“Hey, hey! I’m walkin’ here!” By Doc Brown
I’m a glass half-full kind of guy. I tend to think the best of people until they give me a reason not to like them. Well, shocking as this may be, there is a group of people that I am not happy with at all.
If you are a younger band emerging onto the scene you had better start respecting the people who paved the way for you.
I’m tired of seeing 15 and 16 year olds show thinking they’re Def Leppard. They’re rude, immature, and disrespectful. They have no place in our scene.
If people show up for your set and then leave before any other bands play you are just killing the scene. I would prefer that your band and your “fans” (parents, girlfriends, and boyfriends) stayed home. It’s a waste of time and money.
Respect is earned in this scene, not given. You are not in the family just because you show up to a venue, wear a black t-shirt, and can play a breakdown. Every show is earned as well. Slamming a venue for not booking you will only
damage your reputation further, and cause a lot of older bands to look down on you for running your mouth before you deserve that right.
If your band is having trouble booking shows, maybe you should think about how you are interacting with the older bands. Often times a promoter will ask them how they feel about new bands, and trust me, older bands have quite a bit of influence when they don’t like something.
Older bands also know when to show appreciation for a younger band. The younger ones will show up to a show early to watch everyone before them and stay after. They will thank the people in charge and promote every show that they play. They show up to shows that they are not even playing.
I always talk a lot about bringing the family back to Michigan Metal, and I genuinely believe that respect is the root of this family.
Grow up and respect your elders.