Interviews

Otep on Hydra, Piracy, and Leaving Heavy Metal Forever

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How long did it take you?

About five weeks to write and record.

Wow!

I'm a machine. [laughs]

Obviously. I saw you last time you were in Phoenix, and it was great live show. Is there a certain track on the album that was more difficult to write than others?

Honestly, every song is important. Most record contracts only require the band to write 11 songs. And they only pay you for 11 songs. So when a band writes more than 11 songs, that's usually a gift to the fans. And it's a part of our love for the music. But I think the three that I'm most fond of this week are -- maybe five -- I don't know! I'd have to say "Seduce and Destroy," "Blowtorch Nightlight," and "Apex Predator."

Why is this your final album? I know you've mentioned in interviews that it is a bit about being over of the industry, and working hard but having albums leaked and what not. Tell me more about that

It's so hard to love something so much, as I do with music, and to give so much of yourself over 11 years now, only to have it just stolen away from you with the click of a mouse. You know, large retail chains are minimizing their catalogs now, and it's not because extreme music scares or that it's corrupting minds -- it's because it's not selling.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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