During a recent appearance on Jonathan Montenegro’s “My 3 Questions To,” Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe was asked what he believes to be “the most complicated part” of being in a successful band. The frontman responded by saying “it’s trying to make sense of how this has become a career.”
Blythe said the following:
“I think the most complicated part of it is not really anything within the band. It’s trying to make sense of how this has become a career, really. ‘Cause we just did it for the love of it. That’s why we started the band. I never thought it would be a job. I was never, like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna be rock stars,’ or whatever.
I think the really complicated part of it for me has been navigating the fact that something that I would be doing anyway, which is making music, is navigating how that has become a business. And it’s not something I’m always entirely comfortable with, to tell you the truth, ’cause I’m just a regular dude. That’s why we have management, though; I don’t handle the business. But I think that has really been the most complicated thing for me, is realizing that it’s a business at this point. Because we employ a lot of people. People were able to buy their families Christmas gifts this year because we employ ’em. [Laughs] It’s definitely a band that, it’s our art and we love it, but it is a business, and for me, accepting that is strange — it’s strange. ‘Cause I don’t come from the business world. I never had any money. I’m not a rich kid or anything weird like that.
Just learning to be a professional musician, I guess, is the most complicated part. Writing the music and touring and playing shows and all that shit, that’s fun. That’s easy for me. Learning the business has been complicated.”