Igorrr just lately refused to promote merch throughout a present at London’s O2 Discussion board Kentish City due to a 25% merch lower, which Stray From The Path drummer Craig Reynolds defined intimately why that is an issue. Khemmis has since responded to Reynolds, saying the state of affairs with company venues is not that a lot completely different in the USA and that one thing clearly have to be finished.
Of their collection of tweets, Khemmis touched on why it isn’t as simple as merely promoting your merchandise down the block from the venue, why refusing to play exhibits is not the answer, and calls upon greater artists to make use of their weight to do one thing concerning the state of affairs.
“This feels all too familiar here in the states as well,” mentioned Khemmis on their Twitter. “Venues owned/operated by a sure company entity do that identical nonsense & it SUCKS. Promoting 1/2 (or much less) of your regular amt b/c the obligatory in-house vendor has no purpose to hustle + large lower = shit state of affairs
“And earlier than the refrain of ‘effectively your agent/staff agreed to this,’ please know that assist bands on these excursions haven’t any leverage. None. Do not like these offers? Kiss greater touring alternatives goodbye. Openers should eat shit and smile the entire time.
“‘Sell your merch out of your van.’ That sounds cool and punk rock but 1) in bigger cities your vehicle may be far from the venue 2) contracts often explicitly prohibit this. yes, fuck ‘em, but again if a newer band gets blacklisted by corporate entities that hold all of the power.
“Then your singular act of defiance can simply price you and your crew much more in the long term. Once more, it is a shit state of affairs for openers and it takes the staff of the massive title bands to facilitate substantial change.
“Unless the big names with real industry power give the middle finger to corporate venues stealing from artists, nothing will change and that sucks for artists AND fans.”
Merch cuts have turn out to be a scorching subject these days, with Monuments just lately refusing to promote merch in Greece on account of insane cuts, whereas our personal Frank Godla penned an editorial about why Gojira is an effective instance of a band making an attempt to remain afloat in a tough touring world.
Architects drummer Dan Searle just lately posited that bands ought to get a lower of a venue’s nightly alcohol gross sales to steadiness issues out, whereas Darkish Funeral guitarist Lord Ahriman has outright mentioned venues are killing the reside music business. So yeah, quite a lot of artists aren’t thrilled proper now… and rightfully so.
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