Ville Hermanni Valo (born November 22, 1976), is a Finnish singer, songwriter, and frontman of the Finnish rock band HIM. Valo was also the drummer for the Daniel Lioneye project. Ville has a baritone vocal range.
Early life Edit
Ville Hermanni Valo was born in a district of Helsinki, Finland called Vallila. His father, Kari, is Finnish and his mother, Anita, is of Hungarian descent. Soon after his birth, the family moved to the riverside community of Oulunkylä where they lived throughout his teenage years. In 1984 his younger brother and only sibling Jesse, a professional Thai boxer, was born. In his late teens, he worked at his father's sex shop and later moved out on his own when he was 18.
Valo suffers from asthma and allergies, particularly from animals; there are few animals that he can come into contact with, and once had to be hospitalized for five days because of an asthma attack.
As a child, Valo was exposed to the songs of popular Finnish performers such as Tapio Rautavaara and Rauli Badding Somerjoki by his music-loving parents, while an older cousin introduced him to the heavier sounds of bands like Kiss, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. Valo's first musical step was at a birthday party when, at the age of three, he picked up a set of bongo drums and play with them; that was when his parents decided to send him to music school.