Gene Simmons: New Superstars Will Be From Canada

According to Gene Simmons of Kiss, the future will see a lot of famous musicians coming from Canada.

Gene Simmons: New Superstars Will Be From Canada
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Bassist, vocalist, songwriter, reality TV star, magazine writer Gene Simmons has done it all. As an original member and a co-founder of Kiss, one of the highest selling rock bands ever, Gene Simmons has had an undeniable impact on rock music. Even after a successful career he still continues to actively contribute to the world of music.. for better or for worse. Now, once more Gene Simmons demonstrates that he isn't content with just sitting around and reminiscing about the days of old. Instead, he's resurrected his own record label. And that label, aptly named Simmons Records, has just confirmed it's very first signing. The band that will be signing to Simmons Records is a group from Toronto, Ontario called The Envy. In addition to releasing their debut album sometime next year, The Envy will be one of the openers for Finger Eleven on their Canadian tour in early 2011. When Gene was talking with the Montreal Gazette about his label and the band, he said: I really believe that the next generation of superstars is going to come out of Canada. You've got perhaps the biggest marketing entity in the world right next door. You can take advantage of America, but you've got to have the goods. Gene has decided that the label will be for artists from Canada only. If you're interested in submitting a demo you can do so at the official website where they're looking for any type of talented Canadian musicians. So, even if you think Gene is a sellout he is still without a doubt one of the music industry's most successful businessmen. And besides, anything that can help shine some light on unknown, talented bands can't be a completely bad thing, right?

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    vai's disciple
    SymphonyX93 Also, doesn't he sleep with like 18 year old girls even though he has a wife and kids? That's nasty.
    No he's happily unmarried
    deafening
    Everyone's gotta bitch when Candada gets any credit. OT: I wouldn't sell my soul to Gene
    GodzillaDeth
    haha remember the stereos? dont want to remember them but gene simmons signed them all their songs have the same ****in chord progression and drum beat
    RosenCurse
    pineaple expres wrote: TheTrooper5 wrote: Ignoring Simmon's previous 'shenanigans' for a second, for those of you simply posting 'LOL Canada' you've got to acknowledge artists such as Neil Young, Rush, April Wine and The Guess Who. That said, he's made god knows how much from merchandising, he probably thinks he can apply that golden touch to a record label. dont forget nickleback and three days grace.
    Nickelback doesn't count. They put out as much crap as justine bieber. TDG I agree with. Theory of A Deadman though, is better than Nickelback. NB is in it for the money. As are most bands at this point. Theory just doesnt make it obvious
    scimitar_255
    thwump64 wrote: I hate Gene's bull as much as the next guy, butif you doubt Canada, may I suggest Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats, Broken Social Scene, City and Colour, The Weakerthans, Arcade Fire, Rush, and Neil Young.
    Yep, this about sums up Canada's greatness. (Sorry for the double post)
    justin_brodie
    Canada probably has one of the best indie scenes in music, arkells, hollerado, sam roberts, the stills, arcade fire came out of that, broken social scene, city and colour, and so much more.
    Jtrocks1356
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: ajj_89 wrote: although i agree that justin bieber nickelback and celine dion all suck... you can't blame us Canadians for other bands that are much wosre for music...like coldplay and U2 Winner, winner! Chicken dinner! We Americans really have no room to speak of musical integrity. Just recently -- Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, most any "gangster" rap, Lady GaGa... need I go on? But then again, Canada has recently given us My Darkest Days, and I will forever hate you for that.
    From the looks of it, your definition of "musical integrity" is based on what you think is good music, your musical tastes. If everyone got their foot out of their ass they would realize that just because Swift and Gaga, to name a few, are played on the radio, does not mean they don't have talent. They both write really catchy songs, and with music, I personally feel a good melody makes up a good percentage of "musical integrity", and those two, along with others, can nail writing a good melody, not to mention they write it mostly if not all by themselves. There are WAY too many close-minded people on this site its absolutely ridiculous.
    espChris93
    deadmansharvest wrote: Only Canadians? Yeah that's real nice Gene. Nothing like more boundaries in the music community, as if there weren't enough already. This kind of ignorance just goes to show everyone that Gene Simmons is a piece of garbage. What if the there is an amazing band that sends them a demo and they are American? Just through the demo away? Or pour a bunch of gravy on it? What if they are the next Boston, or Journey? Will someone please just assassinate this guy already, he's had more than enough time in the spotlight. He is not news, he is not appealing, and he is most definitely not entertaining.
