Zombie’s tips for zeroes
Grateful: Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie has warned wannabe rock stars to be grateful and humble if they’re aiming for lasting success.
The musician and movie producer, who’s set for a tour with fellow shock-rock veteran Marilyn Manson, says he’s seen too many beginners make the same error time and time again.
Zombie tells Spin: “I remember when White Zombie got signed to Geffen. That’s when all the bands were getting signed to Geffen. There was this one mistake a lot of bands made, and they still make it.
“You’re still some unknown band nobody gives two shits about – you just happened to be signed to a label.
“Bands suddenly copped an attitude, and suddenly they were egotistical and annoying. They thought they were big shots but they were still nobody.
“I remember walking into Geffen on the first day, when our record wasn’t even out, looking at everybody working in the office and thinking, ‘Nobody in this office cares if I become a millionaire rock star. This isn’t something that keeps them awake at night.’
“You’ve got to go in there, be nice to people, and hopefully they’ll become your friends and you’ll all work hard and it will happen.
“Bands that rolled in with a big attitude, like they were some big deal – I found that very strange.”
Zombie believes so many outfits walk into the same trap as they’re too inexperienced to realise they’re not entitled to success.
He explains: “You don’t appreciate anything because you don’t think in terms of, ‘Wow, this could end.’
“I can go onstage and play the same song I’ve played since the day it was written 20 years ago, but it’s still fun to play. Not because of me, but because as soon as you begin the crowd goes crazy. It’s like you’re playing it first the first time again.
“It’s that way with everything. Every time I start the next movie it’s as exciting as the first time. Every time the band is about to go onstage, you keep that excitement. But I think people lose it – I see it in other bands.
“They’re so busy complaining about everything they forget they have the greatest job in the world. How can you be miserable with the greatest job in the world?”