Ministry’s Al Jourgensen Shares His Top Five Tips for Signed Musicians
Since founding influential industrial-metal band Ministry 30 years ago, Al Jourgensen–who is featured in our new, 100th issue as one of the 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars–has experienced almost everything it’s possible to encounter as a hard-living extreme-music-maker. With Ministry returning with a new album, Relapse, in March and supporting tour next year–plus Jourgensen’s psycho-country outfit Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters finally dropping their debut, Bikers Welcome! Ladies Drink Free, in January–now seemed like a good time to pick the rock icon’s brain for some of the most important lessons he has learned through his years in the biz.
5.”Never drink wine that doesn’t have a cork in it. No boxes. No screw-off things. Just drink wine with a cork and shut the fuck up.”
4. “Always use clean needles.”
3. “Immediately be suspect of everyone around you, especially the ones closest to you–your agent, management, porn star wife, etc.”
2. “Audit the record labels every two years. You’re allowed to do it that often, and if you audit those fuckers, you’ll see there’s money flying hand over fist that you’re not seeing. It’s worth it. You can find auditors who will do it on speck and they’ll get a percentage of what they find, and what they find is a goldmine because these motherfuckers are shameless. I don’t care if it’s an independent label or a major label–they’re all shameless.”
1. “Put it in her ass or her mouth, but don’t stick in in her pussy unless you have a rubber.”