Udo Dirkschneider’s advice to new bands: “Don’t sign a record deal”

In a new interview granted to Chaoszine, the former I ACCEPT and current YOU MAKE leader Udo Dirkschneider talked about the changes he’s seen in the music industry since his debut more than five decades ago. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “There have definitely been changes in the music world. [Laughs] Yes, it’s not like the 80s anymore. Certainly CD sales are down. On the one hand, we can be lucky with our kind of music – people really want to have the physique [product] in their hands, so we are not [as affected by the music streaming revolution] like what happened, for example, in pop music or whatever. But it’s like, really, you’re selling fewer albums. The biggest problem, I think, is for young bands. They can’t sell that many albums, and the record companies don’t have that much money to sustain them any longer.

“I’ve seen bands, really good bands, they come, and sometimes after a year, after two years, they [don’t] no longer exists ; they’re gone,” he continued. “It’s completely different than it was in the ’80s. When I started with I ACCEPT, the record label said, “We want to make money after five albums.” Can you imagine — after five albums? And they put [a lot of] money in [the promotion]. But I think those days are over. [Laughs] I know it.

“For me, I know that the record companies hate me for that, for me, giving advice to young bands is first of all believing in what you’re doing, [your] kind of music, and [second]does not sign a contract with a record company”, You make added. “Just try to make your album on your own. I mean, now with all this technical stuff, it’s possible, I know that. Then sell the album on the internet. Just maybe have a guy – you can pay him, I don’t know how much money a month – he can go to all the metal sites and say, “Hey, there’s a new album. And also make your own music video. I want say, you can do that with all these modern cell phones; the quality is so good. And then all the money, it goes to the band. What I can say for young bands is to do everything by you- even and don’t [sign] contract [with a record label]so all the money [goes to] you. If someone asks me, just do it. Alright, maybe the record companies hate me more now [for saying that]but anyway, I don’t care.”

You make is currently promoting his upcoming album, “My way”which will be released on April 22 via Atomic fire records. Billed as “his most personal and extraordinary album to date”, the effort features 17 covers of the very songs that most influenced the musician and singer. All kinds of classics from music history are included, including those you might not expect You make.

Seven years after announcing he would be embarking on a special tour in which he would play I ACCEPT songs one last time under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner before definitively closing this chapter, You make keep playing I ACCEPT equipment at certain shows.

One year ago, You make confirmed in Canada The voice of metal this YOU MAKE will play “definitely” I ACCEPT songs if the band’s North American tour comes to fruition in 2022.

Dirkschneider said in 2016 that his vow never to play I ACCEPT the hardware again came with a caveat. “If the band I ACCEPT dissolves one day in the near future and I’m still here with YOU MAKEthen there is a chance that I put I ACCEPT songs in the setlist,” he said. “But currently, there’s I ACCEPTso go see them [if you want to see those songs performed live]. They play these songs.”

You make previously said that the original plan was to DIRKSCHNEIDER just “a few shows” and “then [the tour] got bigger and bigger [due to demand].” But, he added, “I don’t want to complain about that.”

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