Killer Dwarfs drummer Darrell Millar thinks live shows paying out for bands like old days
The Killer Dwarfs are one of the few bands with over five studio albums under their belt and dating back to the ’80s who are not charging fans for meet and greet sessions at their live shows.
Killer Dwarfs drummer Darrell “Dwarf” Millar was interviewed by Hall Laurel for the book Soundtrack of Our Youth: History of Hair Metal Music, which was recently released and is available in Kindle and paperback formats.
Millar was asked about his thoughts on people getting his music for free on the internet without having to pay for it. Millar replied: “Well it doesn’t make me feel great about how things have turned out. Russ and I have been around this business for 40 years and have seen many phases of it. This is just another one and the biz will always reinvent itself and musicians will get paid other ways. The live show is back like the days of old paying out. Fans buy merch and physical discs to meet us and get them signed. It’s a fair trade off.”
It was pointed out to Millar that any band can record an album’s worth of songs and release them online so no label is needed but there is also no quality control method since any band can do it. On whether the internet has been good or bad for music, Millar opined: “It has made it watered down and one must search for the real songwriters and players now. It has helped in a great way that we can actually talk and be friends with our fan base and reach out to them easily with Info on releases and tours. I like that part.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Millar at the Hair Metal Music‘s Facebook page or the book Soundtrack of Our Youth: History of Hair Metal Music.