The Swedish Technician: JONATHAN CARLEMAR!
Today's Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'The Swedish Technician' Jonathan Carlemar!
Jonathan Carlemar is a 19 year old guitarist and composer from the South of Sweden. He is a member of the Melodic Metal Band Seven Tears that recently released a debut album on Frontiers Records. He is at music school in Sweden improving on his already impressive skills.
Well, probably some coffee or tea. That's a good start of the day!
I was about ten years old when I first heard Yngwie Malmsteen's "Rising Force" and "Marching Out". My father used to play them at home and I fell in love at once! I still think that they are two of the best albums ever and I can never get enough of Yngwie!
That's an impossible question to answer! I have listened a lot to Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Yngwie is a great inspiration and Vai's innovative style is outstanding. Steve Lukather is also one of the best along with Steve Morse! I am also a huge fan of jazz guitarists such as Mike Stern and Django Reinhardt. But I would consider Steve Vai as my greatest influence!
I am writing some new material for Seven Tears and are studying music at a school here in Sweden. I learn a lot every day and try to play as much as possible. We will also be able to announce some more gigs for Seven Tears soon!
I went to a gig with Dream Theater and Symphony X in Stockholm some weeks ago. A divine night for a guitarist with two guitar gods on stage! It's always fun to see Dream Theater play and truly inspiring!
Jörn Lande - Vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen - Guitars
Steve Vai - Guitars
Mats Olausson - Keyboards
Marcel Jacob - Bass
Billy Cobham - Drums
I own about eight guitars. My precious at the moment is my Fender Stratocaster. I recently bought it, so I'm still in love with it (and will always be). It's white and has a maple neck and single coil pick-ups. A great guitar with a smooth and warm tone!
I got Mike Stern's "Jigsaw" and Steve Vai's "Sex & Religion" for Christmas presents. "Jigsaw" is a masterpiece in the genre of jazz/fusion and I have already learned a lot from it. Great album! "Sex & Religion" is a true "guitar bible" and I just love the way Steve treats the guitar! It's also killer vocals by Devin Townshend and nice drumming by Terry Bozzio. I love it!!
I also get nervous when I'm about to get on stage. But I love the thrill! I suffered from it a lot more earlier, but I have been on stage a lot recently, so I have got rid off that fear.