Halestorm Doesn't Mind If Rock Isn't As Mainstream As Rap

July 15, 2019

While backstage at Finland's Tuska Open Air festival, Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger spoke with KaaosTV about how mainstream and popular music is currently dominated by rap, and how rappers are considered the new "rock stars."

“I think personally, whether you’re a rap star, a pop star or a country star, everybody wants to be a rock star," says Lzzy. "It doesn’t mean you are."

“It depends on your definition of a rock star, toom" adds Hottinger. "They definitely make more money. Rock is a little underground right now, which I love it. We’re down here simmering, and there’s some really cool music happening, and  fans all over the world that stick with you forever, whereas these pop things happen and it’s vapid. A band goes up and it comes down real fast ’cause people just move on to the next thing.”

"All the money is over there, and that’s fine. They can have it. We have a really cool thing going on here in rock and roll, and I like it.”

“At a rock show, people aren't there just purely because they had nothing better to do on a Saturday," adds Lzzy. "They’re not there to show off their cute outfits and take selfies; they’re there because it’s a part of their life,” she said. “And some of these kids primally need to be there to make themselves feel like they belong somewhere. And I think that that’s powerful. So we’re very proud of that.”

She adds, “Like I said, everybody wants to wear the leather jacket and be a rock star, but, really, the truth is that unless you’re underground with us, you’re probably not.”

Check out their full interview below: