Iconic guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen sat down for a chat with Classic Rock, who mentioned why he’s no longer hiring singers, preferring to take on the vocal duties himself in recent years.
“I need to explain something to you. The way I work is different to everybody else. I can wake up in the middle of the night and hear a perfectly completed song, including the production.
”Therefore I don’t need producers, outside writers, and I no longer need singers.
“When I had singers, I wrote the vocal melodies the way I heard them in my head and taught them to Graham Bonnet or whoever. Until I came to the States, I was the singer, guitar player, and writer, all I needed to do was hire a bass player and drummer.
”Over my career, there was only a small (period of time) when I used singers. It’s just easier to do it myself.”