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No Record Industry, No New KISS Album... I have an Idea
In a recent interview, Gene Simmons from Kiss made a strange statement that shows why the record labels and the older artists are not moving forward.
"There's no new KISS material because there's no record industry.
"Any band who tries to do new material is trying to climb a slippery mountain. Every day record companies are folding. It'd be nice to have new KISS songs, but what's the business model? Do you just put songs on the Internet for free? Then what?''
Then you sell quality merchandise, tour, and do other things that make people want to buy your music.
Personally, I think the best thing artists can do is give away their music videos. This lets people like me listen to the song over and over again, and figure out if I really like it enough to buy it.
Between the streaming music videos and other streaming tracks, I can determine whether I want to spend my money on the track or the album.
The Key is to make good music and to have confidence in your own fans.
The very idea that Gene doubts whether the Kiss Army would buy a new album or steal it is a sad lack of faith in his own music.