Yngwie Malmsteen Explains The Biggest Difference Between David Bowie And Eric Clapton
During a recent interview with WSOU 89.5 FM Station, Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was asked to talk about his upcoming album named ‘Parabellum’ which will be released this year and while speaking about the musicians he was inspired by the most, Malmsteem revealed the quality distinguishing David Bowie from Eric Clapton.
After releasing his latest solo album named ‘Blue Lighting’ in 2019, for which he covered many legendary tracks like Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxey Lady’ and Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ Yngwie started working on his upcoming solo album. According to one of his latest interviews, he spent the whole year in self-quarantine writing and recording it.
In his latest interview, while revealing what fans can expect from his upcoming album, he recalled how the late legend David Bowie was trying to adapt his style to each rock era while other musicians like AC/DC, Eric Clapton, and ZZ Top kept doing their own music no matter the changes in the music scene.
According to the Swedish star, he too will not try to play or write something to be someone that he’s not. The only thing he will offer to his fanbase is being artistic and spiritual as he always tries to be, and his aim has never been to angle it one way or another.
Yngwie made this statement about Bowie and Clapton:
“There are some artists who want to almost be trendy in a way. One great artist that I actually happen to love, David Bowie, who was amazing, he would try to go in different directions and so on, and that’s fine. But then you have other people like AC/DC and ZZ TOP and Eric Clapton — you name it — that have done the same thing forever, which is what they do, and they do it better than anybody else.”
And here is what he said about his upcoming album:
“The way I see myself is somebody who’s playing music from the soul, basically. I don’t try to play something. I don’t try to write something, I don’t try to be something that I’m not. What you hear on this new album is exactly what I’m about; it’s what I do. I don’t try to follow something; I don’t try to angle it one way or another. No, I don’t. This is art. It’s like being a painter or an author. You lock yourself into a room and something comes out of you — completely independent of the outside. I don’t listen to anything. I don’t follow anything. The only thing that I do when I make music is basically to make sure it’s undiluted.
I don’t wanna dilute or distract the art that comes from within, basically. I’m very artistic and very spiritual, almost, in that sense, because it comes from me, it comes from inside, but maybe from somewhere else first. I don’t know. I just know that I don’t try to be something I’m not; I’m just doing what I’m doing. And that’s nothing to do with, ‘Oh, did you listen to what they did on the radio?‘ No, I don’t. I couldn’t care less. I only live once, and I’m gonna make the music that I mean, and not follow something, and I don’t try to be something that I’m not. So, no. And I don’t ever think in those terms.”
You can watch the whole interview of Yngwie below.