Neoclassical Swedish guitarist and also fronting member of his self-titled band, Yngwie Malmsteen, has recently made a Question & Answer session via YouTube and responds to the criticisms about him not collaborating with talented musicians so far.
The legendary guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has released his latest solo album named ‘Blue Lighting’ in 2019 and it featured twelve different tracks including three classic covers including Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water,’ Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze‘, and The Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.‘
In the question & answer session, some of his fans told Yngwie to tell his management to get better musicians than the ones they have given to him. As an answer, Yngwie claimed that no one can tell him what to do and his management does not hire or fire musicians.
He also suggested the fan who is longing for other musicians to go listen to them and tell them what they want by stating that he owns the management company he’s working with right now.
Here is what Yngwie Malmsteen said:
“My management doesn’t tell me what to do; I am the sole decision-maker in all matters when it comes to my music, the people I hire, the people I fire, whoever plays on my records, whoever don’t play on my records, whoever plays on my tours… These are all my decisions.
Besides, I own the management company. So, yes, I can tell myself to get better musicians, but I think that’s a big insult to the musicians I have right now. I think they’re exceptionally good, and they’re as good as any others that have ever been involved with me before.
Once again, I’d like to make it very clear that no one tells me what to do. And also, management doesn’t hire and fire musicians; management does record deals and stuff like that. Then you have another entity that books the gigs, another entity that does promotion, another entity that does press – these are not done from the management.”
“Unfortunately, a lot of people have a misconstrued idea of how the function is from each entity and so forth. When I was very, very young, I was seven years old – it was exactly 50 years ago – I started playing the guitar. From that point on, I made every decision and never compromised. I made every decision on what I play, who I play with, and so on.
And if you are so longing for other musicians, you’re more than welcome to go listen to them and ask them to do what they wanna do, what you want them to do. But with me, this is what you get… OK? And the decisions are made by me – solely by me, OK? I make decisions on how my records are made, how my tours are being made – everything. OK? Thank you.”
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