Eilenna

Interview with Marco by The Islanders

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http://www.the-islanders.co.uk/index.php/exclusive-interviews/marco-interview-20th-november-2014

To celebrate the re-opening of The Islanders we thought we would grab a little pre-album interview with Marco and ask him some questions from our fan club. We spoke via FaceTime and put questions from our members to him.
We had some technical difficulties meaning this interview will be in text form rather than video unfortunately.

Good afternoon Marco, how are you?
I’m doing well, just enjoying a few hours relaxing time in my hotel room before going out.

How has this album been with writing compared to others?
Much the same really. It’s mostly down to Tuomas. I wrote quite a lot of stuff and gave him the CD of stuff I did and a bunch of that stuff has made it onto the album. 

Has it helped having Floor close by with her move to Finland?
Yes, it has made quite a bit of difference actually. When we started rehearsing it was way easier to go over every little detail because you got a vocalist immediately. We could get to rehearsals quicker and try out all kinds of harmonies and everything. It helped also because it was easier for us both to be there at recordings rather than one do and having to wait for another vocalist to arrive by plane for a few days. It made conversations and the process just a lot smoother, a good flow. 

What is your favourite element of the recording process?
Well anything that just worked well (laughs). But the whole process was good this time around. No dramas which is always a bonus. 

How have you found working with Kai on this album?
Well he’s a pro. He took hold of the songs exceptionally fast. A very versatile guy, conversation was easy. We've known him for quite a few years so no really big surprises. It’s been really painless all the way through, except Jukka’s problems of course.

How is Jukka doing at the moment?
Well he seems to be quite okay. Settling into his life as a business man. It’s a little bit of a role change even though he’s ran the business for quite a few years. But now that’s his main role so he’s settling into that. Going to be meeting in a few days so will see how things are going then.

You have been filming a music video, how are things going?
It’s going well. I’ve filmed some parts solo in a different location. Kind of nice and all that but because its a solo shoot it’s a bit odd because I don’t have my ‘team mates’ so it felt a bit weird. But I’m used to videos now and all the things that go with it. But the plan for this video is good but we’ll keep that quiet for now. No spoiling (laughs).

Any plans for more than one band video this time around?
Well there are plans but we are still deciding on the singles and everything will be set in concrete later on. Have to see what happens.

What kind of scale are we looking at for the tour?
I think we are going to be doing it similar to that of Imaginaerum. Dark Passion Play tour we ended up suffering with that one because of the length. So let’s keep it fun for everyone and a schedule we can be happy with.

It will be strange not having Jukka on the tour.
Yeah it will be. But he’s going to be there now and then, let’s see if we can talk him into sitting behind the drum seat for a little while. 

Depends how much beer you give him before hand

(laughs) absolutely! But you never know. With summer camp and all that we got to settle well with Kai and it worked really well so we can’t really tell until we do it.

What are you most looking forward to on the upcoming tour?
There isn’t anything particular but it will be interesting to go officially with this line up from the start. And I’m pleased with the album so I’m looking forward for the rehearsals and to get on the road. Just have to find the enthusiasm to get out on the road again.

Are there any older songs that you might like to re-visit and perform? 
Hmm I haven’t really been thinking about it. Just been focusing on the album and getting those song polished. Taking it day by day. When we start rehearsals we will start looking through the catalog.

Do you ever have moments on stage where you completely forget the lyrics?
Yes I have. I usually cope by looking pissed off and trying not to let people know I forgot them.

Any highlights come to mind from the past tour?
Erm yeah… but let’s keep quiet about that one (laughs).

Are they any artists you would still like to collaborate with that you haven’t already?
Hmm let me think. There are so many good players and singers so it’s really hard to pick one. I was over the moon to take part in the latest Ayreon album. I don’t have anything else in my mind at the moment.

Anything on the horizon for Tarot or Northern Kings?
The Tarot boys have stuff thats unfinished. So we will get to the studio and get stuff finished at some point but I have no idea how long it will take. Northern Kings is more tricky as we all have a busy schedule. It’s possible something will happen if we get time free.

Are you still into video games?
Absolutely! I was playing Shadow Run Dragonfall on the iPad here when you called. I have Dragon Age in the shop waiting for me. So I’m looking forward to that one. My boys are really into Minecraft but because of age restrictions they can’t have my Dragon Age (laughs).


Rozzy- (The girl who made the cakes last UK tour), asks what flavour or type of cake is your favourite?
Oh those cakes were great. Cherry chocolate. That’s a great combination!

 

Thanks to Marco. Keep an eye out for more interviews in the future.

 

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Ohoh, nice interview. Did Marco ever have solo parts in the previous Nightwish videos?

Also, I'm pleased to hear that the guys of Tarot have been going on working. All right we won't get a tarot album next spring, but I'm happy that we will get one at some point.

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Thanks for sharing Eilenna! Well, Marco said some interesting things and I'm also excited about the upcoming video. :)

 

Ohoh, nice interview. Did Marco ever have solo parts in the previous Nightwish videos?

Also, I'm pleased to hear that the guys of Tarot have been going on working. All right we won't get a tarot album next spring, but I'm happy that we will get one at some point.

He has some solo parts in the video of While Your Lips Are Still Red, and some close-ups in the video of WIHaA, but this latter is more directed to the band's performance.

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Oh, he answered my questions :D The new Dragon Age is amazing, I definitely think he'll enjoy it!

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I just started getting into Tarot. I had no idea they have so many albums out.

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