Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have posted a new "Nightmail" session featuring fan questions answered by the group's keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen. A couple of excerpts follow:
Q: Why did you choose a singer like Anette [Olzon] to replace Tarja [Turunen]? Don't you think that the vocalist of NIGHTWISH should be an opera singer? Don't you think that you're changing the idea of the band this way?
Tuomas: The idea of the band was originally to do just acoustic campfire music. So the idea was already changed 10 years ago. Also, NIGHTWISH quit with the operatic vocals already in the "Century Child" album, and ever since. People complain that the opera is now gone with Anette in the band, I think it has already been gone for the past five years.
A band should never be a prisoner of a format. This is a change all the members in the band wanted to do. You always need to follow your heart in what you want to do, otherwise you'll end up being a whore. NIGHTWISH is not a music style, it's five people who do the kind of music they want, the way they want, with the tools they have. Selfish, but honest.
Q: Were there songs that you wrote that the rest of the band did not like?
Tuomas: They are always so polite not to shoot down any of my songs, even though there must be quite a few of them they don't like so much. Being the professionals they are, they always do their best regardless.
I remember Emppu wasn't really happy with "Moondance", Jukka didn't care that much for "For the Heart I Once Had", and Marco has to bite the lip while playing "Sacrament of Wilderness".
Read the entire question-and-answer session at this location.