Killers-Die another day
source (Thanks to Edda)
How does it feel
to sell 12 millions records?
Dave: Itīs strange and Iīm very proud of it. But 10 years back it
would be more, these days nobody spend money for albums. So itīs
possible that weīll never reach the 13 millions. Counting of sold
units is becoming very difficult.
In a recent
interview you hinted, that The Killers possibly wouldnt do another
album. Are you serious?
Sure, we search for alternatives and think about to release singles
or EPs with 2 or 3 new songs over the internet in the future. The
problem is that scarcely anybody listen to complete albums. Either
you download individual songs from the start or you press skip on
the CD-player. At least the guys that I know. If itīs going well you
listen to the single and perhaps to another track and then you trash
it into the corner. I mean, you have to imagine: The hard work of
other people between the rubbish of Mc Donalds. That canīt be true!!
You should be ashamed of yourself!
Wait a minute, Iīm
still spending money for vinyls!
(smiling):Youīre the exception! Personally Iīm also listen to albums
from start to finish, the master plan is important!
You really think the format album is a dying breed?
Well.. perhaps not completely, but you have to admit that the
attention of the listeners dropped drastically. This fact would
accommodate our plan to release prospective only 2-3 songs at a
time. That could be even handled of people, which are overcharged
with 10-12 tracks.
Wouldnīt that be artistically a frustrating regression, a
backfall to the 50īs?
Sure, but thatīs the way. You canīt compel anybody to listen to
every detail on every song. Perhaps itīs not such a bad thing, think
of the Beatles. Even the B-sides were fabulous. To get 2 great new
songs every few months, isnīt that bad.
Back to the 12 millions: bliss or curse?
Both! Itīs disburdening that we can be sure to have a solid fanbase
behind us, which accepting us, loving our music and visiting our
concerts. The awkward part: suddenly youīre forced to hold the
level, after all you donīt want to alienate yourself and your fans!
And of course the critics! Itīs always important for us to offer the
Is there a risk to lose the contact to everyday life, and so the
As long as you delight in music, youīre inspired. You get started
and it grow out of it. We never had a problem with writerīs block,
if any of us got a problem, thereīre 3 further members to help him
Is music still passion or rather a job in the meantime?
A kind of both.On some days itīs like a job:dates on business,
promotion. But when Iīm on stage, I canīt believe that I get paid to
have fun.The gigs are the best anyway, they never feel like a job or
routine. And the rest: at least we got the advantage to organize our
progresses ourselves and arenīt caught in a nine-to-five structure.