If there's one thing Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger isn't, it's lazy. Dude has been cranking out massive radio hits for decades, most of which have been eternally stuck in our heads whether we want them to be or not. So it's not shocking that Kroeger isn't a fan of half-assed musicians that waste other people's time who actually take shit seriously.
In an interview with The Bailey Show on Audacy's 98 Rock, Kroeger said he feels a lot of people become musicians because they're too lazy to get a real job and actually support themselves.
"Do you know why most musicians become musicians? Because they don't wanna get a real job. And then they date hairdressers, because they actually have a job, and then they support them until they move on to their next hairdresser. And they're like, ‘Someday I'm gonna make it.' – and so when you get in the studio with these people and you realize like, wow, you are incredibly lazy, even when it comes to something you truly love. And that is just a crying shame."
Kroeger later clarifies that heated statement, saying he's been in the studio with loads of musicians that don't really have any actual interest in their craft. Which Kroeger said he finds pretty perplexing, considering the world is going to hear whatever the end product becomes.
"I've been in this studio with hundreds of [newer musicians], and they're like, 'Bro, bro, that was a solid 10 minutes, dude. Like, let's just go do something else.' So just because my work ethic when it comes to, you know, creating something or making something special, I'm like, 'You know, the world's gonna hear this, right? So do you just want a half-ass it or do you wanna make it good? Or do you wanna really put some time and effort into it and make it really good? Because the world is going to hear this.'
"If you go to Nashville and you go up and down writer's row, those guys have a cup of coffee and they've got an acoustic guitar and they write it at 10 o'clock, they got a session at noon, and then they got another one at 2:30. Every single day. Three songs a day. Different groups of people writing songs professionally, every single day. Tennessee all day, the craft of crafting a song."