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Aborted frontman compares touring Europe vs. U.S.

We talked to Sven de Caluwé of Belgian brutalists Aborted yesterday in San Francisco. Sven really elaborated on the differing aspects of touring Europe vs. the United States nowadays, confirming some long-held suspicions that it’s just better in Europe.  Hopefully, it’s not that bad Stateside as Aborted finish up their current tour with Origin and Cattle Decapitation. Note to U.S. venues: …

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Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter talks pros and cons of DIY

Chimaira frontdude Mark Hunter is no stranger to calling out bullshit.  Whether it’s on his Twitter or in subsequent interviews, Mark consistently shows why he is one of the very few forward-thinking metal musicians out there today. While his much talked about tweets from last September were quite the no-holds-barred reality check for anyone getting into the music …

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The Agonist’s Alissa White-Gluz says record labels need to “dissolve”

We were back in San Francisco last night to talk to the Agonist frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz before their set opening for Kittie and Blackguard. Aside from the usual ice-breaker question about being a girl on a metal tour, Alissa tackled the pros and cons of downloading, the importance of self-management (“If you want something done right, …

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Andy Dörner of Caliban says merch and touring pays the bills

Recently, I caught up with Caliban frontman Andy Dörner and asked him about the differences between touring in Europe versus the U.S., their new release I Am Nemesis, and how touring pays the bills.   The music industry has been changing dramatically  (downloading, declining album sales, etc.). So, how do you guys stay current with the industry and find …

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LORD bassist Andy Dowling on the music biz (“the evolving industry”)

LORD is one of Australia’s highest profile heavy melodic bands. Having toured both nationally and internationally with artists such as: Queensryche, Nightwish, Saxon, Nevermore,  and Gamma Ray, as well as their own headlining tours and festival appearances.  Our Australian representative Jake Weber caught up with LORD’s bass player Andy Dowling to talk to him about …

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Warbringer frontman says “we are traveling t-shirt vendors”

We caught up with Warbringer frontman John Kevill after their opening slot for Symphony X in San Francisco last weekend. John dished on many aspects of the music biz, including how he’s dealing with his label (Century Media) pulling all their artists off Spotify and about Warbringer’s JK-BNR role of being “traveling t-shirt vendors.”

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