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Jukka "Julius" Nevalainen


Place of residence:
Joensuu, Finland

movies and taking a walk


Musical background:
First I started to play drums in the age of 11 but couldn't really practise since I didn't had a place to rehearse in. So basically I just played some exercises by hitting couch or what ever proper target was available. My first band in the age of 11 or 12 was called "The Highway" and it really rocked... =) Then on the age of 15 or 16 I got in to my first band. We got a practising place where we could play couple of times a week. After quiting in this band we started playing together with Emppu and got a permanent rehearsal-place. This was a bless since from then on we were able to play every day if we felt so. And we did play a lot. First we played some Finnish rock but quite soon got into more heavier stuff like Stratovarius, Helloween and Yngwie Malmsteen. On the age of 17 (if I remember right) Tuomas and Emppu asked me to join a project called Nightwish and the rest is History.

Tama Starclassic Maple drums
Paiste Cymbals
Pro Mark 5B Sticks

Idols in music:
When I was younger and still taking influences the biggest influences came from Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Jörg Michael of Stratovarius. Nowadays I don't really observe other drummers playing but if drummer is a good player and is doing a good show it's fun to watch. Example Mikkey Dee and Tommy Lee.

Idols in life:
All the people who understand to enjoy their lives and treat other people well.

Life philosophy:
Treat others like you want them to treat you.

Place you would like to go:
Pyramids in Egypt.

What makes you laugh:
My daughter Luna, my son Niki and Ewo our manager.

First record you bought:
Most likely Sepultura's Arise.

All time top 5 albums:
Gladiator - Soundtrack
Dream Theater - Images And Words
Metallica - Black Album
Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory

Personal highlight with Nightwish:
New Nightwish album

Best Nightwish show so far:
Hartwall Arena on 21st October 2005.

Killing time on tour:
beer & movies

Preparation for a show:
A few beers during the day and just before the show a proper boost by Jägermeister.

Strangest experience on tour:
We were almost forced to cancel the show in Portugal since promotor tried to fuck us. He didn't pay our fee and we were forced to stay in a hotel until he did pay it. The show was delayed but fortunately we got to play.

Worst nightmare on stage:
I loose the click and we play in a different timing with the background-tape. And when I shout Tero to shut it up he doesn't hear me and we keep on playing totally wrong.

Worst nightmare in general:
Something bad would happen to my family.

Favorite Nightwish song:
The Poet And The Pendulum

Favorite band/musician:
Pantera and Metallica. Musician... I don't know. There are so many I appreciate. Let's list a few. Dimebag Darrell, Hans Zimmer and Alexi Laiho.

Favorite book:
The Dirt

Favorite drink:

Favorite food:
Indian food

Favorite animal:

Favorite movie:
Gladiator, Braveheart, Titanic

Favorite TV show:
American Chopper

Dumbest question you have ever been asked:
Actualy this is not a dumb question. This is extremely good question which was asked by my daughter Luna. She once asked "Is our house outside or inside?". Think about it and if you'll find an answer please let me know.

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