Interview With Peter Tagtgren From Hypocrisy
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Hypocrisy is one of the bands that have written their own chapter in the metal archives. From the very beginning 15 years ago, this band released a number of amazing albums and their music never became stagnant.
Last Friday, Nov 17th, I sat down with legendary mainman Peter Tagtgren after their performance in Worcester, MA. Here's the transcript of our conversation:
Gothique: How's the tour going so far? This is your second US tour this year
Peter: Well, it's been intensive for sure. In a year we've done two European tours, two American tours and also went to Russia and Greece so it's just been playing and playing.
Gothique: Your latest album Virus came out last year and it's a strong following to your best albums. How do you manage to stay so creative and original over the years?
Peter: I don't know, I guess I've seen a lot of bands stay in the same place, doing the same album all over again and for me that's not really interesting. And those are bands that I really like... So I try to make it more interesting... for myself. Because if I don't think it's interesting, then who else is gonna think it's interesting? You gotta write what you want to hear, that's what I'm trying to do.
Gothique: Are you working on any new material?
Peter: Only with my other band, Pain. As far as Hypocrisy, we're gonna try to get a headlining American tour. I mean, only in the major cities, like three and a half, four weeks tops.
Gothique: So this is already in the works?
Peter: Yeah, they're trying to work on it now but I don't wanna promise because I promised before and it didn't happen. But that's the plan.
Gothique: I'm curious, as a producer, how do you choose which bands to work with?
Peter: Well, anything that feels interesting. Someone calls up and if the music sounds interesting, I do it. Before I did it just to learn, get more experience and build up my studio. And now, I don't want to do it for money anymore, I wanna do it just because it's fun.
Gothique: And do you feel that having you as a producer helps sell the album a lot better?
Peter: It used to be like that in the past. That was one of the reasons why I closed down [ The Abyss Studio]. I don't know if it sold more or not but they always used my name as a selling point.
Gothique: You got tired of it?
Peter: Yeah, I didn't really care for that
Gothique: Many years ago I read in a magazine how you described working with different bands in The Abyss studio and it was pretty much " great guys, we got really drunk together". How do you remember this period- was it more fun or more hard work?
Peter: [laughs] Yeah, I mean, we didn't get drunk every night. On the weekends, around 8 o'clock at night on Friday, we would start drinking and kept on recording. Usually on Saturday around noon when we came back [ to the studio] we had to redo everything we did when we started drinking [ laughs]. We just had a lot of fun
Gothique: Many people in the press call you a workaholic. Has your lifestyle ( constant touring, recording) taken a toll on your personal life?
Peter: Well, that is my life. I'm totally dedicated. I'm divorced for the second time now. That's my life, you know- on the road
Gothique: How do you see the future of metal?
Peter: I think as long as there's something interesting coming out, there's going to be a following
Gothique: Do you think it was better, say, ten years ago?
Peter: Nah, I don't think so
Gothique: I don't know, I'm starting to feel nostalgic
Peter: Well, it's always like that. I mean, people want to hear an old song because everybody was younger then [ laughs]
Gothique: If you're headlining, can you please play Apocalypse. I always wanted to see it live
Peter: Hey, if we're headlining, sure. Now we only have 40 mins and we're trying to cram in as much as possible. When we get a headline tour, we do one and a half hours so we can do it then
Gothique: Now that Immortal reunited, is Horgh still going to be your permanent drummer?
Peter: Of course. For now the plan for them is to only do a couple of gigs, because they want to make a DVD, they never had the chance to do it before.
Gothique: Thank you for your time. Any last words to your fans?
Peter: As I said, I hope to be back and be headlining bacause it's about time for us [ laughs]
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