MIKAEL AKERFELDT About Touring: “I’ve Lost My Desire for Attention”

Mikael Akerfeldt

Opeth mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt was asked by Overdrive about his recent comments on touring becoming increasingly difficult to him and whether he could see Opeth become “a band that releases music with the occasional live show,” to which he replied:

Honestly? I would love that.

I’ve been touring a lot of the last few decades and I have to say that I’ve lost my a desire for attention.

The attention whore in me has reached its quota and I’m just more interested in creating music in the studio.

If I could survive by just writing and creating music, with a little bit of feedback, I would probably be very happy indeed.

Mikael added:

I just like to write in a controlled environment, I’m not an improvised type of player and like to be in control of everything.

So I really love the studio environment because it’s a place where you can create something from nothing and that concept is really fascinating to me and it makes me feel like I’m actually good at something.

When I’m on stage, I spend most of my time thinking about how shit I am, so I really need that studio time to make me feel like I’m actually doing something. I need to feel like I’m creating something and not just shaking my ass up on stage cracking jokes.

Asked to single out the accomplishment he’s most proud of, Akerfeldt replied:

I would have to say, the longevity of the band. This business is not easy and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult as each year rolls by. We’ve had members come and go over the years and problems with the business side of things which makes me think sometimes, ‘How the hell did we get through that?’

I was a complete slacker when I was growing up. My grades were average and all I was interested in doing was playing music. I had no real interest in getting a job of any kind and just wanted to create and write music.

I guess I’m proud of myself for making the decision of wanted to be a musician and just going for it. I would have been happy with a tin of beans and a guitar if anything else, just as long as I was making music for a living.

From that decision I made 27 years ago to today, it’s hard not be proud of what I have achieved over the years with the band and I just want to keep doing what I love, which is making music that makes me happy and excited.

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