I posted an interview with Gene Simmons of Kiss a while back. Below you will find John 5’s (of Rob Zombies band) take on the matter from an interview he did recently.
Michael MacLeod of Wolf’s Den Records says “I will tell you this, my experience is, it is getting much harder to make a living in the music industry. People don’t want to pay for music and even expect to get any music they want for free. Many venues are still paying bands what they were making 30 years ago or worse yet paying nothing stating “they are giving us exposure”. We as musicians and artists need to push for a change to improve our situation. I personally will not play for free or for less than what I feel my time, effort, experience and talent are worth. You wouldn’t ask a mechanic or an electrician to work for free or for exposure”.
So Wolf-pack, What do you think? What’s your take on this matter?
Here is the John 5 Interview.
JOHN 5: ROCK’S NOT DEAD, IT’S CHANGED
Rob Zombie guitarist says artists just have to work harder to keep it alive
Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 insists rock isn’t dead – but says it has changed dramatically in recent years.
Kiss mainman Gene Simmons sparked debate earlier this year when he stated: “Rock is finally dead. The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age, it was murdered.”
That comment led to a string of artists defending rock music, including Rob Halford, Joe Perry, Mark Tremonti, Corey Taylor, Scott Ian and Slash. Now John 5 has given his take on the state of the industry, saying although piracy is a problem, the music lives on.
He tells Icon vs Icon: “The industry has changed dramatically. It has changed so drastically, it’s like night and day. It’s not dead, but it changed. We just have to keep writing great songs and doing great shows to keep it alive.
“It’s not just rock. It could be rap, country or anything like that. Music is a tough business because there’s so much piracy out there. I know what it was like because back in the day, I was around when people were standing in line to buy a record. It has definitely changed a lot.”
But the guitarist, who released his eighth solo album Careful With That Axe earlier this year, says he wouldn’t discourage anyone from pursuing a career in the music business.
He continues: “I would say, if you don’t do it, somebody else will. If you really want it, just do it. If you do something to move closer to your career every day, even if it’s just making a couple of phone calls, you’ll get there eventually.”
Earlier this year, Zombie said John 5 was the only musician he could trust. And the guitarist, who is working with the frontman on the follow-up to 2013’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and the soundtrack to his film 31, says the pair are best friends.
He adds: “Our relationship couldn’t be better. We have such a great working relationship in the studio and on the road. We are like best friends, so it’s such a pleasure to work with him. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”