During Fear Factory’s hiatus, the rocker shares his views on the everchanging industry.
Music is facing difficult times and, with streaming menacing physical music formats, bands and musicians must find new and creative ways to keep themselves in the business. Tony Campos -the bass virtuoso behind the sound of Static-X, Ministry, Soulfly and Fear Factory- is perfectly aware of this. “It’s a completely different game now”, and one that requires a new way of working, “you see a lot more of the VIP/Meet N Greet packages and more and more bands are taking less equipment, forgoing a backline and going straight to the front of house mixing console, which is what Fear Factory does”. The challenge, now, is to branch out.
“It’s seems like having more than one project is the way to go now” Tony adds, something that certainly shows in his hefty resume. And even though Fear Factory is on a hiatus, his songwriting skills are being put to well use. “I’ve been writing a lot of music for a couple of different things I want to get going” he says, with touring also being a big part of his present: “I’ve been working with Max & Iggor Cavalera, playing bass on their Return to Roots tour in Europe throughout the summer and possible dates in Australia for September”.
“Making records still has its place, but isn’t the big revenue creator that it used to be” Tony shares, “it’s more like a flyer to get fans to come to the shows”. In this scenario, “even if the project doesn’t tour as much as your other bands, it’s just another piece out there that’s working for you, generating something”. And he even gives us an example: “A great experience is what Max Cavalera has done in recent years with Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed; they all can generate revenue for him, and he can rotate them around so that one doesn’t get played out so much”.
But one thing is to keep yourself working on the road, and another one is enjoy it: “Music has a way of bringing people together from different backgrounds and political ideas like no other medium, and to get people together to have fun is really cool”. So, what’s the key? “Having a positive attitude and a true love for playing music is really important” he says, “because you have to deal with a lot of situations that aren’t necessarily a lot of fun like shitty busses breaking down, early morning flights, not sleeping”. But, at least for now, he’s up for the gig: “For me, that time on stage makes it all worth it”.