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Kee Marcello Interview (Formerly With EUROPE)
I try to write just me and my guitar, like I would in the 70's in my room. Trying to get back to just heart and soul.----KEE MARCELLO
I had the chance to chat with KEE MARCELLO, formerly with
the band EUROPE, EASY ACTION, and now recently signed to FRONTIERS RECORDS. I
sat in my car on a cloudy 70 degree New England day and he was at home across
the big pond.
Gothenburg Sweden and its raining. Rainy skies are not unusual for the west
coast of Sweden.
What is in the
water in Sweden? There are so many good bands pouring out of the country.
(laughs), well I tell
you it has not always been that way. I was in a band called EASY ACTION back in
the early 80's and we were the first Swedish band to ever sign a major record
deal. What happened here is that we have really good music schools here in
Sweden. And that has given rise to all sorts of acts like IN FLAMES, HARDCORE
SUPERSTARS. The music school system is really happening here.
Tell us about the
making of "Scaling Up".
what I really wanted
to try and get back to what is instinctive kee marcello. What comes out if I
don't think? I try not to think. Just play with the heart. There are a lot of
70's in that. Which is not a bad thing. I try to write just me and my guitar
like I would in the 70's in my room. Trying to get back to just heart and soul.
How does it feel to not think? You are not catering to any label. You just do
your own thing
That heart and
soul vibe comes through. Do you find it harder or easier to write tunes after
all this time?
I think it used to be
much harder. Possibly because I involved the thinking process. It should be
something you feel. From a logical point of view you piece different things
together and make a song. But you have to find a way to figure what the song is
about. This is key to me. When I understand it I know what kind of words to use
and then it just writes itself. That's the way it works. Like the song
"miss you much" it's a catch phrase chorus, kind of reverse
psychology. When I had that chorus I really knew what the rest of the song
would be about and the song just wrote itself.
And then you can
base the lead break on the emotions of the lyrics.
Oh yeah. The lead
breaks to me are often extensions of the vocal melodies. It takes over what the
vocals can't really do.
Are you using a
lot of effects or just a straight guitar/marshall player.
Most of the leads I do
are over dubbed but I don't want to use effects when I record in the studio. I
want to be able to choose whether I wanted delay or all that. I'm used to the
sound of playing straight through. Some chorus. I'm not the guy who loads a lot
of effects. I want a good amp sound.
So less is more
I think it is. It's
much better to learn your sound and then learn to like it. You get lost in all
the effects. The same with learning to like your voice. It's hard the first
time you hear your voice recorded.
Right now I am doing
an arena tour which is called ROCK OF 80'S which is the singer for HAMMERFALL
and the singer for CANDLEMASS and a lot of other performers and we have been
selling out arenas here. We are doing this through October. At the end of this
we will embark on the Kee Marcello tour. Starting in Scandinavia and then to
the main continent. And then hopefully we will come to the states. Maybe a
package tour. Or mini festival. Seems to be the way to go nowadays.
What is the
craziest thing that has ever happened to you at a gig?
Well most I cannot
talk about but one thing was this. I was at a meet and greet in London signing
albums and this couple came up and said they just had a baby.And they said we love you so much. You and Anders(Johansson,
Drums) from HAMMERFALL, so we named our baby Anders Kee! I mean can you imagine
such a name? The poor kid. It's not even a name ( laughs) You know amazing
stuff happens. It happens all the time. One time someone threw a hand grenade
on stage....It actually was a smoke grenade. I mean you just start thinking
this is it.
Does safety at
concerts in light of recent events concern you?
I never really thought
about it. I mean you would be the last to know. Once in Oslo I had death
threats against me but my then manager didn't tell me until after the gig. But
you know I don't really think about that stuff.
And I understand
that you are in addition to a musician, a professional horse racer.
Yeah. I am a harness
race driver. This is for me the ultimate way to relax. I need to do that. I
think music 24/7. When I have some days off which is unusual I will go to the
stables and go out and ride. It is really fast. It is awesome. I love the
animals. The experience of training in nature. It is something I need.
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