Josh Homme on Today's Music: 'Everyone's Chasing the Dough Instead of Making Art'

QOTSA frontman thinks more bands should co-headline tours together.

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme insists that art should once again become musicians' top priority, as he recently condemned the greediness of the vast majority of today's artists.

Chatting with Triple J, Josh discussed the band's latest co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails, noting that more acts should opt for a similar approach.

"I think what's cool about this tour ... I've been ... For the last few years saying why don't bands, you know, co-headline together, why don't they do something. You know - lots of these festivals are like 50 or 60 bands - it's too much to sort of encapsulate ideas, too grand. I think the notion of like somewhere between six and 10 bands is much stronger," the frontman kicked off (via PRP).

"And if the wingspan of it was a little more lateral, where it was like artwork and film - I'd be into book recommendations too," Homme continued. "I'd be interested to hear what an artist I was into was reading, you know. So perhaps this is the start to it, cause there's not a lot of co-headlining going on, there's not a lot of that solidarity and kind of like, cool competition in a good way."

Focusing on the money issue, Josh added, "I think everyone's kinda chasing the dough all the time. Instead of trying to make art a little more... I know that Trent [Reznor] and myself get so obsessed with trying to set your own bar, that it's nice to sort of put bands together and like I said have that solidarity and something that’s greater than a sum of the parts."

QOTSA will spend most of the upcoming months out on the road promoting their latest studio effort "...Like Clockwork." However, the band has also announced plans for a follow-up in the near future.

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    I bet it's pretty easy for Homme to say that, seeing as he isn't exactly struggling like most musicians.
    +1 ... It's very easy indeed for him to say and he does have a valid point, but it's hard for smaller musicians to put all they can into their "art" when they can barely afford to make a living off of it, which snowballs into less money for promotion etc...
    Maybe he isn't talking about those struggling to feed themselves, he's talking about those who still want more at any cost even though they have enough to feed everyone in their city.
    "I think everyone's kinda chasing the dough all the time" The word everyone suggests otherwise.
    maybe that mentality got him to where he is now? I do agree that a lot of artists don't have the choice tho.
    The struggling ones are the greediest, and it's because they're greedy that they struggle. I've written and recorded songs with my band and got paid jack shit for it, which is fine because we all have actual jobs to finance it, as we view it as a hobby. Getting signed a record deal one day would be fantastic, but we can live without it. People who start a band and rely on it to make a living are just trying to have their cake and eat it too, and are less in it for the art. Controversial statement... let the dislikes rain.
    But it's NOT a hobby.
    I'm not sure what point you were trying to make there, but a hobby is defined as something you enjoy doing in your spare time, which means just about any activity can be a hobby.
    I think theres a serious deficit of understanding that performing for other peoples pleasure has some serious cost's, once we had a band volunteer for the school jazz band fundraiser and the music teacher had to get us to speak to our parents because a lot of them where upset that they still had to pay a band that was volunteering because they didn't realize that maybe lugging around a hundreds of pounds of gear is a valid cost for a bunch of professionals lending their time.
    He's not talking about struggling musicians he talking about the state of commercial music in general....way to miss the point guys.....
    But at one point he was just another no name guitarist. He got to where he is because of his focus on his music. The money came as a byproduct of making great music.
    especially since he has money and he doesn't necessarily play the guitar or sing all that well.
    I guess it's all relative, I know John Petrucci would kick his ass in any guitar battle and Freddy Mercury is practically a patron saint for frontmen, just remember valuing virtuosity over songwriting chops and good musical sense in general is what caused the prog movement to disappear up it's own *******. This is about those that have the opportunity to create art but hold back because there scared of messing up the gravy trains schedule not starving musicians. It's actually arguable that those with nothing to lose have more flexibility than those with multimillion dollar vested interest's, the tactics of the desperate can be goldmines for creative thinking in a tough new environment.
    I'm glad he feels this way, now I won't feel as guilty when I download their entire discography without paying a cent.
    Same as always. There will always be music that panders to the masses and makes tons of money. There will also always be music that is art. Nothing really changes, there will always be both.
    There has never been less art in music than what has occurred in the last 10 years...
    man your a cynic, there is always a yin and yang and they are usually around 50/50 give or take .005% (just picked that but you get it). It's the way the universe works for just about everything. You seem to only look into the dark too much.
    Kinda funny that you mentioned "the last 10 years". Cuz since exactly 10 years, music got extremely shitty. QotSA/Homme is one of the last people who is kinda holding Rock together if you know what I mean.
    So, he should start his own festival if he has a strong vision of what one should be like. And, of course, Babymetal should headline said festival.
    As much as I enjoy his music, these yawn-inducing comments about "the industry", "real music" and "its all about money" really grind my gears.
    Can't exactly make a living off music without money. The only reason these people are "kinda chasing the dough" is because they have to nowadays or everything just goes to shit. It's an easy thing for Josh Homme to say with a net worth around 10 million.
    I don't think he really got the idea of those 50 to 60 band festivals...
    Mud Martian
    Not everyone cares about the artistic value of music. A lot of people just want a beat to dance to and lyrics they can relate to. The simpler and more familiar a song is, the easier it is to listen to, and to sell. Therefore that music is more along the lines of a product. It's nice when you can create the music you like, and make millions off of it like Josh Homme has done. But that doesn't happen very often. Almost all other musicians who want to make money with music need to forgo personal artistic endeavors and make music that sells.
    I think the best thing is seeing the bands that are making true art, and the art that they envisioned in the first place but are still making good money. Few and far between but they are out there, and it's pretty inspiring.
    Whenever I hear this "people are only in it for the money" argument I have to ask: "what money?" There is no money in the music business anymore.
    But people still want to give money to artist's, the music business is just unimaginative as hell, eventually makers of pornography will come up with a solution as always and everyone will just follow there lead.
    I know what me means, but not "Everyone" NIN, Tool, Porcupine Tree and Radiohead come to mind.
    Tool and Radiohead are polar opposites. One hates all music sharing and considers it theft and the other released their last two records for free online before pressing the Cds (allowing for donations)
    Yeah but the point is both have the art side of their music as the main priority.
    Yeah it can actually be done, only if your a black metal band. $5 head set for recording, shitty old guitar and playing on venues in your mom's basement.
    This isn't anything new. Its like the Clear Channel guy who bought all those radio stations said, paraphrased, 'I don't care about music, I care about selling ads.'