By Gregory AdamsSmashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan dished out disdain for the current state of the music scene during an interview at SXSW yesterday (March 12), with the alt-rock vet comparing younger musicians to strippers and "poseurs."
Speaking with author Brian Solis at an event billed "The End of Business As Usual" (borrowing its title from one of Solis's books), the Pumpkins leader explained that his '90s heyday was more legitimate than the current crop of attention-grabbers, Billboard reports.
"I was part of a generation that changed the world -- and it was taken over by poseurs," Corgan stated.
Corgan continued to rip on the younger generation, explaining that artists will do anything to get noticed these days, regardless of talent. He compared emerging artists to prostitutes, saying that "[once you make that deal] you're just the fresh stripper."
He also added that setting yourself on fire on YouTube would be one of the only ways to get noticed on the site these days, hinting that musicianship has taken a backseat to image.
"[Artists that break through now] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal," he said. "Not to be respected -- not to be dangerous."
The singer-songwriter did, however, admit that the music scene has always had its faults. "I knew I was being exploited," he said of his own wheelings and dealings, "but there was a Faustian bargain to be made."
Corgan and the Pumpkins are still knee-deep into their proposed 44-track Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which is being released by the band in instalments. As previously reported, Smashing Pumpkins are also working on their new Oceania album.