It’s tough out there for a lot of bands right now and Behemoth‘s Nergal realizes it as much as anyone. So much so that in a new interview with Chaos zine he actively discouraged people from starting new bands.
The pandemic is the reason the gears in the music industry machine are grinding and creating problems in all sorts of ways. When the world was shut down, it reset almost every band’s album cycle and put them back on the road with brand new albums at the exact same time. Without off-cycles to help keep things balanced, the markets are oversaturated and fans can only see so many shows and listen to only so many new albums.
On the financial side, there are rising costs to contend with, which is an absolute nightmare for bands as they try to stay profitable on expensive tours and also make some of the money they lost during the lockdown. Lots of artists have even had to cancel tours due to logistical issues, risking massive financial losses.
“Don’t start any bands. And I’m not even kidding here. Don’t,” Nergal tells Chaoszine (transcript via Blabbermouth), when he is asked if he has any advice for a young metal vocalist.
“The world is overwhelmed with bands, with records, with albums. There’s really no room for anything,” he explains, adding: “There’s only seven days a week. There’s too many tours around. There’s too many shows. People don’t don’t have, and want less and less money. So all the tours suffer. Do you really want to put another song on another album that nobody will pay attention to? No, you won’t.”
So what to do instead?
“Go get a proper job. Finish university, travel and enjoy life. Don’t do this,” advises the Behemoth leader.
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