During in a recent interview with WSOU 89.5 FM, lead singer of hardcore punk band Sick of it All, Lou Koller explained that why musicians don’t really need labels anymore.
He said that music industry changed so much and continued:
“People don’t really even need labels anymore. We’re on labels because we’re used to it. If we weren’t so stuck in our ways, we could probably [be], like, ‘All right, let’s put stuff out on our own.’ What you need is good distribution. That’s what a lot of labels are doing now. It’s becoming more of, ‘Hey, we’ll distribute your record all over the world, blah blah blah.’
The music industry should really take a look at itself and figure out what they’re going to do, because the dinosaur version’s going to die out soon. You can sit at home and record a full album on your laptop, and distribute it through Bandcamp or whatever.
The industry’s really changed, but if you’re going to get involved with labels, just remember that you have more leverage now than any of us ever did. Back then, we didn’t have a choice. It was like, ‘Put your records out on Label X, or do it yourself.’ Now, it’s so much easier.
If you’re a popular band and labels come and court you, and you don’t like the contract they’re offering, you can just say, ‘No, because I can do it on my own in my basement.'”
Interviewer asked the “biggest obstacle” in music industry and he responded:
“Maintaining relevancy. If you’re going to be it for the long run, trying to maintain keeping yourself fresh. We’ve done it to a certain extent, but we’re not a young band anymore, and no matter how good we are – and we’re not bragging, but we really bring it live, and I think our latest record is great, one of the best ones we’ve ever written — there’s going to be a 16-year-old kid who’s not going to give a crap about it, because I’m 50 years old, you know? [Laughs]
He’s going to be like, ‘I don’t want to see a guy my dad’s age yelling onstage.’ That’s our biggest obstacle — trying to keep relevant, and trying to engage younger fans to be into us… That’s why we play the way we do. You have to give 100 percent every night. You want people to be entertained and to have a good time.”
You can listen to the entire interview from below.