In an epic rant, Scott Ian says the whole music industry should collapse and start again - but says certain metal labels which supported his career deserve to live on for helping musicians start out.
Posted on Jan 28, 2013 03:27 pm
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has clarified his wishes for the entire record industry to collapse.
In a recent interview, Ian said he wanted the whole industry to collapse because it ripped off musicians:
"I really don't give a shit about the industry... I can only hope that the whole industry collapses and has to start over, or figure out something else.
"When you think about the billions and billions of dollars that labels ripped off from bands from the 1940s all the way through to the 1990s, and now they complain about nobody buys records anymore. Well, whose fault is that, you know?... you've got artists, bands who no longer exist and are literally like, a step away from being homeless... The whole fucking thing is insanity."
Ian may have come under fire because his career was built on the support of a range of metal labels and industry figures.
In a series of tweets, Ian clarified his position and where certain metal labels fit in:
"I'm not talking about independent labels like Megaforce, Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade, etc. These labels have changed the business and have found models that work and they are not only fair to the bands they sign, they actually will work at developing a band.
"The majors are no place for rock/metal anymore and if you're a huge band, you're better off doing it yourself."
Do you think the record industry deserves to collapse so it can be rebuilt? Are musicians wrong to chase record deals when their chances of success are clear and well documented? Let us know what you think in the comments.