It's undeniable that the recording industry has seen some serious changes in the past decade or so. While some artists or labels may try to reject the changing times, some artists, like Duff McKagan (of Velvet Revolver, formerly of Guns N' Roses, and currently touring with his new band Duff McKagan's Loaded) have chosen to adapt to the new industry.
Speaking with Noisecreep.com, McKagan divulged his feelings about the past and present state of the music industry. "Anybody that spends too much on a record these days, that's fool's money spent. Nobody sells records like we did in the 90s or 80s. It's not the business model anymore. People get their music for free off the Internet," McKagan says. "We signed with a small, indie label which was really cool. There's not a lot of pressure like you get from a major. Major labels are becoming a thing of the past."
He also admits that while Loaded has a decent following in Europe and Japan, he's finding it harder to sell the band to an American audience based on his name and history alone. "I think people from the States don't look at that as valid," says McKagan. "Like 'Oh, really? So and so from this band thinks he can put out his own record and we'll come see him play? No. Ain't gonna happen.' They don't really give the music a chance. But we're going out to try our best. All I know is we made a record I really love and am passionate about."
McKagan later goes on to say that's not always a bad thing. "The great thing about this band is that we just don't give a f---. We'll play anyplace, and it's refreshing. It is kind of rewarding when you become the buzz of a town when someone sees you and finds you are playing. We sell records at the gigs. Who knows? By July this could be an underground summer record."
Duff McKagan's Loaded released their second studio album, "Sick," earlier this year and are currently touring Europe in support of it.
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.