Virtuoso guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen gave his opinion in an interview with Sonic Perspectives on Punk Rock and Grunge music. The musician also said that he doesn’t collaborate with people, he hires them, saying he writes every part of the songs.
“The thing is that I’ve done this for such a long time, and I was a very accomplished musician already – very young, but very accomplished. I was in junior high when the first punk wave came – Sex Pistols. And I was going, ‘What the fuck is this?! Why don’t you tune the guitar?! Why do you sing like that?!’
“Then, of course, that wore out… And then in 1991, the same exact thing happened again with the grunge wave. So, obviously, as you might already have figured out, I’m not a follower – I don’t follow trends. If anything, I make trends – I don’t follow. And I’ve always been very clear in my vision on where I wanna go and what I wanna do. And my art is too important to me to dilute with trying to follow other things. So I just don’t do that.”
“I don’t collaborate with people. I write all parts. Even when I hire people, when they are hired to record with me, I wrote the parts and sounds and so forth. Listen, I never say never to anything, but right now this is exactly where I wanna be.”
Malmsteen was born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck in Stockholm, Sweden, the third child of a musical family. At the age of ten Malmsteen created his first band, Track on Earth, consisting of himself and a friend from school playing the drums. At the age of twelve he took his mother’s maiden name Malmsten as his surname, then slightly changed it to Malmsteen and altered his third given name Yngve to “Yngwie”.
As a teenager he was heavily influenced by classical music, particularly 19th century Italian virtuoso violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini as well as Johann Sebastian Bach. During this time, he also discovered his most important guitar influence, Ritchie Blackmore. Malmsteen has stated that Jimi Hendrix had no musical impact on him and did not contribute to his style. However watching the TV news reports on 18 September 1970 of Hendrix’s death, which included footage of Hendrix smashing and burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, made Malmsteen think, “This is really cool.”
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