Alice in Chains' Advice to New Bands: 'Just Quit Now'
"Open wide and be prepared to eat a lot of sh-t," the band said during a recent Reddit AMA session.
Posted on May 29, 2013 03:08 pm
Seattle rockers Alice in Chains hosted a Reddit AMA session yesterday, discussing numerous interesting topics, including the tips they have for upcoming bands. In the words of Jerry Cantrell and co, you should be prepared to "open wide and eat a lot of sh-t" if you happen to be in one such group.
When asked on what sort of advice would they give to a new band, the four-piece replied by saying "Just quit now. Save yourself before it's too late." It may seem like the guys weren't too serious, but they don't say that there's a grain of truth in every joke for nothing.
A more elaborate answer followed, saying, "If you are dedicated enough to do it there's nothing that's going to stop you. Remember it's your thing and make yourself happy - that's your only shot to do what you want to do. You have the freedom to do that. There's many people that will try to turn you into something else."Do your own thing and make something unique and different. Feel free to let yourself be influenced by a wide variety of things - the more that you incorporate the more influences that don't even have to musical. You can make music influenced by any form of art."
Finally, the group once again expressed some of their concerns regarding the current state of music, stressing that the only way to make it in the business is to give 100 percent.
"One of our fears is there's a kid as good as good as Cobain that isn't in music. The fact that we are here means you can do it - you just have to do it. No 1/2 measures. Open wide and be prepared to eat a lot of sh-t."
Apart from discussing the new album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," their equipment and tuning, the band also said that it "would be great to work with any remaining beatle" when asked to name the artists they would like to collaborate with the most.
The group made another interesting answer when asked about the origins of the name Alice in Chains, saying, "Layne [Staley] had a band he wanted to call Alice N' Chains like Guns N' Roses. When we started we changed the name to Alice in Chains. The rest is history."
As far as the upcoming Reddit AMA sessions go, CCR mainman John Fogerty is hosting his session today, while Guns N' Roses axeman Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is set to make his appearance on June 5, so you might want to tune in on those two.
The latest Alice in Chains record, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," dropped yesterday (May 28) via Capitol Records. Featuring a total of 12 new tracks, it marks the fifth release in the group's catalogue.