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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN explains why he no longer works with co-producers and co-writers

During a press conference in Hellfest in Clisson, France, legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was asked if it is difficult for him to produce his albums together with others and if he prefers to produce his albums all by himself. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I have to tell you a funny story. I came to America as a very young man. I lived in America most of my life and I spoke English very, very well when I came to America, but there were some expressions that I didn’t understand; I didn’t really understand them. So I’m in the studio and there was a producer. I’m doing a solo and he goes, ‘Oh, wow. That was really good, man. Yeah. Can we do another one? A little slower. Remember: less is more.’ And I looked at him and thought, ‘Oh, you mean more is more, right?’ And that was an honest reaction because I didn’t know that stupid way of saying things, because less Is no more; more is more.

“What a lot of people might not know is that I started playing when I was five – actually seven. I got my first guitar when I was five, but I started playing when I was seven,” he continued. “And I was so extreme that I started bands where I wrote the songs, I was the singer and a guitarist. I was a little kid, damn it MichaelJackson or something, and I had a 20-year-old bass player and a 20-year-old drummer or something. I’ve done that from day one. I’ve always been a solo artist – always. And I never had a question about what I wanted. I never had a question about what I wanted to do with things, how I wanted to sound. I knew what it was. I knew what I wanted to play. I know what I want to write. I know what sound I want.

“I don’t want to badmouth the producers. I think they have done a lot of good for many bands.” Mother Long is incredible. He made great music with the group – great direction, all that stuff. Martin Birch – A much from people like that. The difference is that I already have it in my head. It’s already there. So if someone else comes in, it doesn’t add anything – it dilutes it. The same goes for songwriting. And some people might think, oh, I’m selfish, whatever. No. The music is finished. It’s finished. I just play it and record it. That’s all I do.

“I’ve tried to explain this to a lot of people, because that doesn’t happen in rock’n’roll,” Yngwie added: “In rock and roll, even if you are a solo artist, like Ozzy Osbourne or whoever, they have songs written for them, they have producers and things like that. I don’t do that. I do everything. I Do everything. And it’s not because I’m a selfish person that I don’t want someone else to get the credit. No. It’s because, unlike what you would call a traditional rock and roll partnership, LennonMcCartney, Keith RichardsMick Jagger — I love all of these guys; I think they’re fucking great. Instead of doing what they did, I work more like a writer, let’s say Stephen King or Johann Sebastian Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach, “Brandenburg Concerts”he gave all the musicians the sheet music and the cellist in the front row said, “Hey, can I play C sharp instead of C?” No, he didn’t say that. He played the note he was told because he had written it down. So basically I’m like a painter or a writer. Like a painter, I paint half of the big picture and I call my friend and say, “Hey, can you come and finish my half of the picture?” No, I don’t. And that’s why I don’t have producers. That’s why I don’t have co-writers and so on. Because when I did, every time I was dissatisfied and not happy with the result. And I only live once. So what I want to leave behind, what I want to create, what I want to put out on records, what I want to perform on stage is something that is purely my expression. Because I have so much inside. I want pure expression by myself. Not diluted by Elvis Presley in the band. Most singers think they are Elvis Presley. They are not. They are just another instrument in my orchestra.”

Yngwie will embark on a 40th anniversary tour this fall. Support on the tour, which begins September 26 in Fort Myers, Florida, and ends November 18 in New York City, will be provided by singer-songwriter Kurt Deimer.

For more information, visit www.yngwiemalmsteen.com/tour.

Yngwiethe latest album, “Parabellum”was published in July 2021 via Music theory recordings/Mascot label group. Only four of the songs on the LP contain vocals. The album title is Latin and means “Prepare for war”.

After working with some of the best hard singers of the last four decades, Yngwie now takes over a large part of the lead vocals himself in his own band, supported by a line-up that includes keyboardists Nick MarinoBassist Emilio Martinez and drummer Kevin Klingenschmid.

In 2017 Malmsteen gave an interview Metal Wani in which the legendary guitarist said he had no interest in working with singers like Jeff Scott Soto, Joe Lynn Turner And Tim “Ripper” Owens never again. “First of all, I feel very comfortable singing,” Yngwie said. “Secondly, there’s a certain disconnect when you write the song and have someone else sing it for you. And that’s kind of fake. I always wrote everything – I wrote all the lyrics, I wrote all the melodies, everything; it was just someone else singing. And to me, the singer is no different than any other… like a bass player or a keyboard player – they’re no more important than any other musician. And they seem to think they are, unfortunately. And I’m kind of fed up with their kind of… self-centered kind of way and I’m very much against that. No. I don’t like that. I don’t like any of those people and I never want to do anything with them again.”

In the days following Yngwie‘s original interview with Metal Wani was published on BLABBERMOUTH.NETseveral of the guitarist’s former singers — including Soto, Gymnast And Owens – responded on social media with Gymnast Description Malmsteenas “the ramblings of a megalomaniac desperately trying to justify his own insecurity.” This was followed by a response from a member of YngwieThe management team of Malmsteen‘S Facebook page that the three singers “appeared angry and showered the guitarist with insults and swear words” because “Yngwie said something they didn’t like.” The management representative added: “It is very unfortunate that these former singers have to resort to slander and insults to attract any kind of media attention. Such low-brow, childish words are rude at best and absolutely scandalous at worst.”

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