The name Ville Hermanni Valo translates to William Herman Light.
Ville and Mige met at school when they were approximately twelve years old.
The cover of HIM's "666 Ways To Love: Prologue" is a picture of Ville Valo's mother.
Ville and Linde played in two bands before HIM – Blood and Kemoterapia.
Ville has a brother, Jesse Valo, who is seven years younger than him.
HIM uses the Heartagram, which is a combination of a heart and a pentagram, as its logo. Ville designed this symbol.
The band Black Salem includes HIM members Ville Valo, Mige Amour and Linde.
When he was younger, Ville worked in his father's sex shop.
Ville appears on the front cover of every HIM single.
Ville Valo claims he speaks English from watching subtitled cartoons.
Bam Margera is a huge fan of HIM. He has directed three of their videos, uses the heartagram logo on his clothing and skateboards and has some of the same tattoos as Ville Valo.
The band Daniel Lioneye and The Rollers features three members of HIM – Linde is the guitarist and lead singer, Ville is the drummer and Mige is the bassist.
Mige, the HIM bassist, enjoys photography and often makes Ville critique his work on tour.
Ville Valo, the lead singer of HIM, has recorded several songs with The 69 Eyes, another Finnish band.
He suffers from asthma and often drinks red wine on stage.
He created a new design of the Coke bottle for charity (only available in the U.K.).
Ville: I am insane because of this genetic disorder in me. I am half my mum and half my dad. My dad is a really calm, thinking type of person. My mum is the total opposite, very temperamental. She gets angry very easily. Me, I'm something in between. I am pretty calm and I have a fascination of pornography and old cars – I get that from my dad. My dad always told me that money doesn't grow on trees, so I'm careful. My mum told me not to put my fingers in electrical sockets, so I did.
Ville: I didn't have any role models really. My best friend was a dog. My mum and dad saved a dog from the gutter and that dog was my brother before Jesse was born. Sami was his name and he was my role model. The dog taught me how to walk, but didn't teach me to shit all over the place.
Ville: I haven't been baptised. My dad's not in the church and is not a religious person. My mum is more spiritual - she does Thai-chi and goes to Stonehenge and things like that. I'm proud to be pagan. Finland is not really a religious country. I'm still looking for my god.
Ville: I'm only 26 – I don't know anything about life yet. Life is like a puzzle and my pieces are spread all over the world. I don't have a clue about how the final picture will look when I put all the pieces together. Life is short and love is over in the morning.
Ville: When I was a kid we played cowboys and Indians, and I always wanted to be an Indian when I grew up.
Ville: When I heard Elvis Presley, then I knew I had to do music. Music is my god, and is the only love that has never left me. It has always been there and is my best friend.
Ville: I'm perceived as being a miserable depressive Finnish c*** - and that's exactly what I am!
Ville: (on his upbringing) It was really easy going. My parents were really easy on me. When I got drunk for the first time, they just laughed at me. They bought me my first bass guitar and have always supported my playing music. My parents are still together and my dad paid my rent when I first moved out of home. My dad has a sex shop and I think that is why they wanted to get me out of there.
Ville: (on his brother) When we were younger we fought like cats and dogs. My brother is now 19, he is a young man, and it has been excellent to go out and show him how to drink properly. I'm really proud of him.
Ville: (on his brother) He does Thai boxing. He won the Finnish championships twice, so he is pretty tough. He will make a good body guard one day. I'm really proud of him.
Ville: (on his school-days) I was a hell-raiser with really good grades. I fought a lot and I was pretty tough. But I was pretty easy going when it came to classes. I was really good at maths and biology.
Ville: (when asked what has had the biggest impact on his life) Probably the time I fell in love. I was pretty young, about 13 or 14, and she fell in love with my best friend and that was the time I wrote my first song. That changed my life a lot, well it changed everything.
Ville: (on the first time he picked up an instrument) I was about 2 or 3. A friend of our family always had these great parties. There was an Elvis impersonator at one and when he was singing I picked up a bongo drum and started banging it.
Ville: (on the first time he sang on stage) I felt like I was going to sh*t my pants. I was always afraid to sing because I was shy and I was meant to be the bass player. I'm still afraid but they make me do it. After a couple of beers, I'm fine. Before, when I played bass, I was at the back somewhere, laughing my ass off. Now I am up front! The first time I sang I wore brown bell bottoms, just in case I really did sh*t my pants.
Ville: (on when he chose music as a career) I didn't really have an option. The only place I'd worked was my dad's sex shop, and that was pretty sad and boring – all those w****** in raincoats left me seriously depressed. Music was the only other thing that I knew how to do, the only thing that I ever wanted to do.