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.

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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.

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    "you just have to be do it" Well, that cleared everything up.
    Yet another misleading title... Great.
    >When asked on what sort of advice would they give to a new band, the four-piece replied by saying "Just quit now." Questions? Get lost.
    It hurts that this needs to be explained to what I assume to be adults but they are trying to say its harder now, its not an easy road and if you really want to do it you can. I got the feeling he also is disappointed in state music is in right now
    And it's just the quote. Quote cannot be misleading. It's f--king quote.
    A quote however, can be taken out of context like in this instance. Lest we bring up the recent infamous 'Korn guitarist begs for your money' headline which when you read the article, could tell Welch was making the quote in jest
    lol, taking shit out of context is indeed misleading son. Quoting for the sake of quoting ain't exactly journalism either.
    The quote is not per se misleading. No quote, assuming it is accurate, can be by itself misleading. It's misleading when the quote is implied to represent the band's point or position on an issue.
    Why the hell are you still allowed to not only write for this site, but speak freely? You're usually the kind of person that gets banned from the comments sections.
    "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." THAT, to me, is the point of the article. Of course it's too long of a quote to be in the title, but it doesn't hold the same meaning as "Just quit now", in my opinion.
    The music industry is in a bad state despite the country. Recently I saw an interview with a local singer who used to be in a popular band over here. He said that he would not let his son choose music as his career. So the ones who are passionate enough and want to choose music as their career should work hard and dedicate enough to what they do or "Just quit now. Save yourself before it's too late." Sad but true..
    When asked who they'd like to work with they actually say "Kimbra" as well as "any remaining Beatle". Why was Kimbra cut from the quote, I'd love to hear Alice in Chains do a song with her!
    So many bands in the DFW area are trying too hard to be like other big bands or try to be part of a genre of metal. Nothing is unique or any good, just sad. It's rare to find someone who wants their own sound, be artistic or even think out of the box. They rather sound like everyone else and worry about the fame.
    I had to give you the "thumbs down" for irrelevance. The best guitarist ever is/was (insert everyone's opinion here) and that's how it will always be. As for the article...thank you UG...and learn how to proof read.
    I know, it's completely about opinion. I just think a lot of people only like him so much because he was suicidal and now he's dead. I hate to say it, but that's what it seems like most of the time. Anywho, a thumbs up to you, sir, for not being a dick about it. Thank you for that. And yeah, UG proof reading would be nice.
    I think UG readers are the ones who actually provide proof reading to the articles published here. Most wrongs have to be pointed out by the community.
    It doesn't actually bother me that much, but it would be a lot more...professional.
    I disliked the article without reading it first. Misleading title for sure, as it is not the whole point of it. Lesson learned.
    So are they saying you didn't used to have to put 100% in their craft to get in the business back in the day? Or did I misread that?
    This reminds me of Jack Blacks speech about the man in SoR.. "so don't waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome because the man's just gonna call you a fat, washed up loser and crush your soul! so do yourselves a favour and just GIVE UP!"
    I'm probably going to get a lot of down votes, and this is mostly irrelevant to the article, I the only one that thinks Kurt Cobain wasn't that great? Don't get me wrong, he wrote great songs and was talented, but I've heard some people say he's the greatest guitarist of all time, and I'm just like, ""
    Taste is subjective. Learn to deal with that.
    Yeah, I didn't really say at all what I meant. Scroll down a little, you'll see what I actually meant to say.
    I agree, sure he might have been the king of grunge??, good guitarist, and great song writer but is he the best? What makes anyone the best? We all have our own styles of playing and I enjoy everyones. Im happy that someone else shares my opinion on the "OMG! HE is the BEST guitar player EVER!" thing, lol. Thanks.