Esa Holopainen

Last updated: August 12, 2010

Date of birth: Sunday, 1st of October
Character: Libra
Gear: ESP guitars, Bogner amps, Seymour Duncan pickups, DR-strings, Voodoo Lab, HBE, Vox, Line6 & Boss effects.
Tanglewood and Larrivée acoustic guitars.

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Idols/musical influences: Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Martin Barre, Jeff Hanneman & Kerry King, Kingston Wall, Ozric Tentacles, Abbath.
Sources of musical inspiration: Suomi, Sauna and Sibelius.
All-time favourite songs: Jeff Buckley: Dream Brother
Thin Lizzy: Massacre
Pink Floyd: One Of These Days
Shakti: Joy
All-time favourite albums: Jeff Buckley: Grace
Camel: The Snow Goose
Rainbow: Long Live Rock’n’Roll
Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers
Metallica: Master Of Puppets
Led Zeppelin: III
Best guitar solos ever: David Gilmour’s 2nd lead on Comfortably Numb
John Mc Laughlin on Shakti’s Joy
Current favourite albums: Kimmo Pohjonen: Kluster
Mastodon: Crack The Skye
Yngwie J Malmsten: Marching Out/Rising Force
Riverside: Second Life Syndrome

Best gig ever seen: Pink Floyd in Lahti – FIN, 1989
Favourite Amorphis songs: The Smoke, Sky Is Mine, Majestic Beast, Her Alone, Under A SoilAnd Black Stone, Elegy, Alone
Least favourite Amorphis songs: Evil Inside, Follow Me Into The Fire
Personal highlight with Amorphis: Skyforger.
Best Amorphis gigs so far: Wacken 2007, Oulu – Teatria, March 2009.
Funniest tour memory: Playing hardball in Arizona.
Worst moment on stage: When our guitar tech tuned the guitar in a totally weird tuning at the Elegy release show.
Recipe against boredom on tour: Every Apple product + sleeping.
Most memorable studio session: Mixing Elegy at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool.
I broke my hand and spent a couple of days in a local hospital.
Hobbies/interests: Family and laying on Spike Strip.
Good & bad habits: Skiing and Jogging.
Motto/philosphy of life: For every action there’s a reaction.
First album ever bought: Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers.
…Kalevala characters: At the moment Seppo Ilmarinen.
…songwriter: Roger Waters
…classical composers: Jean Sibelius, Michael Nyman
…historical figure: Spartacus
…authors/poets: Paavo Haavikko, Pekka Kainulainen
and William Blake
…visual artists: Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Travis Smith
…movie directors: Luc Besson, Tim Burton
…movie: 300
…actors: Jean Reno, Vincent Gassel,
Robert De Niro, Jukka S. Rasila
…book: La Catedral del Mar by Ildefonso Falcones
…magazine: Hesari (Helsingin Sanomat)
…concert venues: House Of Blues – Chicago & LA,
Circus – Khabarovsk
…festival: Roskilde
…backstage: Every House Of Blues backstage
…sports: Muay Thai Boxing & Traditional Boxing
…game: African Star
…holiday destination: Moon
…city/landscape: Tokyo, New York, Helsinki / Ampele and Ulku
…TV show: Lost