Guitar veteran Yngwie Malmsteen talked in a conversation with EonMusic, and explained how some metal bands were changed his musical attitude.

Here’s the statement:

“I have something inside of me that told me this is what I’m meant to do and I gotta stick with this. I was tempted, as I was asked to join a couple of bands that had a record contract, and I almost went with a couple of generic fuckin’ cookie-cutter fuckin’ metal bands, and I said, ‘No, I’m not doing it.’

Then I eventually ended up joining a cookie-cutter band, Steeler, anyway, so there you go. [Laughs]”

He continued:

“I’ve always been very, very focused in one way: ‘This is what I’m gonna do, and no one is gonna tell me any different’. So, I think that’s one of the reasons maybe why I’m still doing this… I’m doing it because I really believe in what I’m doing; I do. It feels like it’s the right thing, this is my natural way of doing things.

I mean, if you told me to do this, this and this, I could do that. If you told me you should do it like that, or why don’t you tune it down, or why don’t you do something more fashionable, I could very easily do that. It wouldn’t be a problem for me to do that.

But I wouldn’t do it, because it’s not my thing. That goes in every aspect — how I do the shows, how I do my lighting and my smoke, and the fuckin’ pyro or whatever, and my Marshall walls — everything is done because that’s what I want to do.”

Click here for the entire interview via EonMusic.