Posted by Lynnie: How is the credit crunch/current economic downfall going to affect the music industry?
I’m curious because, of course, the prices of many things are dropping while prices of other things are soaring, and everyone is suffering. How will you, as a band, and us, as fans, be affected by this? It is something that is affecting so many people so it’s bound to be an issue, sooner or later. Some bands are already producing lower quality work to compensate. How do you think this will affect Linkin Park and the quality of future productions?
M: Although I don’t have a crystal ball, I think it’s safe to say that the current economic situation will not affect the quality of Linkin Park music in the near future. Although we enjoy going to a recording studio to make use of a more centralized, professional environment to make our albums, I believe we are 100% capable and equipped to make “Linkin Park quality” studio albums at home. We choose to record at a studio because it gives us a focused, scheduled environment to “get serious” in. After all, if we were all making an album at my house every day, we might end up hanging out more than recording 🙂 We would still get the job done, but it would take (even) longer to finish! The bottom line is that our album content and quality are of paramount importance to us, and I can’t see us sacrificing them for anything.
As for the sales of albums or concert tickets, that’s a different story. I have to go back to what I’ve said before, that every dollar you spend on a band (whether it be on their music, concert tickets, or merchandise) is a statement; it says that you want the artist to continue to do what they do. In buying something, you are essentially helping fund the artist’s future endeavors. Do you love Marlboro more than your favorite band? Do you love Louis Vuitton or Starbucks more? Some may, but I’ll say this: if you steal music from a band that you love, but you spend money on something from a company that you don’t care a lot about, I would very politely suggest that you might have some re-prioritizing to do.