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Ville Valo

Biography

Best known because the mercurial and brooding frontman of Finnish goth rock and roll giants H.We.M., Ville Valo was created November 22, 1976, and — after developing H.We.M. — became one of is own country’s many recognizable faces, becoming the only real Finnish designer to snag a yellow metal record in america. After six full-lengths with H.We.M. (and a set of compilations), Valo struck from his personal — in a way — and released the solitary “Summer Wines” with Natalia Avelon in 2007.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ville Valo
Height 1.85 m
Profession Drummer, Songwriter, Voice Actor, Singer-songwriter, Bassist, Keyboard Player, Multi-instrumentalist, Visual Artist
Nationality Finnish
Parents Anita Valo, Kari Valo
Siblings Jesse Valo
Awards Emma Award for Best Music Video
Music Groups HIM, Winha
Music Songs Summer Wine - Single Edit, Olet mun kaikuluotain, Ikkunaprinsessa, Paratiisi, Kun minä kotoani läksin, Valo yössä, Täällä Pohjantähden alla, Ikkunaprinsessa -Glendora-
Albums Razorblade Romance, Love Metal, Venus Doom, Tears on Tape, Dark Light, Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights, Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666, Digital Versatile Doom, Witches and Other Night Fears, 666 Ways to Love: Prologue, Uneasy Listening Vol. 1, And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997–2004, XX – Two Decades of Love Metal, Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03, Love Metal Archives Vol. I, Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 & 2, This Is Only the Beginning, SWRMXS, Uneasy Listening Vol. 2


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#Fact
1 Was born at 8:28 AM.
2 His father Kari was a taxi driver when Ville was born,but later owned an adult shop.
3 His brother Jesse is a Thai boxer.
4 When Valo cried as an infant his father would play Tapio Rautavaara's "Sininen Uni ('The Blue Dream')" for him, and his mother would take him into her arms and dance. At this, baby Ville would cease to cry.
5 Before becoming the lead singer of HIM, he had been in the bands Eloveena Boys, Aurora, Charlie Parker, Terapia, Winha, Unga Kaskelottär, Natas, B.L.O.O.D., Kemoterapia and Donits-Osmo. He also played bass, drums and guitar.
6 Duetted with Natalia Avelon for a remake of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood's "Summer Wine" on the soundtrack of Eight Miles High (2007), reaching #2 in the German charts.
7 He is half Finnish and half Hungarian.
8 Engaged to Jonna Nygren as of 9th of July 2005. The pair have since split (March 2006)
9 His idols include Clint Eastwood, Gene Simmons and Edgar Allan Poe.
10 He is half Hungerian on his mother's side.
11 His favorite movie is Vertigo (1958).
12 Valo means light in Finnish
13 He has a younger brother, Jesse, who is 8 years younger than him.
14 Good friend of Bam Margera
15 Lead singer of HIM.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Join Me In Death"
Rock Suomi 2010-2011 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
The Ark of Madness 2007 TV Special performer: "Something Diabolical" / writer: "Killing Loneliness"
Transformers 2007 writer: "Passion's Killing Floor"
Highlander: The Search for Vengeance 2007 Video writer: "Sacrament"
Eight Miles High 2007 performer: "Summer Wine"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Honey Baby 2004 writer: "Path"
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Haggard 2003 writer: "Lose You Tonight", "One Last Time", "Pretending", "Again", "Beautiful Rock Version", "You Are The One"
CKY 4 Latest & Greatest 2003 Video performer: "Jykevaa On Rakkaus"
Minä ja Morrison 2001 writer: "Close to the Flame" - as V. Valo
Levottomat 2000 writer: "Razorblade Kiss"
Lista Top 40 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 1997 - 1999 writer - 2 episodes, 1997 - 1999

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Haggard 2003 HIM Singer (uncredited)
Asphalto 1998 Short Lippumies

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HIMmeetä valoa 2005 TV Short documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tuurin kyläkauppias 2015 TV Series Himself
Music Interview Corner: Webisodes 2012 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Where the #$&% Is Santa? 2008 Video Himself
Promised Land of Heavy Metal 2008 Documentary Himself
HIM: Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre: XXXVII A.S. 2008 Video Himself, vocals (as Valo)
Itsenäisyyspäivän vastaanotto 2006 TV Movie Himself - Interviewee
Arto Nyberg 2006 TV Series Himself
Jackass Number Two 2006 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
HIM: The Making of Dark Light 2005 TV Movie Himself
Bam Margera Presents HIM: The Making of 'And Love Said No' 2005 TV Movie Himself
Huuma 2005 TV Series Himself
Viva la Bam 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
HIMmeetä valoa 2005 TV Short documentary Himself - HIM lead vocalist
Bam Margera Presents HIM: The Making of 'The Sacrament' 2004 TV Movie Himself
4Pop 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Hyppönen Enbuske Experience 2004 TV Series Himself
411 Productions Presents: 61: The Bam Issue 2004 Documentary
CKY Trilogy: Round 1 2003 Video Himself
CKY Trilogy: Round 2 2003 Video Himself
HIM: The Making of 'Buried Alive by Love' 2003 TV Movie Himself
CKY 3 2001 Video Himself
HIM: Live - Berlin 2000 Himself
Lista Top 40 1997-1999 TV Series Himself - Performer / Interviewee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rock Suomi 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ark of Madness 2007 TV Special segment "Top Lista 5 Pesama: Killing Loneliness"

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Prince of Darkness


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#Quote
1 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.
2 I'm a collecting maniac and I buy a lot of books and records. I have over thousand CD's.
3 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.
4 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.
5 Women are always beautiful.
6 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.
7 Love is the funeral of hearts. Falling in love is the best way to kill your heart because then it's not yours anymore. It's laid in a coffin, waiting to be cremated.

#Trademark
1 Deep voice.
2 The Heartagram
3 Gothic lyrics with a lot of symbolism


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