Marco Tapani Hietala
Place of residence:
Sci-fi, fantasy & horror books and movies, Videogaming
Active musical family background. I´ve been exposed to jazz, rock and classical ever since I was born. I´ve been playing guitar and bass since the age of 12. 3 years of classical guitar, vocal and musical theory studies in musical college. 2 more years of bass and musical theory lessons in Oulunkylä Pop and Jazz Conservatory.
Warwick infinity basses and Warwick amps
Idols in music:
These people are/have been good at what they do. Bass: Geezer Butler, Bob Daisley. Vocals: Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Kate Bush.
Idols in life:
Neil Armstrong. (The first man to walk on the moon, or an obscure patch of desert in states, as some people claim).
Live and let live.
Place you would like to go:
What makes you laugh:
First record you bought:
Me and my brother pestered our father into buying the Rainbow album "Long live rock´n´roll". The first that I bought with my own money was probably Iron Maiden "Killers" or Black Sabbath "Mob rules". Can´t remember which.
All time top 5 albums:
Rainbow: Long Live Rock´n´Roll, Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell, Judas Priest: Painkiller, Thin Lizzy: Live ´n´Dangerous, Deep purple: Burn. And then there´s a hell of a load of other albums that I like as much as these.
Personal highlight with Nightwish:
The album "Once" and the success that kept on growing and surpassing all our expectations.
Best Nightwish show so far:
There´s been way too many great shows for me to pick just one. Greatest recently in 2005 were probably Wacken Germany, Hammersmith England, Hartwall arena Helsinki Finland just to mention a few.
Killing time on tour:
Books, movies, videogames, occasional drink?
Preparation for a show:
Oh yeah! The occasional drink.
Strangest experience on tour:
Hey, it´s all strange!
Worst nightmare on stage:
Losing the voice.
Worst nightmare in general:
Something bad would happen to my family when I´m away, and couldn´t do anything.
Favorite Nightwish song:
I don´t have an actual favourite anymore, but Black Sabbath and the way Tony Iommi wrote his riffs have definetely influenced the way I see music and play myself.
Yep, The lord of the rings. Is this a cliche or what?
Finnish sausage called "lenkki"
Still the original Star Wars Trilogy.
Favorite TV show:
I think that the TV is just a natural extension of a DVD-player or a game console. Otherwise it´s basically a waste of time. I´ll still go for the Babylon 5. There might be something better these days, but this one made an impact on me.
Dumbest question you have ever been asked:
Would you give me your own and your bandmates birthdates, adresses and phonenumbers?