Tomi Joutsen

Last updated: May 22, 2011

Date of birth: April 30, 1975
Gear: 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), Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Hans Erik Dyvik Husby, Rauli Badding Somerjoki, Roky Erickson

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

Current favourite albums: Amesoeurs: Amesoeurs
Ghost: Opus Eponymous
Hooded Menace: Never Cross The Dead
Jex Thoth: Jex Thoth
Kvelertak: Kvelertak
Graveyard: Graveyard & Hisingen Blues
Rotten Sound: Cursed
Trap Them: Darker Handcraft

Best gig ever seen: Mew at Provinssirock 2005
Favourite Amorphis song: Into Hiding
Best Amorphis gig so far: Wacken Open Air 2007
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
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.
Other bands/side projects: Sinisthra (voc), Feelings (dr), Käsi (voc),
Corpse Molester Cult
Hobbies/interests: 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
…historical figure: A person who is known to have existed
…visual artists: Pekka Kainulainen, Sami A. Hynninen
…movie directors: Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino
…movies: City Of Gods, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, Once,
Dancer In The Dark, (This Is) Spinal Tap, Katsastus
…actor/actress: Harvey Keitel / Juliette Lewis
…book: The Other Hollywood. The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
…magazine: Rumba, Inferno
…cartoon: Gary Larson’s Far Side, J.Tilsa
…concert venue: Z7, Pratteln/Switzerland
…backstage: House Of Blues (West Hollywood)
…holiday destination: Paris
…food & drink: Kebab & beer
…animal: Cat
…sport: Press-ups and kicking a football around
…game: Table ice hockey
…TV show: Madventures, Deadwood, Oz, Twin Peaks