Jukka Nevalainen

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Jukka Nevalainen
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Background information
Birth nameJukka Antero Nevalainen
Born (1978-04-21) 21 April 1978 (age 41)
OriginKitee, Finland
GenresSymphonic metal, power metal
Occupation(s)Drummer, musician
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboards
Years active1993–2014 (on hiatus)
Associated actsNightwish, Sethian

Jukka Antero "Julius" Nevalainen (born 21 April 1978, Kitee, Finland) is the drummer in the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish[1] and the Finnish progressive metal band Sethian.

Personal life[edit]

He spent his early years in the city of Kitee. His music teacher at school told him that a new educational program for music was opening, and he thought Nevalainen would fit in well as a drummer. He lacked a suitable place to practice so he made do at his home. His first band was "The Highway" but he joined his first real band at the age of 15–16. The band had a rehearsal place, but was restricted to practice only a couple of days a week. After he left that band, he joined up with Emppu Vuorinen and they got a permanent practice place.[citation needed]

Nevalainen lives with his wife Satu, daughter Luna (born in 2003) and son Niki (born on 19 December 2005) in Joensuu, Finland. His second daughter Lara was born on 22 June 2010. He is a vegetarian.[2]

Career[edit]

At the age of 17, Vuorinen had already been contacted by the songwriter and keyboard-player Tuomas Holopainen. Holopainen wanted to start an acoustic music project that would later become Nightwish and they needed a drummer, at which point Vuorinen recommended Nevalainen to him.[citation needed]

After the early years of the band, Nevalainen got a new professional drum kit. He used that kit from the album Wishmaster to the end of the Once world tour in 2005. He is currently endorsed by Tama drums, Paiste cymbals and Pro-Mark sticks. He has a side-project; Sethian, but this band is almost completely dormant because of band members being busy with other bands.[citation needed]

On 6 August 2014, it was announced that Nevalainen would not be able to take part of Nightwish's eighth album and its subsequent tour due to insomnia,[3] thus making the album Endless Forms Most Beautiful the first Nightwish recording without his participation. Nevalainen still handles the day-to-day affairs of the band, though.[3] Kai Hahto (Wintersun) took his place in the album and on the subsequent tour.[3] He returned to perform one song during their unofficial 20th-anniversary concert in August 2016 at Himos Park in Jämsä, Finland [4]

Equipment[edit]

Tama Starclassic Maple drums:

  • 22"x18" Bass drum (x2)
  • 6"x14" Starclassic G Maple Snare drum
  • 9"x10" Tom
  • 10"x12" Tom
  • 14"x14" Floor Tom
  • 16"x16" Floor Tom

Paiste Cymbals:

  • RUDE 18" china
  • Signature 14" medium hi-hat
  • 2002 18" wild crash
  • 2002 19" wild crash
  • Signature 8" splash
  • 2002 10" wild splash
  • 2002 20" wild crash
  • Signature 21" dry heavy ride
  • Signature 13" sound edge hi-hat
  • 2002 18" wild crash
  • RUDE 18" china

Drumsticks: Promark:

  • Promark 5B drumsticks

Drumheads: Remo:

  • Uses Remo Controlled Sound Clear and Clear Emperor drumheads

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Nightwish". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Nightwish – the official website". Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Nightwish Drummer Jukka Nevalainen Forced To Take Break From Band Due To Health Issues". Blabbermouth.net. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/nightwish-rejoined-by-drummer-jukka-nevalainen-at-unofficial-20th-anniversary-concert-video/#0KawZr7qJA2RPYeQ.99

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