Iron Maiden Uses Piracy To Sell Out Tours

Iron Maiden Iron Maiden may have stumbled onto a goldmine by taking advantage of music piracy. Pairing with analytic company Musicmetric to determine where their music is being pirated from, the band has taken to outlining tour dates in those areas to increase ticket sales. While the U.K. and U.S. markets are predictably high for piracy, there has also been a large spike in South American piracy for the band, particularly in Brazil. As it turns out, a large number of the band’s followers on Twitter are also from that region.

Gregory Mead, CEO and co-founder of Musicmetric explains, “With their constant touring, [the] report suggests Maiden have been rather successful in turning free file-sharing into fee-paying fans. This is clear proof that taking a global approach to live touring can pay off, and that having the data to track where your fan bases lie will become ever more vital.”

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Starting with the obvious, Black Sabbath‘s early albums have to be considered since they’re widely regarded as the forefathers of metal. What about their contemporaries and bands that came shortly after? Surely Motí¶rhead, Iron Maiden and others deserve consideration. For posterity, let’s just take the landmark works, Overkill and The Number of the Beast respectively. If we include Judas Priest, which of their works should be included? One approach would be the early work, something more landmark for less studied fans, but on the other hand Painkiller is one of the best metal albums of all time and quite a bit more aggressive than the band’s early material, making this a tough decision. The list of bands and albums goes on and on.  (more…)

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We had the pleasure of chatting with them about their hopes and dreams. This is what they told us:

OS: How do you define The Fallen Angels Proyect? How would you describe the personality of the band?

TFAP: The Fallen Angels Proyect aims to develop the critical spirit of the public, and create a live-performance experience that is different from what is known today. We differentiate ourselves with the quality of our music and the themes we discuss in our lyrics.

When it comes to our music, The Fallen Angels Proyect seeks to create all kinds of atmospheres. We have pieces that go from the simplest to the most progressive melodies. We don’t like to limit ourselves to one style, but rather we experiment with all kinds of musical forms. We take, for example, elements from classical music, orchestra, choruses and we mix these with post-modern elements such as samplers and sequences.

OS: Tell us a little bit about the history of the band. How did you decide to get together?  

TFAP: The project was born from the idea of telling a fictional story that, at the same time, derives itself from some of the greatest philosophical ideas. Once we built the story, we started to put together some demos that we shared with our public through the Internet.

Luckily, the feedback we got was positive and we decided to take the next step, which was to do a live performance. In 2008, we got to the final stages of a contest organized by Marlboro Music. By that time, a number of radio stations in the US, Australia and Belgium were already playing our demos.

OS: Where does the name Fallen Angels Proyect comes from?

The Fallen Angels Proyect is a phrase that expresses some of the theories of the great philosopher Jean Paul Sartre regarding his concept of the being as expressed in his book L’etre Et Le Neant. (Being and Nothingness).

We think there is no better way to describe the self, you, us, the person who reads, listens, etc., than as a fallen angel who was been abandoned and is completely alone with no divine guides or plans. He is the only one who is responsible of his own destiny.

OS: You are weeks away from releasing your next album. Tell us more about it.

TFAP: Our new disc Tears from the Fallen Angels is a very ambitious album. We believe that each tear tells a story. Sometimes the stories are happy, other times these are sad or talk about sacrifice, anguish and liberation. Each and every one of these tears transforms the self and gives meaning to it.

The album is a double story based on a number of things that happened in real life.  On one hand, we tell the fairy tale of a little girl that, after turning 9 years old, finds herself in situations for which she isn’t prepared. However, among all the darkness there is always hope and she will find it in her imaginary friend, who will be her unconditional ally and also her secret weapon.

And those who love to read between the lines would love to reflect about the philosophical ideas that we propose in our album. The girl references the concept of society, her imaginary friend references the concept of culture, and her father is the institution of faith and her mother the concept of history.

OS: Who is your favorite band?

TFAP: Fallen has been influenced by many of the greatest bands ever, such as Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, and Porcupine Tree.

We also get our inspiration from some of the great thinkers such Nietzsche, Sartre, Foucault y Marcuse and classical authors such as Lewis Carroll, Edgar A. Poe and Lovecraft, among others.

OS: If you could play with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

TFAP: We would play with everyone! Alice Cooper is coming to Argentina in May and so is Iron Maiden. We would play with bands like Dream Theater, and legends like Roger Waters. Sharing the stage with great bands always provides an opportunity to learn new things.

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