Metal hammer has a new interview with Mayhem bassist Necrobutcher (born Vivivegan), and there are two particularly interesting quotes that I think are worth discussing.
The first quote relates to Necrobutcher’s investment advice:
“Other musicians spend all their money on drugs and women. Some would say it is a wise investment. I was smart – I invested in real estate in the early 90s. I only bought a simple house – more like a cabin. We weren’t bringing money for Iron Maiden or Metallica, so I couldn’t afford more. But I still live there. Of course, I improved it – now it’s worth millions in Norwegian money. Real estate is the only thing that goes up in value.
I don’t have much to say about it, I just find it funny to hear a black metal guy talk about real estate.
The second quote relates to Necrobutcher’s marketing strategy for Mayhem:
“I realized I had the same strategy as Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. He understands that it is important to be the first western group in any country. When you get there, you are the gods even though the people who come after you are better than you. I love to be the premier metal band in any country. We want to play in Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan. Afghanistan? Maybe not. They jailed a metal group for 10 years for blasphemy. I am not prepared to go that far and risk ending up in an Afghan prison.
It’s a strange thing to say. Not just that you don’t want to be arrested for playing – I get that 110% – but to say “it’s important to be the number one western band in any country” because that will ensure your popularity ” even if the people who come after you are better than you. ” It is rare to hear a musician profess that there are other groups superior to his own. I can’t tell if Necrobutcher is modest or has self esteem issues or whatever. It’s a little sad to think that he thinks that the success of the group depends on whether they are precocious, not good.
Less relevant, it’s also a strange backhand compliment to the Rolling Stones, which have been massively popular for 8,000 years, even withoutside being the first western group in any country.
You can read the full interview here.