JEFF PILSON Says Labels Would Not Give DOKKEN Chance Today

In an interview at, ex-DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson explained how the music industry has changed regarding how labels treat bands and sales, "We [DOKKEN] were always kind of our own monster. But put it this way, had we released 'Breaking The Chains' today and only sold about 100,000 units like we did back in the day, we would have been dropped in a heartbeat. And then 'Tooth And Nail' was released and at the time we only sold about 500,000 units. It has since gone platinum. So we had a couple of years to build up some momentum, which we did. Bands don't get that anymore. Today bands are not given an opportunity to build their careers they get just one shot, and that is it. So what we are trying to do is we are helping the artists to develop and mature before they get their shot with a major label. Because, lets face it, today an artist is not given a chance to grow and develop their career much the way DOKKEN did in '84, '85, and '86. I mean, we did not begin to sell well, I mean really well until 87. And sadly a band would not get that chance today." Read the entire interview here.


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