The Devil Wears Prada Interview: Mike Hranica Sets the Record Straight - Page 2
We were lucky enough to where... We were six guys playing music (we departed ways with our keyboardist recently so it's just five of us now with a friend playing keyboards), but we were lucky enough to where that worked out. To walk into a band with a couple of guys, right at breakdown, and say, "All right, let's take pictures, get an internet presence... Then we're gonna be on Warped Tour!" is just idiotic.
I mean, we never focused on record deals. We never focused on touring with this band or that band--we knew who we wanted to, but it was just so far a stretch. It was absolutely worthless and a waste of time to even begin to worry about like, 'Well, we've been playing this long and no one cares.'
I don't know. To me it's just... I could talk about it for hours... people have their priorities just absolutely scrambled anymore as far as what it is to play in a band. And what it is to express yourself in creating something. And that's what... believe it or not, that's what music is. As over-saturated and messy as it is now, this is what it's always been focused about--but not so much anymore.
And that's something we maintain. I mean, when we started writing and we started recording and playing shows, it was because we wanted to write songs. We wanted to play the local shows at the skate parks or the VFW or whatever."
Yeah. You get turned on when 200 people show up and the place is packed. That's as exciting as going to a festival.
Exactly. And that was like, the greatest thing to us. And then labels started showing interest. We're lucky enough to work with people that cared and weren't entirely concerned with the 'monetary value.' And now here we are.
Now we know the ends and outs of the business. We know who we work with. We know our team well. We keep our touring team very tight.
I've expressed my concern many times after seeing the rise of MySpace music and sites like ReverbNation become a feeding ground for copyright harvesting sharks--I call them "talent squatters," because they connive to get naive artists to sign contracts that basically give them the rights to all of their material, future and present.Continued on the next page