Chris Fehn has been pretty outspoken in recent interviews. He recently spoke out about bullying in the moshpit, and recently he tackled the topic of "making it" as a band in the music business.
Fehn was asked by Rock Sins if Slipknot were to come out as a new band today, would they make it? Fehn's response was not surprising:
Yeah I think it’s incredibly difficult because of the way that record sales and everything have dropped off that to get a good contract, being a new band is nearly impossible. The way that the new deals are structured, you know they own everything. So it’s like…it’s really sad that record labels are struggling because they can’t…they’re just…it’s all the internet. People don’t really care anymore about sound quality. It’s just eaten up so fast and it’s so easy. You know, I’m guilty of it too. I’ll buy records off iTunes just because I’m in my car and I want it right now and I do it. I do also have a huge CD collection. I still do buy CDs but I think… Man that’s a good question. I think that we would still be different than what’s out today, and we would still make an impact. So yeah, I don’t know…I think if it started today as versus ‘99 we would still wanna be seen, I guess.
I feel like it would be much harder for Slipknot to get noticed in today's marketplace. A big reason why Slipknot broke was because of radio play and Ozzfest, both of which really don't exist anymore. It would be much harder for them to get noticed. Look at King 810. They basically sound like Slipknot, have the exact same management, and they've sorted wilted away.
What do you think? Would Slipknot still be able to break big if they came out today?
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