Burton (musician)

Puurtinen performing in 2010
Puurtinen performing in 2010
Background information
Birth name Janne Johannes Puurtinen
Also known as Emerson Burton, King Tut[1]
Born (1974-10-17) 17 October 1974 (age 46)
Helsinki, Finland
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano, keyboards
Associated acts HIM, Daniel Lioneye, Suburban Tribe, Amorphis
Website Official website

Janne Johannes Puurtinen (born 17 October 1974), better known as Burton or Emerson Burton, is a Finnish musician. He is best known as the keyboardist of the Finnish gothic rock band HIM, with whom he has released six studio albums, and have gone on to become one of the most commercially successful Finnish bands of all time. Outside of HIM, Burton has performed and recorded with various bands, including Daniel Lioneye, Suburban Tribe and Torpedo.

Early life

Janne "Burton" Puurtinen was born on 17 October 1974, in Helsinki, Finland.[2] Born to an artistic family, both Burton's parents were ballet dancers, as was his sister.[2] Burton himself took up ballet for a few years, but quit due to a lack of interest, after which he began taking classical piano lessons at the age of five, which he continued well into his twenties.[2][3] During his civilian service, Puurtinen worked as a lighting engineer at the Alexander Theater in Helsinki.[4] He later worked as a stage manager at the Helsinki Opera House, a concert janitor at the Sibelius Academy, as well as a cook.[4]



Burton (right) performing live with HIM in June 2013

In 2001, Puurtinen joined the band HIM, with whom he had already played one show in the mid-nineties performing Type O Negative covers.[5] After the addition of Puurtinen, HIM released the albums Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Love Metal in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Both cracked the top ten in several countries, and became the band's first albums to chart in the United Kingdom and the United States.[6][7] After relocating to the US, HIM released Dark Light in 2005, which became the group's most successful album to date, going gold in Germany, the UK, the US, and platinum in Finland.[8][9][10]

In 2007, HIM released Venus Doom, which went gold in Finland and Germany, and gave the band their highest US-chart position at number 12.[7][8][9] After 2010's Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, the band went on hiatus after drummer Gas Lipstick was diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury and nerve damage in his hands.[11] After eight months of uncertainty, the band regrouped and eventually released the album Tears on Tape in 2013.[11] In 2015, Gas Lipstick announced his departure from HIM after 16 years, to pursue other musical projects.[12] He was subsequently replaced by Jukka "Kosmo" Kröger.[13] On 5 March 2017, HIM announced the end of the band following a farewell tour in 2017.[14][15] The band played their final show on New Year's Eve 2017 as a part of their annual Helldone Festival.[16]

Other work

While in school, Burton played in a variety of different bands, but the first "real" group he played with was Cosmos Tango, who won the Finnish Rock Championship in 1997.[4] Cosmos Tango released one album in 1999, by which point Burton had already joined Suburban Tribe, with whom he recorded the album Elektro 57, which was released in 1998.[4] Around the same time, Puurtinen also played one show with Amorphis in Istanbul.[1] In 1999, Puurtinen joined Torpedo, who released a self-titled EP in 2000, as well as the album Polttonestettä in 2001.[4]

In 2010, Puurtinen joined Daniel Lioneye, the side-project of HIM's Linde Lindström.[17] The band released the album Vol. II the same year, and in 2011 toured the US, supporting Cradle of Filth.[17][18] In June 2016, it was announced that Daniel Lioneye would release its third album Vol. III on 19 August 2016.[19] The band also announced five tour dates across Finland for September 2016.[19] Daniel Lioneye was also scheduled to perform several European shows later in the fall, but the dates were cancelled after drummer Seppo Tarvainen broke his arm.[20]

Following HIM's retirement, Burton joined the Finnish world music duo Solju, who released their debut album OńĎńĎa √Āigodat on 27 April 2018.[21]

Personal life

Burton has two children with his wife.[22] The nicknames "Burton" and "Emerson Burton" were coined by two friends, with "Emerson" being taken from Puurtinen's refrigerator.[23]



Daniel Lioneye

  • Vol. II (2010)
  • Vol. III (2016)

Other appearances

  • Suburban Tribe - Elektro 57 (1998)
  • Cosmos Tango - Helmi (1999)
  • Torpedo - Torpedo (2000)
  • Torpedo - Polttonestett√§ (2001)


  1. ^ a b Juho K. Juntunen (2002). "HIM - Synnin viemää" p.182. WSOY
  2. ^ a b c Juho K. Juntunen (2002). "HIM - Synnin viemää" p.179. WSOY
  3. ^ Metal Hammer Presents HIM: Tears On Tape Fanpack Magazine - pg. 99
  4. ^ a b c d e Juho K. Juntunen (2002). "HIM - Synnin viemää" p.180. WSOY
  5. ^ Juho K. Juntunen (2002). "HIM - Synnin viemää" p.51. WSOY
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 239. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ a b "H.I.M. > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  8. ^ a b "IFPI - Tilashot - Kulta- ja platinalevyt". IFPI.fi. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (HIM)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 7 February 2008.
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2008.
  11. ^ a b Metal Hammer Presents HIM: Tears On Tape Fanpack Magazine - pg. 10
  12. ^ "Drummer GAS LIPSTICK Quits HIM". Blabbermouth. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  13. ^ "HIM's VILLE VALO Talks New Drummer, Upcoming Studio Album". Blabbermouth. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Uutispommi: HIM ilmoittaa lopettavansa uransa ‚Äď j√§ljell√§ on j√§√§hyv√§iskiertue, ja sitten se on siin√§". Soundi. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  15. ^ "HIM lopettaa 26 vuoden j√§lkeen ‚Äď massiivinen j√§√§hyv√§iskiertue julki". Ilta-Sanomat. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  16. ^ "HIM TO BID FAREWELL AT TAVASTIA CLUB ON NEW YEAR'S EVE". Tiketti. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  17. ^ a b "DANIEL LIONEYE Featuring HIM Members: 'Vol. II' To Receive U.S. Release In April". Blabbermouth. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  18. ^ "DANIEL LIONEYE: North American Touring Lineup Announced". Blabbermouth. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  19. ^ a b "HIM-kitaristin Daniel Lioneye -projektilta uusi studioalbumi". Soundi. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  20. ^ "DANIEL LIONEYE (Basement show), Live in Rock City Basement". Rock City. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  21. ^ "SOLJU: Albumin OńĎńĎa √Āigodat (New Times) julkaisukeikka". KEK. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Himpulavauva!". Hymy. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  23. ^ Metal Hammer Presents HIM: Tears On Tape Fanpack Magazine - pg. 101

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