10 Questions: Waltteri Väyrynen
- What do you eat for breakfast?
When I’m at home, I usually have porridge with some blueberries for breakfast every morning. Obviously. some coffee as well. On tour, it always depends on what the venues, festivals or hotels have to offer. Although usually it’s just white bread with cheese and various cold cuts, haha.
- How did the story between you and Paradise Lost begin?
I had been playing with Vallenfyre [Paradise Lost frontman and guitarist Greg Mackintosh’s side project] for some time before Paradise Lost asked me to fill in a few shows for their previous drummer Adrian Erlandsson, due to his other commitments in spring 2015. However, I ended up playing all their shows that year and eventually joined the band permanently in summer 2016.
- Apart from drumming, what’s your role in the group?
To bring down the average age of the band members I think!
- What band best represents Finnishness and why?
It has to be Sentenced. Their pessimistic and cynical approach to life yet without taking themselves dead seriously is quite funny and represents Finnishness pretty well.
- How do you develop yourself professionally?
Obviously, I try to practice as much as possible. I also listen to a lot of different kinds of music and drummers and that way try to learn new tricks and ideas, thus improve myself as a musician.
- What has been your most memorable gig so far? Why?
I would say the show we played at The Circus, Helsinki in the fall, 2015. It was the first Finnish show during my time in Paradise Lost, so it certainly had a special vibe to it with a lot of friends and family being around and showing their support.
- Whom do you admire? Why?
When it comes to drumming, my biggest influence of all time is Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork, Scarve). His ability to play different styles with such a strong groove along his endless spectrum of new ideas just never ceases to amaze me.
- What would you be, if you weren’t a drummer?
A good question, actually. I’ve never had a plan B other than being a musician, so if I weren’t a drummer, I’m pretty sure I would be playing the guitar or singing.
- What is the best thing about Finland?
The summer. Even though it’s very short and it has been fairly erratic weatherwise in recent years, there’s just always something special about the Finnish summer, with the nightless nights and beautiful nature. I never get bored of that.
- How do you relax?
I enjoy going to concerts and movies quite often, as well as having good food and wine in a good company.