So, I´m actually feeling better - jippie - and then it´s time to tell you how my weekend in Finland was, with my new band on board!
As you all know, my band is all about Helsingborg with only musicians as well as crew from my city=) Feels so important to me that, when I chose my band members, they needed to be from where I am from.
This origins in many reasons:
- I want to support my home town´s musicians
- It´s easier to feel connected when we are from the same place and have the same language and culture
- It´s much easier to travel together as a group and I´ve learned how important that is. Both for the group dynamics in a band as well as for not having to travel so much alone as I´ve done during my time in Nightwish.
And I was so happy when I found these guys and crew, finally, in the very last minute actually, but still in time to manage to get the shows together.
So - when I got the guys together for our first rehearsal I kept my fingers crossed that it would feel good, both musically, but also when it comes to chemistry.
After spending time with the boys both in the rehearsing room, in a very well-packed car down towards Copenhagen airport, in the airport, in the airplane, in the hotel restaurant, in the back stage before and after our gig AND afterwards partying with them out in HELSINKI in the night - I can say that I´ve found a golden group of guys and I am already longing for our next gig=)
Patrik Borgkwist (drums) and Rickard Bonde Trumeel (keyboards and accostic guitar) by the hotel restaurant=)
Dear Mikey Nilsson (guitars)
So many laughs I´ve had this weekend and such a great support on stage as the guys gave me - made me so happy and relaxed that I almost didn´t have any of my normal stage fright I suffer from=)
Me and Johan with our lovely crew: Markus Wibom - tour manager and monitor guy and Mats Karpestam - Front of House=)
I´m already longing for our next gig and planning for gigs to come in the autumn, cause we´re heading for some fun times ahead and what unites us is not only that we´re all from HELSINGBORG but that we all see music as FUN, something we do for ourselves and I am sure it will show more and more the more we get to play together - how fun it is to play together.
Thanks to everyone who attended our first show! for the support being there and showing us love. Meant so much to me and the guys! You all know who you are=)
During our line check=) I also met some from my old Nightwish crew - dearest Kimmo Ahola and Bommi Markku=)
I also met the dear guys from THE RASMUS and made a little guest appearance during their show and sang our duet OCTOBER AND APRIL and it was so much fun!
AND one of the best moments that evening was to hook up with Martijn from WITHIN TEMPTATION who I have written 2 songs with now - One million faces and Hiding from the past. And of course talking to lovely Sharon and the other guys in WT. Great band and great people!
And my dear friend Nitte Vänskä (former lead singer of BATTLE BEAST) came to see me with her family=)
So nice memories I´ll cherish and now planning new songs for next gig in Torneå July 5th!