Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has been speaking with Guitar World about the current state of play in the music industry, and the opportunities available for young bands.
Collen notes that, while it is still possible for young bands to get off the ground, they have to do it on "a different level" to how bands did it in the past:
"You don't have the interruption, you don't have A&R guys or record labels. It's a very creative period if you want it to be. I've heard younger guys and musicians coming out, there's this band in Ireland called the Strypes, they're 15 or 16 years old, and they kind of sound like a cross between early Stones, Pretty Things and the Kinks, and so they've got this retro thing. I think it's different from that point of view."
"You don't have these massive labels jumping on people too much anymore, they play it very safe, but I do think you can be very creative and expressive. I hear that a lot. It depends on what you want to do. If you want to be rich and famous, it's probably not going to happen. If you want to express yourself and share it, then the world is your oyster, you can do anything you want. So on one hand you've got this golden age of creativity because you can make your own records, but you're not going to get as much play out of it. If you want to be famous, which a lot of people want to be, it's a bit tougher."
Def Leppard released a deluxe version of their 1996 album "Slang" last month. The new edition features 30 demos, b-sides and unreleased songs in addition to the original album.