushrooms.

+ Troy (Donockley) and me went to Rannoch moor last week to do some location recording on Scrooge's clan's ancestral lands! The ghastly winds and rain of that desolate place was quite an ambience...


How are the vocal recordings going?

T: We recorded Mr. Alan Reid (The voice of Scrooge) a week ago at Chairworks Studios. The other 3 vocalists will be recorded later this month.


How many tracks are going to be on the Scrooge release?

T: 10. With a total running time of approximately 55 mins.


Can you yet reveal the title for your project?

T: The working title at the moment is " Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge ".


Who will be the label for the release?

T: Nuclear Blast.


Who is involved with the recordings? Such as the guitar parts?

T: The full info package will follow in the near future. I rather not reveal just everything yet, since we still have a long way to go.


What's next in the Scrooge calendar?

T: Continuing this upcoming weekend with guitars, banjo, vocals, keys, pianos, didgeridoo, etc. ----> mixing + mastering in October. Should all be ready by the 1st week of November.


Can we expect some hidden message when we play a track backwards? 

T: Yes, secret archaic mantras to worship Indian food, Battle Beast and Carl Barks.

Campfire Sessions Episode 1: Wacken, 'The Stabber' & Skyrim

Greetings to all and welcome to the very first instalment of our new segment The "Campfire Sessions" aka TH.com's CFS.

What the hell is a TH.com's CFS and why this title?

It’s pretty easy: CFS stands for Campfire Session and we all know that being around an open fire place makes most people cosy and comfy.
We don’t want to ask questions just like any interviewer does. No, we’re trying to do this differently by creating a chit chat about everything that comes up. Of course, there are a few normal questions, the usual ones but we also try to show the other side. 
So using the power of technology (otherwise known as Skype) we grabbed hold of Tuomas and subjected him to his (and our) very first CFS session.


This particular 30 minute episode has been cut down from over an hour of discussion... I mean who want's to hear us laughing and giggling like school children right?

It was fun, Tuomas loved it and it was his suggestion to carry on and do more in the future (next to be on the Scrooge project- keep your eyes peeled)

Chat Transcript Wednesday 4th April

Tuomas visited the chat room on the 4th April to answer fan questions. Below is the transcript of the event

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Tuomas: Hiya!

 mojo: Welcome to the chat, Tuomas .. maybe a few words?

 Tuomas: Wine. moomin. MacGyver. Car. Honey.


Escapist: Andri you can type now

Andri: Hello Tuomas! Really nice to meet you!

Tuomas: Hi there!

Andri: Can introduce myself to you little bit?

Tuomas: Sure.

Andri: I am Andrej (but lot of people call me Andy), I am from Slovakia in small city Hlohovec (just about 25 000 people here) and I am 16 years old. I am at High School, section Graphic Design. My hobbies are playing Guitar, Art, hiking and walks with my dog (schnauzer called Garrique ). I listen to Heavy, Symphonic and Power Metal, but I also love Soundtrack

Tuomas: Some similarities there, I see..

Andri: i want to ask you: Do you still like Paradise Lost? If yes what is your favourite album?

Tuomas: Sure I do! Icon is still my #1 but I enjoy the newer stuff as well.

Andri: My favourite is Symbol of Life

Andri: it annoying for you to listen all the time how perfect music you wrote all the time?

Tuomas: Very nice people, too! We toured the States together a few years back.

Andri: (sorry for the mistake all the time, thats about treme )

Tuomas: I very very rarely listen to our own music..

Andri: no i want to say, a lot of people talk to you like: How great you are etc. isnt that little bit hard sometimes?

Andri: (when you are not in a mood when you are proud of yourself)

 Tuomas: Yeah, it's a bit weird. It's sometimes equally hard to take a compliment as it is to take critique.

Andri: I realy love Village, it's beautiful movie and soundtracks too, what is your favorite scene from this movie? My favourite scene was when Ivy stand in the door waiting for Lucius , with her hand raised and after while Lucius take her hand and close the door. It was very beatiful scene, with combination of soundtrack in background.

Tuomas: Well, it's still my #1 movie of all times. I love the moment when Ivy runs into the fence and we realize the hook of the film. The soundtrack is one of the best ever written!

Andri: yeah its beatiful music in there, i still have it in my MP3

Andri: Did you have some scar from your childhood? (I have one on my forehead when I was running and I crash with my head into doorknob )

Tuomas: Lady In The Water soundtrack is super good also. Check it out if you haven't.

Andri: yeah i listen to it, its very good

Andri: also all Hans Zimmer's soundtracks

Tuomas: Just mental ones. Blaah, not even those anymore.. Time and certain realization of Life helps.

