Mika has been playing drums and percussion in various bands since 1981 and doing it in all genres from jazz to metal. Furthermore, he has composed songs for different genres and this legacy can be heard in the Imperium songs right away. The music is Melodic Rock / AOR and it has a big dose of 80’s feel and sounds in it.
The project started in 2012 when Mika composed a new song for the new Strike album ‘We’re Back‘ and realized that there were more songs in him that needed to be released. 2016 the debut album ‘Dreamhunter‘ was released by AOR Heaven and the follow-up ‘Beyond The Stars‘ came out in 2018.
In this project Mika writes all the songs and lyrics, and plays all the drums, bass, keyboards and sings backing vocals, too.
All the lead vocals are sung and guitars are played by various extremely talented musicians from the rock/metal scene all over the world which this time include Robban Ernlund (Treat), Markku Kuikka (Agonizer, Kenziner, The Ragged Saints), Stefano Lionetti (Lionville), Mikey K Nilsson (Sapphire Eyes), Erkka Korhonen (Dark Sarah, Urban Tale) and Robbie LaBlanc (Blanc Faces)
Also the album’s post-production is made by top pros. The album is mixed by Erkka Korhonen (Dark Sarah, Urban Tale, Northern Kings, Ari Koivunen, Raskasta Joulua) and mastered by the legendary Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children of bodom, Stratovarius, HIM etc.). The album was produced and mostly recorded during 2019-2020 by Mika himself at his Groovehouse Studio in Vantaa, Finland.