INTERVIEW WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN OCT 30th 2008 Page 4
by Fredrik Hjelm
FH: Comparing different times may be like comparing apples and pears, but if we look back on the year 1984, you played on two Alcatrazz albums and you released a solo album. After that, it all happened fast and you released four more albums within the next five years. The Yngwie albums aren't coming out at the same pace as they did back in the '80s...what do you feel attributes to that?
Yngwie: That depends on a lot of different things. I had many different priorities back in the day and ended up being completely ripped off for a lot of money that just disappeared, since the money-thing wasn't actually one of the details I was on top of. The more records I released, the more money disappeared. But I guess that was why the records were released at such a high pace too. It's always been very natural for me to write new material and to come up with new ideas and new riffs, so there's always something lying around and all of a sudden there's a new release. As far as the new record goes, it hasn't exactly been like I've been farting around the house for three years, no - I've been on tour, I've been at my house working and I've been on tour again. I've been working constantly and I never really took a break - ever. But to get back to your question - yes, it is a big difference and much of it is because I'm not being pushed to do anything anymore. Everything happens when I decide it does. It wasn't like that back in the day; I'm much more on top of things now also because of the fact that my wife is my manager and we do and decide everything together. One example is the thing about going on tour; when you have a name, you can go on tour anytime - you don't necessarily have to have a new release, you can just go whenever.
FH: Speaking of releases, you've released most of your albums on the Japanese record label Pony Canyon, but Perpetual Flame is on "Rising Force Records". What's the deal?
Yngwie: There was a certain time with a certain manager who thought I'd be better off at Pony Canyon because there was so much money in Japan back then. So, he had me blasting out records like there was no tomorrow and since I was occupied doing that and touring, a lot of the money disappeared and I never saw it. It was just really corrupt, that's it. Besides that there are so many other things and upcoming releases happening.
FH: What other things and what releases?
Yngwie: It's a mix of new live stuff, re-masters and re-mixes.
FH: So, a lot of stuff for the hardcore Yngwie fans?
Yngwie: Endless! But we take one thing at a time. The most important thing right now is the new record and it has only been out for two weeks.
FH: I'm not sure if you are interested in commenting on your recent controversy with Sweden Rock Magazine?
Yngwie: Not really. It was all about people I hadn't seen for 20-30 years who are trying to get some of the spotlight right now and I just think that's tragic and pathetic bunch of B.S. and that goes for all of those guys wanting a piece of the cake.
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