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Ville Valo performing in 2013
|Birth name||Ville Hermanni Valo|
|Born||22 November 1976|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, visual artist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards|
|Labels||Razor & Tie (U.S.), DoubleCross (U.K.), Universal (E.U.)|
|Associated acts||HIM, Daniel Lioneye, Cradle Of Filth, Apocalyptica|
Ville Hermanni Valo (born November 22, 1976) is a Finnish singer, songwriter, artist, and multi instrumentalist. He is the frontman of the Finnish rock band HIM. Valo has a baritone voice type and has maintained a wide vocal range throughout his career.
Early life and influences
Ville Hermanni Valo was born in the Vallila district of Helsinki. His father, Kari, is Finnish and his mother, Anita, is of Hungarian descent. Soon after his birth, the family moved to the riverside community of Oulunkylä where they lived throughout his teenage years. In 1984 his younger brother and only sibling Jesse was born. In his late teens, he worked at his father's sex shop and later moved out on his own when he was 18.
As a child, Valo was exposed to the songs of popular Finnish performers such as Tapio Rautavaara and Rauli Badding Somerjoki. In various interviews he has cited his favorite artists include King Diamond, Elvis Presley, Neil Young, and Dir En Grey, as well as bands such as Fields of the Nephilim, The Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath, Type O Negative, Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Jim Morrison and The Doors, and The Stooges. Valo is frontman of the Finnish rock band HIM. They became the first and only Finnish rock band to achieve a gold record (more than 500,000 copies) in the United States. Valo was also the drummer for the Daniel Lioneye project which featured HIM's guitarist Linde Lindström on vocals/lead guitar and Migé Amour on bass. In May 2007, Valo checked into Promises Malibu, a California rehabilitation center, to seek treatment for his alcoholism. He currently resides in Helsinki.
Ville has played several acoustic guitars for promotional videos and appearances, as well as on stage. He has a well documented affinity for Gibson acoustics, owning several known examples. These include a sunburst Hummingbird, a vintage Gibson L-1 dating to the early 1900s, and at least three J-200s. In a 2007 interview, Valo stated that he wrote the album Venus Doom using a recently acquired Fender Telecaster through a fuzz box. At the time he was filling in on guitar at rehearsals while HIM's guitarist recovered from a broken wrist. This Telecaster can be briefly seen in the music video for "The Kiss of Dawn" to be a three-tone sunburst American Standard model with maple fretboard and a white pickguard.
In the Tears on Tape era his main guitar has been a Gibson Custom Shop SJ-200 Western Classic Pre-War model outfitted with what appears to be a Sunrise soundhole mounted pickup. This is the guitar that he was recently seen playing onstage through a Laney Lionheart 4x10 half stack at the Helldone Festival 2012. He also played a Takamine 12-string acoustic on the promotional tour for Razorblade Romance.
Valo has used Shure SM58 and Shure Beta 58A microphones for most of his career, but during the 2010 Screamworks tour he was seen using a Sennheiser E965 condenser microphone. In photos of the 2012 Tavastia shows, Ville is shown to be using a Shure SM58 again. As of the Tears on Tape tour, he can be seen using a Telefunken Elektroakustik M80.
Films and TV
Valo is close friends with CKY, Jackass and Viva La Bam star Bam Margera, who shares many of Valo's tattoos. Ville can be seen in the movies CKY3, Jackass Number Two and Bam Margera Presents: Where the#$&% Is Santa?, which includes the whole band playing "Dead Lover's Lane". Valo can also be seen in four episodes of Viva La Bam (S1E5, S3E4, S4E1, S5E8). Valo also portrayed Jim Morrison in the 69 Eyes music video "Wasting The Dawn". He also voices the character of Moto Moto in the Finnish dub of Madagascar 2.
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- Kerrang! magazine - June 2008
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- Black Sabbath - Tribute
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- HIM - Join Me In Death (Acoustic Live, Koln 1999).flv on YouTube
- HIM Funeral of Hearts Live at Top of the Pops 2003 on YouTube
- Official website of HIM
- Ville Valo at Notable Names Database
- Ville Valo at Internet Movie Database
- Ville Valo interview on SuicideGirls 2007