Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof declares that Metal Church still in debt for first few albums
Metal Church guitarist and founder Kurdt Vanderhoof was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice to promote his band’s new studio album Damned If You Do.
Vanderhoof was asked whether Metal Church were still in debt from their first few albums to which the guitarist replied (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits):
“After [a] certain amount of time on a major label like Elektra, you find out how the business works, which in our particular case it was not working in our favour. You learn the definition of the word recoup. And then you realize there is no way you can make any money unless you break big like Metallica but until then you are operating in debt and you will never break out. Everybody gets paid first and the band gets paid last. I have the publishing, which are not much money but no other royalties. We are still in debt on the first few albums. Not only that but it’s tough to find out how much debt or profit after all these years. They send statements that you can’t read unless you are a lawyer, so I just wrote it off. You’re in debt for tour support, you’re in debt for videos, you’re in debt for everything and those are the reasons why I really like the new music business, there is more good about the new music business than there is bad. It’s more direct artists to fans and us old guys can still have a career.”
Metal Church‘s first albums were the self-titled debut in 1984, The Dark in 1986 and Blessed In Disguise in 1988, and the latter two records were released via record label Elektra.
You can listen to the interview with Kurdt Vanderhoof by The Metal Voice below:
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice interviewed Kurdt Vanderhoof from Thrash legends Metal Church.
Metal Church‘s “Watch The Children Pray” video (from The Dark album):
the bands first video