Over at Metal Insider.net, Motörhead bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister was asked for his opinion on the state of the music industry today. I found his answer to be frank and accurate.
METAL INSIDER: What are your thoughts on the music industry these days?
LEMMY: Well, the music industry these days is dying, isn’t it? They have no idea what fucking happened to them. They don’t know what hit them. They couldn’t work with the internet, so they tried to prosecute it, which is really fucking dumb. And it seems that they keep fucking up. Every turn they make is the wrong turn. Soon they’re going to be out of business in ten years. And it’s all because of the internet.
METAL INSIDER: Do you think it was was easier for up and coming bands to promote themselves back when Motörhead first started out, or is it easier now?
LEMMY: It’s the same. It’s always been the same. There’s always people robbing bands. Agents rob you. Managers rob you a lot of the time. We’ve got a good one now, but we’ve had a lot of bad ones. The fucking promoters rob you. They tell you that “it hasn’t sold out,” and you can see that it is. But what are you going to say? They’ve got all their guys with them, and there’s only five of you.
The rest of the interview is a great read just because Lenny is one cool motherfucker.
It’s amazing that Motörhead has been around over 35 years.