Nightwish Drummer Jukka Nevalainen Answers Your Questions.
NWUSA forum member Marisa asked the following questions:
Which song from all albums has the most meaning to you personally? Also, do you enjoy playing in Australia?
JN: I've really loved "The Last Ride Of The Day" since the very beginning, so let's take that one. That song somehow succeeds to capture THE moment in a perfect, beautiful way. It's also a fantastic song to play live, which of course is a great bonus.
Whenever we get to visit Australia we can always count on, not only to have great shows, but also to get to enjoy a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. People seem to have this kind of easy-going attitude toward things, which doesn't mean they wouldn't care or that things would not be taken care of.
Everything works just perfect! People just somehow know how to take it easy and enjoy what they're doing and that's a great thing.
NWUSA forum member Rebecca asked the following questions:
If you were to have us over for dinner what would you cook? And what dessert or booze should we bring?
JN: Let's say mushrooms filled with blue cheese and garlic, self-made potato wedges and tofu fillets filled with blue cheese and served in a tomato-cream sauce. I'm not that much into any deserts, so let's end this nice dinner with couple of shots of ice cold Jägermeister.
NWUSA forum member TiggerGirl13 asked the following questions:
In a 2006 Nightmail, you replied that you sing, swear or say what comes into your mind while playing onstage. Have you ever said/thought of something so funny or distracting that you’ve nearly lost your place in the song? What’s the funniest thing you’ve said to yourself while playing? Also, I read that the brush style (for Slow, Love, Slow) was something new for you. Are there any other drumming styles you would like to learn and what would they be?
JN: If somebody would record me on stage, that would be a hilarious thing to hear. It's all just nonsense. I might sing the song (out of tune, of course), and the next thing you know, (I) might be encouraging myself for the next rhythm change by saying something like "you lousy piece of shit, try to get it right this time." When that's over, I'm already shouting to the crowd "Come on! Let us hear it!!!" I mean, it's just a flow of emotions that are not controlled by man. But it doesn't get me distracted. Actually, it keeps me focused, since it's are coming from the playing and the feeling of the show. I'd love to learn to play some percussions better. For example, it would be great to get more out of Cajon. It's a colossal instrument.
NWUSA forum member Huskerspheres asked the following questions:
Who inspired you to start playing drums? Did you hear a song and/or particular drummer and you said, "dang, I need to learn how to do that..." Also, when playing live...what's in your earpiece? I mean what are you hearing to keep you on correct time?
JN: My elementary school teacher spoke me over to start playing drums. Before that, I had not even thought of it. So I guess I owe him a lot. I get the whole range in my in-ear. All the instruments are there, but it's of course the click from the background tapes that keeps me on the beat.
NWUSA forum member PianoBlack asked the following questions:
Do you write any songs? Ever played any other instruments?
JN: Answer to both: no, not really.
NWUSA forum member Duodrummer asked the following question:
When someone comes up to you and tells you that you have inspired them to play the drums, or that the music you play has saved their life, what is your reaction, and why?
JN: Even after almost 15 years in the band, those moments are still kind of weird, and I really don't know how to react. You get humble and proud at the same time, which is quite a mixed-up feeling. But of course, it's rewarding to hear that your music means so much to somebody you don't even know. I guess that's the universal power of good music.
NWUSA forum member Aroniiel asked the following question:
How do you feel about how Nightwish has changed musically and how the fan base has grown and continued to support you through the changes?
JN: Changes in our music have happened without planning anything, so I really don't have a clear view on it. If you listen to our albums from different eras, you of course hear the differences and the changes, but we've always had this extremely honest approach on making music, and we've always done what feels right at that time. So it's very difficult to compare different albums. Each one is a perfect picture of its' time. And I want to think that this "honesty" is also one reason for people being so loyal and supportive to us.
NWUSA forum member Woo asked the following question:
Do you write all drum parts for songs on your own, or does Tuomas?
JN: Tuomas always makes a first demo on his own, and he also adds some synth-drums on it. Some rhythms are good ones and end up on the album, but a big part of the drums, I come up when we rehearse the songs together with the whole band.
NWUSA forum member Gypsi68 asked the following questions:
Hi Jukka! How did it feel playing in front of your biggest audience, so far, in the US at the Gibson Amphitheatre, especially knowing that your fans traveled from all over the country to see the show? Also, now that Nightwish has become so beloved throughout Europe, are you ready to conquer America as well? We're ready for you to! ;)
JN: We're always ready to conquer America! The music is there, so the only thing that has to change is that more US people start to buy it… =) The show at the Gibson was fantastic. Getting to play a bigger show with pyros and everything in the US was something we've been waiting for a long time. Next step would be to get to do a whole tour with the same set-up as in Europe. To be able to do that we need some more following though...
NWUSA forum member Solarsun asked the following question:
You obviously have a strong upper body and arms. Do your arms ache at all after a concert, or do you train so much that it doesn't bother you anymore?
JN: When you start playing shows after a long tour break, you feel that playing drums is a very physical job. But after a short while, your body gets used to that and it's easy ever since.
NWUSA forum member Michellefitts asked the following question:
Thank you Jukka for the interview :) My question is do you and/or the band have any pre-concert rituals that you do, and if so, what is/are they? Much love ~ Michelle
JN: Not really, except that we do this "group hug" just before going on stage to encourage everybody and to get the spirit to the top. Of course, we all also do our own preparations, like warm-up and stuff like that.
NWUSA forum member Revan asked the following question:
Have you ever thought about doing a drum solo at one of your shows?
JN: NEVER! There's no better way to ruin the great feeling of the show than make a solo, whether it's a guitar, bass, keyboard or a drum solo. There are only a handful of people in the audience that really want to hear you showing off with your instrument, and the rest are just bored.
In my opinion, separate solos do not serve the purpose at all.
NWUSA forum member Nalon asked the following questions:
What do you think about reincarnation? Do you believe it or not? If you believe in it, what were you in a past life?
JN: I'm not sure yet. I'd love to believe in it, but I still miss the proofs...
NWUSA forum member Helenacatwoman asked the following question:
I would like to ask what was the best memory that you have from the recording of the album Imaginaerum? Hugs from Portugal!
JN: The whole time, we spent at our summer camp in Röskö, Finland rehearsing the new songs. Those two months are something I look back on as my best summer ever. I really wish I get to do the same thing again.
NWUSA forum member Cabernal asked the following question:
What's a funny joke that you have heard recently?
JN: What the difference between a drummer and a family size pizza?
Family size pizza can feed the whole family.
NWUSA forum member Miazeklos asked the following question:
What's your favorite book?
JN: "The Hobbit", has been for a long time and might forever be.
NWUSA forum member Cowboy71 asked the following questions:
What were your thoughts about the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise? Would you consider doing a 'metal cruise' again, or maybe even a "Nightwish cruise”?
JN: I was extremely pleasantly surprised. I thought it might get a bit boring to be four days on a ship, but I really enjoyed all of it. I could definitely go there again. Hopefully one day we'll get to do that again.
NWUSA forum member Liliana asked the following questions:
What is your favorite song from Imaginaerum to play? What was the hardest song?
JN: I'm quite sure it's "The Last Ride Of The Day." It has a great straight-forward beat in it, and it's a perfect ending for the live set. The hardest song might actually be "Slow, Love, Slow." It's not really a difficult one to play, but when playing live, there are certain challenges to keep it all tightly together.