Lövgren performing during the obZen tour
11 November 1980 |
|Genres||Heavy metal, extreme metal, experimental metal, jazz fusion, progressive metal|
|Associated acts||Meshuggah, Time Requiem, Last Tribe, Cromlech, Frequency, Armageddon, In Flames, Arch Enemy|
In his early days, Lövgren was particularly impressed with the Metallica bass guitarist Cliff Burton. He said that Burton "was probably the main reason why I became a bassist". Lövgren is a schooled jazz musician, influenced by Dave Holland, John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, Miles Davis and Brad Mehldau. He always preferred playing with fingers; however, in his main band, Meshuggah, he plays with pick exclusively, stating that the exact sound from the pick and distortion is strictly what Meshuggah wants to extract from the bass guitar. Before joining Meshuggah, DLövgren performed with a vast array of bands in his native Sweden, first with the neo-classical metal/melodic power metal band Time Requiem, then the melodic/progressive metal band Last Tribe, the death metal band Cromlech and the power metal band Armageddon (alongside Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott). In the late 1990s, Lövgren held the enviable assignment of touring bass guitarist for both Arch Enemy and In Flames.
Lövgren joined Meshuggah in 2004 after the band lost their bass guitarist, Gustaf Hielm, in 2001. In the same year, they released their EP I, that contains just one track of the same name, that lasts twenty-one minutes. However, Lövgren did not play in Meshuggah's recording sessions until their highly successful album, obZen (2008). This was due to the album finish deadline while recording Catch Thirtythree, so the drum and bass tracks were recorded digitally. He also released a highly acclaimed fusion-jazz album, Lounge, with the Swedish Nica Group ensemble. All tracks were composed by Lövgren, and the album shows his creativity as well as jazz-styled playing skills.
In September 2010, Lövgren was accepted into the Gothenburg Music University to study improvisation and composition with Anders Jormin, the Swedish jazz double bass player, arranger and bandleader who has worked with numerous jazz artists, such as Bobo Stenson, Charles Lloyd, Tomasz Stańko, Don Cherry, Elvin Jones, Gilberto Gil, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Kenny Wheeler and Jon Balke. He said that it was a huge honor and a great opportunity, emphasizing that it would not jeopardize anything with Meshuggah. "I will be able to do the tours and come back to classes. But this does mean that I will be playing and writing a lot of jazz in the next few years between Meshuggah tours."
Lövgren prefers playing with his fingers, as his main influences are jazz and fusion players. However, in Meshuggah, he is asked to play with a pick, mostly through distortion and octaver pedals, because of the band's signature sound. In the songs that are played with 8 string guitars, he plays in unison with the guitarists.
His main bass guitar for recording and live shows are the 5 string Dolphins. His fretless and 6-string fretted bass guitars were used while recording his fusion-jazz album, Lounge. He uses DR bass strings. In 2012, Lövgren acquired two new custom Warwick Dolphin I bass guitars.
- 4x Dolphin SN 5-stringers
- 3x Dolphin Pro I 5-stringers
- 1x Infinity (5-string)
- 1x Corvette (5-string)
- 1x fretless Infinity (5-string)
- 1x fretless Thumb (6-string)
- 2x Streamer LX 6-stringers
- 1x Stryker (4-string)
- 1x Star Bass II (5-string)
- 1x Zon Sonus Bass (5-string)
- 1x Zon Custom Bass (5-string based on Warwick Stryker)
Main tuning: Bb, F, Bb, Eb, Ab.
String gauges: .120 - .100 - .080 - .060 - .040 DR Dragon Skin
Bleed tuning: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db
Obzen tuning A, F, Bb, Eb, Ab
Amplifiers and effects
- Warwick Hellborg PR 40 amplifier
- Warwick Hellborg MP 25 amplifier
- Warwick WCA Hellborg CC 115 cabinet
- Fractal Audio Systems Axe Fx II. He does not use any pedals on the current tour.
- Nica Group — Lounge (2002)
- Time Requiem — Time Requiem (2002)
- Meshuggah — obZen (2008)
- Meshuggah — Alive (2010)
- Meshuggah — Koloss (2012)
- Meshuggah — The Violent Sleep of Reason (2016)
- "Rig Rundown - Meshuggah's Fredrik Thordendal, Marten Hagstrom, & Dick Lovgren". Premier Guitar. March 6, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- "Meshuggah Rig Rundown". Premier Guitar.
- Meshuggah official website
- Meshuggah at MySpace
- Meshuggah at Nuclear Blast Europe
- Meshuggah at Nuclear Blast USA
- Warwick Endorsers Page- Dick Lövgren
- Warwick Monthly Review-Dick Lövgren(Meshuggah)