Back in what seems like ancient times now I stumbled upon AMBERIAN DAWN. Then I forgot about them. Until now. Answers from Tuomas……Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Tuomas: It was quite hard indeed. If I right remember we did some brainstorming with band members and finally this name came up. In our case, our music has also changed a lot during these years so the original name would “not be describing” anymore.
How would you like to describe your new recording? What can we expect from it?
Tuomas: New album has once again many different kinds of styles introduced on it. Most of the songs are quite heavy & dark, kind of “traditional symphonic metal” but there’s also some softer songs too…even one ballad. All of those styles are taken even further, so the symphonic stuff is even more dramatic & bombastic and those softer songs are even more softer… almost pop-metal.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
Tuomas: My style of composing music has changed a lot during the existence of AD and I’ve also musically explored different genres so it’s hard to name just one influence. For example on my symphonic metal songs I’ve been probably been influenced by bands like Stratovarius, Dio, Joe Satriani, classical composer like Chopin etc and on poppier songs I’ve been taken influence from ABBA, Modern Talking…just to name a few.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
Tuomas: Well, there might be some local scene where I live here in Finland. But it hasn’t affected me in any way. I don’t follow todays bands so much. I think I’m not a “traditional band guy” anyways…I’ve grown up from childhood in environment full of classical music. I started to listen to metal music too as a teenager.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Tuomas: I haven’t thought it in that way at all.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Tuomas: I don’t think so much lyrics or visual aspect. Those are quite meaningless for me in fact. About album covers in general, I think those need to look good and interesting. I’m never looking for any “messages” or “hidden agendas” from covers..those are just pictures to me, nothing else.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Tuomas: It all depends how those official digital platforms will develope from here in the future. It’s obvious that money should be obtain for labels & bands because in a long term it’s not possible to produce good quality music without any income. If the income stops totally, there will still be a lot of music available since there’s thousands and thousands of amateur bands willing to do it for free as a hobby…but the professional bands will stop produce music…and music with good production level will not be available so much anymore
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
Tuomas: I think the live scene for my band is the same as for all other bands out there.. There’s festivals all over the world and also a good chance to tour in clubs too.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Tuomas: For me it’s more like a happening. Live show as party could be more like a DJ show or something..?
What would you like to see the future bring?
Tuomas: More shows all over the world would be welcome of course. So far we have had chance to tour “only” in Europe. Every band wishes always more success in every possible way and of course I would also like to see AD as a major band so that I could be a fulltime musician.