Igor Mihailov



Photo © Paul England 2019

"My career as a drummer began when, at the age of 10, I enrolled into Scouts and was sent on a special Drummer training course. Later, at 13, I was accepted into a school called 'Paints'. I was born and raised in Riga, Latvia – back then it was part of the Soviet Union. There was a 'cold war' and it was difficult to find information and especially the music of foreign artists – so we listened to everything we could. Such a direction of music as heavy metal was new, and considered propaganda. Playing such music was actually forbidden, but we still found opportunities to buy records of our favourite bands on the black market."

"I liked bands like: Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Metallica and Running wild, - also, Accept and Iron Maiden. We tried to play something like that, but we didn't know how to play it, and there was no-one to teach – so, we studied ourselves. Within 5 years, I joined a few different rock bands, but finally matured as a musician in a band called 'Conquest'. We performed on many stages, mainly in Latvia, and once I even played in Moscow."

"In 1991, the USSR collapsed and Latvia gained independence - it became easier to gain information, rock bands from abroad began to come to us, and we were able to see and gain experience live."

"In 2004, I came to England, and was invited to join a band called "51st State" they were from Mansfield and played in a Metallica style. In 2008, I joined a band called 'Self-Inflicted' who were from Cambridge – we performed in London and many other cities in England. At the time I was quite influenced by bands such as Pantera, Slayer and Paradise Lost, so I always tried to play aggressively and intensely."

"Over the past 10 years, my priorities have changed a bit, and I began to give preference to groups of a New wave of metal – Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow, Threat Signal, August Burns Red etc."

"When I received an invitation from Untamed, I wasn't sure what I wanted, and whether I'd be able to play with them – as I hadn't played for several years, and not really practiced. I prepared to audition three songs, just to see how it went, but when I started playing with these guys, after the first 20 minutes - I saw how professional they were, and how much they love what they do. The fire burned in me again – they woke me up, and I again found what I lacked in recent years... Without any doubt, I agreed to play and was glad that I was accepted into the band and everyone like my style and technique."

And what about future goals?

"I am looking forward to gigs and working on a new album."

I would like to thank...

"My elder brother Oleg Mihailov, who played as a guitarist and brought me to his rehearsal, instilling in me a love of music from childhood – he believed and always believes in me. Many thanks to my parents, who never took me seriously as a musician – and thus encouraged me to prove the opposite :) I also want to say thank-you to my musician friends from Latvia, with whom I played in different groups and bands, and who gave me experience: Anatoly Kirillov, Denis Melnik, Alex Konstantinov, Alexander Redko, Andrey Prokofiev, Evgeny Polischuk, Jaroslav Shishlov. Special thank-you for Andrey Rusakov, for explaining to me all band discography and for teaching first English words! :) Thank-you to all the guys from Untamed for what they are, and for choosing me."

Live Rig

Pearl Export series Shells, Dixon double coil pedals, Istanbul, Zildjian, Paiste 2002 Cymbals, Premier Snare.