HIM Frontman Gets Depressed When Writing Songs

H.I.M. rocker Ville Valo is considering quitting the music industry because songwriting turns him into a suicidal wreck.

HIM Frontman Gets Depressed When Writing Songs
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H.I.M. rocker Ville Valo is considering quitting the music industry because songwriting turns him into a suicidal wreck. The Finnish rocker admits penning his band's dark songs drives his depression and he can only envy those who find the process cathartic and therapeutic. He says, "You open the door for the demons, and everything just f**king comes out. Now the meltdowns are getting worse, and the depression won't go away; it's like being haunted by the most vile creatures ever created. I've had depression before, but when you're so overwhelmed that it's taking you over... I just don't know if I'm prepared emotionally or mentally to write another song." Valo's bandmates and friends were so concerned about the frontman's mental health they implored him to seek help - and applauded him when he checked into celebrity rehab facility Promises in California. Producer Tim Palmer, who produced H.I.M.'s new album "Venus Doom," knew the singer needed rehab help - because he realized Valo was becoming more like his late brother, who committed suicide. He adds, "When somebody gets that low, it is so important to find a friend or doctor or family member and just get help. Ville took a massive step by coming clean to me and just admitting to these feelings." Thanks for the info to Starpulse.com.

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    Mithaearon
    "HIM Rocker Gets Depressed When Writing Songs" I get depressed when the HIM rocker releases songs. Strange that!
    PurpleDinosaur
    Thank you, next.matt.heafy. I got this information straight from the official HIM boards, their top Admins and Moderators all assured us that this was complete bullshit. With this in mind, it kind of throws all of your arguments out the window, seeing as he really isn't being a "bitch", "egomaniac", etc. So... please. STFU. N0bz.
    PurpleDinosaur
    Good for you, Ville. Maybe it helps explain why he has absolutely NO stage presence? To all you people complaining about HIM's lack of "metal"... get over yourself. Grow some balls and expand your horizons. I listen to Children of Bodom, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir, etc. yet HIM is my favorite band.
    PurpleDinosaur
    UPDATE: It's bullshit. He's not quitting. The *****s at Revolver misinterpreted him. Thank God. I was going to have to ./suicide. Writing is his own personal form of therapy. Actually... I think he'd be more likely to commit suicide if he did quit.
    Hamham272
    raihidara : It sucks to be depressed...but if he was smart, he would stop writing the depressing lyrics. Seriously, if what you're writing is hurting you, write something uplifiting. I'm not saying it's a problem to write depressing lyrics, but still...
    kamikaze_74 : why doesnt he just stop writing depressing lyrics. its a standard case of can't stand the heat? then get out of the kitchen. and his band are crap too. i would be more than happy if he did decide to quit and stop plaguing the music scene.
    have you ever written lyrics? when you do usually your feelings and inner demons come out... so stfu and write something constructive. i know when i write lyrics i find things out about what i really feel. if that makes him better (which the actual article says) good on him. so guys get a fuking life and lay off with the stupid damn jokes that are surrounding this thread. its just completely uncalled for. Rant over
    recliner33
    Yeah I can see him being depressed, but you can't just blame it on the songwriting. There must be more to it then that. And if writing songs makes you feel suicidal, then that's ****ed up. I know that sounds harsh but it's the truth. All I'm trying to say that it can't just be his songwriting that makes him depressed, there's other things involved.
    aperfectshot176
    what a bitch. every person who has ever written a song in history has put emotion in it. this sounds like a publicity stunt to me or he really is that much of a bitch. i write personal songs all the time, so really deep and i have never gotten depressed to the point where i was even close to suicide. his songs and his band makes my eaers wanna commit suicide
    Havenspear
    Oh, man. Get OVER it. Try writing happy songs, shit that doesn't mean anything to you. That's what sells these days anyway...