Andri: thats true

Andri: human is build to stand again after some "scar" from life itself

Tuomas: Zimmer is surely one of the best.

Andri: Ok tuomas, really nice to meet you, your music helps me a lot in tragic moments of my life thank you very much for it and I wish you all the best to your personal and musical life

Tuomas: Every moment of light and dark in Life is a miracle. All very best Andri!



EmbraceTheSilence: Hi Tuomas!

Tuomas: Good evening!

EmbraceTheSilence: How are you?

Tuomas: Content in my home, chatting with you fine people.

EmbraceTheSilence: have you ever seen a northen light When you have hiking?

Tuomas: A couple of times, yes! Incredible stuff, even though the ones I saw were rather dim.

EmbraceTheSilence: So if I want to see one i maybe will see it in lapland? I understand that it is amazing

Tuomas: Yes, that's the place to go, and not only for the northern lights! But you need to go during winter.

EmbraceTheSilence: I love hiking during the winter

Tuomas: That's the way to do it!

EmbraceTheSilence: If you could be a sun, a star or the moon, what would yo be?

Tuomas: Well, sun is actually a star, and I'm no Star, so I'll go for Moon. I would have the power over the waters on Planet earth, hahahahaaaaaa

EmbraceTheSilence: Funny answer I probobly would be a moon myself

EmbraceTheSilence: The Phantom of the opera, have you ever thinking to do the whole musical?

Tuomas: No, it's been covered so many times already. And I really fancy writing my own music instead of rearranging other people's doings (at least in a big way like that would be).

EmbraceTheSilence: I understand, but you did a amazing job with taht song

Tuomas: Thanks, it's a great piece of music, the original one. And I love the actual story.

EmbraceTheSilence: I love it to, i have seen it 2 times. And I will se you in Ghotenburg. take care

Tuomas: Take good care, you too!



jokimhu: Good evening Tuomas!

Tuomas: Well hello there!

jokimhu: I'm Joanne. Greetings all the way from the Caribbean!

Tuomas: Wow, thanks Joanne! Any rum left?

jokimhu: Haha! There's always plenty!

jokimhu: Unless you drank it all out

Tuomas: It's been known to happen.

jokimhu: Can you tell us what's the silliest nickname you've ever had?

Tuomas: Bugi-Nagi.

jokimhu: Hah! And who gave you such a wonderful name?

Tuomas: .. By my brother when I was a toddler. Have no idea where it came from.

jokimhu: That's cute

jokimhu: In an epic fight between a ninja and a pirate, who would you place your bet on to win?

Tuomas: From the surprise sector Peter Pan would fly into the battle and slay them both.

jokimhu: nice one

jokimhu: What's your favourite ice cream?

Tuomas: Don't really eat that much ice cream, but the cookie dough one from Ben and Jerry's is real nice.

jokimhu: If you could trade places with a movie character for one day, who would it be and why?

Tuomas: Oliver Hardy. I'd love to meet my biggest movie "hero", Stan Laurel.

jokimhu: Thank you Tuomas for your time. Enjoy the rest of your evening adn remember... Imagine, Dream... Believe

Tuomas: Only if YOU do the same!! Take good care Joanne.



Larey: Hi,Tuomas!

Tuomas: A most wondrous evening!

Larey: yep!

Larey: Really excited to have chats with you!Firstly,I am Larey from China.I am a student studying traditional Chinese medicine and going to graduate in June.I am also one of the administrators of Nightwish Bar(an online fan club) in our country.

Tuomas: Wow, impressive! Congrats in advance for the graduation!

Larey: Time is limited,so I am going to ask some questions now

Tuomas: Go ahead

Larey: If some audience mistake Nightwish's style as Gothic Metal,how would you explain to them?

Tuomas: I feel categorizing is in vain. If someone considers us gothic, I don't mind. There are so many influences... I like to think we are undefined by category.

Larey: Aha~The arguement about styles always happen in our online fan club forum..It's hard to explain it clear

Larey: So,when you try to write a song,which will come to your mind first,lyrics or melodies?And will you record the notes on paper or you just remember all by heart?

Tuomas: "A vehicle of spirit, undefined by category" said someone once about us. that's the BEST description I've ever heard.

Larey: well,it's a great description

Tuomas: The story comes first, then the melodies/riffs/chords, then lyrics. I write something down occasionally but mostly it's all in the head. Or dictaphone.

Larey: So you have really good memoris

Larey: Sometimes I write music,but I would like to write it down on paper

Tuomas: Guess so. But I do write a lot of the stuff down, or hum melodies into a dictaphone. Never used computers so far.. Maybe will in the future, I'd love to try the Sibelius software.

