- Music came into the life of Tuomas at the age of 6 when his mother made him take piano lessons in a music school, followed by clarinet and tenor saxophone studies some years later. Having completed the music theory classes together with final exams in these instruments, he got his graduation diploma at the age of 15. That same year Tuomas took off to Kansas for a year as a foreign exchange student.
Read MoreIn September 1992, his host family took him to see Metallica and Guns ”N Roses in Kansas City, a concert that would have a huge impact on his musical influences and, well, life altogether. Returning from the States in 1993, Tuomas spent a few years playing in different bands before the idea of Nightwish was born in the fall of 1996.Tuomas has a special passion for film music, but when it comes to enjoying music, it”s always the song that matters the most, not the genre. Writing an actual score for a movie is something Tuomas would love to try one day.Tuomas, what’s your favorite track on “Imaginaerum”?
It’s weird, I’ve always had favorite tracks when it comes to our previous albums. In the case of “Imaginaerum”, however, I don’t prefer one track over another. For me, “Imaginaerum” is almost like one long song consisting of 13 chapters.
As a performing artist, Tuomas, what is your favorite concert venue?
In my opinion, small clubs are the most inspirational venues because you can feel the proximity and the energy of the audience. However, all our band members have different opinions on the matter. For Anette, big arenas are the best venues, whereas the other guys prefer music festivals that are packed with people.
For the band, what are your expectations for 2012?
We are looking forward to larger-than-life experiences and memorable moments on stage. Most of all, we want our fans to share those same feelings when they are watching us perform.