On June 23, Samuli Väänänen of Radio Nova conducted an interview with vocalist Jacoby Shaddix of Californian rockers PAPA ROACH before their show in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked to comment on KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons‘s recent statement that rock fans “would prefer not to support a new band” and that fans “killed the infrastructure” that is needed to nurture new bands, Shaddix responded: “I can understand his point in a sense of… It’s a… I don’t know… But there’s a lot of bands that kids are discovering, you know what I’m saying?! It’s just they’re discovering it in a different way. Music has just changed, essentially, and how people get music has changed. People are subscribing to Spotify now, which is…”
He continued: “The one thing that I feel that’s different is that back in the ’70s and the ’80s and the ’90s and 2000, people bought records, you know what I mean?! And that was people investing money into a band that they believed in. And I would say, at this point in time in the music business, the most important thing, and the best thing you can do as a fan for your favorite bands is to buy their music. Because what it does is it sends a message to the industry who’s killing it. You know what I’m saying?! Because if all the rock kids are, and all the punk kids are, filesharing, the industry looks at it and goes, ‘Oh, rock and metal just doesn’t mean shit anymore. Only pop does, because the people are buying that.’ But the reality is they did a study on Spotify, and they found that metal music and rock music are the most popular forms of music on Spotify. Pop is way down here [puts his hand down near the floor]. Hip-hop is down here. You know what I’m saying?! So it’s still a very popular style of music. It’s just the industry doesn’t see it as that, because it’s not the genre that sells the most records. So it’s pretty interesting. You look at the dynamic of music right now… And, fuck, man, live rock and roll, dude. That’s where it lives, you know?!”
PAPA ROACH‘s eighth studio album, “F.E.A.R.” (Face Everything And Rise), was released on January 27.
Shaddix said that the new disc was “probably the most positive record we’ve written” and described it as a “very guitar-heavy record.”
“F.E.A.R.” followed up 2012’s “The Connection”, which was made as Shaddix was going through personal turmoil, including problems in his marriage and a struggle to stay sober.