HIM bassist Migé is quite the colorful, funny figure onstage, but he has another side that not every fan gets to see or hear. He was the bassist for the first album by Daniel Lioneye, the side project of HIM bandmate and guitarist Linde Lindstrom. Entitled King Of Rock’n Roll, it was a hedonistic stoner rock release. Nearly ten years later the group has returned with the adrenalized Vol. II, reborn as a black metal outfit featuring Linde, HIM keyboardist Burton and Enochian Crescent drummer Bolton, with Migé contributing lyrics. Equally engaging in different ways, the group’s sonic switch has surprised many fans.
During the recent Daniel Lioneye listening party in New York, I chatted with Migé about his contributions to the project, his lyrical inspirations and his vegetarianism. You can read ADD’s chat with Linde here, while details on our Daniel Lioneye CD giveaway are found here.
This is a different album for Daniel Lioneye. The first album was more of stoner rock record, and this is an angry black metal album.
It’s been nine years, so things change and anger builds up. It was a long process. Linde has been working on it for a long time now. He had some issues, and those issues had to be channeled into something. I was like a psychic interpreting Linde’s anger and transferring it into something understandable, at least for us.
“I personally think that Christian morality has failed and has made us very unhappy, and I think we should let it go.”
Which songs did you work on, and what inspired your lyrics?
The music inspired me the most, of course. I had to interpret a lot of Linde’s feelings and ideas because he had a lot of basic ideas for the lyrics, but he didn’t have the time or energy to pull it together, so I feel like I was more of an interpreter than an artist on this one.
Which topics inspired you?
It was aggressive because the music was aggressive, so I needed to go through aggressive issues in life. There’s a lot of psychedelia. Psychedelia, tripping, mythology, philosophy and death — those are the major topics.
Linde says his favorite song is “Neolithic Way”. What inspired that?
“Neolithic Way” is about how living in Western society everything is strictly controlled. I think everybody has this urge to experience the call of the wild, to release yourself from all kinds of bonds and cages that society builds around you because I don’t think people can really express themselves properly anymore. We have to express ourselves through clothing or money or status. It’s about a regular Caucasian stoner male who kind of lets go of all that and restores ties and bonds with nature and releases himself in that way. Kind of stripping your clothes off physically and mentally.
What about “Euroshaman”?
It’s pretty much the same. It’s more about new interpretations and a “fuck you” to religion. For example, I personally think that Christian morality has failed and has made us very unhappy, and I think we should let it go.
Is it more physically punishing the play this kind of music than what you do with HIM?
No, it’s the same.
“I think everybody has this urge to experience the call of the wild, to release yourself from all kinds of bonds and cages that society builds around you…”
Have you ever played this style of music with HIM drummer Gas Lipstick?
No, we haven’t. I think Gas gets enough of us while doing HIM.
How long have you been a vegetarian for?
I turned vegetarian when I was 13. It’s been 22 years. It wasn’t very common when I started.
Is it tough for you on tour?
No. I’m not vegan, so I can all kind of pastries. It would be hard if I were vegan. It would be nearly impossible.
What do you think your fans would be surprised to learn about you after all of these years?
I’m pretty exposed. I don’t hide anything or have any private things that I’m keeping away from anybody. I’m a pretty open person.