Ville Valo

Ville Valo

Singer, songwriter, drummer and guitarist
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  • I guess I’m celebrating the challenge of being human. Everyone’s got their struggles. You need to keep moving forward, though, and try to realise you’re not the only one.
  • This album celebrates the fact that life is fucked and it will probably get more fucked. There’s a line that goes, ’Here’s to the pain and the light of the oncoming train’. That’s about celebrating the fact that life and relationships are hard but, if it’s easy, what’s the challenge?
  • It’s important to concentrate on the positive aspects. If you’d only see the negative things, you’d get paralyzed and incapable of doing anything at all. The world is a beautiful place. You never know what’s awaiting you at the next corner.
  • Romantic. Probably for me, it means that there’s still stuff left for the imagination. The Victorian Romantic. In a way that you’re allowed to dream and uh, you’re allowed to not to behave exactly like what the society wants you to. That’s what it means. It doesn’t necessarily mean, you know, what romantic in a sense of candle lit dinners. It’s tough to say. I think that musically I’m trying to find it out, you know, what it means. I’ve been doing so for the past, you know, what, the past 15 years, and very unsuccessfully.
  • Art is always criticized and always an outsider gets the blame.
  • You know, love moves in mysterious ways and I think they are kinda equal, to really care for somebody so much that it does physically hurts. I'm not into S&M but I find it, still, that particularly situation, very enchanting.
  • In life in general, I want to be surprised like a kid when he or she goes into a candy store for the first time. So the compromises don’t necessarily make me suicidal, but they make me feel let down.
  • A Lot of people compromise way too much and I am much too much of a romantic to start compromising at this age. I want to take the proper romantic aspect back. Fuck science and bring back the romance and the imagination- the limitless possibilities of the human mind and soul and heart.
  • To be or not to be: that is the question. It is always a good question in whatever you do, you have to question yourself. You have to do that every day to be quite certain that what you do, you do for the right reasons, and the more you grow up, the more you have to keep your eyes open to not find yourself in situations where you have to compromise.
  • I’m not comfortable in my skin, so if I don’t work and get a new song done, I feel like I ain’t worth shit. I validate myself with music, and whenever I write something new it gives me purpose and an excuse to exist. So whenever I have writer’s block, I’m always hell to be around.
  • It happens everywhere when adults or the world outside you pressures you to become something you don't want to be, you are like ass-fucked, you are like raped with that dream in your head and you can never get away from it. When your social environment decides for yourself, that's bad. That's what 'In The Night Side of Eden' is about.
  • The heart has been put in the closet, and work has been done. Soon it’ll be taken out of the closet and we’ll see how it beats. Love is madness, you can’t put in in doses. It either surges over or under.
  • Everybody destroys themselves during a certain period of their life and I consider that to be completely normal, but if you stay on that road it can be pretty hazardous. I still recognise myself when I look into the mirror, but I understand how stupid I am. Lots of people don’t.
  • Rock n’ roll is about worshipping Satan and opposing the rules, even if you live like a penguin.
  • If you play ‘Love Me Tender’ I will cry. That song unlocks a lock in my heart that no one else has been able to.
  • I don’t think I could ever live a normal life. You know the painting, ‘The Scream’? I’ve always felt a bit like that. In turmoil. Needing to do something different. To escape.
  • We're trying to have the band create something beautiful that hopefully one day, 20 years from now, can be picked up by a kid and hopefully have the same effect that Neil Young had on me, or Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.
  • I love Johnny Cash but I don't love country music that much.
  • We're in a wonderful situation that there are loads of American record companies that like what we do. And that's a lovely thing.
  • It's the same with visual arts, you have some really cool, wonderful striking images that make you think and then again you have wonderful striking images that just take you away from the existing world for a second. And I like the latter a bit more.
  • Unfortunately we just toured the East and West coasts so we didn't run into any rednecks.
  • I've got asthma. When I was 17 I forgot to take my medication and was taken to a hospital for almost two weeks. After that I've taken better care of my illness.
  • I'm living my dream right now. I get to make music, perform and travel.
  • Love is the funeral of hearts. Falling in love is the best way to kill your heart because then it's not yours anymore. It's laid in a coffin, waiting to be cremated.
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