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Dan McAvinchey: Jartse, you have a new album out ("Untold Stories") since we last interviewed you about 2-3 years ago, had anything changed for you as you approached recording these new compositions in the studio?
Jartse Tuominen: Yes, I think there are more melodies on this CD, and "Untold Stories" is the first album where I did everything by myself; by that I mean recording, mixing and mastering - and never again (laughs).
Dan McAvinchey: A number of reviewers have compared you to Steve Lukather (Toto, solo artist). What do you think when you hear comparisons such as that?
Jartse Tuominen: Steve Lukather has always been one of my heroes, and of course it feels great if someone compares me to him. I guess I'm doing something right!
Dan McAvinchey: Let's talk about the process you used on "Untold Stories", How did you write the songs, did you collaborate or work alone on the tracks?
Jartse Tuominen: I pretty much work alone. I just hear themes in my mind and somehow it goes on paper. Some songs on "Untold Stories" took years to get written and recorded. I send demos for the band to review, and if guys come up with better ideas we'll use them also.
Dan McAvinchey: Which of the tracks from "Untold Stories" do you enjoy playing the most?
Jartse Tuominen: Yeah right, it's really fun to play the new tracks, on intro all bars are different so it's a little challenging to play it right. I do enjoy playing all of them really.
Dan McAvinchey: Have you gotten a new piece of gear, or a new guitar, that you found particularly useful while writing or recording?
Jartse Tuominen: I do actually, I got new Gibson Les Pauls and I really like them a lot. I have a Gary Moore model Les Paul as well, and I was playing it when he passed away, so thatÕs how the song "Farewell" came up. Its kind of my tribute to Gary Moore.
Dan McAvinchey: We recently did a survey where site visitors told us about their favorite guitar effect (delay/echo, distortion/overdrive, chorus, flange, etc.). What is your favorite?
Jartse Tuominen: I donÕt really use any pedals. I play straight into the amp. I do use an old Vox wah-wah pedal from the '60s every now and then. I use a Mesa/Boogie amp, and it is just perfect for me.
Dan McAvinchey: How is it going with social media and promotion? Any breakthroughs you can report on?
Jartse Tuominen: It's going! Facebook used to be good one for promotion, but I think Twitter is better nowadays. Reviews have been a big help in spreading the word about my music, so IÕm really appreciative about that.
Dan McAvinchey: Where is your home base these days, and how is the live scene there?
Jartse Tuominen: IÕm still in San Antonio, Texas. A lot of live music there. A lot of different styles of music also. which I like a lot.
Dan McAvinchey: What do you feel like has been your greatest musical achievement to date?
Jartse Tuominen: Hard to say really. Last year I got in the Prog/Jazz Archives in Paris, which was a real honor for me. The song "Time To Go" was number one in the Netherlands for two weeks last fall; that was amazing also.
Dan McAvinchey: Congratulations! Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2017, what's on your musical agenda?
Jartse Tuominen: We are working on European tour in April/May 2017. Gigs in USA also. End of year IÕll go to studio for recording new CD.
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