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Arctic Monkeys
They are arguably the biggest band in Britain and their rise to stardom via the internet is a well-documented tale now. The Record has a quick, exclusive chat with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helder as the band tours Australia.

The Record: You've been called the 'MySpace' phenomenon, but you've said the band didn't plan it like that right?
Matt: In a way yeah, we didn't really know what MySpace was when we were on it. Our fans made a MySpace profile and it went from there.

TR: How does the internet affect your career now?
Matt: I'm not sure now. I just think it's a great place to talk about the music. There hasn't really been any new music online from us for a while, but people share a lot of our live videos and things so it's still working well.

TR: They say the Arctic Monkeys have changed the music industry ~ how do you feel about that?
Matt: I don't know ~ I think we might have changed how people look at it but I think if we hadn't done it someone else would have done it. So we were just at the right place at the right time doing the right thing.

TR: In the beginning you guys gave away your music for free to the fans ~ that's an unusual thing to do...
Matt: A lot of people sell them, often not for a lot of money, but we just thought we'd give them away. We didn't expect people to have to buy something from someone they've never heard of. So we just gave them away for free and it kind of worked quite well!

TR: Why did you resist signing to a record label to begin with?
Matt: We had a lot of offers and we had to choose from that. I think it got to the stage where we wanted to start our album and we had to get things done at another level ~ we didn't really resist, we just thought at the beginning that we weren't ready. We didn't want to rush into a decision and then burn out a few months later. We just kind of thought about it for a long time.

TR: The fans have been part of your journey from the start ~ what are they like now?
Matt: One of the fans who first put our songs online comes along with us on tour now and takes pictures and things, so he's literally on the journey with us!


You can read the rest of our exclusive with Arctic Monkeys in the August 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.










































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