MIKAEL AKERFELDT on Collaboration with MIKE PORTNOY: “I’d Love to do Something with Him”


Mikael Akerfeldt talked recently with The Metal Teddy Bear Experience, and he was asked about the possible collaboration with drummer Mike Portnoy, which Portnoy brought up few times in the past.

Akerfeldt said: “It’s mostly him. I’d say he’s a bit of a workaholic.

He’s a friend of mine now. He’s a cool guy, a great drummer, I’d love to do something with him.

Initially, when he brought it up, he wanted to do something really heavy, and I’ve been doing that for a really long time. I was like, ‘It’s not really interesting for me. I want to do something else.’

So it all depends. We talked about collaborating on the record for the project I had with Steven Wilson called Storm Corrosion, but we ended up with no drums. We didn’t need a lot of drums for those songs.

You never know. It’s one of those things that every time we meet or every time we’re on e-mail, we talk about it a little. It hasn’t materialized, we don’t have any ideas on what that should be.

Generally, I’m that type of musician that tries to put everything I want to into Opeth, so I don’t really need side projects, if you know what I mean.

Him, he’s with – of course he was with Dream Theater before – he has Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs, he was with, what they called it… Adrenaline Mob – lots of different bands, lots of different styles.

But we try to bring everything into Opeth, which leaves me quite content in that sense. I don’t have too much that I can’t explore within the band.

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