During the recent interview with Revolver Magazine, Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe has claimed that rock music is dead. He also revealed the one advantage rock still has over hip-hop.
Here’s the statement:
“We’re just doing what we like. But there’s just nothing to say so much anymore. Rock is dead. It’s sad, I know it is. But sometimes you kind of have to make peace with the facts of reality. Every time I’m listening to what’s new and it’s definitely not rock.”
He has revealed the reason of why children prefer hip-hop instead of rock music, here:
“There are always going to be these old dinosaurs that have a certain kind of performance that will survive. I’m talking about the new generation rock. What happens at the moment is that kids these days don’t have that feeling when they play their favorite rock tracks to annoy the parents.
Guitars are not annoying anymore, so what they’re using, especially in Germany, they’re using their voice, the lyrics, which basically mostly happens in hip-hop.
They start to rebel against everything, and hip-hop is the soundtrack. It’s all about hip-hop at the moment, which is hard to me because hip-hop was always kind of a music that I couldn’t relate to.”
On rock music’s advantage, he said:
“If I got to a festival and see a hip-hop group play, I’m so bored. That’s one advantage rock still has over hip-hop. There’s a visual and sonic connection between the band and the audience.”
A week ago, he talked with Heavy Magazine and revealed why kids don’t listen to rock music anymore in Germany. He said:
“The most important thing in music is that it has to touch me, and it has to have an emotional effect on me. There’s a lot of music out there that can do it. The only thing I kind of realize what’s happening right now, I feel like it’s almost like rock music is dead.
The times are over where rock music was a rebellious factor in the youth of our society, especially in Germany. In Germany, the kids don’t listen to rock music anymore, because they can’t rebel.”
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