Nightwish offer advice to fledgling bands


Nightwish have offered advice to young bands trying to get a foothold in the music industry.

The group have been instrumental in promoting symphonic metal since they formed in Finland in 1996 – with their most recent album Endless Forms Most Beautiful being favourable received across the world.

And when asked what help he’d offer bands starting out their careers, keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen says having the “fire” and the “passion” to make music is paramount.

He tells The Cut: “Do music for the right reasons. You really need to have the passion and the fire inside of you to either write songs or play – but that needs to be there.

“After that, find a big bunch of trustworthy people who take care of the side of the business that you don’t want to dive into. Don’t try and control everything.”

Singer Floor Jansen reflects: “I would like to have told myself to be patient and to realise what aspects of what I do are my best and to focus on that – and to acknowledge the things I’m not so good at and to let that be done by someone who is.”

Last month, Holopainen said the band had the next four years planned out and were planning on taking 12 months off following the conclusion of their current touring schedule, which includes an appearance at the Download festival on June 12.

Nightwish 2016 tour dates

May 18: Nizhniy Novgorod Ds Profsoyuzov, Russia
May 20: Moskva Crocus City hall, Russia
May 22: Minsk MKCPK Arena, Belarus
May 24: St Petersburg Yubileiny Palace, Russia
May 27: Munich Rockavaria, Germany
May 28: Gelsenkirchen Rock Im Revier, Germany
Jun 01: Kosice Amphitheatre, Slovakia
Jun 03: Pilsen Metalfest Open Air, Czech Republic
Jun 05: Vienna Rock In Vienna, Austria
Jun 08: Rome Postepay Rock In Roma, Italy
Jun 10: Interlaken Greenfield Festival, Switzerland
Jun 12: Donington Download Festival, UK
Jun 18: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 30: Seinajoki Provinssi, Finland
Jul 02: Norrkoping Bravalla Festival, Sweden
Aug 06: Montreal Heavy Montreal, QC
Aug 20: Jamsa Himos park, Finland
Aug 26: Zyrakow Czad Festival, Poland
Sep 08: Lisbon Coliseu, Poland
Sep 10: Madrid Barclaycard Arena
Sep 14: Sofia Arena Armeec, Bulgaria
Oct 09: Tokyo Loud Park Festival, Japan

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