Arcane Reality

Micke Hasselqvist

Micke Hasselqvist
- guitar

PRS SE Paul Allender SRB – “Nathalie”
Schecter Hellraiser C-1 – “Jennifer”
Mesa Boogie Mark V
Boss GT-8

My main source of inspiration is all the prog bands that I’m into, bands like Pain of Salvation, Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X, Tool, Ayreon, just to name a few. But I listen to all sorts of music, like Michael Jackson, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Elton John, Gary More…
As far as guitar players go, I’m mainly influenced by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Ace Frehley and Paul Gilbert.

Outside Interests
I’m very technology-interested, to the point of being obsessed! I’m also a gamer, with a special interest in retro consoles.

Interesting Facts
On my very first live gig, I sang and played Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden in front of the whole school, making an ass out of myself. And I don’t regret anything about it!