OPETH || MIKAEL TALKS TO NOISEY "I COULDN'T GET ABBA TO REFORM UNFORTUNATELY"
Posted on March 24, 2014
Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently conducted an interview with Noisey in which he discusses his own artist development, the evolution of Opeth & heavy music over the past 24. He also talks about Roadburn festival which he will be curating this year.
When asked about his personal evolution, Mikael had this to say; "I was 14 when I had that band Eruption. It was a three-piece, and I did write the songs, but we also played some covers. But it was just a learning thing for me, just a fun thing to play together with your pals and play some heavy metal songs. We did some Misfits covers and stuff like that-really simple stuff, and I remember I was just blown away by the fact that you could get these instruments to sound good together. That you could have a drumbeat, a bass guitar that would add to the guitar riffs that I was playing just blew my mind. It was really just innocent fun, basically, in those days, and then now it's been so many years since, but it's what I do. It's what's kind of shaped my whole personality and my whole life. I owe so much to music. Like I said, it's become part of my personality. Everybody who knows me knows how important it is for me. I've changed so much. It's impossible to say. But I like to keep that innocence intact a little bit, because I don't want to get too carried away in the business side of things. I'm interested in the business side of things, but I still value the creativity and the creative side of being in a band more than anything else. I mean, I have a career, so to speak, and we do make a living doing this now, which is fantastic of course, but I like to think it's never been at the expense of that initial innocence in creativity. It's still there."