    Engel22
    you need to get over that HUGE ego of yours mate. depression can kill you. and beilive me. ive seen what it does and how it effects people.
    next.matt.heafy
    if you dont like HIM, why come to the thread? like the attention and think youre funny bashing on a band who have more emotion in one finger than your entire body? get out of the thread... and if you write lyrics and music to sell and make money, you shouldnt be called a musician. if youd ever actually listened to the lyrics and managed to piece all the metaphors and incredible writing together to understand the story, then maybe you wouldnt be so ignorant..then again, if you werent ignorant you wouldnt be bashing people who let their demons out when they write, so i guess its useful to have tools in the world... and, if you cared to read the comments of others, PurpleDinosaur posted a bit above me that this was taken all out of context by Revolver. so heres a thought. grow a brain, and if you dont like a band, just dont listen, no one gives a shit if you hate them, theres plenty of other bands for you to listen to. grow up.
    Black Hole Sun
    invisiblekid123 wrote: people with depression aren't just upset, they have the really really highs nd the really really lows, i seen it happen. and besides if depressed people are in a good mood, it's more then likely they are putting it on i don't really like HIM, but i respect that guy for getting help, that shows real strength when you can do that.
    That's manic depression you idiot.
    DarthKarth
    Kaadsj wrote: he sat in his room thinking: "man, I'm in this rock/metal band, now I GOTTA write some depressing lyrics".
    yeah, he's not in a metal band if he's writing depressing lyrics. in fact, he isn't even in a rock band. he's in a mallcore band that writes half-ass "music" for teenagers filled with "angst" against the world. he can die for all i care. and now, i REALLY hope he does.
    Anton666
    If someone likes to dislike someones depression or just HIM Music...Go and listen venus doom! Its amazing and you can hear the whole depression! Ville Valo just writes an amazing album while he was suffering. Calling Ville a bad songwriter? How the hell other musicians are saying he is amazing songwriter? And calling HIM emo band...what a f***K? Theyve been doing their thing since 1994. So check the facts and grow up!
    alex728
    i'm siding with the front man, everytime i sit down to think about lyrics it just kind of gets me down...you kind of have to write lyrics that derive from your problems and just kind of focus on the positive. but thats a hard thing to do when theres no positivity to focus on. i was never really a him fan until i saw them at projekt revolution and now i think that they're amazing. Ville, i hope everything gets better for ya man, nothin like California sun to kiss the demons away.
    hak_hap
    stop quoting each other! and to those haters: don't read news about him if you dont like the music. period
    E.A.D.
    The drugs and alcohol + cigarettes make it extremely hard to deal with depression, especially when opening the doors of the emotional realm. Forgiveness is infinite as is love.
    Weapon&TheWound
    DarthKarth wrote: Kaadsj wrote: he sat in his room thinking: "man, I'm in this rock/metal band, now I GOTTA write some depressing lyrics". yeah, he's not in a metal band if he's writing depressing lyrics. in fact, he isn't even in a rock band. he's in a mallcore band that writes half-ass "music" for teenagers filled with "angst" against the world. he can die for all i care. and now, i REALLY hope he does.
    So Can U
    invisiblekid123
    chinesechipmunk wrote: It's his own stupid fault if he gets depressed when he writes songs. Even then, most of the shit is made up that he sings. He can bitch all he wants, but anyone who believes it is a fool. Jpast, I know a lot of people who suffer from depression. They all have extremely good - if dark - senses of humour. They'd laugh harder than anyone.
    people with depression aren't just upset, they have the really really highs nd the really really lows, i seen it happen. and besides if depressed people are in a good mood, it's more then likely they are putting it on i don't really like HIM, but i respect that guy for getting help, that shows real strength when you can do that.
    jpast
    Mithaearon : "HIM Rocker Gets Depressed When Writing Songs" I get depressed when the HIM rocker releases songs. Strange that! I know your trying to funny and clever but depression is a serious issue. I don't know if you have ever dealt with it or know someone who has, but its not funny. I know people are going to say relax and learn to take a joke but this kind of ignorance needs to stop. Hope he gets better, and I applaud him for getting the help he needs.
    frusciante_50
    SLASH_MUSTAINE wrote: So there is hope in the world...Let's hope it spreads to MCR! !
    bit tasteless!
