Jared Leto Talks About 30 Seconds To Mars' Departure From Virgin Records/EMI
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.26.2014
They're free agents...
In an interview with Billboard, Jared Leto spoke about his band 30 Seconds to Mars leaving Virgin Records/EMI after a long and complicated history. The struggles with the label over the making of the band's 2010 album This Is War will be covered in a new documentary called Artifact (which Leto directed), which airs on VH1 and Palladia at 11 PM ET tonight. Their last album with the label was 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.
On being free: "We're free and clear and excited about the future. It's the most wonderful place to be."
On working on a new business model for the band: "We're all trying to figure out ways to share our music with the world, in new and exciting ways that don't force us to have to sign some convoluted record contract that's designed to keep us terminally in debt for centuries."
On other bands learning from his fight with Virgin: "We weren't the Rolling Stones or some supergroup, otherwise maybe we could afford to battle a corporation for some time. We were a small band who had a little bit of success who believed in the fight for fairness. Hopefully, the technology industry and the labels will continue to take a look at how they operate and make deals and realize there's plenty to go around."