Exodus vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza recently appeared in a conversation with Chicago’s WXAV 88.3 FM radio station and reflected his thoughts on the impact of social media on the music industry. He stated that it is hard for the fans to use their phones at Exodus shows.
Exodus released their eleventh studio album, ‘Persona Non Grata’ on November 19, 2021. It was initially scheduled to be released earlier, but they postponed it to November when the band’s drummer Tom Hunting was diagnosed with cancer. Exodus would be touring to support their new album, but they had to postpone their dates due to the pandemic.
In the radio interview, Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza was asked about how the increase in the popularity of social media affects the music industry. He said that there are both positive and negative aspects. For Souza, it gives people more chance to get in touch with their favorite bands. However, it also wipes away some special feelings.
Souza said that now everyone has a phone in their hands, so the memories are forever stuck in the photos or videos, and the mystique surrounding the special moments is gone. However, according to him, this is not the case during Exodus shows.
Souza explained that people are going crazy during their shows, and they can’t hold their phones due to the high possibility of dropping them. He thinks that it is an advantage for them that the audience can concentrate on the show rather than taking pictures.
Steve Souza’s words on the effects of social media on the music world:
“It made it more accessible for people to get to their favorite bands, definitely. There’s a plus and minus to it. But then again, it took the mystique away from it, I think. But that’s with everything. Before, you were at a concert and you saw, like — I don’t know — Angus walking off of a bus or one of the guys in Aerosmith and he looked over and waved at you, you’d be so pleased because it’s such a rare thing.
Now they’ll film themselves and put it on their own Instagram of them doing shit like that. There’s no validity to it anymore. It’s not special. It’s not, like, ‘Wow. How cool was that? I got to check this out. And this is so cool. And, man, this is an exclusive picture,’ or whatever. Now there’s a camera on everybody’s telephone. So what’s the memory to get with anyone? It’s a photo or a video. So there you go. And it puts it in your hands.
So the mystique is gone. Fans take a picture of themselves with the band behind them, like, ‘Look where I’m at. I’m at this gig.’ It’s, like, ‘Oh my God. Watch the show. Put the phone down.’ But we don’t get a lot of that, because when we go to play, there’s a moshpit, there are people going crazy. And there’s a good chance the phone will get knocked out of your hand. I mean, it happens. In our genre of metal, there are not 40 people in the front holding the camera because they won’t be able to. It kind of works in our favor.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.