Artist: Stefan Elmgren
Interviewer: Glenn Milligan, BA Hons CS
Date Received: 23rd July, 2002
Stefan Elmgren, the lead guitarist of Hammerfall has also got a side project called 'Full Strike' - find out whar the Heavy Metal Virtuoso has to say about it.
1. What originally got you into Rock Music?
I'm not sure but Iron Maiden was one of my first albums that I got.
Well it wasn't
to long after I went home that I got the job in (Hammerfall) and in
the first years I also had to work so I didn't really have so much time
I don't know,
I have tried to play other things too but I have always ended up playing
hard rock or heavy metal again.
I would say
Hard Rock/heavy metal
It's been very
We are planning
to get some kind of tour soon, we have done a couple of gigs in Sweden
and this band really kicks ass live so it would be great to do a tour
so we can meet our fans and give them a great show.
The song is
influenced and about how life sometimes in all it's surroundings makes
it difficult to focus in a relationship and in the genuine deep love.
Sometime because of that the relationship fails.
At that time no.
I am some times listening to classical music but I wouldn't say that it have made me play the way that I do, that is probably guitarists like Gary Moore's fault:)
Yes we are already working on the next one.
It was my idea.
This album is
a mix of a solo project and a band but it has happened because of me
so that's why, but it will probably not happened on the next album.
I start with making the music then me and Niclas works on the melodies together and then he write's the lyrics.
I guess about two years.
15. Did the 'Full Strike' members see each other a lot on a social basis - what did you get up to when not working on the album?
Me and Niclas are the one's who meet's must often but sometimes we all get together in party's and stuff.
Yes I know what
people mean but music for me is not about an expiring date". Yes
it was very popular in the 80's but it's the kind of music that I like.
The first world tour was really great, to see all these countries and meet all the people.
It is recorded now and it will be released in October 28th.
19. Do you have any title ideas yet? Cover ideas etc?
The title is
not decided yet and the cover is about the warrior, thats all I can
say for now.
It would be
great but also very hard, most media in UK has really flushed heavy
metal down the toilet which has made it very difficult to get our music
across there, but hopefully!