10 questions for Yngwie Malmsteen: “I’m an extremist in everything I do. More is more in everything”

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Yngwie Malmsteen needs little introduction but he sure deserves one. Few players have done more to digest the broad-spectrum grandeur of classical music and apply it to electric guitar music, to rock guitar.

He's a man who – as the header at the top of the page says – needs more. More volume. More speed. More theatricality. The former comes by way of a Marshall backline you can see from space (his words). The speed? That's from decades of practice. The theatricality? Well, that comes out in pretty much everything he does. 

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Joe Matera

Joe Matera is an Australian guitarist and music journalist who has spent the past two decades interviewing a who's who of the rock and metal world and written for Guitar World, Total Guitar, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Sound On Sound, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and many others. He is also a recording and performing musician and solo artist who has toured Europe on a regular basis and released several well-received albums including instrumental guitar rock outings through various European labels. Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has called him, "... a great guitarist who knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock." He's the author of Backstage Pass: The Grit and the Glamour.

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