Friday, July 10, 2015

Ghost's Nameless Ghoul: "Bands need record companies to 'spread the word'"


One of Ghost's Nameless Ghouls was recently interviewed by Australia's Music Feeds, you can read some excerpts below.


About music industry: "I would not put it that way. It depends on what you mean by the music industry. I mean, for one, we are among the very, very few that actually sell records, which I am extremely humble about. I really respect the fact that to get someone to go out and buy a record, that is a big accomplishment nowadays. We could never do that without the aid of the music industry, because there's a common misconception nowadays, especially amongst bands that never really have made it, that you can make it without a record company, and that's not true. In order to break through the clutter and to spread the word, you need a record company, big or small, that doesn't matter, but you still need the aid of others, and, unfortunately, the last few years there have been a lot of bands from a completely different stratosphere that have somehow managed to make people believe that you can without a record company."

He continued: "You know, Radiohead and U2 [laughs], don't fucking look at those bands, because they obviously sell a million records either way. They can give away a record like nothing. They've already earned gazillions of dollars on everything and still they can make a hundred shows on the back of those that generates millions too, so it's very sad that that has spread a false hope among bands that think you can just fuck the industry. However, I definitely think in the sense that we as a band, we are a part of the contemporary music scene."

He added: "I don't want to declare a war but I really hope that what we can change, or what we can help change, is the climate of the rock music scene because I am so gravely tired of this sentence for a name, emo, metalcore crap that has been infesting the music scene for the last 20 years. I hate it with all my fucking heart, and if we can in any way aid the music scene towards pushing towards something new or something different, I would be extremely happy. That is as far as my war instinct goes, I guess."