Maynard James Keenan Discusses Donkey Punch the Night


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It seems like every one is looking for this "thing," asking "What can we do to propel the music industry forward?" It seems like you have a lot of it figured out.

We have our own thing figured out. I think that's how the pieces are going to settle into place. It's going to default back to people who want to do this and are willing to do this. Once people find their own way and find their own audience, they might kind of peek their head up over the crowd long enough to see that there's an entire movement happening, and we did it individually.

It's critical mass; it all disseminates in a way that you go, "Oh, this is the new thing now." People just did it naturally, and people just did it in their own ways, in their lines and their mediums and surroundings. They'll all step back and realize they've all come to the same place.

It's going to have to default back to people who are willing to do more work for less money, basically. You have to kind of do it out of love, and doing it by living within your means and getting to an end of what you want to do, other than worrying about 401(k)s and insurance and all that crap that comes with being paid by someone else [so] you [can] coast.

It seems like it's moving toward the realms of small business.

Absolutely.

You were involved with the industry during a time of a lot of excess. That's gone now, isn't it?

The illusion is gone. There's no longer blank checkbooks. I remember playing a show ages ago, where Helmet got offered a [record deal worth a] million dollars. Oh, my God! A million dollars. Of course, all that did was make every other band with ego throw its dicks on the table and say, "Well, I want a million five." "Well, I want two million; I'm more popular."

There was never any rhyme or reason to what those numbers ended up translating to at the end of the day. If you go back and track what somebody actually paid for something, it's not nearly as dialed-in as, say, a video-game corporation saying, 'No, we're going to sell exactly this many units of this game.' It was never that calculated. The people running [the business] weren't qualified to run it.

Even now, you go on any tour, and pull out any person on any one of those tours, and before you get through five of those employees, you'll find one that has no formal experience in the job they're doing. None.

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TKGr
TKGr

The 1200 to Cold War push for romantic love is essentially a selfish philosophy.  It is good for dumb people and powerless people.  But their kids won't be as power or useful/intelligent as they could be.  Grunge goes too far in the soldier direction.  The world changes and individuals change.  All Cobain really needed was to find a flavour of ice cream he liked more than heroin.  Maybe heroin ice cream.

TKGr
TKGr

The 1200 to Cold War push for romantic love is essentially a selfish philosophy.  It is good for dumb people and powerless people.  But their kids won't be as power or useful/intelligent as they could be.  Grunge goes too far in the soldier direction.  The world changes and individuals change.  All Cobain really needed was to find a flavour of ice cream he liked more than heroin.  Maybe heroin ice cream.

Days Go By is good but a little too much sounding like a Foo song.  Same problem with One more Astonaut and AofE Untitled, copying Cherub Rock.  I wonder if the better computers and networks gets, the less original good music will sound?  A crappy U2 song before Breathe used a unique sample or instrument, that I think is the same thing a new Linkin Park single used.  Maybe technology will be the solution.  Wonder which genre Marley would've crossed over to...

TKGr
TKGr

I've been waiting for the new album so long I've switched over to Dream Rock.  SP, Clones, maybe Rosemary counts, Mobile is maybe my favourite cdn band now.  But the 2nd Soundgarden single is sweetly progressive.  What grunge is missing is the aspect of redemption.  You can look forward to a happy event such as a friendship and it might really happen.

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