Architects’ Sam Carter: “There’s A Lot Of Gatekeeping Around Artistic Freedom”

During a recent fan Q&A with Metal Hammer, Architects’ Sam Carter opened up about gatekeeping within the metal scene. The vocalist says there tends to be “a lot of gatekeeping around artistic freedom.”

Carter said the following when asked if he agrees with recent comments Willow Smith made about rock/metal music being gatekept by “older white men”:

“Yes. For years I wanted to wear a little bit of make-up, express myself and put on a show. But I didn’t do it for ages because I was like, ‘People are gonna take the piss out of me and I don’t want that.’ And then they did. Not only were people horrible, they were using homophobic slurs as an insult.

I felt like this scene when I was growing up and when I was in school was such an inclusive scene for the outcasts. How did it become this world where it’s like, ‘You can’t do that if you’re a woman… You can’t do that if you’re gay’. Like, what the fuck? There’s a lot of gatekeeping around artistic freedom.”

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