|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
The band was founded 1982 but nobody from that lineup is still in
the band. So I would say it started when Timo Tolkki joined the band
1984 and started to compose some song for the guys.
How would you describe your music?
I´m not the right person to do it but I have words like Epic,
power metal, progressive influences, classical influences, heavy metal...the
3. What are your biggest influences?
Timo Kotipelto: For me as a singer the biggest
influences are singers like: Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff
Tate. And the bands like: Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple...
4. What influence do you think your bands has in music and
Timo Kotipelto: Well the roots are
in the 80´s...
5. What made you want to be in the
band? And if you werent in the band what would you be doing
Timo Kotipelto: I started playing drums
when I was 12. I changed the drumkit for a microphone at 16. I wanted
to be in the band coz I loved the music and wanted to do it. I don´t
know what would I be whithout it or what I will be doing after my
6. Are any band members in side projects?
If so what are they, and explain a little about them.
Timo Kotipelto: Jens is doing some weird project with and without
his brother Anders. Tolkki is gonna do another solo album. Jörg
played drum on some South-American release, Jari and me have a cover
band called Episode. And I am planning to do an solo album next year.
7. How would you feel if a band took their sound from yours
and became very well known?
Timo Kotipelto: Well,
it´s already happening...There´s a young finnish band called
Sonata Artica. The guys said that they started to play metal when
they heard Visions. I have nothing against it. The guys will be the
opening band on out forthcoming tour.
8. What current
bands do you like or respect?
The same old bands from the 80´s...
9. How many demos/albums
do you have? Tell me about them!!
Not that many. I don´t listen to that much music anymore. Maybe
300-400. My top five is:
Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime
Rainbow: Long Live Rock ´n´ Roll
Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind
Van Halen I
Black Sabbath: Heaven And Hell
10. What demo/album do
you like the best?
Timo Kotipelto: See above.
11. What is the meaning behind the songs?
Kotipelto: It differs...We write about common themes. Basically
about our own lifes and what´s happening around us. Unfortunately
we don´t have any fantasy lyrics.
12. What are the
bands favorite songs?
Timo Kotipelto: Ask our
13. What does the future hold for the band?
Timo Kotipelto: Touring, touring, touring, festivals,
14. If you could play with any band
who would it be and why?
Timo Kotipelto: Old Rainbow
lineup would be cool! Or Deep Purple with Blackmore...
Who writes the majority of the music?
Timo Tolkki. Then it´s Jens Johansson and me.
Who has been the favorite band youve played with and why?
Timo Kotipelto: This one.
17. Where did you
get the band name from?
Timo Kotipelto: Combine
Strarivarius (the violin) and Fender Stratocaster (the guitar). It
describes our music quite well.
18. Describe what the
band is like live?
Timo Kotipelto: Bombastic
songs, great sound, good performance (I hope...!!!) a lot of energy.
It´s pretty stupid to describe something that you have to see
before you realize what Stratovarius live is about.
If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in it?
Timo Kotipelto: We´ve done several music videos (for
one song each) and we are planning to release a kind of home video
at the end of this year. The video will have a lot of interesting
material from the tours, studio and the rehearsals.
Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about them?
Timo Kotipelto: Please, take a look at our homepage: www.stratovarius.com there´s a sections TOURS!!!! The first gig is tomorrow.
21. Where do you think the band will be 20 years from now?
Timo Kotipelto: In Helsinki, Finland.... ;)