|Deth Leppard is a seasoned expert in the subject of DIY metal music, having seen quite a few DIY acts in his time .|
If countless hours spent perusing the Metal Archives of Encyclopedia Metallum has taught this guy anything, it's that there are a tragic lack of underground Death Metal bands out there. The quantity of bedroom black metal acts is becoming even more finite! With metal being the least lucrative form of expression in today's music industry, bands are calling it quits faster than they're getting started. If you can't sell records, then you can't tour. If you can't tour, then you can't sell records. Quite the conundrum for anybody trying to break into the metal scene. It's almost as if in order to be a successful touring musician of any kind in the first place, you have to be some spoiled art school douche with the parental monetary support to buy gear, go on tour, and record music without any kind of full time job or your own rent to pay. Almost.
We are living in a tumultuous time for the music industry. Right now, it is the absolute best time in the world to be a listener. Consequently, it is the absolute worst time to be a musician. Financially speaking, anyway. The age of streaming has stripped all music of its inherent worth. Why pay for something you can hear for free on Spotify or YouTube with just a few quick mouse clicks? Nobody is buying music anymore. Metal labels aren't making anymore money. Therefore, the artists are making even less money. Getting signed is a game you can't play anymore, because the game is over. It's been that way for years. Even the bands that do get signed, do so because they just don't know any better. What little money they would have personally made selling their own records. either goes to a new set of tits for some record exec's bitch wife, or to cover the label's overblown recording budget.
FACT: You will make more dough strumming chords acoustically on a street corner in a single afternoon, then you will ever make as a signed AAA Death Metal act from your total record sales royalties.
|Hence this guy.|
So what option is there for someone such as yourself, who has this burning desire to share your message of metal mayhem to the masses? As a metal musician, now more than ever you need to cut out the record label middle men and Do It Yourself.