Larey: aha~worth to have new trying

Larey: Have you ever imagine that your poetic lyrics were translated into another language(none-European languages) and written into poems?

Tuomas: Never have, actually. I have no idea what the result would be..

Larey: hahaha~~actually we fans do much efforts in translating NW's lyrics into ancient Chinese poems and the translations are still charming,some of the translated lyrics can be sung along the music

Larey: last question,What's your favorite cigarette brand?

Tuomas: Oh, cool. I can't even begin to imagine how that would sound, ha.

Tuomas: Any piece of coffin nails will do but usually it's Kent.

Larey: And I am really feel pleasant to have chat with you.Best wish to you and other NW guys!!

Tuomas: Thanks! All very best to you & to China.



Liliana: Hello Tuomas I'm Liliana and I'm 14 years old,Greetings from Portugal !

Tuomas: Hey there & a fine evening to you, Liliana from Portugal!

Liliana: What is your favorite candy ?

Tuomas: Super sour bombs, definitely. + salmiakki.

Liliana: What is your favorite TV show ?

Tuomas: MacGyver, Little House On The Praerie, Walking Dead... There are quite a few

Liliana: Are you thinking of doing a tattoo ?

Tuomas: Not seriously. I never really saw the point in taking one.

Liliana: cool , What is the stupidest thing you've done because someone dared you to?

Tuomas: Smoking & singing live.

Liliana: hahaha

Liliana: If somebody handed you a magic lamp and gave you three wishes, what would they be?

Tuomas: To give the wishes to someone smarter, who would know what to actually do with them.

Liliana: that's good

Liliana: What do you eat for breakfast?

Tuomas: A few cups of coffee & a lot of water. If I decide to go mental, I might boil myself one egg.

Liliana: Who in your family are you most like?

Tuomas: That would be my dad.

Liliana: What's the longest you've gone without sleep?

Tuomas: Appr. 40 hours, traveling home from U.S. I can never sleep in a plane.

Liliana: wow ! Who do you respect the most?

Tuomas: My family.

Liliana: It was really nice to talk to you,i wish you all the best ! Hugs from me and my mother (she's also a fan)

Tuomas: A big hug back to both.



Linn_4: Hi Tuomas!

Tuomas: Hell-o!

Linn_4: I'm Linda from Joensuu, Finland and I've been a fan of yours & Nightwish for about 8 years now. I think the album "Imaginaerum" is amazing as well as the concerts were in Joensuu & Helsinki a month ago!

Tuomas: We are nearly neighbors then. Glad you enjoyed as much as we sure did!

Linn_4: Oh, yes. Indeed!

Linn_4: I'm a huge fan of Disney and other animations, so my first question..

Linn_4: Which Disney movie classics (like the Lion King) are your favourite ones? Can you pick TOP5, for example?

Tuomas: Fantasia (1940), Sleeping Beauty, Beauty And The Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi

Linn_4: I love those too, especially Beauty&Beast..

Linn_4: How about your favourite "non-Disney" animations? (like Balto or Dreamworks production...)

Tuomas: It's beautiful. I don't quite fancy the ending, though. Serious American blue cheese there..

Tuomas: Never got into those really..

Linn_4: Okay. Well, there's only one Disney, so I understand..

Tuomas: Some Pixar is okayish but maybe I'm just too old fashioned..

Linn_4: I see..

Linn_4: well

Tuomas: Wall-E & Up were brilliant, though.

Linn_4: Let's talk about your Pirates of the Caribbean favourites. Which one of the films and which one of the soundtracks is your favourite?

Tuomas: Time to break some myths here... The 1st Pirates was amazing fun! The 2nd I'd give2 out of 5, # 3 and 4 are utter crap. Soundtracks are ok in all of them but the last 2 movies are horrendous.

Tuomas: Just my opinion, that is.

Linn_4: POTC films are my favourites of all time. I like them all, but the first one is the best indeed.

Linn_4: How many times you have took a ride in POTC attraction in Disneyland, California?

Tuomas: Ooh, maybe 10? I was in Orlando a couple months back and went into it twice. Love it!

Linn_4: Thank you for this talk! It was amazing to chat with you Your music is very inspiring, the lyrics are full of wisdom. I wish all the best for you and your projects in the future Can't wait to see you in the summer. It would be my dream come true, if "Sleeping Sun", "Escapist" or "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" was included in the setlist in Ruisrock/Pro

Tuomas: Good talking to you! Take best of care Linda!



