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36 Crazyfists Guitarist: "Roadrunner Never Had Faith"

Mark Wrigley of OneMetal.com recently conducted an interview with 36 CRAZYFISTS guitarist Steve Holt. Some excerpts follow:

OneMetal.com: In terms of your current record, Roadrunner decided not to release it in the States, what was the story behind that?

Steve Holt: They had just signed like MEGADETH and HATEBREED, and a bunch of bigger bands from over there, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, and they wanted to wait and put it out this year. We were like, "Nah, that ain't happening," so we went and did a licensing deal with DRT and that allowed it to come out finally in November.

OneMetal.com: But it was still leaked onto the web before hand…

Steve Holt: Yeah, absolutely…

OneMetal.com: Do you think that harmed you at all?

Steve Holt: Yeah, well, it had been out over here [Europe] since June, and it didn't get out over there [USA] 'til November, and we did a bunch of tours over there during that period, and at that point we were just telling people to download it… you know… we don't care. (laughs)

OneMetal.com: So you are quite happy with people downloading, do you think it harms the industry?

Steve Holt: Yeah, yeah, I think it harms the music industry, but it's just the way the business is now, you know. It's not like technology is going to go backwards. It's just the way it works now. It's shows and stuff now where bands can hopefully make a little bit of money (laughs)

OneMetal.com: So you don't think it was a case of Roadrunner losing faith in you ?

Steve Holt: I honestly don't think that Roadrunner America has ever had any faith in us for some reason. It's just the way it is, and I understand that it's a business and you got to make money. We're just a smaller band over there, for the label you know? They got some pretty decent-sized bands over there, and we're lucky enough to make two records on that label just because of the sales expectancy of bands.

OneMetal.com: Yeah, I see, so the new album… it's a bit more melodic. It wasn't because they heard it and, for want of a better word, considered it a sellout?

Steve Holt: No…no, I think Roadrunner America would be the exact opposite, you know, their bands are like NICKELBACK and stuff like that. I mean, if anything they'd be like, "These guys aren't radio enough" or whatever. It'd be like pretty much the opposite to over here. I don't know, I'm not really sure what it is, there are people in the label that like us, but there's no one that really wants to work for us.

OneMetal.com: Do you get any say in it, or do they just tell you that's what's going to happen?

Steve Holt: Well they were kind of just feeding us along, "OK, we'll put it out…" First it was June, then it was end of July, August, September and so on, then they were like "next June." We were like OK, no way, like, we're not going to sit around on a record for a year.

OneMetal.com: Have you ever been star-struck?

Steve Holt: Yeah, but not anymore. But I have, yeah. When I first met Robb Flynn from MACHINE HEAD I was kind of star struck because I was a big MACHINE HEAD fan at the time, and I saw Axl Rose backstage at Download last year which was kind of odd. I was like… meh. I wasn't star struck but I was like… "That's actually him." (laughing) Cos that guy's a piece of work too.

OneMetal.com: I now have to ask you… what's your verdict on the new GUNS N' ROSES?

Steve Holt: Aww, man. I don't even care. That's just a bad deal (laughs)

OneMetal.com: We've already spoken about Joey [from] SLIPKNOT… Is he the nicest person you have come across on the scene?

Steve Holt: No, I don't think so…

OneMetal.com: What, he's a little sh*t?

Steve Holt: (laughing) No, no, he's nice enough. I was pleasantly surprised with Joey, 'cos I had heard stories that he could be a little touchy feely, but he was really cool. All the time I was there he was really nice. He's a really short guy though and like this. (Steve does an extremely amusing impression of playing a tiny drum kit) (laughing) I'm trying to think of who's the nicest… There's been lots of them. Robb, we went on a tour with MACHINE HEAD over in the States, and he was a really nice guy. Surprisingly enough though as again I had heard stories but he turned out really cool as well. Yeah, everyone's been really cool, we haven't had any problems. Everything's just always been cool. We're easy to get along with. So it works out alright.

Source: Metal Hammer

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1. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Maybe your label would have a little faith in you if you didn't TOTALLY SUCK! Durr! Make good music and a label will act interested! I know if MY label handled the bands that RoadRunner handles, 36 Crazyfists would be at the f***in' BOTTOM of the importance list because THEY SUCK HARD.

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2. VWO writes:

36 cRAZY fISTS kICK @$$!!!

# Apr 17, 2007 @ 12:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. StabbingTheDrama writes:

Ok if they didn't have any faith they wouldn't have f***ing signed you in the first place dumbass!!! "I honestly don't think..." exactly you don't THINK you don't know for a fact. It's all about facts not about what your opinion is. They suck anyways. And of course they're going to focus on bands that are actually bringing them money. And also, I know for a fact that sometimes the record gets pushed back and if you can't deal with that then you can f*** off. Five Finger Death Punch's CD got pushed back like 2 or 3 months. And their CD was supposed to come out in November and they're b****ing about it coming out this year, what is that like 2 months? You're retarded and obviousely don't know how this business works even though you've worked in it. I know they're not going to read this but I had to vent about it because it's so stupid on their part and what this douche bag is saying. If you want to be more towards the top of their top artists then sell albums, plain and simple. This business is all about what sells. If you don't sell you're f***ing cut, especially on a large label.

# Apr 17, 2007 @ 1:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. StabbingTheDrama writes:

Oh and I just saw that Wintersun's album won't even be released THIS YEAR. See with that I can see complaining but not a couple months, quite your b****ing or start your own label!

# Apr 17, 2007 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ArchNemesis28 writes:

gotta support northwest bands!! keep kickin' a$$ 36CF. But, quit your b*tching and start your own label!

# Apr 17, 2007 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do writes:

When ever i think of 36CF i always think of some dude just puching as hard as he can really fast

# Apr 17, 2007 @ 6:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BodomBastard writes:

roadrunner records is pretty evil

# Apr 17, 2007 @ 7:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. StabbingTheDrama writes:

They're just as bad as any other large label. If you don't sell then why should they make you their top priority when they can spend more money on bands that will generate more of a profit? I know I'd want my big stars to make me some more money!

# Apr 17, 2007 @ 9:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Xplayer writes:

ROFLMAO, Post 6 is very funny, lol. I think more about DragonBall Z then anything else, lol.

# Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RememberMetal? writes:

Roadrunner gives up on any band that doesn't drum up Nickleback level sales or recent Slipknot level airplay. Ask Fear Factory, Type O Negative or Ill Nino (though they -do- suck).

Bands get dropped like a bad habit by Roadrunner....Though this can be said of all majors...or semi-major as the case is with RR.
I'm just hoping that Opeth can make the most of their time with RR so when the time comes to split they can do it with grace and subtley.

Now Playing: Tool - "Eulogy"

# Apr 24, 2007 @ 12:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. StabbingTheDrama writes:

exactly right. All majors are like this, they expect money. If you don't make it, you're gone.

# Apr 24, 2007 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Cynic writes:

RR cares about new trends that sell, that's it.

# Apr 24, 2007 @ 1:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. no one writes:

RR sucks bad. I'm a member of thier Street Team and all they want me to promote is Medina Lake, Nickleback and other sh**ty bands. I never do anything anymore, because they suck and I'm trying to get kicked off of the team.

# Apr 24, 2007 @ 10:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. StabbingTheDrama writes:

well they want money dude, who doesn't want that? It's the music business.

# Apr 24, 2007 @ 11:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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