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10 Quick Ones with TUMOAS from AMBERIAN DAWN – November 2017

| 8 November 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “AMBERIAN DAWN are never at a loss for Symphonic Metal that moves your deepest soul. Lyrically these Finns drift with captivating fantasy stories. Check out a brand new track off of their forthcoming album Darkness of Eternity! Overwhelming and adventurous, more than music: See the worldwide music video premiere for “I’m The One”.”  We get Tumoas to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

New album is full of surprises. If you’re not familiar with our current way of making music, you’ll be surprised about how much different kinds of music there is included. There’s some songs that are really symphonic & powerful and on the other hand a couple of songs are really pop-metal. I could say that this album is easy to approach and there’s a lot of musical details on those songs.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was involved with music at age of  4 when my parents made me apply to music school. This was a couple of years before I started the real school. I even learned to write & read notes before I learned to write & read at school. That’s why playing music is very natural for me. At first it was just that classical music but later as teenager I found rock & metal music. Since then my taste in music has changed all the time.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Classical music is the most important one since I started with it as a child – especially piano music since it was my instrument on my classical music studies. Frederik Chopin is my favourite classical composer. When I started to listen to rock music, I think Dio was one of the first bands. As a young adult I started to listen to 70’s and 80’s hard rock like Deep Purple and Rainbow. Also I discovered disco bands like Modern Talking for example. I started to play guitar at age of 14 and at that time I started to listen to guitar instrumental music, players like Joe Satriani, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore. At age of 20 or something I found ABBA’s music for the first time.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Benny Andersson of ABBA. If you would have asked me some years ago, I would  have probably said something different but nowadays I’m really fascinated about Benny’s work as composer and keyboard player. I also admire his taste in creating sound atmospheres.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

AD is melodic metal and nowadays the vocals parts are put in front and dominating the songs. A kind of “Easy to listen metal”.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

As a musician or as a composer the best part is total artistic freedom. I’m lucky that I’ve always been able to do the kind of music I’ve been wanting to do without getting pressured from outside. Also playing live in the front of live audience is always awesome.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We don’t spend as much time together as we would like to do. We are all really busy with our own stuff. It’s actually really rare that we have a chance to be with each other outside studio work or outside gigs or tours. I think we all are a little bit crazy and if we’ll ever have a chance to spend a night together, the evening is usually full of laughter & drinks.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I also have a day job but I don’t really have a dream job beside making music. In fact my dream job would be that I would be able to be a full time musician & composer. In a modern day it’s not just so easy to make happen.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

There’s a lot of decisions made during these years and at this point I wouldn’t like to do anything differently. I think all the things which have happened have made me the person I am today and made me making the music in a way I’m making it today. So all the experiences, good and bad, will shape you in time and make you what you are as a person.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would like to visit any of ABBA recording sessions. That music is what means the most to me at the moment. When I was younger, maybe 15 years ago or something, I was more into guitar playing and I would have probably liked to be involved with some Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore or Tony MacAlpine recording sessions.





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