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10 Quick Ones with ANETTE OLZON of THE DARK ELEMENT – October 2017

| 18 October 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Dark Element is a new musical project fronted by the former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon together with Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen.  Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival.  Fortunately they won’t have to wait much longer though as their debut album will be released November 10th via Frontiers Music Srl.” We get Anette to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, her 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?

I believe that at the first listening the fans might not hear some stuff like the brass section in one song and some of my harmonies that are in there. But at the second and third one with head phones they will hear all the little details that we’ve put in and that I find to be really important for the sound.

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

I grew up in a family of musicians so I’ve always been surrounded by music and instruments. It’s a heritage from blood so to say and I knew already as a very small child that I wanted to be a singer and could see myself on the big stages already back then.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

My mum, my grandfather, Sting, Abba and Michael Jackson.

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

Sting cause he is just amazing as a singer, songwriter and amazing in his creativity.

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

It’s catchy, melodic tunes in a mix of symphonic metal and clean vocals. Some mention ABBA and metal and yeah that kinda fits how I also think it sounds.

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

To be able to get all the emotions inside you to come out in the form of notes and harmonies. It’s so much joy in doing music and it’s just pure when you do it. To sing and play with others is a very special thing and a feeling of being an unity. Truly amazing experience.

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?

Well, since we’re not a band but a project (me and Jani), it’s a hard question to answer, but I believe Jani would be the guitar player and I am the one bringing the food and beers. I am known as the coffee and food lady in my former bands.

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

I actually work as a nurse too so that’s my dream job other than being a singer.

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”?

I feel I should never regret anything in life cause I live and learn from it all. So I haven’t gotten any special thing to mention but of course some steps I’ve taken could be a bit less painful if I had listened more carefully to my inner self instead of going ahead into a situation that ended up badly.

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?

It would be Michael Jackson’s Thriller for sure since it’s one that has been such an impact on my life. That album gave me such inspiration for my singing and dancing and Michael’s career and his talent was just so impressive and still is. He was and is one of a kind and the songs he wrote and especially many of his lyrics have had such a deep impact on me.

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