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Marko Hietala, the harsh decision...

Mis à jour : janv. 27

The news have rocked the metal world immediately..

Sadness, surprise and a ton of questions have been raised when Marko Hietala

announced his departure from Nightwish.

After 20 years in the finish band, Marko Hietala made the difficult decision

to leave his music and public life behind him.

To understand this shocking decision to leave it all after a whopping 20 years as a member of Nightwish,

we need to understand the way the music industry is "working" nowadays...

This is unfortunate, but the music industry seems to be a bit more greedy these days, through the age of download and streaming, the artists tend to be left behind financially, and let me say, far behind...

As you may not be aware, the number of streams or downloads a band attracts does not reflect the amount of work and the cost of recording an album.

To give you an idea of "the cold hard cash" bands get from downloads and/or streaming, here is a somewhat accurate conversion:

for 1 million views, the band gets approximately 0.0089 cents per view...

Yep.... you read that right....

This information has been given to me by a trusted source (a very well known band that I will not don't ask.)

It is an under statement to call this practice "unfair"... but unfortunately that is not the only issue.

Marko's statement is quite on point, here is what he had to say:

“Dear people. I am leaving NIGHTWISH

and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

This past year forced me to stay home and think. And I found myself very disillusioned about these and a lot of things. I found out that I am in need of that validation. For me to write, sing and play, I need to find some new reasons and inspirations.

”My Walden” so to speak. And it’s even in my book that I’m a chronic depressive. It’s dangerous for me and the people around me, if I continue. Some of the thoughts a while back were dark. Don’t worry, I’m fine. I have my two sons, a wife, the rest of the family, friends, a dog and lots of love.

And I don’t think that I’ll be gone for good,” he continued. Conspiracy is the word of the day. For the people who like them I need to say that my 55th birthday is now on 14th of Jan and I’ve certainly done my time for now.

Blaming for instance Tuomas is an insult to both him and my free thinking. This is a very sad thing to all of us too.

Have a care please.

But of course now we’ll know, if some go there on purpose.

There are a couple of things agreed on that I will do on 2021. Otherwise I kindly and with respect ask the media, bands, artists projects etc. to not ask me for anything within the next year. I have some reinventing to do.

I hope to tell you about it on 2022. It’s not a promise though.

I am so sorry about this.

Marko Hietala

P.S. Tony Iommi is an exception to the ‘no contact whatsoever.’ Childhood hero takes a precedence.”

After getting the news, Nightwish has also posted a statement to their fans, here's what was said in their statement:

“Marko‘s resignation has left us with some difficult decisions and choices to be made. After much thought and consideration, we have, in mutual understanding, decided to perform the upcoming

‘Human. :II: Nature. -world tour’ as planned, but with a session bass player. The live line-up will be announced at a later date. We respect Marko‘s decision and wish him all the very best.

We will not comment any further.”

Marko has also declared in his final interview that he will not comment any further either.

Sad day for the metal world, the disillusions of a great and talented artist has brought him to

the end....

I know there are many of us, surrounded by good old cd's, not wishing to go on any streaming platform,

not wishing to download anything of their favorite bands.

I also know, some prefer to stream and download absolutely everything, being probably unaware of the impact on these bands.

I do hope that Marko's message open some eyes to the dark reality of things.

Our favorite music won't survive if we keep our blindfold on.

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