Watch Freddie Mercury’s 1984 Interview

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Freddie Mercury in an interview with MTV, 1984 - MTV News / Facebook

Freddie Mercury has always been a joy to watch and observe, from his on-stage presence and flamboyance to his lightning-fast quips and coyness during interviews. This contrast of personalities made the Queen frontman one of the most interesting rock stars to have ever lived. The unlikely Parsi refugee took an interest in music early on in his life, Farrokh Bulsara (his real name) was noted to have taken a liking to Western pop music, especially rock n’ roll. His schoolmates and friends also recalled that the future frontman could learn music by ear, replicating what he heard accurately on the piano, his instrument of choice.

Fast forward to Queen’s heyday, Mercury became one of the most-equipped vocalists to dominate the rock industry. His stratospheric vocal range has been the pride and envy of many, with even his contemporaries holding his artistry in high regard. During his final years, Freddie collaborated with Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe, who was impressed with Mercury’s total control of his voice, saying, “His technique was astonishing. No problem of┬átempo, he sang with an incisive sense of rhythm, his vocal placement was very good and he was able to glide effortlessly from a register to another. He also had a great musicality. His phrasing was subtle, delicate and sweet or energetic and slamming. He was able to find the right colouring or expressive nuance for each word.”

With that, let’s take a look back at one of Freddie Mercury’s most memorable interviews, where he shares his insight about the music business.