2000- Sinisthra - vocals  
2005- Amorphis - vocals  
2005- Corpse Molester Cult - guitars, backing vocals  
Guest musician:
2007 Swallow The Sun - vocals  


08.07.2008 Amorphis

Personal information

Born on: 30.04.1975

Date of birth: April 30, 1975

Small but sensitive

Custom Microphone designed by Ilkka Hietamäki (electronics by Sami Koivisto), Shure 55 SH (modified by Sami Koivisto), Superlux WH5 (modified by Sami Koivisto), Audix OM 5

Idols/musical influences:
Joanitor (Xysma), Jörgen (Grave), Glenn Danzig, Mark Lanegan, E (Eels), Albert (Reverend Bizarre), Nick Cave, Keith Caputo (Life of Agony), Mike Patton (Faith No More)

Sources of musical inspiration:
Music, feelings, intuition, interpersonal chemistry, nature

All-time favourite songs:
Love Boat Theme
Procol Harum: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Grave: You Will Never See
Napalm Death: Unfit Earth
Sepultura: Dead Embryonic Cells
Turbonegro: I Got Erection (live version)
Nick Cave: Stagger Lee
Fu Manchu: Weird Beard
Manic Street Preachers: Ocean Spray
Entombed: Morning Star
Xysma: Can´t Get My Eyes Off You
Pelle Miljoona: Väkivalta ja päihdeongelma
Risto: Kateelliselle ystävälle
Metallica: Seek and Destroy
Slayer: Seasons In The Abyss
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová: Falling Slowly
Lou Reed: Perfect Day
MC5: Kick Out The Jams
Black Sabbath: Children Of The Grave
Mana Mana: Kuolla Elävänä
Roky Erickson: I Think Up Demons

All-time favourite albums:
Xysma: Deluxe
Xysma: Lotto
Entombed: Wolverine Blues
Magyar Posse: Kings Of Time
Amorphis: Tales From The Thousand Lakes
Danzig: Danzig 4
Eels: Souljacker
Slayer: South Of Heaven
Khoma: Tsunami
Swallow The Sun: The Morning Never Came
Massive Attack: Mezzanine
Porcupine Tree: In Absentia
Tool: Aenima
A Perfect Circle: Mer De Noms
Turbonegro: Apocalypse Dudes
Risto: Aurinko Aurinko plaa plaa plaa
Therapy?: Infernal Love
The Nightwatchman: One Man Revolution
Nick Cave: Murder Ballads

Best gig ever seen:
Mew at Provinssirock 2005

Favourite Amorphis song:
Into Hiding

Least favourite Amorphis song:

Personal highlight with Amorphis:
First rehearsals with the band, after that nothing has felt like anything anymore

Funniest tour memory:
Playin "Hard Ball" with officers at U.S. border

Most memorable studio session:
Working with Marco Hietala during the recording of Eclipse

Worst moments on stage:
- Losing my voice during the US tours in 2005 and 2008
-Playing in the pouring rain at Extreme Power Open Air in Ukraine with water flowing all over the stage. The whole gig I was afraid someone of us might get an electric shock. On the other hand an electric shock is as "Extreme Power" as it gets, so in a way it would have been quite appropriate.

Recipe against boredom on tour:
Books, music, movies, internet, exercise and getting to know new cities.

Motto/philosphy of life:
"Try to be happy without hurting others" - usually I fail in both aspects

Other bands/side projects:
Sinisthra (voc), Feelings (dr), Käsi (voc), Corpse Molester Cult (g)

Music, fitness training

Good & bad habits:
Yes, please!

First instrument:
Drums, Pearl Export Series

First album ever bought:
Kiss: Animalize


…Kalevala character: Tuonelan Joutsen - the Swan of Tuonela
…songwriter: Nicke Andersson
…visual artist: Pekka Kainulainen, Sami A. Hynninen
…movie director: Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino
…actor/actress: Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis
…magazine: Rumba, Inferno
…cartoon: Gary Larson's Far Side
…concert venue: Z7, Pratteln/Switzerland
…sport: Press-ups and kicking the football around
…game: Table ice hockey
…holiday destination: Paris