Interview – Bloody Phoenix

LA’s Bloody Phoenix play vicious old school grindcore, in the vein of early Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror etc., that’s sure to blow the mind of even the most seasoned blastbeat aficionado. M3 contacted Jerry, the band’s guitarist, to ask him a few questions about the industry today…

M3 – First of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself, and what it is that you do?
Jerry – Sure, my names Jerry, I’m from Los Angeles.  I play guitar in Bloody Phoenix.

What inspired you to form Bloody Phoenix? What are your own musical backgrounds?
Actually, I was going to take a break from playing in bands, I was thinking a year or so.  About 3 months into it, Mike, our drummer, who was a neighbor of a drummer I use to play with, shows up at my door and asks if I want to play.  I told him show up Saturday, I guess 3 months was enough of a break for me.  As for musical background.  I’ve been playing in bands since my early teens, I’ve gone to music school, worked for record labels, ran my own distribution, toured, etc.

What would be your preferred medium to listen to music (eg. Vinyl, CD, tape, MP3 etc.), and why?
This is tough,.. I love Vinyl but CDs for me are the most convenient.

Do you feel the idea of an album, as a piece of art that people will listen to from start to finish, has been undermined or forgotten about in the digital age?
It absolutely has.  The art of it is slowly dying.

Much has been made of the supposed death of the record store in recent years. Do you believe the digital age has killed the record store, and if so, do you think that this is a necessary part of progression, or a tragic loss?
It hasn’t killed it completely, but it has it on it’s death bed.  It would be a great loss if they were to become extinct.

Many people have claimed that there is no longer any money in record sales, and that touring is the most efficient way to earn an income as a band. How much truth do you think there is in this sentiment?
I think it’s a valid statement.  Unless you’re on a big corporate label.

Recently, many bands have turned to corporate sponsorship in order to sustain themselves, the Scion A/V label being an obvious example. What is your view on this?
Bands having to turn to corporate sponsorships in order to sustain themselves.  That just sounds so wrong.  I can’t generalize it, different bands from different backgrounds who have different goals.  Myself, I can’t support it in any way.

Do you think the easy access of the internet has rendered traditional concepts of copyright obsolete, or do you think they are still relevant?
Obsolete for sure.  It’s the wild west all over again. Things need to be rethought.

What would you say are the main challenges facing an up-and-coming musician/band in today’s cultural climate?
Depends in what genre of music they’re in.  Every genre comes with it’s own challenges.

Finally, what does the future hold for Bloody Phoenix?
More of the same.  Writing songs, recording, touring.

For more information about Bloody Phoenix, you can find them on Myspace and Facebook.

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About M3 Event

The music industry is rapidly changing. The internet has enabled widespread piracy, as well as a variety of new business and distribution models. We want to offer an engaged audience in and around the Euregion an opportunity to develop a coherent and detailed picture of the future of music distribution. On the 31st of May 2012 a music conference in Maastricht, consisting of oppositional debates, creative workshops and lectures, will provoke opportunities for intellectual stimulation, debate, as well as networking. We hope to utilise the skills and ideas of some of most forward thinking minds and operators in the industry in order to highlight some promising new ideas and areas which can be improved upon.

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