STRATOMAIL - CONTACT
Stratomail allows you to send a question to a band member.
Jens: All the recorded music and gigs, and all the happiness that they have brought to people. But this is the normal and most obvious answer.The highlights are not so much the interesting thing, it's the keeping the ball rolling and the music flowing long term which is the most important thing actually.Often what you might call highlights" have not so much to do with music. One typical example, i was happy with the way Jörg left the band. He left by his own will and it was a very orderly and organized thing. Of course it was also sad since we have done so many fun things together. But if you can not be 100% happy, at least you can be a bit sad while things are not chaotic or angry. I have been in so many bands and seen so many different "ends" -- people are fired and/or quit and/or the whole band just collapses or disintegrates.
Jens: It's very nice being in a musical family, because you have an understanding about the issues and about the life, immediately. You never quite run out of things to talk about. Also me and Anders have often played together in bands or in other projects and we have also worked together on many other things. It always gives an interesting spin on the dynamic we had as we were growing up!
Jens: It started with our tech Django gluing a plastic piece of dog shit to the keyboard. Then it sort of evolved. The crew kept glueing things to the keyboard, maybe they were looking for some sort of funny or even angry reaction. Django didn't, I think he knew i would just think it was funny even with the dog shit! The first ducks were from a hotel bath tub in Stuttgart if i remember correctly. Every room had a few rubber ducks. The lights in the ducks came a year later or so. It's a bit nicer than dog shit but the idea is the same. Nobody hates rubber ducks! Maybe i should put something even weirder there.
Jens: Right now, with the song writing!
Jens: It's a completely natural progression. I can say that with confidence based on the crazy system we have set up to make albums since "Polaris". Everybody just writes what they think is good and then we decide collectively if it should go on the album. It sounds like it would be impossible that this would work, but so far we created three albums. It's a natural selection of ideas, only the fittest songs survive the brutal opinions of the rest of the guys.
Question: I was wandering how you became the drummer for Stratovarius? I've been playing drums since 2005 just about every day but I have never been able to find anyone willing to create a band. What are your tips for networking and finding bands and getting involved etc? Oh and btw Stratovarius rules. They've been an excellent influence on my life since 2009 when I first heard the song Pheonix.
Rolf: Hi Eric!
Timo: Hi Patricia ! Thanks for you kind words. My all time favourite singer was probably Ronnie James Dio. His way of expressing emotions was something spectacular. Also as a live singer he was brilliant. He made a big impression on me the way he treaden the fans – always polite ! The most important thing of being of good singer is to have your own sound that sticks out from the rest. It’s not easy but a singer should try to find his own style and color to his voice. A good singing technique is a big help of course.
Name: James Howe
Timo: Hello James! There are not as many bands around nowadays as 10 years ago. But then again I am very happy to see the classic power metal bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray, Sonata Arctica and of course Stratovarius are still making new albums and touring. I have not followed so much what´s going on with the new bands. What comes to more progressive bands it seems Dream Theater are still going strong!
Timo: Hi Val! I think it was Matias who came up with the Nemesis title at one airport. It’s not a theme album at all. It seemed just like a good title for the album. Later I wrote the lyrics for one song which is loosely based on the Nemesis myth, just a modern version of it. Actually we never had any real theme album. Just songs which had the same name as the album. Papillon means a butterfly in French. So basically it’s about the life of a butterfly.
Name: Sarah Lintakoon
Timo: Hi Sarah! Cool pics! In September we are gonna play in Atlanta on the Prog Power USA-festival but that is exclusive show in the US this year. We have played in Seattle in the past and I would love to come back. Hopefully we will do more gigs in the US with the next album.
Timo: Hey Martin! The plan is to release a new album next year. Right now we are still writing songs for it and then it will take a couple of months to record it. And yes – it´s always a challenge to make a better album compared to the previous one. But I have high hopes! J
Timo: Hi Nicolás! There are many songs that give me goose bumbs while singing them. It also depends on the situation. Very often it happens with some classic songs that we have not played for many years and when singing them live again it feels great. This happened to me last time with the song called We hold the key. I like the song a lot and I did not sing it for many years. Then I thought to give it a try and now we have played it a couple of times in the past 6 months. I do like Nemesis a lot. Lyric wise the most difficult album to write was my first solo album Waiting for the Dawn. It’s a theme album and it took a lot of time to write it.
Timo: I believe that my voice right now is in a very good shape (it’s not always like this for a singer) so I might be able to sing everything. I remember that some epic songs were kind of difficult to sing live since there are really no place to rest my voice. A song like Anthem of the World for example. But then again I used to think that We hold the key is difficult to sing live but nowadays it´s been very easy. Of course some songs are vocally more interesting that others.
Timo: Hola Javier! I can´t! J Before every tour I just need to sing those old songs (and new ones too) again quite many times. Then the lyrics will come back to me. But of course sometimes I forget some lyrics.
Timo: Hi Janeth! We do have an excellent school system in Scandinavia. You still need to do your normal homework. But in some schools you can choose to be on the music class where you can have a bit more music education. If you are talented enough you can later on apply for special music schools. In the end it’s all up to you. How much you rehearse your instrument and how talented you are.
Timo: Hello Brenda! Oh, thanks a lot! I do sing quite a lot. But not everyday. I believe that the voice needs to rest as well. Similar to practising sports. I do vocal exercises and of course sing a lot of gigs in a year. I have found out that singing acoustic show (mostly with Jani Liimatainen) has helped my voice a lot what comes to singing Strato songs. It’s a bit different style of singing but it has improved my range, control of voice and also expressing emotions. I try not to drink too much alcohol while on tour, try to get a lot of sleep, drink lots of water and try to keep my body in a good shape.
Timo: Hey Vojta! We have been discussing about doing gigs outside Finland. But so far we have been too busy with gigs over here and of course me with Stratovarius and Jani with some other projects. But we still wan to do some also in Europe!