    Paradise Lost
    In a strange way this is a good thing... it proves the music and lyrics are genuine, and not just fabricated to look cool.
    Mithaearon
    Of course getting diagnosed as Depressed is easy, at least in the UK. All you have to do is walk into the G.P. say your feeling a little low and depression is diagnosed.
    Shabalaba
    I know people who get depressed all the time, they do it for attention, im not sayin their isnt people who are genuinly depressed but sometimes people just need a kick up the ass
    raihidara
    It sucks to be depressed...but if he was smart, he would stop writing the depressing lyrics. Seriously, if what you're writing is hurting you, write something uplifiting. I'm not saying it's a problem to write depressing lyrics, but still...
    zackvalo16
    that sucks!! but some of HIM's music is depressing but like Paradise Lost up there said, you know his lyrics are genuine and not just something he wrote to be a hit or whatever....
    mchugh92
    its a shame cos he is a good song-writer although his subject matter is kinda the same, its written from so many different perspectives and the metaphors he uses are pretty cool, but if writing things like that makes him feel down then he should stop writing that kinda music plain and simple
    jpast
    Black Star : If you're just going to bash HIM in this topic, get out. This isn't your flame zone or anything. People get their emotions out when they write. Your darkest demons can come forward. I've experienced it, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Stop bashing him for actually getting help for being depressed. All of you need to get your heads out of your asses. I'm not even a fan of HIM, but this bashing is just ridiculous. Thank you. Nice to see there are some people with decency on this site.
    kamikaze_74
    jpast I know your trying to funny and clever but depression is a serious issue. I don't know if you have ever dealt with it or know someone who has, but its not funny. I know people are going to say relax and learn to take a joke but this kind of ignorance needs to stop. Hope he gets better, and I applaud him for getting the help he needs.
    why doesnt he just stop writing depressing lyrics. its a standard case of can't stand the heat? then get out of the kitchen. and his band are crap too. i would be more than happy if he did decide to quit and stop plaguing the music scene.
    Kaadsj
    I find it quite weird that he reluctantly writes his lyrics and songs and stuff...as if he's forced to writing these songs. very weird indeed. how can you possibly take any of his songs serious anymore, when you know he sat in his room thinking: "man, I'm in this rock/metal band, now I GOTTA write some depressing lyrics". seems pretty stupid and dumb to me. and on top of that, I really do think he's acting like a 14 year old emo kid. they're " depressed" all of the time. I hate it when those people keep saying they're feeling depressed. no wonder when you listen to emo-nonsense such as "break me down, bury me bury me". as sung by "really not a care in the world" 30 seconds to mars. wow..now that's a relief. don' need no rehab for that (oh stop it).
    chinesechipmunk
    It's his own stupid fault if he gets depressed when he writes songs. Even then, most of the shit is made up that he sings. He can bitch all he wants, but anyone who believes it is a fool. Jpast, I know a lot of people who suffer from depression. They all have extremely good - if dark - senses of humour. They'd laugh harder than anyone.
    xCoilx
    well to get your emotions out you write about them.And if hes feelings depressed then thats what hes going to write about and i cant really see HIM writing happy songs anyway
    Black Hole Sun
    Good. I'd be depressed if I was writing that balls. Maybe he should try a bit of diversity. Or talent.
    Black Star
    If you're just going to bash HIM in this topic, get out. This isn't your flame zone or anything. People get their emotions out when they write. Your darkest demons can come forward. I've experienced it, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Stop bashing him for actually getting help for being depressed. All of you need to get your heads out of your asses. I'm not even a fan of HIM, but this bashing is just ridiculous.
    slashzsystem
    good words buddy
    hak_hap wrote: stop quoting each other! and to those haters: don't read news about him if you dont like the music. period