Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan thinks today’s young artists are a bunch of ‘posers’. Yesterday, during a one-on-one interview at the SXSW festival in Austin Texas, Corgan went on about the music business, saying it have been impossible for him to break into today’s record industry without setting himself on fire on YouTube.
Over the course of the interview, Corgan explained that young artists don’t know the difference between fame and respect.
“[Today's artists] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal, not to be respected – not to be dangerous.”
Corgan also compared some artists to prostitutes, saying that once they’ve scored some success by obtaining a record deal, “[they're] just the fresh stripper.”
Corgan also mentioned YouTube sensation Lana Del Rey, who garnered a lot of attention after her “Video Games” went viral. Surprisingly, Corgan wasn’t so harsh on her, saying that although it didn’t surprise him that “she crashed and burned” on “Saturday Night Live” because “she wasn’t ready for it”, he also didn’t “think it was that bad.”
Near the end of the interview, Corgan said:
“Don’t call it rock & roll. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers.”
After the interview, Corgan sat down for another chat with Samsung Blogger Lounge, and expressed his passion for social media, praising it as a great way to connect musicians with their audience.”It’s when technology is the story and not the artist, that’s the problem,” he said.
Do you agree with Corgan?