We caught up with Devin Townsend the other day at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on his co-headlining tour with Swedish metallers Katatonia.

“Hevy Devy” gave us the low-down on why he wants people to download all of his music immediately, and also talked about how he “bridged the gap” between DIY and being a signed artist by choosing to work with like-minded labels and management companies.

We don’t hate all labels — just the labels that exploit and neglect artists.  So, if you’re looking to get signed, do like Mr. Townsend and only choose a label that will give you the proper attention and support.