Sevendust Guitarist Clint Lowery Talks Time Traveling and Staying Fresh

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The connection is essential, Clint stresses, and the band takes nothing for granted. “We’re very blue collar. You have to be cool with your people. You have to be cool with every single person you run into. Every person that’s out there in the parking lot.”

But when it comes to the business of the music, Lowery has never been shy about expressing his distaste for the industry.

“Guys have always been walking in and out of our lives on the business side. In and out. We don’t have any of the original people that started out with us, any of the label people. They’re all exchangeable, and there’s new people that inherit the band that just have no idea what we’re really about.”

What they’re really about is the fans. And the crowdfunding campaign represents their ideal: cut out the middleman and go directly to the people who really care.

“Those people in the parking lots, or wherever, they’re the ones who invested in us. They’re the real investors. And then you can take it one step further and get their actual input, what kind of presentation they want, how many songs. I mean, some artists are just very particular and they want it their way and they don’t care what anyone else thinks, but in our situation we like to know what people want. There are bands like…I mean, we’re fans…I wish I could’ve asked Pantera back in the day,” he says, laughing. “They didn’t ask for any input whatsoever.”

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