Interview – Drugzilla

Drugzilla’s potent cocktail of gabba, speedcore and sheer wide-eyed insanity have marked him out as one of Ireland’s most extreme and uncompromising musical exports, and landed him a place on Unrepresented Music’s impressive roster of artists and even a support slot with like-minded aural terrorists Anaal Nathrakh. M3 asked the man himself about earning an income through merchandise, the effect of copyright on the art of sampling and the similarities between SOPA and prohibition…

M3 – First of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself, and what it is that you do?
Drugzilla – I am Drugzilla, an extreme electronic artist hailing from Lisdoonvarna in the west coast of Ireland.

What inspired you to form Drugzilla? What is your own musical background?
Drugzilla came about because I wanted to create extreme music filled with black humour and social disgust. It’s an outlet for all the things that piss me off in life… Music as therapy if you will. Before Drugzilla I created fucked up noise and hardcore techno tracks under various names. I also create music in the Dark Ambient band From The Bogs Of Aughiska.

What would be your preferred medium to listen to music (eg. Vinyl, CD, tape, MP3 etc.), and why?
Vinyl is my favourite format as it looks and sounds the best but I listen to MP3 the most as it’s 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?
Yes it has to a certain extent and I feel sorry for kids today who don’t know what it’s like to wait months for an album from your favourite artist and then having the joy of dissecting the music, artwork, lyric and liner notes. Everything is too easy to get in this day and age, its knocked some of the fun out of being a music fan.

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?
Yes its true there is no money in record sales anymore, also an act like Drugzilla rarely plays live and when I do I usually only get paid expenses. The main income for artists like me is merchandise but more often than not this project costs me money. Being an extreme electronic artist in this day and age is an expensive hobby more than anything.

How useful do you think social media websites are for up-and-coming artists?
They are essential, if it wasn’t for Myspace back in the day Drugzilla wouldn’t be known worldwide.

Do you think traditional copyright laws are still enforceable in the digital age, or do you think we will have to rethink the concept of copyright itself?
That’s an interesting question. I suppose they are up to a certain extent extinct but how far is a major company going to go to try and sue some internet speedcore warrior that’s sampled something that they own? Most people don’t even know this style of music exists.

Similarly, do you think that copyright legislation could pose a threat to the creativity of artists who make use of a wide variety of samples within their work? Are there any samples that you’ve wanted to use but been unable to, or have you encountered any legal problems after using a sample?
No not really. This music will never become popular enough that it’s commercially successfully so I can’t see the big dicks coming after underground producers because they’ve sampled a film. I’ve used whatever samples I’ve wanted so far without any trouble.

What is your take on the recent SOPA/ACTA controversy?
It’s a load of bollocks, It reminds me of when they tried Prohibition in the US. What a great job that did to stop people drinking!

What do you personally believe the future of music distribution will look like?
I can see CDs dying out with Vinyl becoming more popular and paid for digital downloads increasing as there is more and more software coming into play that’s making it easier to remove illegal files from the net.

Finally, what does the future hold for Drugzilla?
Death, despair and boogie woogie.

For more information about Drugzilla, you can visit his official Facebook page.

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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