    That kind of made sense until you said Boston....
    Eclectic Lizard
    Yes. I'm sure EVERY band he signs will be Justin Bieber and Nickelback. You people need to shut the **** up.
    scimitar_255
    I haven't heard this band, but from the comments and the fact that it is Gene Simmons, I can only assume that they are a generic Buckcherry type "pure rock'n'roll" band. And I absolutely despise those bands in this day and age. Canada has so much unbelievably good music, once you look past the mainstream pop aspect of it all. I really hope they don't become the "new superstars"
    gitbad
    The Canadian government has apologized for Brian Adamas on several occasions
    dash-rendar
    I agree that Canada has some great musical talent coming from within its borders, but I ALSO agree that Gene Simmons needs to lay off. I mean come on, he's got enough money as it is from the KISS franchise, the TV show, signature instruments... but record labels too? Oh brother...
    slaveskinJACKET
    gitbad wrote: The Canadian government has apologized for Brian Adamas on several occasions
    But I liked Bryan Adams in the 80's and very early 90's. sadface. Seriously, though, Bryan Adams is the king of late 80's pop/rock. If you don't like it, go **** you.
    \m/-Metallica
    Kozlic wrote: I mean...I like canada and all but...why only from canada? Isn't Justin Bieber enough?
    And 99% of disliked teen musicians are from the US. What's your point?
    Good_Lord
    I wouldn't trust this guy to record my stuff , he says THE FBI WILL RANSACK YOUR HOMES AND TAKE AWAY YOUR FAMILY !!!! lol Keep going Gene , we love you XD
    starsky133
    I'm gonna torrent the discographies of every band that signs with Simmons Records. Who's with me? (if i like the band, i'll buy t-shirts and concert tickets as well so i can contribute to their well-being)
    ns9977a
    Anyone else here suspect that the only reason for this is that the Canadian government subsidizes record labels as part of their arts endowment? After all, isn't that the way things go, when you can't shakedown fans you steal from the taxpayers?
    SymphonyX93
    Gene obviously just talks out his ass. Music means nothing to him unless it's making him money. It's kind of sad how he can be such a stereotypical jew. I'm a jew myself and even I think he's way too over the top. Also, doesn't he sleep with like 18 year old girls even though he has a wife and kids? That's nasty.
    metalgod96
    Mr.brownstone93 wrote: Canada.. Justin Bieber anyone?
    Canada.. Freakin' RUSH anyone?
    SlimeyGrimey
    Isn't this discrimination based on National Origin? Check Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 before saying something so blatant, Gene.
    SymphonyX93
    Canada has given us Saga, Rush, Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad and James Labrie. Justin Bieber is just a little phase. He has pretty much reached as high as a mainstream artist can get. And once you hit the top, there is only one way left to go...down. In my opinion, overall, England has had the best bands in history. But that's just my opinion.
    MaxxDor
    I'm sick of hearing people talk shit about Gene, He ****in' made KISS for ****'s sake, you should be praising this guy even though you don't even listen to KISS, you're disrespecting some guy that made the most successful rock band in the world. And for ****'s sake who cares if he's getting into business, he has the right to do what he wants, if he stops people from pirating it's fine, he's just getting his money from a hard days work. I do believe he is going far with this "Bands only in Canada" though, i'm from Canada and that shit's kind of cheesy for me, i don't like it, but respect the guy. We hate Justin Bieber too, more than Americans so, trust me.
