HearEvil had the opportunity to speak with Tarja Turunen, who after parting ways with Nightwish in 2005, has embarked on a very successful solo career and we caught up with her about her new album, her recent tour and what the future holds for this talented artist.
Thank you Tarja for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk about all that’s going on with you for HearEvil.com the heavy music social network run by women and directed toward women.
Recently it was announced that you were working on a new album to be released in 2013. Any details you can share about the new album?
TT: I am working on the production of the album and we have been recording drums, guitars, bass and keyboards already. The production will take until May next year and if everything goes fine the release is planned for August/September. The elements on the album will remain pretty much the same as in my previous albums although there is always something new that I want to surprise my listeners with. The diversity between songs will be as important as before, so some songs have heavy guitars on them, the others only orchestra.
You just recently released your new live album/DVD Tarja – Act 1 which has been rapidly climbing the charts. For those who have not yet picked up Act 1 what goodies can fans expect from the CD/DVD?
TT: As a first live release, ACT I is very important to me. I have put a lot of effort and love to it and I really like how it turned out. It is also very important to me to be able to show people that haven’t so far been in my shows what my music is about and for those that wants to revisit the experience. Everything is pure live and nothing has been recorded nor overdubbed afterwards, so ACT I is a very honest product from us. It’s been recorded and filmed in a very beautiful opera theatre in Rosario, Argentina and the place looks stunning.
The live DVD/CD is a double CD package and has lots of songs from both of my albums, two new songs and some fun covers. There is an interview with me and the musicians, a video clip from the song “Into the Sun” and two photo galleries with photos that fans took and sent to me and another one from our archives.
Earlier this year you wrapped up The What Lies Beneath Tour. Can you tell us a little bit about the shows and the energy and response from the fans?
TT: We were touring a lot with the album What Lies Beneath, for two years altogether. The response was really great everywhere and I saw that after the first album experience, many more fans came to see my concerts. I am very delighted about the fact that I can have an international career on my own. I am working very hard to keep my concerts emotional so that there is always something to remember afterwards. My fans are amazing people. They have been an extremely important support to me.
You have toured all over the world. Any differences between the shows internationally vs the US? Do you see differences in the type of fans that come to your shows across the nation?
TT: You can see little differences between the audiences in every country. In southern part of Europe and in Central and South America the fans are wilder, more passionate and louder than the fans in Western Europe for example.
The US and Canadian fans are definitely somewhere in between having their own character. I miss them dearly as I haven’t been able to visit them with my last album. I really hope to find the right agent / promoter to tour again over there. As a paradox, US is where the fan base has grown more, even without touring. So it’s very sad for me that we cannot offer them what they really deserve. But believe me, is not as easy as it sounds…
2 dates have been announced for the 2013 Beauty and The Beat Tour! Can you tell us about the plans for the new tour and what fans can expect from the tour?
TT: We are closing the concerts right now and there are many more to come! I am so happy to be able to make this project happen with Mike. Our first experience in Bulgaria last year was so amazing that we decided to continue with it. We truly hope that one day we could come even to States with it. That would be a dream come true. “Beauty and the Beat” is a classical project where we play classical music, musicals and some songs of mine with a symphonic orchestra and choir. Majority of the songs we play are classical big hits and the event is very entertaining. We expect to have a great time again, since we’ll get to work with several different orchestras and choirs. I can’t wait!
What are some of your all time favourite songs to play live?
TT: I don’t really have a favourite song and I change my set lists almost every night just to have more fun with my band. Of course there are songs that I have to play in every show, like for example “I walk alone” which was my first single or “Until My Last Breath” from the last album.
Who are some of your musical influences?
TT: I have always said that I don’t have an idol, but I love to listen various kinds of music from different bands and artists. Since my background is in classical music, the genre is a big influence to me still today. I also listen a lot rock and metal specially when I drive my car! I love working with different musicians, because I am learning from them. There isn’t any right way of composing, nor producing so the people around me are helping me extremely lot. Inspiration I get from my journeys, the people I meet and the nature.
What bands / artists are you listening to today?
TT: Lots of rock and metal bands from US like Alice in Chains, Disturbed, 5FDP, Avenged Sevenfold, but also I listen a lot classical music, movie soundtracks and rock/pop music. I love Peter Gabriel for example. It depends on my mood what kind of music I want to listen and when.
What do you consider some of your greatest accomplishments to date? Any regrets or experiences that you feel helped you grow personally or professionally?
TT: I think the fact that I am a successful solo artist today is the biggest accomplishment so far. I have worked hard to get where I am at the moment and I am working hard to become a better singer and artist every day. I have needed luck too, but without the actual work, I don’t think things would have happened as they did. I don’t have any regrets, because honestly I can say that today I am happy as a person and as an artist. I still have many goals and dreams and I think it is important for me to keep fighting for my dreams. That I learned from my family. My mother was a fighter and she showed me that you must be very strong. I am very grateful for all the people that have helped me to get where I am today and I must mention my “new” home in Argentina too. Argentina has given me freedom and liberty and I really enjoy being there. Everything that I have or I am experiencing in my personal life has something to do with my artistic life too. You can hear that in my music.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans on HearEvil.com?
TT: Thank you so much for the support and love. I wish to see you on my tours in future! It has been too long since I was last time in US, so keep your fingers crossed that I can make it next time. Be blessed!
With love, Tarja
Most of all thank you so much Tarja for taking the time for this interview for HearEvil.com
A pleasure! Take care!!