Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Says Music Is Becoming A Commodity

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Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows shared a series of tweets to discuss the current state of music and give a bit of advice to young artists on how to prevent their art from turning into a commodity.

Many artists have embraced NFTs to eliminate the need for record labels, streaming services, and ticket-selling platforms to sell their art. M. Shadows has favored using NFTs in the music business, and Avenged Sevenfold has created their own Deathbats Club NFT collection. A Deathbat gives the owner exclusive advantages and access to spaces to connect with other Deathbat owners and A7x members.

However, NFT sales have dropped amidst the global cryptocurrency crash, discouraging many artists from continuing down that road. Nonetheless, as a musician who favors NFTs, M. Shadows recently encouraged fans to persevere and continue to use NFTs to create art independently.

Although it is too early to foresee the severity of the repercussions that will follow the crash, the idea of web3, of which Deathbats Club is a great example, can be the solution. M. Shadows took to Twitter to share encouraging messages to all the artists who want to shake up the music industry’s current state.

He encouraged up-and-coming artists to stand up for their art and not let it become a commodity. He tweeted to inform the artists to acknowledge the boundaries and go beyond them. The singer advised them not to bow down to the ‘traditional’ structure of the music business and be open to new alternative ways to show their creativity.

M. Shadows’ Twitter posts read are as follows:

“Attention all up-and-coming artists: never let your art become a commodity. Let the creation take you where it’s going to take you, and let the chips fall where they may, always. Learn where the boundaries are so you can go beyond them. Nothing will take you further away from what’s important than trying to create something that will appease everyone. Analytics show us where we have been, not where we are going.”

He continued:

“I have recently seen many people pull back from web3, and it’s been for two reasons; Price dip in crypto or they don’t want blowback from the mob. This tells me that they were never here for the right reason anyway. Now that everything is recovering, will they pop their heads back in? If you want to be a musician, painter, songwriter, novelist, whatever. Don’t become a commodity. People want to see your creativity lead the way.”

You can see his entire series of tweets below.