lovebeforeglory:

I love this excerpt from Coup de Main’s interview (@coupdemain) with Tom Delonge…
CDM: Angels & Airwaves stay fairly independent from outside labels. Do you feel that working independently is the only way you can have the creative freedom and opportunities to take risks that you require?
TOM: Yeah, absolutely. There is no way for Angels & Airwaves to succeed or to do the lofty ambitions that it has, with a major label. The labels can’t do anything for a band anymore - they’re stuck and they have no money and they’re just holding onto contracts that have existed from a time where there were resources. Bands are really getting hurt by major labels now, so Angels & Airwaves just had the most amazing experience and latitude to do what it wants, to do what it needs and to enjoy all of it by being independent.
 CDM: You are still working within a major label environment with Blink-182 - did you find it to be much of an adjustment to jump back into that world after working outside of it for so long?
TOM: Yeah it wasn’t so much of an adjustment as it was… it was just frustrating and sad. That release [Blink-182’s ‘Neighborhoods’] was handled in such a way, I mean… there were some good people who worked really hard, but it’s a really poor environment to be in as an artist.
 CDM: From an outside perspective it could be assumed that major labels may have interests in pushing you as a band, more so than the overall messages and themes of your music. Do you find that working independently allows the message to become more of a focus point?
TOM: Yes. I believe that working independently will give artists the ability to communicate the full extent of their art and not just a piece of it that might sell. If artists slowly learn how their business works, they’ll have the ability to grow at any rate they can dream up, but they’ll also have the ability to control the message whatever that might be. When you work with a major label they create their own message for you and a lot of the time that works great, or at least it did back in the 90’s but now it doesn’t work, so I think as an artist if you learn your own business, like anybody would when they want to start a little restaurant - they’d figure it out and then build it and they work hard - then it could be your own little business that you grew to as big as you want it to be but you had much more control with how to communicate it and how it’s cared for.
via www.coupdemain.co.nz

lovebeforeglory:

I love this excerpt from Coup de Main’s interview (@coupdemain) with Tom Delonge…

CDM: Angels & Airwaves stay fairly independent from outside labels. Do you feel that working independently is the only way you can have the creative freedom and opportunities to take risks that you require?

TOM: Yeah, absolutely. There is no way for Angels & Airwaves to succeed or to do the lofty ambitions that it has, with a major label. The labels can’t do anything for a band anymore - they’re stuck and they have no money and they’re just holding onto contracts that have existed from a time where there were resources. Bands are really getting hurt by major labels now, so Angels & Airwaves just had the most amazing experience and latitude to do what it wants, to do what it needs and to enjoy all of it by being independent.


CDM: You are still working within a major label environment with Blink-182 - did you find it to be much of an adjustment to jump back into that world after working outside of it for so long?

TOM: Yeah it wasn’t so much of an adjustment as it was… it was just frustrating and sad. That release [Blink-182’s ‘Neighborhoods’] was handled in such a way, I mean… there were some good people who worked really hard, but it’s a really poor environment to be in as an artist.


CDM: From an outside perspective it could be assumed that major labels may have interests in pushing you as a band, more so than the overall messages and themes of your music. Do you find that working independently allows the message to become more of a focus point?

TOM: Yes. I believe that working independently will give artists the ability to communicate the full extent of their art and not just a piece of it that might sell. If artists slowly learn how their business works, they’ll have the ability to grow at any rate they can dream up, but they’ll also have the ability to control the message whatever that might be. When you work with a major label they create their own message for you and a lot of the time that works great, or at least it did back in the 90’s but now it doesn’t work, so I think as an artist if you learn your own business, like anybody would when they want to start a little restaurant - they’d figure it out and then build it and they work hard - then it could be your own little business that you grew to as big as you want it to be but you had much more control with how to communicate it and how it’s cared for.

via www.coupdemain.co.nz

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