Dave Mustaine: Give Away Music? Don't Be Stupid

Dave Mustaine predicts record industry will resolve its problems and admits he'd like Megadeth to be a bigger band.

Dave Mustaine: Give Away Music? Don't Be Stupid
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Dave Mustaine says bands who choose to give away their music for free are stupid, and predict the music industry will resolve its current problems. And although he's happy with his career at the moment, he admits he'd like Megadeth to be bigger than they are. Mustaine tells the Brandon Sun: "I think the record business is just like anything else it's going to regulate itself. It's going to correct itself." "The problem is that all the pigs were in there with their hands on the steering wheel. They got what they deserved." He believes bands who allow free downloading of their tracks won't be around long enough to be part of the industry once it's repaired. "Musicians who say they don't care, that's they'd give it away for free, are stupid", he says. "They've never been hungry." "If you're going out there and being careless, and just letting your songs be downloaded for free, it's probably going to reflect in your longevity." Megadeth have nearly completed the follow-up to 2009's "Endgame", with original bassist David Ellefson back in the fold, and Mustaine says he has very few regrets about the way things are going. "We're not as big as I'd hope to be right now", he admits, "But there were some decisions I made while I was growing up that would probably have been better if I'd made the opposite choice." "But I'm absolutely content with and what I am right now. I don't wish I was in a bigger band I'm not discontent with anything." He believes the subject matter of songs could help project the thrash act to a bigger audience, saying mainstream rock crowds aren't interested in many of the things bands sing about. And he cites the two bands ahead of his own on next month's US Mayhem tour as examples of his argument. "The average person doesnt want to hear about killing or savagery or brutality. The potential to play to a new audience is really interesting for me." "The intent of Disturbed and Godsmack is to be popular and heavy at the same time and those are two things we are." Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

