Myles Kennedy Explains What Rock Musicians Should Do To Keep The Genre Alive

The lead vocalist of Alter Bridge, Myles Kennedy has recently appeared on a radio show Audio Ink Radio, discussing the current situation of rock and metal as music genres in the industry and what musicians need to do to keep rock and metal genres alive.

Myles Kennedy, singer, songwriter, and frontman of the rock band Alter Bridge, has been active in the rock music world since 1988 when he enrolled in a community college to study music. In 2003, he joined Alter Bridge as a result of a request from Mark Tremonti, the former Creed guitarist.

It is a well-known fact that Kennedy has been inspired by many other artists like Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. Kennedy also stated in previous interviews that he is inspired by jazz, blues, and rock musicians and tries to instill his style with theirs.

As many of you may know that Gene Simmons from KISS had been claiming that rock music is dead for a long time and has been creating a debate ground on the subject with other musicians. The KISS legend blames the new generation of listeners who use streaming platforms.

On the contrary to Simmons’ beliefs, in his latest discussion with Audio Ink Radio, Myles Kennedy talked about the current place of metal and rock. When asked about what they should do to keep rock and metal going, he answered that musicians should add new things to their works and always surprise the listeners. He also added that if the genre keeps evolving, both genres will be okay and alive.

Check out his full speech below:

“Continue to evolve. I think that’s always paramount, continue to find a new angle. Though I’m a firm believer in there are certain genres of music that are timeless, and I think that a lot of the styles and things that I chose to incorporate on this record are things that have been explored for decades. It’s not new but I tried to do it in a way where I put my spin on it that would hopefully at least push myself as an artist.

But as far as hard rock and metal go, I think as long as people are continuing to try and take chances, you have those outliers who are going to do something, and you’ll hear it, and it’ll stimulate you. You’ll be like, ‘Wow, I haven’t heard this approach before.’ That’s why I’m such a big fan of the last Gojira record [this year’s ‘Fortitude’].

I heard that and I was like, ‘Wait a minute, what’s happening here? This is a totally different angle, and this is really creative and inspiring.’ So as long as you have artists like that, that are willing to push the envelope, I think that it will be all right.”

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