Interview: Anette Olzon of The Dark Element

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The Dark Element is set to release their debut album tomorrow, November 3rd via Frontiers Music srl. We previously reviewed the amazing new self titled album ‘The Dark Element’. You can check out our review here. We highly suggest that you grab your own copy, you’re really going to enjoy it!

I had the chance to get some questions answered by the talented Anette Olzon today. See what she had to say about past projects, the new project and what’s coming up next.

Interview with Anette Olzon of The Dark Element.

YesterdazeNews: Thank you for taking time out of your schedule for this interview. I am really excited about the new album, one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, truly a beautiful piece of work.

Anette Olzon: Thanks so much, so happy that you like it!

I know you were with Nightwish for a period of time as well as Alyson Avenue, The Rasmus and doing your own solo album, but it seems many fans still continue to associate you with Nightwish. There are also still many fans that have speculation over what happened when you left Nightwish and the ever constant argument over whose vocals are better, which I feel all vocalists have added something to Nightwish and never taken anything away from other vocalists. Is there anything you would like to say to fans to just finally close that chapter of your musical career and to move on.

Well I believe there will always be questions about this and I have one story and they another one and we have to live with that. And when it comes to which vocalist is the better one and comparisons I believe it’s a waste of time trying to convince those who don’t like one of us three to not think so. But I would like if it could come to an end for all our sakes cause I believe we all have had an impact on the band in our own way and we are all good singers who love to sing and can’t we just be allowed to do so and the fans who don’t like me can stay away from my videos and music and follow the one they love. It’s kinda boring to see negative comments about this in videos that have nothing to do with the band but are my new projects and music and I believe it’s better to move on for everyone.

How did this project The Dark Element come together?

I was asked from Frontiers if I was interested in singing on an album that Jani should do the songs for. A project that I had no idea of how it would sound at that time so I was a bit hesitant to accept but my husband said I should give it a go since I missed singing and well, luckily Jani wrote an amazing set of songs for me to sing.

Have you worked with Jani Liimatainen before?

No and had never even met him.

What was it like working with him?

Very easy and relaxed. He is a very talented songwriter and musician and he gave me freedom to sing the songs in my preferred key and interpret them as I wished. All harmonies were also made by me and he accepted all of them so I feel very respected and recognized by him this way.

How about the other musicians on this project? Jonas Kuhlberg and Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula, have you worked with them before? How were they brought into this project?

No had never heard of them either. They played on the album but made their parts in Finland so we met the first time all of us during the video shoot.

Who wrote the music on this album? Was it big collaboration between all of the band or were there main writers?

It’s all Jani’s work – he’s made all music and lyrics and I have done my vocals and my harmony arrangements.

I’ve listened to the album a number of times and one thing I felt about the album is there is this feeling throughout the album that it is meant to be listened to in the exact order the songs are in on the tracklisting, almost like telling a story in the lyrics. Was there forethought to the order they are in or was this a coincidence?

I don’t know actually, it was Jani who set the order of the songs so maybe he had some thought like this but I can’t answer this.

What do you hope the fans hear and find in ‘The Dark Element’?

I hope they can hear that we have made this album with such a positive vibe and that it was made to show us both and our talents and what we like to sing and play.

Is this project going to just be a studio project or do you expect there to be a tour in support of the ‘The Dark Element’ release?

I don’t know yet. There have been some offers and both me and Jani would like to play it live but as you know it’s a lot to discuss and fix around before a tour or a gig can happen so let’s wait and see. But it would be very nice to play with Jani so I hope for some gigs.

What else are you working on right now?

I’m very busy being a university student trying to survive my last exams and such so I’m quite stressed at the moment with that and interviews such as this. But I have a gig next year with my band Alyson Avenue so that’s a very nice thing coming up.

What does 2018 look like for you at this point?

It’s really a very open sheet at the moment. I will be done as a student soon I hope and then I need to have a job and if no touring I will end up in a normal job.

Is there anything you would like to tell your fans?

I hope they’ll enjoy the album as much as I did singing on it and buy it so we can do more albums.

Thank you so much for your time! I can’t wait for the fans to experience your amazing new album.

Thanks so much and thanks for taking the time to interview me.

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