TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN’S SCROOGE MUSIC BROKE DON ROSA INTO TEARS
Leader of the band Nightwish Tuomas Holopainen is making his first solo album. It’s theme is the comic character Scrooge McDuck. Music from the album is based on and inspired by Scrooge-stories written by American cartoonist Don Rosa. Rosa himself is also participating in Holopainen’s music project.
Since the breakthrough of Nightwish it’s been Holopainen’s dream to produce a cinematic soundtrack about Scrooge McDuck. The source of inspiration has been Don Rosa’s book The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
"An idea of making a soundtrack to book seemed fascinating. It hasn’t been done often in music history. This is like making music to a movie that doesn’t exist. That movie is this book by Don Rosa" he says.
But how did a rocker get excited about making music about a comic character?
"Everytime I read this book my head is storming with music. I just had to get it out one way or another. Now I’ve had the time and resources to fill this dream. And now we are at the core of making music. This is why we do things like this."
CINEMATIC MUSIC WITH A FLAVOR OF NIGHTWISH
Tuomas Holopainen is now finishing his solo album about Scrooge McDuck in studio in Hollola, Finland. The orchestra, choirs and ethnic percussions were recorded in London. The orchestra and the choir are the same that we’ve been hearing also on the last three Nightwish albums.
"I would describe this somewhere between Enya, Mike Oldfield, Vaughan Williams and Michael Nyman. Very cinematic music indeed. There aren’t much of drums, electric guitar or a band in the background. Majority is about orchestra, choir, piano and singing", as Holopainen sums it.
The album also has recognizable Nightwish sound.
"Pip Williams who orchestrated the album said that even though this is totally different material, you can hear who is the producer from the first beat. I don’t know if it’s a compliment or something else, but I guess a tiger can’t get rid of its stripes", Holopainen smirks.
DON ROSA IS A FAN OF CINEMATIC MUSIC
Tuomas Holopainen got the Donald Duck legend Don Rosa to join his project to do the artwork and draw for a music video.
Don Rosa says that he met Holopainen for the first time in 2010 in a press conference. Holopainen had asked for his own turn for an interview.
"I was told that Tuomas is a famous rockstar in Finland. He told me that is was a huge fan of Donald Duck, alike all the other Finns. He told me he especially enjoys my stories and also about his plans of making a soundtrack about them."
Back then Rosa couldn’t have guessed that Holopainen would actually fill his dream. However the project was a bullseye, since one of Don Rosas hobbies is collecting movie soundtracks.
Holopainen playd tracks to Rosa from his album which is to be released in spring, who was clearly touched by them.
"When somebody makes an album about my comic book, it’s rousing. I couldn’t believe this was happening. Tuomas played me music from the album even though it isn’t finished yet. It was so magnificent that I cried", Rosa says.
AFTER THE SOLO IT’S TIME AGAIN FOR NIGHTWISH
After the Scrooge album Tuomas Holopainen will return to work with Nightwish.
"This album should be ready in a month, after that I will fully consentrate on the next Nightwish album. The plans is to go train and record during the next summer. We’ve got about a year to finish those tracks", Holopainen says.
Does Nightwish already know the name if it’s new lead singer?
"I think we should know it by then", Holopainen laughs.By
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