After doing much research and watching interviews over the years, I have found little to nobody talk about the affect major labels have on bands..
I'm not talking about "megastars" like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus; that plastic music is obviously directed by the record label, written by others etc..
No, I'm talking about legitimate bands like Rise Against, Avenged Sevenfold etc who were on underground indie labels and made the switch to major labels about 10 years ago.
Take Rise Against for example... most people are familiar with them as they are currently on Interscope Records, a major label and have been since 2005.
I am very selective with the music I like and don't listen to many bands on major labels, yet I enjoy them immensely.
I actually prefer their major label releases over the ones from the indie label.
Do you think bands at their level have full creative control? Or are they kind of told by the label, "write your music, but go in this direction (more radio friendly etc), and if any songs aren't so, I won't release the album until it is how I want."
I am very untrusting of bands at their level, what do you think?