Most Of VOLBEAT's Songs Start Out With Vocal Melodies, Says MICHAEL POULSEN

Most Of VOLBEAT's Songs Start Out With Vocal Melodies, Says MICHAEL POULSEN

Chow conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen of Danish/American rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT on August 26 in Fargo, North Dakota. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about the VOLBEAT songwriting process, Michael said: "It can happen anywhere at any moment. Mostly I will have a certain idea about the melody for the chorus. I'm a sucker for melodies. Mostly I'll be having those melodies in my head for the vocals and afterwards I put guitars on it. Back in the days, when I had a death metal band [DOMINUS], in the early '90s, it was more about the riffing and then you put the growling on top of it. It's quite the opposite with VOLBEAT. I work more with the vocals and melodies and I put the guitars underneath. It depends on what kind of song it is. Other times I'll just be sitting on a couch with an acoustic guitar or I'll be walking the dog and then suddenly a melody pops up. It happens all the time, because I'm always early up and walking my dog early in the morning. I just love the peace and quiet on the countryside, so a lot of ideas just pop up. And I'll be singing to my mobile, and when I come home after walking the dog, I'll pick up the guitars and put guitars underneath the vocals. Or I can be in a theater and suddenly the soundtrack sounds amazing. So there's a lot of ways to do it. But with VOLBEAT, it seems to happen after I get the melody with my vocal."

VOLBEAT's new album, "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie", was released on June 3 via Republic Records.

VOLBEAT spent most of the summer in Europe, but returned last month for SEETHER's Rise Above festival in Maine on August 6, the Heavy Montreal event on August 7, and an opening slot for METALLICA at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 20.

VOLBEAT recently announced the addition of bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen to the group's ranks.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).