Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen recently made headlines after he said Periphery can be their “own worst enemy” when it comes to being more successful. His comments came as the band split with the label and after guitarist Misha Mansoor previously said they “make no money.” Now, Mansoor has responded to Avildsen’s comments, saying that the group “don’t really care about being a massive band or making crazy money with the music.”
Here’s Mansoor’s full statement:
“It’s pretty simple: We want Periphery to be a fun passion project and creative outlet. We don’t really care about being a massive band or making crazy money with the music, and that has been our approach since day one.
Ash is a businessman, and wants his bands to be financially successful. Sometimes that means our interests are at odds, and contractually we had set things up to be in our favor so we couldn’t be forced to make decisions we didn’t want to. With that said, and even in Ash‘s own words in the interview, when he came to us with good ideas, we definitely listened!
Ultimately we had a good run with them [Sumerian Records,] and I’m grateful for our time on the label, but we have wanted to try starting our own label for a while now, and we finally have the means to do so!”
[via Metal Injection]