Recent discussions with a fellow axe slinger friend of mine and ex guitarist for VENOM told me that metal was dying a slow death and that's why he opted out for a better gig...I told him he was nuts. Now he plays with Daryll Hall. Do you believe the metal genre is on the way out? Are we a dying breed? Or is metal still as big as ever? Sometimes I don't know what to think....but I'm a metal head until I drop!
No, metal is not dying. I can understand why the ex Venom guitarist would say that, though.
Because metal isn't the same as it was in his day. Back then, metal was new.
I don't believe metal will die as long as we have little headbangers (kids) listening to it.
They're the future of heavy metal just like everything else.
I think it's a great idea to get your kids or younger family members into metal.
Before you know it, they'll be wanting to play the guitar or drums. That's even better.
I hope not. I'm putting out a metal album with my book. That will seriously cramp my style if so. I think it's a demographics thing. Metal seems to be alive and well over yonder. And here? C'mon. The biggest problem with bands is exposure. Derek and Sal can tell you that. The way to get exposure is to be creative. Piggyback with authors. Make videos. YouTube is very useful in such things because of the cross reference. It's a big sea out there now with everyone capable of self-production of creative works. You have to stand out.
Also, want to add that metal has always been the black dog (err sheep) of rock and roll anyways. It wouldn't be cool if it wasn't. ;)
I think the future of metal will lie in artists creating new markets for themselves, also by looking for ways for the genre to evolve. Social networking has definitely changed the face of how musicians market themselves. It's a case of being creative in marketing in how they present themselves. Also, looking at collaborations and unusual ways to put the music out there. For instance, here in my country, an author put out an ebook that had an embedded soundtrack that played while people read the novel. Now, that's exciting. A lot of her fans were then exposed to bands they'd never heard of. That's just one example. Metal bands could also look at the indie film industry and collaborate with the filmmakers, many of whom I'm sure would be excited to have a song or two to use in their movies. Sorry... I come from an advertising/media background so I'd probably think up a hundred different interesting ideas...
In my opinion, I think it does not matter what kind of music genre. A good song that captures the heart is what it takes to break through. I think it is important to have something to say as an artist, something honest and real. The days of wizards and knights with swords may be over!