Friday, June 12, 2015

Korn's Ray Luzier asks fans to support artists by buying their albums


Korn's Ray Luzier was interviewed by Mitch Lafon for "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast. Below the video and some excerpts.

About if he thinks it still makes sense for bands to record albums instead of focusing on releasing individual tracks, Luzier said: "I'm one of those weirdos… I mean, I'm also 44… But I'm one of those guys who still goes to Best Buy and Target and I'll download… buy albums on iTunes, 'cause I believe in supporting the artist. I know how hard it is for us to work on a record. And it's twelve dollars. You can't afford that? I don't believe that."

He continued: "Yeah, people are coming to the shows, and you can't replace live entertainment, but at the same time, it's a huge deal to me to support what… We're in there for four to six months recording a record, pouring our blood and sweat into it… Buy the friggin' record, man. It's not a big deal…."
"Korn had a No. 1 single on Active Rock radio with 'Never Never', and I think we're at a little over 210,000 copies sold, and, to me, that's just hilarious… with a band that's sold 38 million. So… You know, what are you gonna do? You can't cry about it. You've gotta adapt with the times. You've gotta stick with what's going on."

Luzier added: "I love the Internet, 'cause it's instantaneous. You can put a song out, and two minutes later it's in Germany, and people can listen to it in full stereo, with full production. But I've had Korn fans bring up CD-Rs to me, blank CD-Rs, with Korn's latest album 'The Paradigm Shift' on it, asking me to sign it. And I'm, like, 'Really, dude?' 'You're asking me to sign a blank CD.' 'Yeah, but I'm at your concert and I bought a ticket.' And I'm, like, 'Yes, you did. But the CD is twelve…'

"So I go back and forth. It really upsets me, 'cause I'm one of those old-school guys. But I'm not gonna fight it. Today's show is sold out. We're playing Carolina Rebellion and there is over 45,000 people here. Rock is far from dead, man."