Striker guitarist Tim Brown explains why band decided to start its own label Record Breaking Records
Striker guitarist Tim Brown was recently interviewed by Larry Petro for KNAC just prior to the release of Striker‘s new studio album Play To Win, which was released on the band’s own record label Record Breaking Records.
Brown was asked what’s the biggest advantage to releasing their album on their own label to which he replied (with slight edits): “You can do whatever you want, and you keep all your rights! With a label, basically they give you a small loan and in return you give them basically everything. They own you. Label deals are absolutely brutal, especially to younger bands. In the last decade, there hasn’t been many big new bands. Obviously there’s a few that pop up like Ghost for example, but other than that there hasn’t been many break out bands. Even the “younger” headliners like Lamb Of God, Sabaton, Behemoth, etc, have been at it for nearly 20 years. Labels just can’t do what they used to. You can record a song and have it on iTunes the next day. The modern way of doing things doesn’t need labels.”
In terms of having Randy Black play the drums on Play To Win rather than Brown‘s brother Adam, the guitarist indicated: “We are actually family friends with him. His family is also from Edmonton. Small world! Adam broke his arm last year and was still recovering during recording, so we called up Randy and he knocked it out of the park. Randy is awesome and we are super pumped that he could help us out.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Striker guitarist Tim Brown at KNAC.
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