Shaq + EDM = Moshpit?! https://youtu.be/F3AGn7a7VqE
While there are multiple sides to every story, one thing is certain. Record deals are catch 22 situations. A label loans you money to create your album, which if you are lucky becomes a hit and gets paid off but the label owns the rights to that recorded work for life! There's a price to pay for that label support that young, naive artists don't realise. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d192934e4b03d61163d9163
Massive shout out to Ms.Take for her tireless effort in organising this year's Louder Than Love II - A Tribute to Chris Cornell & More. So many amazing musicians came together with all proceeds going to mental health charity. Here's a couple of snaps from my part in the event. 📷 Chris Morgan Photography Muzic.net.nz
Watched The Dirt movie last night, a biography film of Motley Crue based on the book of the same name. While it was a fun watch, the book is definitely better and one of my top music biographies, a movie adaption was always going to be a tough feat to pull off. There's only so much that can fit into roughly 1.5 hours and, just like the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, contained totally fictional moments. Ultimately, it did get across the key points from the book. While the band's rise to fame involved crazy, excessive and indulgent behaviour not uncommon in the 80s, each member suffered personally in different ways. Vince Neil's drunk driving car crash resulted in the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer, Razzle, who he was partying with. He also dealt with his 4 year old daughter dying of cancer. Tommy Lee's adultery on the road ended his marriage to the love of his life, Heather Locklear. Mick Mars had a rare form of arthritis where the bones in his spine slowly fused together over time. Nikki Sixx used a heroin addiction to escape facing various personal issues, eventually overdosing and technically dying at one point. Every music bio I've seen or read is always the same, there are huge personal sacrifices/challenges that go along with success. Now, the million dollar question is, knowing there is a price to pay for success, fame and fortune, would you wanna trade lifestyles?
Today, the world lost another influential soul to suicide. The power of Prodigy's music was undeniable in the late 90s, Keith Flint taunting you with that menacing persona in the Firestarter music video is unforgettable. Pure intensity is the only way to describe Keith and Maxim when you experienced the Prodigy live. While we may speculate why Keith made the decision he did, it's obvious from this and the passing of other notable musicians in recent years that fame and fortune can't protect against human vulnerability. We all need real connection, purpose and to be loved. Challenges in life tend to happen in waves, they aren't forever. While it may seem like an insurmountable tsunami, I'd prefer to think it is possible to ride it out. A few years ago, Emma G and I wrote a song in Static Era about this very subject, you can check it out here - https://youtu.be/05mKBt2AscM RIP Keith, thank you for the difference you made in the world.
Have you seen the Bohemian Rhapsody movie? I watched it on the weekend. Here's the real life Live Aid performance ending! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22oy8dFjqc