Lycoris: Hi Tuomas! Nice to meet you, my name is dorota and I'm 19 year old girl from Poland

Tuomas: Hey Dorota how's your evening?

Lycoris: Fine, thanks.

Lycoris: Month ago I started to learn to play keyboard and I wanted to ask you one question connected with it.

Tuomas: I try my best to answer

Lycoris: What was the first song you learned to play?

Tuomas: I wish I remembered. it was something out of "Aaron 1" - piano book when I was 6 years old and started with the piano.

Lycoris: When you were a child... did you wanted to be a musician? Or playing piano was just a hobby?

Tuomas: It was all a mere hobby. I never once dreamed of becoming a musician. Then things took their own weird course and here I am.

Lycoris: And that's great Is being a musician the same thing as you had imagined it to be before you started your career?

Tuomas: Well, I never imagined anything about it so difficult to say. But I love it and have the time of my life every day doing what I do.

Lycoris: What is the first thing you do after getting up?

Tuomas: Put on the coffee.

Lycoris: Just like me

Tuomas: A rather universal habit, I guess

Lycoris: And now it's time for the most weird of my questions...

Lycoris: What would you do if one day all of your hair fell out?

Tuomas: I would stick it back with some duct tape and no one would be any the wiser.

Lycoris: hahah nice answer

Lycoris: did you ever try Polish vodka?

Tuomas: Yes, remember doing that in Poland once or twice.

Lycoris: It was really nice to meet you I can't wait to see you in Warsaw in June. Take care!

Tuomas: You too! Till then!



Missmoo: Hey Tuomas, I'm Donna from the UK Hope you are well

Tuomas: A delight to meet you Donna!

Missmoo: My 1st question is what advice can you give me for my daughter she really wants to play the keyboard like you she is 4 is that to young to start?

Tuomas: I'm no professional.. I started at the age of 6 and felt just right. But if she insists just let her have a good time with it and see how things evolve. Tell her greetings for a nice choice of an instrument!

Missmoo: I will

Missmoo: what is the most embarrasing thing you have done on stage? ;p

Tuomas: Still the same thing; singing

Missmoo: Why is it that you dont sing are you just to shy?

Missmoo: or cant sing

Tuomas: Simply, I just don't fancy singing. It does't do it for me like playing does.

Missmoo: fair enough

Missmoo: do you support any charities?

Tuomas: I have a couple of regular charities I support but don't really want to reveal what they are.

Missmoo: That is ok but nice that you support some

Missmoo: what is your best memory from your childhood?

Tuomas: First visit to Disneyland 26.5. 1990. And all the Christmas Eves

Missmoo: I have yet to visit disneyland, maybe one day

Missmoo: Do you have any strong beleifs about life?

Tuomas: It's hideously commercial but if you can look beyond all that it's paradise.

Missmoo: Can i just say that you have helped me alot personaly through some dark times after i lost my son. Did you ever imagine that your music would help so many people in different ways

Tuomas: Nothing extreme, if that's what you mean. I do love being alive and having all these amazing adventures, good and dark ones.

Tuomas: I'm very sorry to hear that. My condolences. It's a hugely comforting feeling to hear people react to our music the way they do.

Missmoo: Thank you Tuomas. Can I just say it's been a pleasure talking to you, can wait to come and see you some time, your music is truely magical

Tuomas: Much appreciated. Have a good one!



moonwish: hI Tuomas!

Tuomas: Hello!

moonwish: I'm Marie from London. Thanks so much for doing this.

Tuomas: It's good fun!

moonwish: First question, What time of the day are you most creative?

Tuomas: Mornings, by far.

moonwish: Seems that way for me too.

moonwish: Your English is great and I know you read a lot. Do you read books in English or do you prefer Finnish translations?

Tuomas: Both will do. Reading in English is a tad slower, though.

moonwish: You're a sensitive guy. Do loud sounds and large crowds bother you?

Tuomas: Ahem.. I don't especially love big crowds, no. But I can deal with them for a while. Loud sounds are great in small amounts.

moonwish: Loud music is good, especially Nightwish! But I hate sounds and crowds.

moonwish: Do you ever drink white wine?

Tuomas: Loud firework sounds are fantastic!

moonwish: No, don't like fireworks. I'm afraid. Like looking at them though.

Tuomas: I fancy red or even champers but not really white wine. I use it in cooking, though. At the end of the evening any liquid wine will do.

moonwish: Do you feel a spiritual connection with trees?

Tuomas: The way I look at everything is that we are all but stardust, and thus connected.

moonwish: I agree

moonwish: Thanks again for taking the time to chat to us. Enjoy your evening and all the best for the tour and life!

