Yngwie Malmsteen discussed Grunge and punk in a new Sonic Perspective interview.
“The thing is that I’ve done this for such a long time, and I was a very accomplished musician already – very young, but very accomplished.
“I was in junior high when the first punk wave came – Sex Pistols. And I was going, ‘What the fuck is this?! Why don’t you tune the guitar?! Why do you sing like that?!’
“And then, of course, that wore out…
“And then in 1991, the same exact thing happened again with the grunge wave. So, obviously, as you might already have figured out, I’m not a follower – I don’t follow trends.
“If anything, I make trends – I don’t follow.
“And I’ve always been very clear in my vision on where I wanna go and what I wanna do. And my art is too important to me to dilute with trying to follow other things. So I just don’t do that.”
He later said about collaborations, “No. I don’t collaborate with people.
“I write all parts. Even when I hire people, when they are hired to record with me, I wrote the parts and sounds and so forth.
“Listen, I never say never to anything, but right now this is exactly where I wanna be.”