Babylon A.D. frontman Derek Davis recalls how MTV used to make or break bands
Solo performer and Babylon A.D. frontman Derek Davis was recently interviewed by Mick Michaels for The Cosmick View.
Michaels commented that Babylon A.D.‘s debut album quickly reached gold status while spawning three hit singles including the third single “The Kid Goes Wild” being used in the trailer and video for the movie Robocop 2. Davis was asked how that translated to the band’s success on the road to which he replied: “”[The] Kid Goes Wild” was our third single of our debut and yes it helped some but “Hammer Swings Down” and “Bang Go The Bells” were played a lot more on MTV at the time, so they all really helped the band gain exposure.”
In terms of how much of an impact that MTV had for Babylon A.D.‘s popularity and overall success, Davis opined: “Well like I said, MTV was a big part and they either make you or break you at that time. The more airplay, the bigger the band. It was really as simple as that. They had all the power.”
With respect to whether videos still have the same influence for a band with the fans as they once did back when MTV actually played music videos, Davis indicated: “No, I don’t… There are 20,000 songs released everyday and way too many videos on YouTube to make a dent.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Derek Davis at The Cosmick View‘s website.
Babylon A.D.‘s “Kid Goes Wild” video: