Drumazine: Hello Tuomas! Welcome to Drumazine! For those people reading who might not already know you, please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career as a drummer.
Dzn: Was your teacher at that time an inspiration?
Dzn: Would you describe this as a “defining moment” in your career?
TV: It was nice, but of course fame did bring lots of pressure. After all, I was 17 years old when it happened.
TV: Sure we had some failures too. Young age, racy lifestyle and alcohol all combined to have a detrimental effect on our shows and music, so because of that we became a shooting star. "Quickly to the public, but fast obscurity".
Dzn: So, would you describe the problems you have encountered as physical or psychological?
TV: I have been spared from major injuries. Only minor physical injuries: bruises and a distorted ankles etc...
Dzn: How have you combated this problem?
TV: A lot of sports, exercise variety and good muscle fitness
Dzn: Onto equipment! For all those gear-heads out there, what kit (drums/cymbals/anything else you would like to mention) do you play?
TV: Well im a equipment junkie!
I have 3 snares at the moment.
13"x6.5" Pearl Joey Jordison snare (Custom painted, with stars on it )
13"x5" Jackshop Bubinga snare
14"x6.5" Pearl Reference snare (Maple / Birch)
I use Sabian cymbals, mostly AAX series, and i have also LOADS of fine Turkish cymbals by Diril Cymbals at my studio.
Basic setup of cymbals i use is 2x14" Hats, 2x 22" MegaBell ride, 17",18",19" Crashes, 6",8" Splash, 18", 19" Chinas.
I use Pearl Hardware 1000 & 2000 series. Pearl Icon rack (custom modified) and 2xPearl RH-2000.
Tama SpeedCobra Doublepedals and Pearl DemonDrive double pedals
iPod, Palmer D.I Box, Soundcraft Mixer, Shure IN-Ear monitors.
a. Practice? TV: (iPod, with guitar tracks and click)
b. Live performance? TV: (iPod with click, Backing tracks)
c. Recording? TV: (Click, Trigger for bass drums. (only for the midi tracks, when i wanna have little power from steven slate)
d. Teaching? TV: Click, drum machine, digital recorder
TV: PARADIDDLE IS MEANING OF LIFE
Dzn: Would you like to promote yourself a little bit? Now’s your chance! Please tell us about any tours, releases, web links, endorsements etc…
TV: So everyone feel free and go check out my band:
We`re arrangin few big tours for summer 2012, stay tuned \,,/
And last but not least, im endorsed with:
Sabian, Balbex Drumsticks, Beyerdynamics, Aquarian Drumheads, Cympad.
Dzn: Thank you and Merry Christmas to you Tuomas! Keep smashing the drums up and we look forward to hearing from you in 2012!