Mikael Åkerfeldt - Honored By SKAP Organization


Every year, the organization SKAP (Swedish composers and lyricists) delivers scholarships to Swedish musicians who they feel have contributed to Swedish music and culture. This year, Opeth's mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt was awarded an exclusive scholarship for his services to the Swedish and international music scene.

Mikael was presented with the scholarship and diploma at an intimate event in the south side of Stockholm on the 9th of December.

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented: "I'm quite honored to receive this. Apparently you can't apply for this scholarship, a board of legendary musicians decide that you're the right person for this award. I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me. I'm happy and surprised there's some focus on heavy Swedish music and genuinely chuffed that they focused in on me. Through time I've been handed some awards and whatnot, but this one resonates more in me personally. No glitz and glamour, just some appreciation for what we and I do musically. It's well appreciated!"




The Swedes are currently preparing the follow-up to Heritage and the plan is to release it next year.

Source: opeth.com
Band profile: Opeth
 
Posted: 17.12.2013 by BloodTears


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18.12.2013 - 19:47
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
I'm pretty sure they would have awarded BETTER MUSICIAN than Mikael.

No no, he's a great musician but if anything this award goes by I think Mikael doesn't deserved it. They're far better musicians than him. Its not only experience creeps in everytime, there is something we called musical talent and skills.
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18.12.2013 - 19:53
LeKiwi
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Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.12.2013 at 19:47

I'm pretty sure they would have awarded BETTER MUSICIAN than Mikael.

No no, he's a great musician but if anything this award goes by I think Mikael doesn't deserved it. They're far better musicians than him. Its not only experience creeps in everytime, there is something we called musical talent and skills.

Heresy! Who else do you propose, infidel?
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18.12.2013 - 20:42
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 19:53

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.12.2013 at 19:47

I'm pretty sure they would have awarded BETTER MUSICIAN than Mikael.

No no, he's a great musician but if anything this award goes by I think Mikael doesn't deserved it. They're far better musicians than him. Its not only experience creeps in everytime, there is something we called musical talent and skills.

Heresy! Who else do you propose, infidel?


I know handful of Swedish musicians I think their contribution was far better and expansive than Mikael did. I don't know but I think artists like late Fred Åkerström(if they honour it) or Denize Lopez, even from ABBA, you know.

Look, i don't want to obliterate Mikael from his great talent but if they really do honour respected, skillful and talented musicians on podium like this I think Mikael have to make his way up there. Nothing against him.

Other than that, award ceremonies' are not few. Every country honour musicians, bro.
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18.12.2013 - 20:57
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.12.2013 at 20:42
I know handful of Swedish musicians I think their contribution was far better and expansive than Mikael did. I don't know but I think artists like late Fred Åkerström(if they honour it) or Denize Lopez, even from ABBA, you know.

Look, i don't want to obliterate Mikael from his great talent but if they really do honour respected, skillful and talented musicians on podium like this I think Mikael have to make his way up there. Nothing against him.

Other than that, award ceremonies' are not few. Every country honour musicians, bro.
I was only kidding I'm sure there is a more suitable candidate for this award, but I doubt by anything more than marginally. I'm sure that up until this point they've already recognised all the obvious candidates. After all, this organisation has been around for quite a while...

Edit: I might be wrong about that last part, I can't seem to find any record of who's been awarded the scholarship...
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18.12.2013 - 22:19
Erik M.
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Written by Jaeryd on 17.12.2013 at 22:11

Probably drugs.

Yeah, he looks like a meth-head to me. Explains Heritage.




Seriously though, when I saw Opeth about 2 years ago here in 013 (which was the last time I saw them btw) he was probably just as skinny. He probably decided not to be "fat" again, which he was a decade ago or so. That being said, he doesn't look bad apart from being skinny... though him using drugs would indeed explain Heritage. The upside is that they can't make an album worse than Heritage... right?
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18.12.2013 - 22:27
Erik M.
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 11:30

He simply has a small frame.


Nah, not at all. He has a pretty normal frame and is actually not short at all (I believe he's around 1,85 m). I've seen photos of him in which he was pretty "big", for example those photos of him performing with Bloodbath. He doesn't look skinny at all there. Have a look at this one for example: http://bloodbath.biz/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/mike.jpg
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18.12.2013 - 22:40
Fredd
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Written by Jaeryd on 18.12.2013 at 18:36

Written by Guest on 18.12.2013 at 08:36

Who's Mikael Akerfeldt?

