In a new interview with The metal mixtape, Richie Kotzen He was asked if his expectations for the music industry when he launched his career more than three decades ago had turned out to be correct. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I had no expectations of the business. When I was young, I thought that if you worked hard and had something to say as an artist, you would succeed. I thought if you worked hard, had your own voice and something to say as an artist, you would be successful. And then, for the very first part of my career, that rang true. And then, somewhere Along the line, I woke up to the reality that the music industry has nothing to do with artistic integrity, working hard and getting results. really crazy things involved when you enter the world of the music industry.
He continued, “The thing I can say is that I found a way to survive as an artist without necessarily being in the music industry. When I think of the music industry , I don’t think about Richie Kotzen; I don’t think I’m necessarily in the music business. I think I’m an artist who records original music and has developed a base of people who care about what I do, and I’m thankful and thankful for that. But that has nothing to do with business for me; it has to do with being true to who I am and being lucky enough to have a platform where I can create my songs and release them. But I don’t consider myself part of the music industry, because that’s a whole other thing.”
Kotzen is currently promoting the debut album of his collaborative project with IRON MAIDENit is Adrian Smith. Recorded in the Turks and Caicos Islands in February 2020, produced by Richie and Adrian and mixed by Kevin “The Caveman” Shirley, SMITH/KOTZENThe nine-track opus is a perfect collaboration between these two highly respected musicians who co-wrote all the songs and also share lead vocals and compromise on guitar and bass duties throughout the record.
In February 2020, Kotzen released his 22nd solo album, “50 for 50”via its own personalized label, Headroom-Inc. The three-disc collection is exactly what the title implies: a collection of 50 previously unreleased compositions produced, performed and written by Kotzen in honor of his birthday. This is the sequel to his critically acclaimed hit “Salting the Earth” album, released in April 2017 via Headroom-Inc.