    whaip
    guitargodwannab wrote: bartnijman wrote: Gene Simmons: New Superstars Will Be From Canada haha i stopped reading ****n *****, america doesnt have that much talent these days neway, after all where do u think Slipknot came from? GO CANADA BITCHEZ
    but slipknot is a piece of shit and a shame for metal :/
    GenerationKILL
    I am from Vancouver Canada, and it seems to me that whenever the world comes to our country for some sort of event like the Olympics that were just here we seem to grab attention like no other country on earth, be it good publicity or bad. And like anyone will say any publicity is good publicity. Canadian music artists have a certain pedigree about them that seems more valuable and note worthy than most of the crap that comes from America these days. As our country grows and becomes more recognizable on the international stage our artists will also become bigger and sometimes even a welcome change to what the MTV machine down south pumps out. For example, one of the hottest stars in hip hop right now is Drake, who hails from Toronto. Nelly Furtado has always been a big draw internationally and shes from just across the water from me in Victoria. Several years ago it was a skater-chick from Ontario named Avril Lavigne who changed the status quo of pop culture. Influentially Canada has always been home to some very important bands to their respective scenes, like SNFU and DOA for punk music and even Voivod, Anvil, Annihilator and Strapping Young Lad for metal. Talent wise, nobody could sing like someone like Celine Dion even though shes not exactly pop and Jeff Waters has always been hailed as the "Eddie Van Halen" of thrash guitar. The Jazz world is even dominated by Canadians like Diana Krall and Michael Buble. Even famous brit bands like Coldplay say the Arcade Fire from Montreal is a huge Influence on their sound... Like it or not, Gene Simmons is right, the biggest acts in music are emerging from the greatest nation in the world, Canada!
    travislausch
    Mr.brownstone93 wrote: Canada.. Justin Bieber anyone?
    America: just about every other crap pop star ever. It goes both ways, dude.
    Sakke
    diablomastabarb wrote: Let's stop hiding behind our pride, people. We all know that all great music is created in Europe.
    HAHAHAHAH. True, true. But NA has got a few good bands..
    Stone Agean
    Radz117 wrote: I stopped reading when I read that the band's name is called 'The Envy'...
    There is actually a band called "Envy" (no 'The') who are ****ing brilliant, I haven't heard these guys buy obviously they will suck if Asswipe Simmons is backing them.
    AntwanL
    Underoath are canada natives and are huge in the hardcore screamo scene. There are tons of great canadian musicians. But all of Genes BS aside, he's actually helping up and coming musicians get out and known, how can that be bad? Even bad publicity is good publicity right? Besides he has a lot of valuable business knowledge which can help.
    tackledorange
    for all these americans that keep bitching about justin beiber, celine dion, and all those other horrible pop stars that give music a bad name i implore you to actually look on the internet for underground canadian bands and then stfu. here ill start the metal heads on a good direction a band called "into eternity". also look at your pop music past and current there will be abominations just like justin beiber. also up here in canada i dont think many people actually listen to that garbage and we dont consider it a definition of canadian music because you cant really define an entire countrys music scene on one artist especially like one as big as canada.
    Attercop
    Ok, you can write off any Canadian band you like, but Rush and Anvil make up for EVERYTHING.
    Ranmanbassist18
    i feel bad for gene when he finds out its not illegal to download music and movies in Canada ahahah oh love this country
    kopaczkiller
    espChris93 wrote: deadmansharvest wrote: Only Canadians? Yeah that's real nice Gene. Nothing like more boundaries in the music community, as if there weren't enough already. This kind of ignorance just goes to show everyone that Gene Simmons is a piece of garbage. What if the there is an amazing band that sends them a demo and they are American? Just through the demo away? Or pour a bunch of gravy on it? What if they are the next Boston, or Journey? Will someone please just assassinate this guy already, he's had more than enough time in the spotlight. He is not news, he is not appealing, and he is most definitely not entertaining. That kind of made sense until you said Journey ....
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    lefthandedkid
    That is going to kill his label...again. Seriously to limit it to just one country sounds like a bad move to me
    taytay8b
    bartnijman wrote: Gene Simmons: New Superstars Will Be From Canada haha i stopped reading
    you're a prick