February 25, 2024

Meet Mikael Torpegaard: Denmark’s Davis Cup spearhead with a heavy metal band

“I continue seeing these banners saying ‘Grass is Greener on the Indian side’. All things considered, I’m colourblind so I can’t see that.”

One jest from Mikael Torpegaard was to the point of summarizing Denmark’s way to deal with the surface-rankings-home benefit talk around their Davis Cup tie against India.

Without any world No.88 Holger Rune, Torpegaard is relied upon to initiate the Danish test at the Delhi Gymkhana Club. The 27-year-old will take on Yuki Bhambri in the subsequent singles elastic on Friday. Torpegaard and Bhambri are positioned 305 and 590 on the planet individually. However, rankings in Davis Cup can be dishonest, as seen in India’s losses to Finland and Croatia in the last two ties.
“I truly like embracing the longshot job and getting the chance to play somewhat more unreservedly. It’s rare you get to take your risks on a surface you don’t have the foggiest idea,” he said.The bit about visual weakness, in any case, was more than a zinger.

“I really can’t see which side the grass is greener,” Torpegaard chuckles. “I’m really colourblind and it tends to be inconvenient on the court in the event that it’s extremely radiant yellow, green or red behind the ball. Then, at that point, the tones sort of mix together.”

Colourblind, sure. Musically challenged? Unquestionably not.

Continuing in the incomparable Scandinavian practice, Torpegaard is a weighty metal fan. The fluorescent yellow ‘Flying V’ guitar, as often as possible seen in his Instagram feed, is “his dear”. He’s as of now got eyes for a James Hetfield-style ‘Traveler’ in neon pink straightaway. As of late, notwithstanding, he has traded the electric hatchet for an acoustic guitar for a “purposeful venture”.

Alongside Tennys Sandgren – the tennis player from Tennessee – Torpegaard is important for a two-man band called ‘One more Round’. It was during the principal Coronavirus initiated lockdown that Torpegaard made a beeline for Nashville, the home of blue grass music, to rehearse tennis with Sandgren. Off the court, he stuck, sang and recorded melody covers with the American, a specialist drummer with solid down home music sensibilities. The pair got to composing and in late January, they put out a six-melody unique EP called ‘Tragic Melancholy’.”We shared an interest in outdated down home music, the more acoustic type which I love playing. Towards the finish of the offseason we were like, ‘wouldn’t it be fun on the off chance that we had something to place our name on’. So we burned through about fourteen days and set up something that individuals really have been getting a charge out of,” says Torpegaard. “I’ve had a band beforehand, shortly of an alternate kind. A little heavier type.”
The “heavier type” is what Torpegaard depicts as ‘musical passing metal’. His unique band is called ‘Mardröm’ (Swedish for bad dream). Last year, they delivered their introduction collection called ‘Attracted to Incoherence’.

“It’s a truly nice sentiment since one thing about metal that I appreciate is the energy. There’s a mind-set for it, when you need to get moving,” says Torpegaard. “The other viewpoint is the acoustic stuff. The EP with Tennys, causes you to feel distinctively when you need to slow down. That was what the future held hit with this record and had some good times getting it done. Furthermore we’re now chipping away at another full collection as well.”

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