Mattias Eklundh

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Mattias IA Eklundh
Background information
Also known asIA
Born (1969-10-06) 6 October 1969 (age 50)[1]
GenresProgressive metal, experimental, heavy metal, speed metal, power metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, zither, banjo, mandolin, Kelstone
Years activeSince 1989
LabelsFavored Nations, TSP
Associated actsFreak Kitchen, Freak Guitar, Jonas Hellborg

Mattias IA Eklundh (born 1969) is a guitarist and vocalist, known for his work with Freak Kitchen, Jonas Hellborg Trio and Art Metal; he has also produced several noted solo Freak Guitar albums released by Steve Vai and Favored Nations, and holds his annual Freak Guitar Camp in the woods of Sweden every summer for dedicated guitar players from all over the world.[2] He was also prominently featured playing his trademark-style solos on the first four Soilwork albums.


Mattias began drumming at the age of six; when he was thirteen, he began playing guitar. He has named Frank Zappa and Ace Frehley of Kiss as his two major musical influences, but his record collection also included gypsy jazz, Miles Davis, and Slayer among many others.[3][2]

In the mid-80's, Mattias joined the band Frozen Eyes, a few years later he quit because their manager was holding their money, and they never had a good share of it, until Mattias did the math. Frozen Eyes split up soon after their self-titled album was released in 1988 and Mattias subsequently joined Danish metal band Fate as lead guitarist. Mattias appears on their 1990 album Scratch 'n Sniff. He later returned to Sweden, forming his own band Freak Kitchen[4][5] in 1992 with former Frozen Eyes drummer Joakim Sjöberg and bassplayer Christian Grönlund.[2] The band played together for eight years, until Sjöberg and Grönlund left in 2000, only to be replaced by Christer Örtefors and Björn Fryklund. Outside of Freak Kitchen, Eklundh has recorded several solo albums, and made appearances as a guest musician for Swedish heavy metal bands like Evergrey and Soilwork. His two Freak Guitar solo albums are released on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label, and include drawings and other artwork by friend Anders Nyberg. In 2005, he grouped with Swedish bass guitarist and composer Jonas Hellborg in the Jonas Hellborg Trio along with drummer Niclas Campagnol and played their first gig in Mumbai, India and followed with a tour of India. His album, Freak Guitar – The Road Less Traveled, features a rock- and metal-like remix of not title theme, but the background theme from the 1985 film Fletch.

In 2006, Eklundh's song "Zoo Me", was contributed to the album project Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids, produced by Slang Productions, to assist World Vision Canada in helping underprivileged kids in need.[6]

He also annually hosts and teaches at the Freak Guitar Camp.

Eklundh does not smoke and is a vegetarian.[7]


Eklundh has been with Caparison guitars since 1997 and has a long standing signature guitar called "Apple Horn"[8] 2015 saw the release of an eight-string model bearing a factory set low E. He uses the True Temperament fret system on his guitars.[9] For amps, Mattias exclusively uses Laney.



With Freak Kitchen[edit]


  • Frozen Eyes – The Metal Collection III (1987)
  • Frozen Eyes – Frozen Eyes (1988)
  • FateScratch 'n' Sniff (1990)
  • Road Ratt – Road Ratt (1992)
  • Is this tough or what? – Compilation (1992)
  • Pagan – The Weight (1993)
  • Triple & Touch – T & T (1993)
  • Tornado Soup – Tornado Soup (1994)
  • Hans Lindell – En del av bilden (1996)
  • Sven Olander – Air Blue (1997)
  • Locomotive Breath (1997)
  • Hans Sahlin – Hans Sahlin (1997) (Unreleased)
  • EvergreyThe Dark Discovery (1998)
  • Torben Schmidt (1998) (Unreleased)
  • Janne Lucas (1998) (Unreleased)
  • SoilworkSteelbath Suicide (1998)
  • SoilworkThe Chainheart Machine (1999) song – Machinegun Majesty
  • Guitar Oddysey – A tribute to Yngwie Malmsteen (1999)
  • SoilworkA Predator's Portrait (2001) song – Needlefeast
  • Warmth in the Wilderness – A tribute to Jason Becker (2001)
  • Bumblefoot – 9.11 (2001)
  • Plug In (2001) (Unreleased)
  • Mister Kite – All in Time (2002)
  • Locomotive Breath – Heavy Machinery (2002)
  • SoilworkNatural Born Chaos (2002) song – No More Angels
  • Johan Randen – Lead Guitar (2002)
  • Audiovision – The Calling (2005)
  • United – DVD (2005)
  • Petrus – Come What Might (2005)
  • Martin Motnik with Gregg Bissonette – Bass Invader (2005) songs – YYZ and Bee on Speed
  • Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids (2006) song – Zoo Me[6]
  • Art Metal – Art Metal (2007)
  • Chris Catena – Discovery (2009)
  • Destrage – Jade's Place (2010)
  • Stephan Forte – The Shadows Compendium – Song – De Praestigiis Daemonum (2012)
  • Panzerballet – Tank Goodness – Song – The Ikea Trauma (2012)
  • Art Metal – Jazz Raj (2014)

Instruction Videos:

  • Freak Guitar Vol 1 (1995) (VHS)
  • Hyper Freak Exercise (1999) (Audio CD)
  • Hyper Freak Exercise DVD (2001) (DVD)
  • Super Virtuosity DVD (2004) (DVD)


  1. ^ "Mattias Eklundh (48 år) Härryda -". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Tolis Zavaliaris, 'The Freak Show,' Guitar Techniques (June 2007), p82
  3. ^ "Mattias IA Eklundh Interview". Guitarhoo!. 3 June 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ Guthrie Govan. "Tapper's Delight: 20 Challenging Tapping Licks". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: Mattias IA Eklundh Talks About His New Album". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Slang Productions – Guitarists 4 the Kids". Slang Productions. 11 September 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  7. ^ Gricourt, Nicolas (20 September 2014). "Grilling Mattias « IA » Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Featured Artists - Caparison Guitars". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Interview with Mattias Eklundh". Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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