Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger has been creating music for almost 30 years and has helped cement the band as one of the biggest acts in modern rock. So it is fair to say the guy knows a thing or two when it comes to making music.
As a veteran in the rock world, Kroeger has worked with a lot of artists over the course of his career, and when it comes to those musicians he’s worked with, he can’t get over how “lazy” some of them have been.
Recently, while talking with The Bailey Show on Audacy’s 98 Rock, the Nickelback singer voiced some observations he has made when it comes to some of the artists he has worked alongside. Prior to talking about these artists, he jokes that “most musicians” become musicians “because they don’t wanna get a real job.”
Per Kroeger, he shares the following (as transcribed by MetalSucks):
“Do you know why most musicians become musicians? Because they don’t wanna get a real job. And then they date hairdressers, because they actually have a job, and then they support them until they move on to their next hairdresser.
“And they’re like, ‘Someday I’m gonna make it.’ – and so when you get in the studio with these people and you realize like, wow, you are incredibly lazy, even when it comes to something you truly love. And that is just a crying shame.”
Kroeger continues, sharing how some of the musicians he has worked with have felt accomplished with their music after a “solid 10 minutes” of work, and how he’s encouraged them to put in more effort to make a “really good” song:
“I’ve been in this studio with hundreds of [newer musicians], and they’re like, ‘Bro, bro, that was a solid 10 minutes, dude. Like, let’s just go do something else.’
“So just because my work ethic when it comes to, you know, creating something or making something special, I’m like, ‘You know, the world’s gonna hear this, right? So do you just want a half-ass it or do you wanna make it good? Or do you wanna really put some time and effort into it and make it really good? Because the world is going to hear this.’”