Katatonia Part With Drummer
2014-04-17 by Kyle Ward STAFF | 35 Comments

Swedish metal band Katatonia have lost their drummer Daniel Liljekvist, who has chosen to
leave the band due to personal reasons concerning the commitment required to be a member of the band.

Liljekvist stated:

Dear friends and fans,

I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I’ve come to the sad
conclusion that i have to leave the band. It’s got nothing to do with ’difference in views
´ or any other bullshit. I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to Katatonia.
Times for musicians are rough and i’ve decided to concentrate on my family and get a
normal job that gets the bills payed.

I’ve had some of the best moments in my life the past 14 odd years together with my
favorite people in the world. I’ve been all over the planet with this lot…my second
family. Thank you!

I’m gonna miss playing with you and I’m gonna miss hanging out with you on the road so
much. And I’m gonna miss meeting all the great Katatonia fans all over the world. You know who you
are. You are truly amazing! I’m not gonna miss all the freaks and idiots we’ve
come across during all the years. You probably don’t know who you are. And I will not miss
bad catering, shit beer and banana juice…

This is Daniel, rocking the fuck off! Cheers!


Stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen (Ex-Engel) will perform on the band's upcoming summer
festivals.

http://katatonia.com/2014/04/daniel-liljekvist-leaves-katatonia/

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Band Page: Katatonia

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2014

16264 Comments


Sucks, but I'm sure they'll find a good replacement. Must be hard as hell to have a family, full-time job, and on top of that write music, record, and tour with the band.

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EvoHavok
April 17th 2014

1338 Comments


Sad, but it's good that he knows his priorities.

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Lambda
April 17th 2014

2412 Comments


That sucks. I've seen them live twice. This guy is a great drummer. Really underrated.

"Sucks, but I'm sure they'll find a good replacement."

Agreed

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BigPleb
April 17th 2014

34328 Comments


Band isn't that good anyway so who cares

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SCREAM!
April 17th 2014

9983 Comments


Pleb being a Pleb, nothing to see here

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Gmork89
April 17th 2014

5485 Comments


Very great drummer. Glad they didn't part on bad terms.

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RoyalImperialGuard
April 17th 2014

1122 Comments


I kind of agree with Pleb but at least its on good terms. Last album was indeed a bore, one before that, just good.

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Drummerboy123
April 17th 2014

2312 Comments


Drumming on Dead End Kings was sweet, sad to see this guy go.

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NeroCorleone80
April 17th 2014

28439 Comments


Band was always just Jonas and Anders and some session musicians for the most part.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2014

16264 Comments


This guy was with the band for almost 15 years.

NeroCorleone80
April 17th 2014

28439 Comments


Yeah he was the only other real long term member, along with the Norman brothers. They've gone through
quite a few members though over the years.

CaptainDooRight
April 17th 2014

28360 Comments


'I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to Katatonia. Times for musicians are rough and i’ve decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills payed.'

Yeah like when are people going to get it. You can't make money doing music. You have to start with a real job, THEN balance music. Fuck i feel like preacher, FUCK

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2014

16264 Comments


I'd like to know how much someone in a band like this (decently popular metal band) actually makes from their music/touring. Obviously not enough to live on, hence most metal musicians having full-time jobs, but I'd still be curious.

SCREAM!
April 17th 2014

9983 Comments


I didn't expect them to be in sports cars or luxury houses but I still thought these guys made enough to get by on. Damn

RoyalImperialGuard
April 17th 2014

1122 Comments


Not even Kataonia bro, not even Katatonia. Akerfedt is probably stealing their profits, hence why they are broke.

Gmork89
April 17th 2014

5485 Comments


"I didn't expect them to be in sports cars or luxury houses but I still thought these guys made enough to get by on. Damn"

Yeah I'm pretty surprised myself, they are very well known and liked.

CaptainDooRight
April 17th 2014

28360 Comments


dude even akerfeldt or however the fuk you spell his name doesn't make a lotta cash

even metallica doesn't, music is for sharing and thats it, not for money

i actually like it that way,,YES I SAID THAT

then we can get people actually focusing on music for a change rather than money

YES

R6Rider
April 17th 2014

4494 Comments


That sucks. I've seen them live twice. This guy is a great drummer. Really underrated.

Yup. Seen 'em twice also.

And what Captain said. You gotta be pretty fuckin' big to make money from playing music.

Like Bring Me The Horizon big.



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RoyalImperialGuard
April 17th 2014

1122 Comments


Akerfeldt sold his soul to the devil, it's obvious, and it's even more obvious that he's behind the Illuminati so of course he's rich.

BigPleb
April 17th 2014

34328 Comments


Dr. Balls

RoyalImperialGuard
April 17th 2014

1122 Comments


ALIENS!!!

Emyay
April 17th 2014

5804 Comments


agreed that the dude is underrated and is awesome live. think i've seen them 3 times now and i'm always fixated by his drumming. also, teargas has a great drum beat. one of my favorites

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2014

5921 Comments


I really liked his drummed, it certainly added up to the band's music.

Good luck to the guy in his future endeavours.

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Pankar95
April 18th 2014

137 Comments


Drumming was never the highlight of their music anyway. He was a good drummer but its not a huge loss.

Wizard
April 18th 2014

19244 Comments


I bet the band is in a whole lot of financial trouble.

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Emyay
April 18th 2014

5804 Comments


why do you say that? also, i feel like jonas and the guitarist probs make more money since they write the songs? i have no idea the financials of the band or how they work but thats just a thought

Wizard
April 18th 2014

19244 Comments


How do I know that? It's an educated guess seeing as no one in this band is big enough on their own to make a "livable" amount of money as a musician and the fact that the entire world is one big inflation bubble ready to burst at the seams. The ways of touring for long periods of time are over (look at how long tours used to run 20 years ago vs. now) and that's really the only way these bands can get by as a band. Katatonia doesn't tour often enough and therefore doesn't make money and therefore my guess is that they're hurting financially enough where the guy had to quit to make ends meet.

Emyay
April 18th 2014

5804 Comments


you're probably right. i wasn't trying to disagree, i was just wondering what your reasoning was, and i must say thats some fine reasoning. its a shame too bc once these dudes get families they don't want to tour as much and thus can't make as much money

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2014

16264 Comments


Dude Karl Katatonia tour a lot iirc they went on like 2 north american tours just last year.

Emyay
April 18th 2014

5804 Comments


they tour more than opeth

GriftGift
April 18th 2014

92 Comments


People should realize the only way to make big bucks in music is radio play. A band or performer makes around 12 to 17 cents per 1000 people a radio station reaches. A top ten hit can mint millions. Itunes and streaming music sites pay thousandanths of a cent per play or single download. Gross, a gross way to make a living.


SgtShock
April 18th 2014

86 Comments


Considering how often Katatonia sticks to the same tempo and 6/8 time signature I always admired this drummer's constant efforts to come up with new ways to groove along. Pretty inspiring.

limbs
April 18th 2014

21 Comments


His drumming on The Great Cold Distance is amazing.

JizzInMyPants
April 18th 2014

2368 Comments


I am pretty sure they can make enough money to support only themselves, but when it comes to a kid + other family members, yeah it gets hard.

lead singer from as I lay dying made like 100k in like 12' or 13'.

wouldn't be surprised if the non-main members of this band gets ~28k a year.

Tomes
April 18th 2014

12 Comments


I totally disagree with the people who are saying drumming wasn't the highlight in Katatonia, etc. Liljekvist really made the last few albums IMO. He had some of the most tasteful polyrhythmic playing. It gave Katatonia that bit of clinical technicality that balanced out the lush and melodramatic aspects of their sound.



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