Doc welcomes Bullet For My Valentine lead guitarist, Michael “Padge” Paget, to the show to talk about how BFMV has maintained so much consistency over the years, his philosophy of personal humility despite great success and fame, how the UK metal scene evolved out of obscurity with breakout artists like BFMV, what is was like working with producer Colin Richardson and having massive early success, the pain of losing band members, the downside of success and how money and excess almost destroyed the band, and how the pandemic has affected the UK and shaped their prospects to start playing live.
This episode features the songs “Whiskey Mistress” by Beneath the Hollow, “Obscene” by Halcyon Wander, and “No Easy Way Out” by Bullet For My Valentine.
I am going to assume that a decent portion of the followers of this site are themselves musicians with bands of their own. That is generally how it goes with metal. There are seamless lines blurred between the “fans” and the “bands” because, like myself, many metal patrons represent both categories. Without this large sector of musician fans, technically proficient bands that cater directly to this base (like Dream Theater, Meshuggah, and Necrophagiast) would be much less successful. So to those musicians, I would like to use this blog to shine a light on one of the harsh truths in all music and entertainment that many musicians choose to ignore –
Image matters a lot in this industry. In fact, it’s probably just as important as the music.