Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hellyeah guitarist about record sales: "People don't wanna buy dogshit"
Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell was recently interviewed by Kaaos Zine, you can read some excerpts below.
He said: "I always just want to be a good songwriter… I could care less about being the acrobatic, solo guitarist, guitar god shit. It’s boring. Really could care less about that. I really just want to write songs. That’s where all great bands come from, it’s good music, you know what I mean?"
He continued: "There’s just so many bands out there, that… 90% of bands out there just write music to have a new record. There’s no passion, there’s no soul. There’s no digging deep to reinvent, do something different and make your own statement. That’s kind of what influences me, I just want to be outside of the pack. I want Hellyeah to be a band that is its own thing, its own identity and that’s where I draw my inspiration from. I just want to write better songs."
About how sales have been lagging for rock and metal bands in 2016: "Well, people, people, don’t wanna buy dogshit. You know what I mean? I think that’s why. That’s really basically what it comes down to. There’s just so much oversaturation and just so many bands, and none of them sound original; everybody sounds like the band you just listened to before, you know? I put on a heavy metal radio station here in the States, nine times out of ten, I can’t tell who’s who, they all sound the same. So why would people go out and spend good money on music that fucking sucks? So, yeah, I get it, people will buy one or two songs at a time, because usually that’s the only… most records only have one or two good songs nowadays, so why would they wanna go spend all their money on a whole record that sucks ass."
He added: "If you really dig deep and put together a record, from song one until the end, that is just great, and you don’t have any songs that you fast-forward to the next song for, then, you know, they might need that record, they might need to have all of it, the whole package, not just one song. I think with technology nowadays, with, obviously, all the downloading an streaming and stuff, it gives people an opportunity to listen to your record and judge whether they wanna go out and buy it or not. So, yeah, I think if more bands put more time and quality into the writing, they might actually sell more records."