- Jukka had a relatively late awakening to music, when music saved him from sports at the age of 11. Jukka quickly noticed that he really enjoyed himself behind the drums. The music world almost lost Jukka when he decided to quit his music school and the school band in the eighth grade, since he felt he didn’t want to play drums anymore. However, a year later Jukka decided to join his friend’s band and took up playing the drums once again.
Read MoreHis musical taste started veering strongly towards Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music, his favorite bands being Stratovarius, Dream Theater, Helloween, Metallica and Paradise Lost among others. After playing in a few bands, Emppu told Jukka about a project Tuomas was starting, and he went to listen to their demo recordings. That project soon became Nightwish.Jukka’s aim in Nightwish is to continue being honest to himself, to everybody around him and to the music. “In the constantly changing world of music, it’s too easy to lose your focus and forget where you’re coming from and why you started to play music in the first place. But if you manage to keep your head and do not let secondary things lead you astray, there are beautiful things to be created and wild, exciting adventures waiting for you. In the end, if we take out all the somewhat boring aspects of life — such as money, position, responsibilities and limitations — our life is pretty much what we make it to be.”