Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake: ‘I’m definitely not the drummer I was when I was 30’


In a recent interview with the Finnish daily Chaoszine, MESHUGGAHit is Tomas Haake He was asked if playing the drums in such a physically demanding style became more difficult as he got older. The 50-year-old Swedish musician responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “You definitely feel it, there’s no doubt about it. I’m definitely not the drummer I was when I was 30 and I’m not physically as capable as I was when I was 30. But you can still… Now I was a year since I play the drums [after recording the latest MESHUGGAH album], so obviously the first few times you rehearse it’s, like, ‘Ahhh…’ A few songs in there, you’re, like, ‘Sweetheart.’ You feel it. But it’s still amazing how quickly you get back to it, and I’m already starting to feel a lot better. Another month of rehearsal, and I think I’ll feel pretty solid. But you think about things, in terms of ergonomics and stuff like that. And for the last 10, 12, 13 years, that’s something I’ve done with the drums as well, to kind of make sure I don’t reach too high or too far back or it’s is something that is gonna play with me. Because I already had a shoulder impingement in both shoulders in 2005 and [200]6, and I don’t want to go back on that. So it’s also a question of ergonomics. And you try to place everything around you. As far as kicking, you’re trying to do it so you don’t have to put in extra effort just to reach for that cymbal or hit that thing or hit that thing. So you also think about that kind of stuff, obviously. It’s not just a matter of physical ability to play a live set; it’s also about the little things.”

MESHUGGAHthe ninth studio album by, “Immutable”was released on April 1 via atomic fire. The sequel to 2016 “The Violent Sleep of Reason” was recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad, Sweden; mixed by Rickard Bengtsson and Staffan Karlsson; and mastered by several Grammy Award winner Vlado Meller (METALLIC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, HOT RED PEPPERS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN). visionary artist Luminokaya created the cover again.

Last December, MESHUGGAH announced that it was postponing its previously announced US tour, originally scheduled for early 2022, to September/October 2022. At the time, the Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers said they had to “prioritize the physical health of the ‘one of the band members’. who is currently undergoing medical treatment related to a skin condition of the hands, preventing him from rehearsing and playing his instrument. » haake has since confirmed to Rolling Stone that he suffers from hand eczema. “I have to tape all my fingers and put on gloves just to mess around with the kit, even,” he explained. “That means I haven’t really touched drums since we recorded the album, and that was, like, early April. So I’m almost a year away, not even touching a drum. “

Last month, haake Told Metal injection that his condition was improving after talking to a nutritionist. “I don’t know how many doctors and places I’ve been to since the beginning, and we’ve done all the tests you can do with contact eczema and on your back, all these patches and stuff like that – I’ve done it twice,” he said. “And I went to a specialist psoriasis center – at first they thought it had to do with psoriasis – so I had 30 UV light type sessions for my hands. Nothing helped, nothing happened. didn’t do anything. So a friend of mine, a drummer friend here in Stockholm, suggested I talk to this guy he knew who’s a nutritionist for one of the football teams here in Stockholm. And so I I called him and we talked, about, about an hour and a half and I described how it all started and what kind of life I live and all that. eating Q10, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), because I think there might be something in there. You don’t produce enough of this stuff, and it will have an effect. “Because I also started losing my hair and stuff like that faster than I had been. So I thought it was related. And I knew, or felt, from the start that it was not related to contact allergy at all, because I tried I used these cotton gloves for months As soon as I touched anything, like keyboard, mouse, everything what you would come in contact with on a daily basis, I was using gloves and it didn’t work no difference either. So I always thought it was something internal. And actually after now – it’s is day number five or six of taking Q10, and that’s path, path better. So knock on wood, but if it continues like this, it’s definitely going in the right direction, that’s for sure.”

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