The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato

Greg Puciato On The Current State Of The Music Industry: “The New System Is In Place, And It’s Very Empowering To The Artist If You’re Not Looking For A Free Lunch”


Greg Puciato of The Black Queen, Killer Be Killed, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc. fame is the featured guest on a newly posted episode of ‘The Vinyl Guide‘ podcast. During the chat he spoke of his views on how the landscape of the record industry has shifted from from artists being under the thumb of the labels over the past two decades and why he feels that shift is a win for the artists themselves:

“Whenever I see people complain about the demise of the industry, we’re past that, we are in the new paradigm now. We are not in the destruction period—like people torrenting tons of albums for free. The new system is in place, and it’s very empowering to the artist if you’re not looking for a free lunch.

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If you are willing to work hard and what you have is unique and you are willing to put in the work, the tools are there for you, you don’t need an exorbitant amount of money to make a good sounding record. Look, if you’re dedicated to something and you make the choice that this is what you are going to do with your life, then the burden is gone. The burden of like how am I going to support myself is gone, you just figure it out, and if you love what you do, you will work a job to continue to do what you love.

I just don’t really have sympathy for people who thinks it used to be better, maybe if you were lazier it used to be better. I think we’re in a phenomenal time period right now and it’s only getting better, as far as ownership of what you do, the ability to get people to hear that, not selling your soul and signing contracts that you’re never gonna understand now that will bite you in the ass 10 years from now. We’re kinda in a better place all around than we were.”

The Black Queen will be releasing their new album “Infinite Games” on September 28th through their fledgling new label Federal Prisoner.