Duff McKagan Talks About Changes In Recording Industry

It's undeniable that the recording industry has seen some serious changes in the past decade or so.

Duff McKagan Talks About Changes In Recording Industry
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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.

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    Galvatron
    It is changing at a rapid pace,soon Guitar websites are even going to have to start loading every page with annoying pop up ads that are a pain in the ass to get to go away.....wait a minute.....
    RockDragon
    Interesting stuff. Haven't heard any of Loaded's stuff yet, was going to see them at Donnington but they clashed with the Crue. Will have to check em out soon I think!
    themtalisgood
    Galvatron wrote: It is changing at a rapid pace,soon Guitar websites are even going to have to start loading every page with annoying pop up ads that are a pain in the ass to get to go away.....wait a minute.....
    Well Said
    pawnshopguitars
    Loaded are awesome. I saw them in Glasgow, it was one hell of a show, and Sick is a great record.
    mulletboy14
    Jet_Black88 wrote: These guys played at a show near me, and while I missed the show, I heard "Flatline" on the radio and decided to pick up the radio.
    When you picked the radio up, was it heavy? :p I haven't heard anything by Loaded yet, I'll have to give it a shot.
    Jet_Black88
    These guys played at a show near me, and while I missed the show, I heard "Flatline" on the radio and decided to pick up the radio. A very solid record from top to bottom. Some of the songs are very punk rock, others are more modern rock...definitely worth a listen.
    Chapz
    "currently touring with his new band Duff McKagans Loaded" It's not his 'new' band UG, they actually have been around for quite some time.