Misfits' guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein has embarked on a bit of a solo career as of late, and offered a bizarre interview to The Liquid Conversations that touched on the current state of the industry.
Ultimate Guitar transcribed parts of the interview and it's wild. During the interview, Doyle brings up how he hates doing meet and greets but has to do them because fans steal his music:
"The thing that sucks the most about it is that everybody steals music. You spend thousands and thousands of dollars to make a record and all of these scumbags are just stealing it.
"And then they want more, and then you're a dick because you're doing a meet 'n' greet for 50 fucking bucks to make up for it, which you don't want to do. You think I want to meet all these fucking people? I don't.
"When I'm done, I just want to take a shower and go to bed. I just worked, so…"
Interviewer: Looking at that aspect, you feel that people, the fans, put some undue pressure on you because of something like that, because you charge $50 for a meet 'n' greet?
"They can kiss my ass. You want to steal shit? If I was making motorcycles and they came and took one, would that be a crime? Why can't we punish people for stealing songs? There should be a $10,000 fine for that."
If somebody is paying $50 to meet Doyle, I would say the chances are pretty great that they also actually paid for Doyle's music.
Doyle even had a suggestion on how to combat online stealing:
"Yeah, they should really fucking fix that shit. Shut the internet down for a day and fix it."
Doyle is not a fan of Spotify, noting if he was ever invited to their glitzy offices, he would break some stuff. I'm sure Spotify has made note of this:
"You make nothing, it's $9 a month, and you can listen to a song 10,000 times if you want. If there's enough time in that month to listen to it 10,000 times, I don't know…
"I can't do the math, but how much do you think the bands get? It's like a hundredth, maybe a thousandth of a penny you get. My girlfriend [Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz] went to their office, said that shit was insane. I would've went fucking mental, I would've started breaking everything."
You can listen to the entire podcast below: