Interview for MTV3
T: I feel so relieved now that I showed myself that I can do this thing. In building music pieces and writing lyrics these things are totally new to me. And I've learned so much. So I've filled my own expectations.
I: You were a strong icon in Nightwish. Is this background more useful or harmful now?
T: I don't think it's harmful at all but neither do I think that it's useful. I've never seen myself as some "icon". I can't imagine it. Like when somebody asks: "well, how does it feel to be a sex symbol of heavy music?" -- I can't see myself as that either! But my image is awfully important to me and I try to develop myself and learn things.
I: How do you feel when following the news about Nightwish lately?
T: I feel quite good. I hope that they are really happy about everything they do. I know that they are just publishing (or has it already been published?) a new album. Actually I've only heard one piece from it... so I hope that the boys will send it to me, I'd be very touched. But I can't say that I'd have been really following what they're up to. I've been concentrating on my own stuff and making music and wondering where I should be going and if it's strong enough thing that I want to do in the future. It has been enough to think about!
I: What do you think about that there is a song in the album called Bye Bye Beautiful that's kind of addressed to you or tells about you?
T: Yeah, this is something I heard for the first time a few days ago in London! I haven't heard the piece myself.
I: How many fans have you had with you from the times of Nightwish and have you got a lot of fans?
T: Really many. That's very big reason to be happy. That's also in the lyrics from which the name Winter Storm comes to this album. I see people as a storm around me and they've always kept me -- as they say -- alive. "Holding me awake it's never gone". So because they haven't run away or -- so to say -- abandonned me... it's been a really great thing to notice that. Their support has been extremely important. And the knowledge that there are listeners to the music of course. Otherwise I wouldn't be here talking to you either. It's good to keep in mind that I wouldn't exist as an artist without these people.
I: What is going to be the next new area to try and the next surprise from Tarja Turunen?
T: Well... in this album I scratched the surface of film music. So if I've been leaning on the other leg then should I try and lean to the other leg too in the next album. We'll see if I'll dive into that area because now I have the possibility to work with those people and I have the contacts. At least I have the dream that I would like to learn more from them. It was so incredibly great to see the way they work and how much they gave to my album. Let's see if I go to the film music, I don't know yet.
I: Well, now there's a real baby boom going on among the female artists. In Finland there's Maija Vilkkumaa and the girls of PMMP, for example, are having children. How about you [trans.note: meaning Tarja and Marcelo both]?
T: If the belly is bulging it's bulging for other reasons! Not because of that. I haven't felt yet that I seriously would be thinking about the right time for it. Of course we have been talking with friends that already have babies that there's no such thing as "the right time"... And you don't really "make" babies. Many people nowadays... it's really difficult for them to start a family. And you hear about it daily so you shouldn't say it like it's self-evident [that people have babies]. My husband is always joking and saying "oh no, I'm getting so old too!" and I answer: "no way, man, you're 38." I don't think that's too old to have kids. And if we ever get them, that's OK. But maybe not at the moment.
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