Tuomas: Cheers!



Zemislava: Ahoy Tuomas!

Tuomas: Ahoy there!

Zemislava: Let me introduce myself a little. My name is Michaela and I come from Slovakia. I?m 20 years old and I study archival science in Bratislava(capital city of Slovakia). I love music, book, nature and a little bit weird thing: school

Zemislava: My first question is: if you could travel in time, which three historical periods would you like to visit and why?

Tuomas: The jurassic era to see the dinosaurs, back to 1963 to see who really killed Kennedy and back to the moment of Big Bang to witness the Ultimate Show!

Zemislava: wow, nice choise

Zemislava: what's your favorite dish that your mom would do, without which you can't go for very long?

Tuomas: It's my dad who usually does the cooking. He makes the best false morel soup on the planet.

Zemislava: what's your favorite part of the day and why?

Tuomas: Early mornings. I love the feeling of waking up, clear mind and the scent of fresh brewing coffee.

Zemislava: Can you say something typical for Slovakia? Have you ever think about this country?

Tuomas: We have played there a couple of times and the shows / audience were fantastic! As a hockey fan, Miroslav Satan comes to mind.

Zemislava: so you?re a hockey fan?

Tuomas: Yeah, NHL mainly.

Zemislava: Ok, another: Are you afraid of dentists or other doctors?

Tuomas: Not really, anymore. Used to be as a kid. They have wonderful anesthetics these days..

Zemislava: that?s true

Zemislava: Did you try stop smoking cigarettes in the past?

Tuomas: Never tried in a serious manner. I don't smoke that much anyway. It's more a social habit.

Zemislava: and it?s unhealthy

Zemislava: Do you remember what dreams do you have during a sleep?

Tuomas: Everything seems to unhealthy these days.. Being truly happy and content in life keeps you healthier than anything else.

Tuomas: Sometimes, they are just so easy to forget. i don't keep a dream journal or anything.

Zemislava: ok

Zemislava: I would like to thank you for your time, it was honor for me.I enjoy it very well. Have a nice evening and take care. Bye bye

Tuomas: Take best of care! Bye.


Escapist: Any final works Tuomas?

Tuomas: My pleasure. Was great fun once again!

mojo: sooo we will do it again?

Escapist: He has a choice?

Escapist: hah

mojo: true

Escapist: Thanks all for it being so smooth. Until we arrange something again. I'll get the transcript online later

Tuomas: Absolutely. Let's do a themed chat. We could only talk about Laurel & Hardy, wines, and the meaning of life.

Escapist: .. yeah we'll discuss hah

Tuomas: Bye all

The Team Interview Tuomas

The TH Team conducted a recent interview with Tuomas and his site manager Carol. Here we talk a bit about Imaginarium, Tuomas himself and the website.

Imaginarium etc:


1) Is there anything special prepared for the live shows that has to do with the movie?


Tuomas:  Something related to the movie will most probably be involved in the live shows but don`t know exactly what just yet. We haven`t shot a single frame of the film yet, so...



2) This being some kind of concept album, is there still place for old songs in the setlist?


Tuomas: Absolutely! I`m not a fan of the idea of playing through a whole album live, concept or not. Well, what Metallica did with "Master Of Puppets" on tour was supercool, playing the whole album through, but I doubt we will ever do something similar.



3) Your personal favourite is The Poet and The Pendulum. Is there any song in this album that equals that or that you even prefer?


Tuomas: My philosophy has been from the beginning of the songwriting process of Imaginarium, that it will be like one single song divided into 12-13 chapters. The chapters that I prefer change on a daily basis and right now I´m just too close to the album. There`s one epic piece again, something like 14min long, and it ends with quite a peculiar idea that I really like.



4) What about the Anette/Marco combination? Is there as much of Marco as on DPP or more of Anette this time?


Tuomas: Pretty much the same as on DPP.



5) We know you don't have a prominent role in the movie, but what are your thoughts about actually having to act (even if it's just a very small role)? Excited? Scared?


Tuomas: Very excited indeed! I assume there will be some coaching before the cameras start rolling so it should end up being believable acting. I honestly don`t know for sure yet how big my/the band`s part will be in the film. Originally I didn`t want the band members to act but the director insisted on it.



6) What is the best and the worst things of the movie industry?


Tuomas: I`m not the right person to answer this one, since I don`t anything about it. Well, getting the finance was a ridiculously big ordeal so that wasn`t much fun but I`m confident it will all pay off in the end.



7) You said Stobe has a similar way of thinking to you, has this put you more at ease now with the movie being in their hands?


