The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles recently hosted an all-star conversation, Streaming for Vengeance
, to discuss the future of the record business featuring Epiphone's Brendon Small
along with legend Steve Vai and Dethklok and Joe Satriani bassist Bryan Beller.
“When digital came along, I started really doing well,” said Vai. “I had a label, it was one of the first labels to have an account at iTunes. Instead of getting six cents, which is a good deal from a download, I get 72 [cents] because I uploaded it myself … I was looking for the things that can serve me and I found them.”
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with the cosmic, comedic, and musical imagination behind Dethklok, the legendary virtual metal band featured in Metalocalypse
the much missed animated program produced for Adult Swim.
"Here's what I've learned over 20 years of show business: no one's going to give me a job. I have to create it myself," Small told Epiphone.com. So that's kind of my philosophy. I have to have a lot of projects and ideas all the time and I gotta start doing them. So for (the latest album) Galaktikon II, I wrote a lot and chose the music that I thought would tell a cool story."
"If you've got musical tastes,"
Small continued, "those are the indicators of who you're going to be, I think. You are only as good as your influences. So when I rip off Brian May or there's a Joe Satriani passage or a (Jeff) Beck-ish moment in this cluster of craziness, I'm thinking about things that people don't know that I'm thinking about."