Thomas Thomsson

Thomsson is the bass player for HFMC. Check out his MySpace here

Do you enjoy playing live shows or working in the studio more? And why?

I think im more of a live guy, a good gig with good audience response is fantastic, we did some records back in the 80:s and HFMC..s recording is the first record production for me in a while.

What’s a typical day in the studio like?

With HFMC..s recording we all play together in the studio recording the drums, bass and rhythm guitars. We did that to get some live feeling, I think its more common nowadays to record each instrument separately. A typical day: you wake up at 8.00, take a shower, eat breakfast, go to the studio at 9.00. get all your equipment in shape, you decide which song to play, rehearse the tune a couple of times. Then you start record. Sometimes you got it on the first take other times you have to take 4 -5 times. With this HFMC recording it was most important to get the drums right, everything else can you do overdubs later. I have some bass lines to make some overdubs with and some octave bass to.

What has been your greatest professional moment so far?

That’s a hard question to answer because I have been playing since 1979 in so much different constellations but one cool moment were when we recorded our second album with Spellbound in London 1985 for six weeks with producer Vic Maile who was a famous producer at the time. I think I have make thousands of gigs since then with audiences from 30 people to thousands.

Where is a venue you would love to play but haven’t had a chance yet?

Right now I very much would like to play some cool venue in the US with HFMC I think.

How does songwriting within the band go?

Its Hasse who write the music and the lyrics in HFMC. Until now he has a complete song he presents to us and we rehearse that. We arrange our own instruments our self and all the guitar and keyboard solos does Anton and Kjell arrange themselves. I think Hasse already got some new songs for the next album.

How did you get into music?

I have always been interested in music, I got my first electric guitar 1979, it was so bad you hardly could play on it. I got a friend who teach me some chords and we put a band together. I start to play with Hasse Fröberg I think 1979-1980 something, and since then we have played together in different constellations.

Who are some of your musical influences?

Nowadays I listen to all kinds of music, I like new young bands, listen to everything from trad.jazz to new metalbands. One of my favourite bassplayer is Geddy Lee from Rush, I was a big Rush fan from the middle of the 70..s. I saw them live in Sweden 1979, that was a hallelulja moment for me.

How did you come to be in this band?

I was asked by Hasse to join HFMC in October 2008 I think, Hasse is one of my oldest buddies, we have known each other since we where 5 years old. We had not done something like this together since the time in Spellbound so I was very glad that Hasse asked me and said yes directly, Ola Strandberg was also in Spellbound and I know and also been playing with Kjell Haraldsson. Anton Lindsjö was a new friendship for me, a great guy and a fantastic guitar player.

What’s the first album you ever owned?

My first own record I think was Queen “ Sheer heart attack”.

What are some of your musical goals?

The goals changes over the years I think, when you were younger you should take over the world but now you release that it isn..t that easy. I love playing music and my goals now its first that HFMC is doing great and to reach out to as many people as possible and to tour with HFMC.

Do you have a “day job”? If so what is it?

I work as chief at a transportation company in Stockholm.

What equipment do you use?

For the moment I have one 2002 black & white Gibson thunderbird and a 2008 Fender jazzbass “special equipped. I use EBS amplifier 450 top and a EBS 410 speakercabinet. I also use EBS effectpedals like octabass, chorus, dist. Etc.

What other projects are you involved with?

I play with a coverband and we use to play both in Sweden and Finland and do great gigs. Sometimes I use to play with all sorts of constellations when im asked.

Some Silly Questions:

What’s your favorite dessert?

Vanilla ice cream with syryp!!

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? And why?

I think like everybody else I would like to be police or fire soldier??

What’s your favorite book or movie? And why?

Favorite books I think its 3 books written by a Swede called Stieg Larsson, but he died a couple of years ago but that’s a really good trilogy. Favorite movie I think something of Quentin Tarrantino like Pulp fiction or Kill Bill. I really like hes movies.

Tell us an embarrassing story about you!

Hhmmm…i cant think of any story just now.

Outside of music, what’s your favorite hobby? And why?

I like do do things with my hands like carpenting, build things, I think that’s what you can call my hobby.

Pirates or ninjas? And why?

Pirates because they are much cooler!!

What’s your favorite holiday? And why?

Favourite holiday is were I am right now, on the Swedish island Gotland during the summertime, I stay in a house just 150 meters from the sea and its beautiful nature and so calm.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five things would you want to have with you? And why?

bass, amplifier, i-phone, laptop so you can log into HFMC..s site to see what happens and finally sunglasses so you can look cool on the island…hehe

If you were King of the World what’s the first thing you would change? And why?

Wow…that’s a big question!!!! Probably I suppose to say that all the wars is over and all starving people could have food etc. But I think that I would changed all the people to be more understanding to each other between skin color and religions etc.

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog, a Rottweiler called Alice.



 

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