Women are always beautiful.
Music for me is an emotional thing and it really does make me happy. It’s not a tool for me to get fame or see my face in the papers or anything like that. It’s about the fact that I really do enjoy it.
It’s the same with visual arts you have some really cool wonderful striking images that make you think and then again you have wonderful striking images that just take you away from the existing world for a second. And I like the latter a bit more.
In almost every interview someone asks what does HIM stand for. I can’t even remember our latest lie about that. When Hanson was hot we said it means Hanson Is Murder. The name doesn’t have a particular history. His Infernal Majesty was a totally different band. I think HIM derives from some death metal joke.
I’m living my dream right now. I get to make music perform and travel.
I like to listen to mellow stuff on the road like Travis as we are constantly surrounded by rock music on tour and so its nice listening to mellow stuff. Obviously back at home I listen to a lot more rock music.
Even at school I studied ethics instead of religion.
Art is always criticized and always an outsider gets the blame.
I didn’t have any role models really. My best friend was a dog. My mum and dad saved a dog from the gutter and that dog was my brother before Jesse was born. Sami was his name and he was my role model.
I haven’t been baptised. My dad’s not in the church and is not a religious person. My mum is more spiritual – she does Thai-chi and goes to Stonehenge and things like that. I’m proud to be pagan. Finland is not really a religious country. I’m still looking for my god.
Falling in love is the best way to kill your heart because then it’s not yours anymore. It’s laid in a coffin waiting to be cremated.
Music’s always been really cathartic. It’s the best drug for me to get away from the everyday pressures just for a second via a good song.