ORGY Singer: 'It's Much Harder' For Bands 'To Survive In This Day And Age'
- Dec. 25, 2012
Rock Revolt Magazine recently conducted an interview with vocalist and sole remaining original member Jay Gordon of ORGY, the reactivated "death pop" band from California. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Rock Revolt Magazine: We know that your band is all new, except for yourself. How do you feel the switch-up of the backing band has contributed to the new sound of ORGY?
Jay: It contributed in a lot of different ways. I think it is a really different transition, and I think everyone is going to be a little baffled about what is going on at first, including ourselves, because we need to get the technology to where we need it to be. It's really a weird time in music in general. It's like rock doesn't necessarily kill it anymore. It's hard. What I've always done with ORGY, though, since the beginning of time, is bounce ideas off each other. Everybody contributes greatly. It comes out in the end. I think that question will be better off answered after the EPs come out, in January or so. [laughs]
Rock Revolt Magazine: I read that there were some accusations flying back and forth between you and the previous bandmembers. Is there any bad blood still flowing there, or have the bridges been mended?
Jay: It's tough to say. As far as I'm concerned, there is not. Every once in a while I talk to them. I don't know. It doesn't seem like it. I'm thinking everything is okay.
Rock Revolt Magazine: That's good. It's nice to keep those connections.
Jay: I'm sure they have their reasons for being upset. Maybe I disagree with those reasons, but it's not like I wouldn't ever play with those guys again. I think it's just a matter of them doing their thing, and I am doing mine.
Rock Revolt Magazine: Now that you are re-launching the brand, how do feel ORGY has changed to maintain the ORGY-like feel, but maintain current in today's ultra-dynamic music industry?
Jay: I don't really know if anybody knew what that was; it was definitely ahead of the curve. There are going to be a lot of similarities. I'm going to sound like I sound on tracks, but it might be a different kind of track. People need to accept the fact that it was sort of "dance music" meets "rock music" back then, and it is "EDM" meets "rock" now. EDM has come so far, and that's a good thing. People can't get on me for dipping into that world, because I've been doing that for years. I think I answered your question. [laughs]
Rock Revolt Magazine: You've been deeply involved in the music industry for the last several years. Is it easier for musicians now to be able to survive in this chaos?
Jay: No, definitely not. It's much harder to be able to survive in this day and age, unless you win the lottery or something. People shouldn't get discouraged, just be careful with what you do, and make sure that it doesn't suck. [laughs] The industry is so fickle. It really is hard to make money these days; unless you are, like, [Justin] Bieber or someone like that (I'm not doing that!). That guy is doing his thing, though. He's selling records. That's what we are in the game for. If you don't really have that magnetic thing that is going to happen right away, then it may not be the best idea. It's tough to survive, even for bands that have been around for a long time.
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