After that I joined the band Paradize and I don't think I've played in a wackier band. It was like the movie The Commitments, only a hell of a lot weirder. We recorded a demo and had the honor of having Mats Leven (Treat, Yngwie Malmsteen) on vocals. CLICK HERE to hear a little of it.

Up to this point I had only played on crappy gear but when I joined my next band, called Farligt Gods (trans: Hazardous Cargo), I started getting better equipment. We played pop songs in swedish, CLICK HERE to listen, and around that time my ears were opened to bands such as Toto, to that level of studio musicianship and to the great sounds they got from very expensive gear.

One day I was in a music store and started talking to a friend who worked there. I asked him if he knew where I could get hold of some live videos with Toto. Without hesitation he said that I should call Tommy Denander in Stockholm 'cause not only did he have a lot of videos to trade, he had actually played with Toto! I called Tommy who was sure that someone was pulling a joke on him 'cause he thought no one could be named Sayit:-) It took a couple of days and a few more calls before he trusted that I was a real person with that name.

This was early 1996 and once he realized that I was for real we quickly became close friends. I consider him one of my best friends in life, a person who has meant a lot for me and my future. It's thanks to Tommy that I have developed so much and become a full time musician.

Paradize with Mats Leven
A few days after the friend at the music store gave me the phone number to Tommy, I went back to tell him about how well it had turned out. To my big surprise he just looked at me with no clue as to what I was talking about! He said he didn't even know who Tommy was, and he was sure that he hadn't given me any phone number. I spent at least 15 minutes trying to remind him, but it was fruitless. It is my guess is that this happened for a bigger reason, me and Tommy were meant to meet!

During my time in Farligt Gods I tried all kinds of equipment. I bought a Rivera Knucklehead amp and speaker cab directly from Paul Rivera, who modified it after my demands, but at the time I never came to grips with it. I traded it for a Soldano X99 preamp which was really great. After that I've owned pretty much everything you can buy. Lately I've developed an increasing taste for vintage gear and sounds. I listen a lot to the amazing guitarist Michael Landau and also to Swedish session guitarist Staffan Astner. Now I use an old Fender Stratocaster and an old amp which fits me perfectly.

After Farligt Gods I started the band Playstation which mostly played westcoast rock and funk. It was my first band where the musicians had reached a high level. CLICK HERE to listen to us.

During that time I was getting more and more frustrated that nothing bigger happened for me. I went to a music school but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in music. I had been talking to Tommy for a while about maybe moving to Stockholm to see if I could find better gigs, so I finally packed my things and did just that. Due to things I couldn't have known, this would unfortunately prove to be the worst two years in my life, with the exception of a few highlights, like Tommy introducing me to singer Geir Rönning, an absolutely wonderful person who would become another very important friend in my life.

I moved back to Gothenburg and got back up on my feet again. Now I'm on top. I love my life and have the best friends and family in the world, plus lots of good work.

I wasn't always on the right side of the law, and I have done a lot of things that would sound right out of a bad Hollywood movie, but I can't say I have any regrets, since everything I've been through has shaped me into who I am today. Many of my old friends are either in jail or dead, and if it wasn't for that punk rocker ringing on my door 10 years ago, who knows where i would be today.."

Farligt Gods
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