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Artist Spotlight: Immune

5 Apr, 2009 Musicians
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In your opinion, what is the problem with the music industry today?
“Problem” is singular - I think it’s “problems”! That’s a tough one. We have a producer we are friendly with who told us that from 1985 until 2000, the music industry was a cash cow for everyone involved. So - what happened? I think the music industry is REACTIVE instead of PROACTIVE. First, it was vinyl being replaced by cassettes…then CD’s…then the Internet. Before Napster and that whole debacle, the music industry could have had the foresight to leverage the Internet and monetize it. But instead, they waited until it was too late. Now, people are used to getting something for nothing, or close to nothing. So making and selling records is almost obsolete - it’s all about a single, iTunes, ringtones, video games, TV and films…merchandise…touring, if a band is lucky enough to play a style of music supported by these endeavors. It’s a shame - I remember being a kid and waiting for a record to come out. It was an event. That’s lost now, for the most part.
What are your thoughts on bit torrents and file sharing?
They are not going away. The cat is out of the bag on that one, and there’s no going back. It’s not just a piracy issue - there is an entire generation of music fans who honestly don’t think they’re stealing, or doing anything wrong, by using torrents or file sharing. Artists and the industry have almost resigned themselves to this reality - iTunes helps, but only so much. The best you can hope for is that torrents and file sharing bring new fans into the fold, where they might be willing to pay for something once they’ve been “sucked in” for free.
Tell us about your latest album “Nothing Left to Believe”.
We recorded three songs with producer Sylvia Massy, best known for her work with TOOL and SYSTEM OF A DOWN. We’re excited with the result (which is this album/EP). We’re going to tweak and improve the songs again before they are released on a full-length debut record, but we’re proud of what we were able to accomplish in the studio with this EP, and it’s a good “introduction” to us as a band.
If we gave you the blueprints for a time machine, then you built that time machine and traveled back in time which band/artist would prevent from making it?
Hahahahaha! Oh man. Just one? Let’s see…I’m going to say Dave Matthews (Band). If he had remained the property of stoners, hippies, and college kids, nobody would have missed him.
Could you ever challenge a young Ozzy Osborne in a snorting contest? If so, how would you up the ante?
Me personally? No way. Two of my bandmates have dabbled with the “marching powder”. Ozzy has snorted fucking ants, after all. How do you top that? The guy dropped acid every day for a year. Let’s see - maybe you could challenge him to a contest where each person has to spell their name out in coke and the first person to make it disappear wins. Then again, I think Motley Crue did that with a bunch of coke made to look like the state of Texas.
Any music festivals coming up for you?
As of now, no - we’re doing as many kickass shows in and around LA as we can. We’d love to do Warped, Taste of Chaos, SXSW, CMJ, all the Euro festivals (someday).
What is the best way to dispose of a body?
Cremation. Ashes to ashes, man. Those drug cartels go for vats of acid, but it always seems like a stray body part doesn’t dissolve.
If identical twins have sex isn’t it more along the lines of masturbation than incest?
You could look at it as masturbation; keep in mind that a hot pair of identical female twins would only masturbate by choice, not by necessity. There would be no shortage of willing participants.
Who would you like to open up for?
Bands that currently exist: Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, AC/DC, Metallica, Tool, A Perfect Circle, NIN, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Pearl Jam
Bands from the past, or in their original incarnations: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Guns n’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Beatles
Are we the only ones who think Ticketmaster charging a convenience fee on top of taxes, the tickets and other bullshit charges a form of ass raping? If so, what are your thoughts on ass raping?
A form of ass rape? Maybe. I mean, people buy the tickets and put up with this shit, and you can’t really rape the willing. Instead of a convenience fee, they should either charge more from the beginning, or just do away with it. People prefer to be fucked only after you’ve bought them drinks, dinner - or both. I remember Pearl Jam taking this fight with Ticketmaster to great lengths - only to have other bands point out that if they were so worried about people paying too much, the band should charge less per ticket.
When your band dies what would you like your epitaph to read?
Mankind should consider itself lucky to have witnessed our existence.


“I’D RATHER DIE”



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