Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Artist Spotlight – Henry Metal

Henry Metal is a heavy metal artist who has just released a third album, “The Maestro Abides.”

1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
I wanted to get into the music business for the sweet tunes and also to buy mad Corvettes. I was influenced by 80’s and 90’s Metal bands and my role models were guys like Nikki Sixx and Dave Mustaine. If I had known how badly the music business sucks I would’ve become a refrigerator repair professional.

2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don’t get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
Yes, the music game is impossible. That’s why we don’t play it. We just put out ridiculous songs and give zero craps about whether people like it or not. As long as we get a little press and we pay a little to put our name out there we’ve done our part and the fans have to do the rest.

3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?
Major labels have zero appeal to me. Maybe 20 years ago it made sense but now I couldn’t think of a worse way to invest in your music, or in any business for that matter, than to give it all away for a few bucks.

4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
Yes, the traditional music model is dead and there are a lot of traditional business models that are broken these days. Unlike other jobs however, creating sweet tunes is something you’ll want to do even if no one pays you for it.

5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
The internet gives everyone a voice, even a fool like Henry. The music is the marketing so it kind of takes care of itself! Social media is absolutely incredible for bands to put themselves out there. Better even than radio these days.

6.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as “sell-outs.” Do you see it that way and if so, what do plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to “sell out”?
I think if you’re trying to get rich in 2017 making music you need to have your head examined. Henry makes music only for himself and for a handful of people crazy enough to like it. I guess making music is like anything else – if you’re doing it so people will like you then it’s likely you’re wasting your time. The way I see it, the more negative feedback we get the better we’re doing at pissing people off. Now that’s an accomplishment.

7.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?
We want the listeners to be catapulted into the realm of awesomeness within 7 seconds of playing any Henry Metal song. If the realm of awesomeness is not reached within 7 seconds, the tune does not make the album!

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