“Try to find your own style and play as many different styles as you can.”
Check out the interview with Jartse Tuominen exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jartse Tuominen: It started when I got my first guitar for my 4th birthday gift. After that I’ve been playing in bands since I was 12. As pro since I was in my 20’s. My journey has been long and windy, but also great. I’ve been really lucky to have good labels who let me do my music the way I want.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
No drugs, no drinking, practice every day, and the main thing is attitude. Try to find your own style and play as many different styles as you can.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I think the biggest one is trying to get people to understand that songs don’t need to have lyrics all the time. It’s all about the feelings you get out of music. You can make your own lyrics in your head.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
It is, but I believe there is room for all of us. Best thing is being on road and playing front of audience. Of course some helps a little bit, but live is always live.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
San Antonio is great city; a lot of music, jams, big acts. The music biz is not the best here, but that’s ok. Fans are amazing here also.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On the road, here in USA and Europe. Seems like I got shows booked already on both sides of sea. Promoting new CD.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Gary Moore, Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, etc.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There is a lot of great new bands/guitarists nowadays. It’s all good music and seems like instrumental music is getting bigger again also. Yes I do.