Isn't he the former frontman of Akercocke? If I'm not mistaken, they originally named the band after his penis.

You made me laugh.
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18.12.2013 - 22:45
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Erik M. on 18.12.2013 at 22:27

Nah, not at all. He has a pretty normal frame and is actually not short at all (I believe he's around 1,85 m). I've seen photos of him in which he was pretty "big", for example those photos of him performing with Bloodbath. He doesn't look skinny at all there. Have a look at this one for example: http://bloodbath.biz/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/mike.jpg

What I meant by small frame was his shoulder width. He probably lost weight, and for the better Touring doesn't come with a very healthy lifestyle, which probably explains the Bloodbath photo. Since Opeth has gradually become more renowned, the band probably tours under better conditions and learned to cope. He's probably healthy and simply not muscular. What I'm saying might be indirectly related to what you said, but...whatever
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18.12.2013 - 23:04
Paz
News Man
Does Dan Swanö got this award in previous years
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19.12.2013 - 13:11
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Paz on 18.12.2013 at 23:04

Does Dan Swanö got this award in previous years

No, but he deserves some sort of recognition for all his works
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19.12.2013 - 17:18
tea[m]ster
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Written by Paz on 18.12.2013 at 23:04

Does Dan Swanö got this award in previous years


Jari Lindholm is fast on his way too...
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19.12.2013 - 20:39
Mr. Doctor
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Written by Erik M. on 18.12.2013 at 22:27

Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 11:30

He simply has a small frame.

Nah, not at all. He has a pretty normal frame and is actually not short at all (I believe he's around 1,85 m). I've seen photos of him in which he was pretty "big", for example those photos of him performing with Bloodbath. He doesn't look skinny at all there. Have a look at this one for example: http://bloodbath.biz/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/mike.jpg


At some points in the Lamentations DVD he even looks a bit on the chubby side. Note that I didn't say fat... but definitely a bit chubby.
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19.12.2013 - 21:10
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.12.2013 at 20:39



At some points in the Lamentations DVD he even looks a bit on the chubby side. Note that I didn't say fat... but definitely a bit chubby.


I am chubby, not Akerfeldt
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20.12.2013 - 04:47
Andresopeth
So awesome, it is wonderful that this kind of thing exists, Sweden, my respect to you, and all your habitants
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20.12.2013 - 20:39
Erik M.
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.12.2013 at 20:39

At some points in the Lamentations DVD he even looks a bit on the chubby side. Note that I didn't say fat... but definitely a bit chubby.


Yeah, chubby is the right word for it I guess.
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21.12.2013 - 14:13
moe5512
"I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me"
Either he is a pretentious fuck or SKAP isn't a big deal. Maybe both
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21.12.2013 - 19:53
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by moe5512 on 21.12.2013 at 14:13
Either he is a pretentious fuck or SKAP isn't a big deal. Maybe both

I had never even heard of SKAP before it was mentioned in a news article on this website. I don't think they're exactly renowned.
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23.12.2013 - 04:49
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by moe5512 on 21.12.2013 at 14:13

"I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me"
Either he is a pretentious fuck or SKAP isn't a big deal. Maybe both


Or maybe he is... honest?

Regarding his weight, I wouldn't be surprised if he did it to look more like a 70s rockstar.
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24.12.2013 - 16:41
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
But I liked Opeth since when they were almost an obscure sound in metal or at least that was what I thought about them, and now they're getting more and more in the eyes.

Scholarship ? does it mean that he's going to study music with SKAP ?


And isn't this award a kind of proof for his musical knowledge and to know musical theory as well ?
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25.12.2013 - 10:02
akvan
I knew he deserve it
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25.12.2013 - 10:04
akvan
Written by Kass on 17.12.2013 at 20:54

Why so skinny?

maybe pain (in his brain,insane)
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29.12.2013 - 22:52
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Angel N. on 24.12.2013 at 16:41

And isn't this award a kind of proof for his musical knowledge and to know musical theory as well ?


Yeah, sounds weird to give an scholarship to a guy that, probably, knows a lot in the first place to win a prize like this. In the specific case of Mikael though, he didn't have any musical formation, so it can be useful for him.
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