Tuomas: It sure has! The thing is; I provided The Idea, the music and the philosophy of the movie, then we worked with the plot, characters, visual world, script, etc. for a couple of years and then I just basically let go of it. I trust Stobe and the production company 100% and let them take control from now on. Naturally I watch over what`s going on, so that if they start making a romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts I will surely have a word with the lot.



8) How long do you expect to tour for Imaginarium?


Tuomas: It will be for 1 year, maybe 80-90 shows altogether.



9) Will there be separate music videos made for the singles? If so will they relate to the movie or do you plan for them to be something different?


Tuomas: Nothing concrete has yet been decided. I`m sure there will be nothing separate, so if we make an actual "music video", it will be related to the movie somehow. A teaser and a trailer will definitely be made.



10) Have you already thought about which piece of Hans Zimmer music will be your next tour introduction?


Tuomas: Haha, maybe it`s time to change into someone else. Haven`t given it any thought, to be honest. We have Troy with us the whole tour so "Finlandia" will be there at some point.



11) You told us you felt empty after completing the mixing of the album. Is making an album that mentally draining on you? How do you combat that and move onto the next stage?


Tuomas: It`s a feeling beyond anything... It`s a mixed state of happiness, relief and ultimate emptiness. Usually lasts a month or two. I hear it`s a very common thing with people who "create". It`s also scary `cause you don`t get the kick out of the songs at all, due to hearing them a few hundred times during the recordings and the mixing. Time heals, though. And friends who convince it`s all ok.




12) The movie teaser poster looks very intriguing, can you explain what it represents or will that give away too much?


Tuomas: The idea is just to raise questions and interest so that`s it. We didn`t use the famous poster of E.T. as a reference, even though it reminds me a bit of it, now that I see the final picture. I`m a roller coaster - fanatic, so that´s gonna be one of the major inspirations in the film, and on the album, as well!



13) Have you already chose and confirmed the album artwork at this point? Are you planning it to stand on its own or relate to the movie art in some way?


Tuomas: It will relate in some way, but I`d like it to be somewhat different, too. From the start it has been important that the album will work as an individual identity also. Will start working with the artwork with the mighty Toxic Angel in a few weeks!



14) You have said you have an epic of a song that’s 20 minutes in length, please tell us that this song will be complete on the album and not split into different tracks.


Tuomas: Yeah, it`s the last one on the album, but we decided to cut it in 2 pieces. So song #12 is appr 14 mins and track #13 appr. 6 minutes. The last song was originally the last chapter of that epic (like "Mother And Father" in The Poet And The Pendulum) but it just felt natural to cut it separate. When you hear it you`ll agree.



15) You are creating something quite unique with this album/movie combo. How on Earth are you going to be able to equal/beat this with the release after Imaginarium?


Tuomas: It`s such beauty not to have to think about that stuff just yet. We`re all ceasing the moment here.



16) The age old question of: Any plans to do the concert with the orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall you have been dreaming of doing?


Tuomas: Nothing concrete, unfortunately.



17) Any plans to film any of the concerts this time?


Tuomas: Nothing concrete, again.. But I would think we will record something for future use.





About Tuomas etc:


18) We all know that you are a great song writer. But how do you overcome writers block?


Tuomas: The most simple cure for me is outdoors + physical exercise + a good night`s sleep! I had the worst writer`s block of my life while writing the songs for "Once", I got very frustrated and desperate. Then I took a week`s hike in Lapland, a rather strenuous one, and the dam was broken. The song "Dead Gardens" is actually about that feeling.




19) Did Kiti ever tell you off for playing keyboards too late at night?


Tuomas: Never did. She understood things. Still does.



20) After all these years, do you still get surprised (shocked?) by the insanity of your fans?


Tuomas: Actual "insanity" is a rare thing, even though I`ve witnessed that, too. I never get used to it, and I just don`t get the "worship" thing at all. But it feels heartwarming to see that what I`ve created has such a big impact on some people. Gives me a huge boost to carry on doing what I do.



21) Are you a moody artist when you are working? Ignoring people, forgetting to eat/sleep, etc?


Tuomas: I`m afraid I am. I`m a typical male in a sense that I can FULLY concentrate on just one thing at a time. When writing, recording or mixing a NW - album, for example, I become quite absent-minded and absorbed. I`m very fortunate to have people around me who understand the artist - side in me. In everyday life I like to be very accurate and organized.



22) If you could have been the star of a movie, which one would it have been?


Tuomas: Beast from "Beauty And The Beast". Or Indiana Jones.



23) What is the very first memory that you have?


