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Posted on Jun 27, 2014 02:12 pm
Discussing his musical journey, Behemoth frontman Nergal insisted that showmanship is a crucial, as well as commonly neglected part of any musician's overall performance.
"When you watch young bands, they really focus on their playing, but don't pay much attention to what it looks like," he told Music Radar.
"Try to balance it," the frontman added. "On the way to perfection, there are a lot of mistakes you have to go through before you reach a level of satisfaction, but remember a live show is a show, so don't watch your [guitar] neck for 45 minutes, because it'll bore people to death."
Talking about the very beginning of his guitar-playing career, Nergal noted, "My father must have gone to a party, found an acoustic guitar and brought it home for me. I have no idea about the brand and it was really poor quality, but I immediately fell in love with it. It blew me away. I was seven or eight and would spend all day trying to play it even though I didn't know any chords."
Switching to more playing-related advice, the frontman stated, "I remember when I was trying to improve my skills around the era of 'The Apostasy,' and I was talking to Vogg from Decapitated.
"He told me that when playing you shouldn't be thinking, it should be coming from your gut, it should be intuition rather than intellect. I liked that a lot, and I'm still learning that. The new record 'The Satanist' was made that way: I was listening to my inner voice and channelling it through the notes I played," he concluded.