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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."

Read the full inteview over on Noisey right now & make sure you don't miss Opeth at Download Festival 2014! 


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