Anthrax guitarist and vocalist of the band, Scott Ian, was the latest interview guest of the YouTube channel of ‘The Sessions Panel‘ last week and reveals what keeps him in the music industry after all those years as well as revealing the secret of being successful in the music scene.
As you may already follow Anthrax’s albums, they have released their latest album named ‘For All Kings’ back in 2016 and the band still keeps their silence after all those years. Back in 2020, Anthrax made an interview with Full Metal Jackie and stated that the band feels ready to make a new album in 2021. However, Anthrax had to push back the release to 2020 due to a coronavirus outbreak.
In his latest ever interview, Ian was asked what makes him motivated after all those years. Scott confessed that paying the bills is one thing. However, he also added that making music is the thing he wanted to do at the beginning and he still wants to make music after 40 years of an excellent career.
Here is what Scott said in his latest interview:
“Well, paying the bills is one thing. But I’m a blue-collar guy, I’m in a blue-collar band, we’re not in that rare breed of huge bands but we’re a band that has been able to make a living and make our livings doing what we do the way we want to do it.
Because there’s nobody sticking their fingers into our business in any way, shape, or form, especially creatively. It’s all about us. And so that’s all I ever wanted to do in my life, to have a job that I enjoyed, that would I would love to do.
I never wanted to be stuck in a profession where I hated it and I would come home every day miserable. I knew enough people who already had that, I knew enough of my friends’ parents who were miserable in their work and their jobs. And I said, ‘I’m never going to be that guy, I’m going to do something that I want to do.'”
Scott continued by talking about his career:
And this is what I wanted to do and I’m going on 40 years now of doing this. And there are many motivating factors – the enjoyment of it, the joy of being in a band, the joy of playing the guitar, the joy of writing music, the joy of creating, the joy of traveling even still, the joy of playing shows, which probably if I had to pick one out of all those things I just mentioned, that’s still the best thing.
That time on stage with Anthrax – that’s the best because you don’t get that anywhere else, only live music. Not even Broadway. Live theater doesn’t get the reaction we get, that metal bands get. It’s a much different, aggressive, bigger, powerful energy.
I had that conversation with [KISS bassist] Gene Simmons ages ago, and he’s like, ‘You know, Scott, only live music gets this, there’s no other place on the planet where you can walk on stage and have 50,000 people reacting this way to something that you created. Only this job where you can do that. We are very lucky.'”
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