Mastodon's Brent Hinds

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Vents On The Modern Demands Of Being In A Band: “This Is Definitely The Most Brutal Job I’ve Ever Had”


Mastodon vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds appeared recently on Dean Delray‘s ‘Let There Be Talk‘ podcast (hear it below) and vented on the exhaustion that can amass while being in an actively touring international band. You can read some of what he had to say below (transcription via Ultimate Guitar):

When are you guys going to work on a new album?

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What I really wanna do and what I hope people will let me do is take some fuckin’ time off and let me breathe. That’s how shitty the music industry is. Because you’ve got to work your dick into the dirt before you can see any worms.

This is definitely the most brutal job I’ve ever had. I would definitely rather frame houses again. Like, no one’s looking at me. It’s like, ‘Stop looking at me just because I fuckin’ play a goddamn show on the stage.’ I don’t give a fuck. Honestly, I just don’t care. Never have cared.

But when the opportunity’s there and you strike and it happens and then they milk you… I feel like I’m being milked like a dry hyena titty. I have nothing left for anyone. They’ve worked me to my fuckin’ soul, it is almost gone.

My next thing that’s gonna happen for me is I’m not gonna play music for a year or two. I need to go regather myself.

After this tour?

Never said that. I said that’s what’s next for me. As far as me, what’s next for me, is that.

Now, what’s next for me in my job – I couldn’t tell ya. They probably got tours booked up their fuckin’… Their bank accounts. I don’t know. They got me booked as long as they need to eat. Or as long as they need to shop. Or whatever they do with their money.

I don’t care. All I care about is my peace of mind, which is leaving me. So I need to stop and recalculate myself. I need to decompress from all this and I need to press the restart button and just kind of reboot myself in a way.

I just got married about a year or so ago. I gotta go down there and meet all her family. I’ve been on tour constantly. It’s just not healthy. My next thing to me is to go get healthy and just to get away from the music business for hopefully over a year.

It’s okay. It’ll be okay. I can still play music. If people want me to play good music they need to let me go for a year. If anyone that had a half of mind that was in charge of anything that I did would listen to what I say and not ignore what I say. Which happens a lot.

…You teach online?

No. Only when I’m on tour. I don’t do anything online. I wake up, I have to give a guitar lesson at 1, and then the soundcheck starts, and then the interviews start, and then meet-and-greet starts, and then the doors open.

We even rarely have time to hang out with the people that you’ve become very fond of in those parts of the world. Because they work you like a broke-dick dog because of how fucked the music industry is for rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal.

Any kind of music that requires raw talent – good luck.”

With revenue from record sales having dried up and merch and touring income being the lifeblood of the majority of metal bands out there these days, it’s not hard to see where Hinds is coming from. Most bands have had to augment their income via hosting intimate VIP meet and greets and intimate lesson sessions just to make ends meet.

That said, currently Mastodon are looking at some downtime, having just cancelled their fall tour with Dinosaur Jr. and Netherlands—albeit under very unfortunate circumstances. Meanwhile, another prominent metal musician has voiced their support for Hinds‘ comments, with Devin Townsend himself since having tweeted about MetalSucks‘ posting of the story:

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