Αποσπάσματα από τη συνέντευξη για το θέμα του τι πήγε λάθος και πόσο φταίνε οι ίδιοι (φυσικά και φταίνε και οι ίδιοι)
Q. What were the main difficulties you faced during your long career in Jag Panzer? Both musically and business-wise.
Mark: Our biggest challenge was always the business side of things. We were always very proud of our music but we had trouble finding an audience for it. I would watch these huge Iron Maiden shows and see 50,000 fans who love heavy metal. But out of these 50,000 people, how many even heard of Jag Panzer? Maybe 1,000 or even less? We always spent all of our time writing songs when we probably should have worked more on the business side. We never even had management until this year. Our manager was great, but I wish we had him years ago
Q: Particularly about downloading. Jag Panzer seems to be the classic example of a band hurt by downloading. What are your thoughts on the whole affair? Do you have an example of how downloading hurt JP?
Mark: I think we were hurt by downloading. Not so much by lost sales, but by people not giving us the proper listens. If you have money to buy 4 albums, you spent the time listening to all 4 albums. I bought 4 albums a month during the NWOBHM era, so each album got a full week of listens. I learn to appreciate great bands like Demon and Warlord. Those are two bands that I love but that I didn’t like after the first listen. Those bands had to grow on me. When people download music, they download 100 albums at once. They don’t take time to give the music a chance, each album may only get 2 minutes of listening. Jag Panzer needs repeated listens, we aren’t a band you like after 2 minutes. That is how I think downloading hurt us.
Q. On the flip side, any regrets? Something (an album, a tour, a video perhaps) that deserved better, that leaves you with an annoyed feeling?
Mark: We never had a video budget, so those could have been done better. The tour offers for Thane were very disappointing. We did a small headlining tour for Age of Mastery, but the tour offers we got for Thane were in the same small venues, but as an opener for Lefay (I think that’s the band). Lefay are a great band, but I thought we earned a headliner spot by then. Or maybe could have opened for someone like Blind Guardian. No tour for Thane was a big setback for us.