Marko Hietala announced on Monday that he would leave the band Nightwish.
Hietala, who turns 55 on Thursday, has been the second soloist and bassist of an internationally successful Finnish band for 20 years.
He announced his retirement not only from music but also from the public, at least for the current year.
Hietala justified his decision with his disappointment with the music industry's income distribution - and his depression.
- Marko's writing was elegant and honest.
It made an impression.
And, of course, he doesn't have to apologize to anyone for his solution, says Nightwish's long-term record company boss Riku Pääkkönen.
The Spinefarm company founded by Pääkkönen attached Nightwish in 1997 and the cooperation continued until 2011.
- It's good that he understands the actions.
There are a lot of people in the music industry who do crazy things just because they don’t dare jump off the squirrel wheel.
Pääkkönen and journalist Jone Nikula, who specializes in heavy rock, commented on Hietala's departure for IS.
Nikula has been following the band's career since its inception.
- It is understandable that Marko expressed his frustration with the revenue sharing of streaming services.
After the wars, a copyright system was built that protects intellectual property rights.
Now there is not much left of it.
This would certainly be a place for even bigger discussion, Nikula says.
Hietala is encouraged to endure, but at the same time the question arises: what does Nightwish do?
The enlightened guess is that the band will continue.
Both Pääkkönen and Nikula believe so.
- Marko has been an important member of the band.
And while he’s certainly needed as a person within the group, I see Nightwish working at such a high professional level that he’s replaced by another caller, and the war doesn’t need one man, Nikula says.
This is how Nightwish reported in connection with Hietala's resignation notice.
However, the new bassist is not immediately a permanent member of the band, but a professional who will place Hietala on this year's world tour.
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On precedent, Nightwish's drummer will be replaced.
In 2014, the original member of the band, Jukka Nevalainen, dropped out of the band due to union problems.
Kai Hahton, who only replaced five years later, was said to be an official member of the band.
- There will be no shortage of tenderers when Nightwish's bassist position is now open, Nikula says.
- There are definitely bassists, skilled players, but the challenge will be to find a singing bassist, Pääkkönen says.
- On the other hand, in the case of Nightwish, a replacement is being sought all over the world.
And Ewo (Pohjola, Nightwish’s manager) has evidence that he was able to find a singer (Yannis Papadopoulos) in Greece for Beast In Black.
If only Finland were searched, there could be far fewer offers.
What about Janne Joutsenniemi?
- Well, Janne is not necessarily a bad option, Pääkkönen answers.
Janne Joutsenniemi, who worked as a singer-bassist in the legendary Stone band, wishes Hietala endurance.
- My thoughts are in Marko's own, personal well-being, he tells IS.
Like Pääkkönen, Joutsenniemi also sees Nightwish as a challenge to find a bassist who also sings singing.
Or is there a challenge at all?
It was Joutsenniemi who sang and played bass in Stone, who at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s served as a pioneer for the world conquest of Finnish heavy rock that was later experienced.
Yet on Monday noon in the Swan Cape of Nightwish was not asked, but if you were to ask, the answer would come quickly.
- If the invitation went, I'd come for the fuck.
Calling is fun.
They have good benches and a lot of audience at gigs, the bassist-singer says.
- Marko sings higher and his voice has a strong vibrato.
But yes, here comes the interpretation.
There is nothing in it.
For Nightwish’s future, a lineup can even bring a positive boost.
- Such changes are always big.
They are positive if the type leaving the band no longer has the fire needed to play - it’s always better to have people with that fire involved.
And when that type is chosen to suit the band, it brings new enthusiasm to the old types as well, says Joutsenniemi, who experienced many line-up changes with his band career at Stone and Suburban Tribe.
Parables between Hietala and Nightwish's new bassist are hardly avoided, but from the band's point of view, Joutsenniemi emphasizes the musician who will be replacing him as a new person.
- They are no longer Mark's boots that need to be filled.
Some new bassist comes to the band - and brings their own boots.
After all, one person decides on the future of a band born with crystal.
The band's composer and concept creator, keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, is an undisputed conductor, whose vision of the realization of his works also dictates the composition of Nightwish.
- At the time, his view also influenced the fact that Marko joined the band, Nikula says.
- What does Tuomas think?
No one else is sure to have a say in it.
The sequel to Nightwish is now the decision of one guy.
What does she want?
Photo: Roni Rekomaa
Nightwish has already shown that he can cope with big, even exciting changes.
The dismissal of Tarja Turunen was big news in the autumn of 2005, right after the Helsinki Hartwall Arena concert, which ended the world tour.
Similarly, there was the replacement of Turunen's successor, Swedish Anette Olzon, with Dutch Floor Jansen - Olzon resigned in 2012, Jansen's joining the band was announced the following year.
- After each change of singer, the popularity has only grown, Nikula says.
- Hietala cannot be replaced by one.
If, after him, the popularity remains even the same, it is a good achievement.