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).
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!
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.
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.
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 that’s how the song "Farewell" came up. Its kind of my tribute to Gary Moore.
Jartse Tuominen: I don’t 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.
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 I’m really appreciative about that.
Jartse Tuominen: I’m still in San Antonio, Texas. A lot of live music there. A lot of different styles of music also. which I like a lot.
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.
Jartse Tuominen: We are working on European tour in April/May 2017. Gigs in USA also.
End of year I’ll go to studio for recording new CD.