I've got asthma. When I was 17 I forgot to take my medication and was taken to a hospital for almost two weeks. After that I've taken better care of my illness.— Ville Valo
The most memorable Ville Valo quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Los Angeles and New York are the big centers of the music industry worldwide so of course it can be hard for newcomers who don't know what to expect from the music business.
I need a soul mate so that I can be who I am, naked.
I want there to be someone who picks up my heavy, bleeding heart and takes it somewhere safe and warm.
I have a big heart and a small brain.
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.
The most romantic thing is to look someone straight in the eyes and say and mean, “I love you”, that's a lot. It's a really hard thing because you can never be certain of yourself, but at that particular moment, you feel like that. Its magic
I love you is eight letters...then again, so is bullshit.
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.
Women are always beautiful.
Let's put it this way: the glass is half-empty, but the fact is, I can always get another drink
Every girl has something beautiful in her soul.
It doesn't matter if she's fat or thin. That has nothing to do with her personality.
I have 4 kids already, I don’t need anymore.
I’m a single parent. I’m taking them through Europe and make them play funny instruments.
I think love keeps on changing every day.
It’s not black and white and it’s definitely more than 50 shades of grey.
We're trying to have the band create something beautiful that hopefully one day, 20 years from now, can be picked up by a kid and hopefully have the same effect that Neil Young had on me, or Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.
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.
Your tattoos are supposed to be some connection to your personality.
That's a lot more important than going in and just picking one off a wall. I've never understood why people get butterflies tattooed on their bottoms or whatever. That's really weird.
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.
There's always reasons to make mistakes.
Because then you do new mistakes next time. So they're beautiful mistakes.
Women aren't objects that you look at only on weekends.
We started playing music from an early age and so we wasn't really aware of that side of it, the weird thing is the more successful you get the more free booze and drugs you get, they should be given to the bands who don't have the money.
The guys in Kiss use some make up too so at first it was exiting.
I've almost stopped using make-up nowadays.
That music and the lyrical aspects of Razorblade Romance is so personal to me that, now with me being grown up a bit and meeting new people and doing new things, it makes me look at the same things I was writing about back in the day through a different colored lens.
Women are interesting, but that isn't the problem, it is that I like being alone, and I'm also touring so much that it's hard to get a relationship to work.
Love is madness, you can't put it in doses, it either surges over or under
When I heard Elvis Presley, then I knew I had to do music.
Music is my god, and is the only love that has never left me. It has always been there and is my best friend.
I've always been a huge reggae fan.
The most important things are that you are honest with yourself and that making music comes from your heart
Well, for us, it's always better not to have too many expectations and to just go with the flow because then it's always a big plus no matter what happens.
I'm a huge fan of James Dean, that got me started. Nowadays I smoke four packs in a day.
It's like that with what sort of ideas people outside of the band have of HIM.
They all see it through a different lens as well which is beautiful. Hopefully, it makes it an endless topic of conversation.
Art is always criticized and always an outsider gets the blame.
I love Johnny Cash but I don't love country music that much.
I'm a collecting maniac and I buy a lot of books and records. I have over thousand cds.
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 think if we keep on doing good music and people like us and they buy the magazine because we are in the magazine then they cant basically hate us hopefully.
I haven't travelled that much before so this is the first time I get to see the big cities of Europe. I've never even been to US.
Some genres I'm not a huge fan of but there are always exceptions that break the rules. There are always a few people doing it in a way weird enough to grab my attention.
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.
Yeah I'm still writing. I've got about 14 tracks now. But we've been on tour so we haven't had time to get back to a rehearsal place.
I've got loads of ideas. I just have no idea what to do with those ideas
Music is my God, and it is the only love that has never left me.
Love is the funeral of hearts.
Hopefully it will be possible to get all our other albums in American shops one day so if people are interested they can hear it but I'm hoping that people are going to be interested in what we are going to do, not just what we've done.
I'm only 26 - I don't know anything about life yet.
Life is like a puzzle and my pieces are spread all over the world.
In my eyes, perfection is imperfection
So basically, I think music at its best can be everything.
It can be totally stupid and very intellectual and emotional at the same time. I don't think all those things shut each other out.
I have never acted in one and I'm not at all interested to do so either.
Many other artists who sing about hope think that it is something every single person carries within himself. I'm not so sure if that's true. For me, hope is the little light guiding you the way, which reminds you that life does have a sense, that you have goals. To believe in that is often more easily said than done.
You can't create a myth on your own. People do it for you.
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.