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    DarkieBC
    "The average person doesnt want to hear about killing or savagery or brutality. The potential to play to a new audience is really interesting for me."
    Well, the average trash metal fan wants to hear about killing and savagery and brutality, if we wouldnt want to hear about those things Megadeth would never been the acctual band that it is and i love so much. All the brutality Mr.Mustaine sings about, all those angry (and awesome) riffs and all the anger he has inside of him made one of the most awesome trahs metal bands EVER. He shouldnd leave the original concept of megadeth, that will destroy the band and will break millions of hearts, including mine.
    MetalliWalls
    ok, so Metallica said and did something about this and everyone hated 'em...now Mustiane says something about this!, and everyone is ok!!!! WTF
    emphaticleech
    lVlaniac wrote: emphaticleech wrote: true_bacon22 wrote: if anything the muisicians who focus on money are the ones who will fade into obscurity. As much as i love megadeth, NIN and Radiohead are ten times as big as megadaves band, their progressive mindsets towards music contributing to this popularity. Im kinda pissed off daves setteled all his feuds as he clearly hasnt got that to bitch about, hes displaying his opinion on other subjects, and unfourtanetly he's done nothing but come off as a woefully ignorant, right wing douchebag with a taste for money that towers over lars's. Which is saying something... That's really not fair considering Radiohead and NIN end up charging for the albums. No band truly has a "free" album. NIN and Radiohead's "pay what you want" scheme have already nearly faded into obscurity in themselves. It didn't catch on. Last time i checked "The Slip" by Nine Inch Nails was still free for download, also Ghosts I, The Social Network sampler, How To Destroy Angels EP and other stuff. I understand what Mustaine is trying to say but you can make money even out of selling your music for free. It gets you more publicity (either mainstream or mouth to mouth), that gets you more fans, they buy merch and go to your concerts and buy your old albums. If all of that fails, upload music for free and put an advertisement on the side.
    The Slip is a terrible album. EPs don't count as "albums" per se.. you can just flip on a radio or go to a website and hear the "single" and neither do samplers. Just because it's free, doesn't mean it's a good thing. And Ghosts I-IV ...which is better, is only better because as a WHOLE the album/collection is fantastic. The first 9 or 10 tracks from Ghosts I is a ripoff.. even for free. It's like downloading a demo for the second episode of Blake Stone, and only able to play it for 5 minutes. It's torture.
    threedaysgrace9 wrote: NIN's The Slip is still free. Trent put up Ghosts I-IV on peer-to-peer networks like the Pirate Bay, and encouraged people for the last 5 years of NIN's touring cycle to illegally download music rather than fuel labels' pockets. Last time I checked, Mustaine hadn't won an Oscar...
    You know people are being caught and going to jail for that kind of thing, right? Reznor is basically telling people "hey, illegally download my album.. you have my permission...but if you're caught, you're still held accountable! Later!".
    Randomrings
    Ughhhh dave mustaine says things that are so 50/50 for me. If you do give away your music for free it is kind of showing that you're just making music for the hell of it. On the other hand you could be promoting it and advertising with one track, thus it's business smarts... and Dave Mustaine just indirectly called Iron Maiden stupid I also don't understand where this "bigger band" thing is coming from. If people looked up to me as a god and a pioneer of one of the world's most lasting genres of music, I would want the opposite of a "bigger band"
    RukiaTH
    When you're a newer band and nobody has ever heard you before, giving away music for free is not stupid. It gives people the chance to hear you and potentially buy music you eventually do sell.
    sheriff_nein
    i know of quite a few bands that i have discovered through free giveaways that i went on to buy stuff from, attend shows, and such. it really isnt stupid at all. and besides, if you have that much money, it would be nice to give some of it back to your fans, who helped you reach that position
    slaptasticdave
    Personally I'd rather pay for an album and then get to have lower prices for tickets and merchandise.
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    MetalliWalls wrote: ok, so Metallica said and did something about this and everyone hated 'em...now Mustiane says something about this!, and everyone is ok!!!! WTF
    That is exactly what I am saying... Most Megadeth fans are a bunch of hypocrites that do as Dave says... i respect the fans who listen to both bands and prefer both bands instead of one
    threedaysgrace9
    NIN's The Slip is still free. Trent put up Ghosts I-IV on peer-to-peer networks like the Pirate Bay, and encouraged people for the last 5 years of NIN's touring cycle to illegally download music rather than fuel labels' pockets. Last time I checked, Mustaine hadn't won an Oscar...
    thrashdeth
    "The average person doesnt want to hear about killing or savagery or brutality. The potential to play to a new audience is really interesting for me." The average person also doesn't listen to thrash metal. The mainstream does nothing but try to ruin good bands, and they would LOVE to have Megadeth degrade to the likes of Disturbed. But I think they're out of luck. I don't think Dave has any intention on Destroying Megadeth, and I'm looking forward to their next album.
    CronoMagus
    DarkieBC wrote: "The average person doesnt want to hear about killing or savagery or brutality. The potential to play to a new audience is really interesting for me." Well, the average trash metal fan wants to hear about killing and savagery and brutality, if we wouldnt want to hear about those things Megadeth would never been the acctual band that it is and i love so much. All the brutality Mr.Mustaine sings about, all those angry (and awesome) riffs and all the anger he has inside of him made one of the most awesome trahs metal bands EVER. He shouldnd leave the original concept of megadeth, that will destroy the band and will break millions of hearts, including mine.
    I feel that Metallica's success is largely attributed to the two songs, Enter Sandman, and Nothing Else Matters. Sure hits like Fuel kept a small portion of the mainstream to continue interest in them but The Black Album is by far the driving force behind how they became the most popular metal band. And the name Metallica definitely helps as it has Metal right in the word. Megadeth on the other hand would put non-metal fans off because they would automatically assume it's ALL about killing and death, and what have you. It usually goes like this, or at least this is how it happened to me. Metallica got me into metal music and then and only then did I even consider Megadeth. Now Megadeth has been my favorite band for the last 4 or 5 years.
    KingSquall802
    Metallica did it in the height of their career, many people we're disappointed that time but most of them ended up swallowing the new Metallica and has accepted them. Now they are the biggest metal band in the world. They have enjoyed 2 decades of being the biggest. very successful. Dave might be a little successful on attempting mainstream music but it won't last long, he won't enjoy it that long. 3 months more and Dave will turn 50 y.o. I don't know how many more albums Megadeth has left in them but for sure Dave is at the back end of his career and it's too late to sabotage the fans. IMO, Megadeth should stay with their thrash roots and retire as one of the best Thrash Metal bands who stepped on the Earth.
    emphaticleech
    He's going senile. That's all. Either that or he's joking because of what Anthrax is doing letting people download their new(ish) song for free.
    true_bacon22
    if anything the muisicians who focus on money are the ones who will fade into obscurity. As much as i love megadeth, NIN and Radiohead are ten times as big as megadaves band, their progressive mindsets towards music contributing to this popularity. Im kinda pissed off daves setteled all his feuds as he clearly hasnt got that to bitch about, hes displaying his opinion on other subjects, and unfourtanetly he's done nothing but come off as a woefully ignorant, right wing douchebag with a taste for money that towers over lars's. Which is saying something...
    GodzillaDeth
    well not every band is a big as megadeth and most bands would prefer the exposure of a website, like metalsucks, to give out free samples
    lVlaniac
    emphaticleech wrote: true_bacon22 wrote: if anything the muisicians who focus on money are the ones who will fade into obscurity. As much as i love megadeth, NIN and Radiohead are ten times as big as megadaves band, their progressive mindsets towards music contributing to this popularity. Im kinda pissed off daves setteled all his feuds as he clearly hasnt got that to bitch about, hes displaying his opinion on other subjects, and unfourtanetly he's done nothing but come off as a woefully ignorant, right wing douchebag with a taste for money that towers over lars's. Which is saying something... That's really not fair considering Radiohead and NIN end up charging for the albums. No band truly has a "free" album. NIN and Radiohead's "pay what you want" scheme have already nearly faded into obscurity in themselves. It didn't catch on.
    Last time i checked "The Slip" by Nine Inch Nails was still free for download, also Ghosts I, The Social Network sampler, How To Destroy Angels EP and other stuff. I understand what Mustaine is trying to say but you can make money even out of selling your music for free. It gets you more publicity (either mainstream or mouth to mouth), that gets you more fans, they buy merch and go to your concerts and buy your old albums. If all of that fails, upload music for free and put an advertisement on the side.
    lukephillips000
    emphaticleech wrote: That's really not fair considering Radiohead and NIN end up charging for the albums. No band truly has a "free" album. NIN and Radiohead's "pay what you want" scheme have already nearly faded into obscurity in themselves. It didn't catch on.
    Which is a shame because it earn't them a ****ing mint
    emphaticleech
    true_bacon22 wrote: if anything the muisicians who focus on money are the ones who will fade into obscurity. As much as i love megadeth, NIN and Radiohead are ten times as big as megadaves band, their progressive mindsets towards music contributing to this popularity. Im kinda pissed off daves setteled all his feuds as he clearly hasnt got that to bitch about, hes displaying his opinion on other subjects, and unfourtanetly he's done nothing but come off as a woefully ignorant, right wing douchebag with a taste for money that towers over lars's. Which is saying something...
    That's really not fair considering Radiohead and NIN end up charging for the albums. No band truly has a "free" album. NIN and Radiohead's "pay what you want" scheme have already nearly faded into obscurity in themselves. It didn't catch on.
    leth
    Mobby32 wrote: dave is herping so much hes derping
    this aint reddit haha