Tuomas: This is an interesting one that I`ve sometimes thought myself! I remember vividly lying in hospital while a doctor was putting a cast in my broken leg. I was 1,5 years old then. That`s my first clear memory.



24) What is the worst movie you have ever seen?


Tuomas: Sooooo many of those... I mean if it`s bad enough it`s almost enjoyable (Plan 9 From Outer Space, Piranha 3D, Police Academy sequels, Steven Seagal - movies...). "MacGruber" was the worst one I`ve seen in ages.



25) What’s it like to kill a surprise on live TV? (The Jouni Hynynen one)


Tuomas: Ha! Didn`t realize what was going on until after the show. No big deal, the girls were cool and laughing about the whole thing.



26) Have you ever thought of Nightwish covering any song from Disney classic cartoons?


Tuomas: Yeah. Some wonderful songs in the classics!



27) Do your bracelets have sentimental value or are they just worn because you like them?


Tuomas: Some of them do have, but most of them are just crap from a souvenir shop and such.



28) As you are a fan of movies, how do you feel about this increasing amount of 3D movies - and what is the best 3D movie you have seen?


Tuomas: "Avatar" is the only 3D - film that truly made an impression to me, it was fantastic! Overall, I`m not a big fan, at least yet. Pirates 4 - 3D was simply useless, for example.



29) What is your most precious gift ever received by a fan?


Tuomas: Loads of them, impossible to mention just one.



30) What is your favourite piece of Disney memorabilia that you own?


Tuomas: The Finnish Donald Duck - comics from the early 1950`s. "Tomb Sweet Tomb" -picture from "The Haunted Mansion Ride". (Only 3 in the world). "Enchanted Castle Of The Beast" - painting by Pete Ellenshaw...



31) You once said in an interview you built a room in your home solely for your collection, would you ever take and share pictures with us of it to see how amazing it will be?


Tuomas: You`d be disappointed..



32) What was the scariest moment in your life?


Tuomas: When I fell asleep while driving in the motorway close to Joensuu. Luckily Tero TeeCee (Kinnunen, NW`s long-time engineer/technician) woke me up just in time before a crash. We had just returned from a tour and I was a zombie. Never ever drive tired!



33) What's the best thing about the Finnish summer?


Tuomas: Blooming nature, fishing, baseball.



34) Who came up with the logo for Nightwish?


Tuomas: Originally it was a high school mate of mine.



35) Do you ever get neck cramp/whiplash after a gig?


Tuomas: Always after a longer break in touring. The neck doesn`t seem to like sudden headbanging for some reason.





Website related etc:


36) A lot of fans are curious how you both came together on this website, it‘s not common for a fan to end up in personal contact with a musician we admire. First Carol, why a site for Tuomas and how did you come to actually work with him on it.


Carol: Long story made short, I felt over the years that I would like to contribute in someway to help spread the word about Tuomas’ work, especially after an older sites abandonment. This is what resulted. I just got an email of mine sent to him about what we do here and my plans, and things went from there.



37) Tuomas, what went through your mind when you first heard there was another website dedicated to you? Why did you decide to reply to Carol's email and not just ignore and dismiss as just another fansite?


Tuomas: She was convincing and unconditional. I never thought of founding my own webpage, since I`m not a solo artist and I don`t visit either my or the NW - website, but this seemed like a very proper thing to do.



38) Carol, how did you feel when approaching Tuomas about the website? And what went through your mind when you saw his reply sitting in your inbox waiting to be opened?


Carol: It was daunting at first and trying to make sure I said all I wanted in that first email took me a long time to construct. I was shocked to be honest, I never expected a response.



39) We know from other interviews that you decided to make the site when the old site became inactive, and that you received some negative responses from people who knew of the idea. How did that feel at the time, and how do you look at it now, in hindsight?


Carol: You will never get 100% praise for anything you do, so it was expected. So I just took the constructive critasisms on board and ignored other things.



40)This website has been very heavily community based from its start. You’ve done 2 competitions so far in its short life as official. Carol, how hard is it to organise these and what inspires the ideas?


Carol: It can be tricky to organise things which will have so many people who will want to take part. Sometimes it’s tough coming up with ideas as you don’t want things to get repetitive but also take things into account like language barriers etc.



41) The last competition had you involved with donating some prizes Tuomas, do you think it’s important to have things like competitions and that the musicians are willing to do things for their online communities?


Tuomas: It`s an artist`s choice. I like to be involved with the community to some extent and it`s fun to do stuff like this every now and then. Personally, I like to keep my distance, still.



42) Undoubtedly these competitions have helped the site’s community expand and we now have more than 1500 forum members. How do you both feel about the sites success?


