On the occasion of the release of his new album, ‘Get Rollin”We have had the opportunity to speak with mike croegerguitarist of nickelback. You can watch the interview above.
One of the great hot spots of the talk came when our colleague Saul asked him how the songs came about:
“At first with Chad. He is the artist who creates something out of nothing. You know, it is he who creates the spark. And we sometimes collaborate with him, he sometimes arrives with the song already finished and he does it more and more each time. He is getting better and better at composition ”.
“As he gets better at songwriting, there’s less collaboration to do, it’s a natural result of that kind of creative growth and he’s got a real knack for writing… Every now and then, you know, one of us might hear something that maybe we don’t like it or we think it’s not the best”.
“And he says: ‘If you think we can improve it, if you come up with something, tell me and we’ll improve it.’ And sometimes we do. But most of the time the song is already finished and he has done a great job”.
“And as far as which songs I like to play… I like the harder ones. The hardest on Nickelback because my love for music comes from the hardest. I’m much more interested in harder rhythms and like you said, cranking up the bass and harder stuff.”
“My favorite bands are Meshuggah or Code Orange. That’s what I like to hear now. I like to play Nickelback songs And Nickelback is the band I want because it’s the music I love to play, but I don’t listen to that style of music unless I’m playing, of course. The things I hear are things that make me feel that aggression, do you know what I want to tell you?”
To all this, when he was asked about which Nickelback song he would never play live, Mike ended up revealing his disenchantment with the Nickelback shows. bruce springsteen:
“Well, by proxy, we could touch them all. The problem is that we don’t have enough time at a concert. We try that our concerts have a duration that does not exhaust the public”.
“I told many of my friends that I don’t want a concert by my favorite band that lasts more than two hours. I do not want it. Yes, they tire me, so thank you.
“Yeah, we will never do that because we know how people feel. There are artists who do it, like Bruce Springsteen, who sometimes plays for 4 hours and I already want to go home”.
“Because I love his songs, but if I want his songs… I can put them on my phone or whatever. But for me it is too much. Too. It’s roll: ‘I appreciate it, but no thanks’. It’s too much for me. And, you know, a lot of people like that. There are people who like to be there 4 hours. And that’s cool.”
“But we think the same about this band…we all feel that after an hour and a half, 75 or 90 minutes people start to get tired. And we don’t want… I don’t want people to associate us with any negative feeling or emotion. And less fatigue!
About ‘Get Rollin”
The tracklist for ‘Get Rollin” is as follows:
- Saint Quentin
- Skinny Little Missy
- Those Days
- high time
- vegas bomb
- Tidal Wave
- Does Heaven Even Know You’re Missing?
- Steel Still Rusts
- standing in the dark
- just one more
- High Time (Acoustic) *
- Does Heaven Even Know You’re Missing? (Acoustic) *
- Just One More (Acoustic) *
- Horizon (Acoustic) *
With ‘Get Rollin’, Nickelback will continue their legacy as one of the most important rock bands of the last two decades.
Racking up hits for more than two decades, Nickelback is the 11th best-selling music artist of all time, with more than 50 million records sold and more than 4.7 billion streams to date. The band has released 23 chart-topping singles, with 19 charting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their undeniable success has led to more than 26 awards, including Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, MuchMusic Video Awards, People’s Choice Awards, JUNO Awards and more. Among their many accolades, the band has also done 12 consecutive sold-out tours, with nearly 10 million tickets sold worldwide.
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Interview with Mike Kroeger (Nickelback): “I don’t listen to the music we make unless I’m playing it”