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The Moshville Times

Bloodstock 2017 Interview: Mikkel Haastrup of Forever Still

(Transcription by James)

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Just after their performance on the Main Stage on the Friday at Bloodstock, we had a quick chat with Mikkel from Forever Still about their set and also his thoughts on the festival given that it was his first time there. Read on for the full transcription:

You opened the main stage today at Bloodstock, how do you think it went?

It was great! I was really impressed at how many people came and saw us. It was really early and I was thinking “Would I want to come to a show this early? Eh, probably not.” But I’m really happy people came and saw us and I had good fun.

This is your first time here, I gather. What are your thoughts on the festival so far?

It’s been really good. It’s the biggest festival for metal in the UK and it’s an honour to play here. We’ve done a signing session and I’m super looking forward to seeing some bands later. I’m hoping to see Amon Amarth and Soilwork. I would have liked to have seen Devilment but they’re on now!

Are there any changes you’d make to Bloodstock?

I don’t think so. We’re one of the softest bands on the bill and I think as long as we give our best performance then that’s what matters. We premiered a new song today as well which went down well. The first album was more of a focus on vocals but this new album is more focused on the instruments but keeps the big choruses. As a bass player, it’s great to play with such awesome musicians and our new drummer is fucking awesome.

As well as the new album, what have you guys got coming up?

We’re playing with Sabaton soon, but aside from that we’re going to be spending the rest of the year in the studio doing the album. Next year we’re hoping to get some great support slots and then some headline slots possibly.

If you were to put together the festival bill, who would you pick?

Oh man.. erm, probably Slipknot as I really want to see them. I’d pick some bands with big choruses as well but also some more technical ones like Meshuggah. I’ve really been enjoying them recently so some bands like that would be good. I also like that Bloodstock is focusing on the smaller bands as some festivals only focus on the bigger bands. There’s so many good bands over here as the scene in Denmark is pretty small.

What do you reckon has caused Bloodstock to sell out this year?

I’m not sure, I’d like to think it was us! No, I think it’s because metal is on its way up and the future is bright.

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