Carol: Still shocked and amazed at it’s popularity.

Tuomas: Same here. Like I mentioned earlier, I find it even "embarrassing" in a weird way, that`s why I don`t visit the sites. Hard to explain.



43) And, Carol, if you had been told when you first started the site that it would connect so many people across different continents what would you have said?


Carol: I knew such a thing can be possible if you work hard enough at it. I just didn’t expect it to happen to us in the scale it has, and in such a short time frame.



44) Tuomas, are you quite laid back with how Carol runs the site, or do you like being involved and interested with what’s being planned?


Tuomas: Trust her completely and help with what I can.



45) Tuomas, what does it feel like having such a dedicated website promoting your work?


Tuomas: Very flattering that someone would do this out of her own request.



46) Carol, what is the general response you get from fans?


Carol: Very supportive and heart warming. It makes all the hard work and long hours so much more worthwhile.



47) Tuomas do you get a similar impression?


Tuomas: Yeah, the couple of chat sessions I had with the fans were a lot of fun, for example! It seems to be a strong social community that goes far beyond my music itself.**



48) The last time you (Tuomas) visited the Chat room the phrase "misbehave MORE, you mindless ghouls" came about. Carol, what was your reaction when you saw this?


Carol: Oh Tuomas please don’t encourage them!



49) And Tuomas, what possessed you to demand that we stop behaving ourselves?


Tuomas: Satan.



50) You both met recently for the first time in London when you were there to record the orchestra for the new album. Did it feel a bit strange for both of you to be meeting up?


Carol: Strange, maybe not so much. It was fun actually, just a shame I wasn’t a wine drinker to steal some of his winnings from an earlier bet.


Tuomas: Not really, why would it? What I do find strange is that there is an English woman who actually knows her NHL - hockey! Wow.

Carol: Haha yes, next year it will be me winning the bet between our two teams (Habs Vs Ducks)



51) Shortly before the meeting you fell ill with tonsillitis, Tuomas, and in communicating this to Carol you told her you had angina, (which here in the UK at least), it is a serious heart condition. Is this the worst translation error you have came accross, or are there more funny stories?


Tuomas: Yeah I know that was a wrong translation. Tonsillitis in Finnish is called "angiina". That`s why.

When I was in Kansas as an exchange student in `92-`93, I asked the band leader (I played the sax + clarinet in the high school band) if they had a any "faggot players" in the band. I meant the "bassoon", which in Finnish is "fagotti". I was innocent with my question and the whole situation was right out of a Monty Python. This really happened. Still makes me laugh.



52) We heard as soon as Carol knew she would be heading to London, that she started planning the message book which you received. It seemed like such a big project to take on, was it fun to do Carol?


Carol: Very, but I didn’t give myself a lot of time. Especially with the slow mail service due to weather in the UK. We had 76 members take part if I remember correctly, which at that point in the communities life was quite a lot. Some of the messages were lovely and it was a nice project to do.



53) When we saw the pictures, we couldn’t believe how great it looked. We imagine it’s something that was very unexpected for you to receive Tuomas?


Tuomas: Oh yes indeed! Such a lovely and heartwarming gift. It made a nice combo reading through it while listening to Imaginarium some weeks ago.



54) Do you have anything else planned like the book Carol for future?


Carol: Not a book, but something very very special and unique. But since he will read this I'm not saying what. I hope to take it to him in December.



55) We saw in the interview that was filmed, your very shocked reaction to Carol never seeing The Village. Was it a bit of fun such as 'how dare you know me and never seen this movie?'


Tuomas: Of course I have to exaggerate a little in a moment like that.. Hey, I still haven`t seen "Casablanca"... And I call myself a movie fan.



56) And Carol, you have seen it now, right?


Carol: Haha I watched it the day after I returned from London, and informed Tuomas to stop any chance of him complaining to me about it.



57) Where do you see the site in say 5 years time?


Carol: That depends on what Tuomas is working on in 5 years



58) So you will still be around?


Carol: Of course



59) Ok then Tuomas, where do you see yourself in 5 years?


Tuomas: Hiking with bears in Kodiak Island, Alaska, and generating ideas for new songs.



60) The website has been privileged with some exclusive things, one of them for example was some video clips of Tuomas performing the Saxophone in the Jazz Band with Plamen. How does it feel to have things like these so your fans can watch and see you before Nightwish?


Tuomas: Weird.. I suppose next you`ll ask my mom to show pictures of me on the potty.

Carol: Haha - I promise not to ask her, although it would make for an interesting phone call. :)

The Team would like to give a big thanks to both Tuomas and Carol for doing this for us....with no complaints. :)