When I heard Yngwie Malmsteen on Swedish radio back in the 80s it blew me away and made me realize that I’d never be that good so I dropped the idea of playing the guitar. I might also be why I very seldom do features on guitar players but I’ve made an exception with ALFREDO GARGARO. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
– For me it’s difficult to talk about a new record right now. I am still joining my first solo album. I don’t usually think what the other bands do, never meant and never cared too. I putted into “Various” 37 years of musical life, and I turned it into notes and riffs. That’s the attitude that I love, and that is the way I want to write a new album

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-I think I can manage different genres of music, I think I developed my own style in all these years.

‘How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-” VARIOUS ” lyrics were written by the guest singers of the album. I chose 7 different singers, and everyone has his particular mood. You can find lyrics about love, friendship, sex, social or fantasy.

I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-I am also old school and so devote about great artworks. Since I started recording this album I’ve always had in my mind the cover. The people who knows me well told me that this cover definitely represents me. The message is clear: the power of music.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-I’ve always taught “Let the music do the talking!”

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-New generations are so different from the old school. Old school guys hade their favourite bands who lasted for years (some are still lasting). Now, everything it’s so fast so there are new bands everyday and they die as fast as they born, so it’s most like following a category, a genre than a particular band. That doesn’t make you a fan…

Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-No, it won’t kill it ..However. it won’t give it its right value. Probably it will make everything a bit dull

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Unfortunately it became so hard to organize tours. Playing in festival is interesting cause it gives me a chance to exchange views with other artists and different kinds of music. At the same time, sadly it doesn’t help you anymore to promote yourself as the good old days. I won’t spend any word about payments for the artists, too sick.

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-My ideal stage has to be huge! Highest power, top equipment, lightning system as its best to capture every single moment and highlight my notes.. enough humble?

What does the future hold?
-I want to go on collaborating with other artists as I did ” VARIOUS”

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