Nightwish keyboardist bandleader Tuomas Holopainen spoke in an interview with Serena Solomon from Nordic Metal and revealed the musicians he was inspired.

He said:

“I don’t know if it saved my life, but helped immensely. There are so many. Vangelis. James Newton Howard. James Horner. Metallica changed my life in many ways. I don’t think I would be here without Metallica. And The Third And The Mortal, the Norwegian band, and their album ‘Tears Laid In Earth’. It kind of showed me the way of what I wanted to do with music.

Atmospheric metal, beautiful, really dark, with a female singer. ‘Wow! I want to do something similar!’ So, I owe them a lot, but maybe it’s an exaggeration to say that I owe them my life. [It] changed [my life], for sure.”

On how he found the inspiration to write new songs, he said:

“The actual inspiration can come anywhere — that’s the funny thing. It can come in the backstage of a venue, at home, while traveling, while asleep. I mean, I have this old-fashioned Dictaphone that I still hum and play all of my ideas, and it’s full of really, really weird shit.

Because I wake up in the middle of the night, at three o’clock, and I have this really good melody. [Sings melody] Then, in the morning, I’ll listen to it and be, like, ‘What?’ It happens all the time. But some of it is actually usable too.”

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