Yashin are set to call it a day very soon, so we asked vocalist Harry Radford what he wished he knew, before joining the band.
Here are his 5 lessons:
1. NICE GUYS FINISH LAST
“There's a big difference between playing in a band as a hobby and playing in a band as your career. As much as no one wants to hear it, being in a band becomes a business. Nine times out of 10, people are not really your friends. They’re strategically placed to take what they can, while they can, and then leave you for dead. Always get deals and promises down in writing, as ‘friends’ in this business will take advantage of your goodwill.”
2. THERE’S NO ‘I’ IN TEAM
“If you want to do this seriously, don't take any half measures. You will need help: whether it be an agent, manager or label. Don't take on the first person / company that approaches you, because they won’t do a decent job and will have no attention to detail. If you think you are the best, wait for the best, someone who shares your vision!”
3. A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE EASILY PARTED
“Save! Your! Money! At some stage a real shift will happen in the amount of money your band make, and of course there are always ways to spend it; regardless of how much it is. Think long and hard about how you choose to invest it and if you really need to. It takes time for band members to actually get decent money.”
4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL IS DEAD
“Or maybe it’s just sleeping for the time being and needs a kick-start. There's not a lot of room for rock ‘n’ roll in today's chart scene. Sustainable living is much harder to come by compared to the old days. Only a handful of bands in each territory will be able to make a living.”
5. IT’S NICE TO BE IMPORTANT, BUT IT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO BE NICE
“You'll always get ego, arrogance and liars in this kind of workplace. Those people are quite easy to spot, but you can always kill them with kindness. Rise above the bullshit and always be humble, helpful and honest. Other people like that will be drawn to you. Through all my time in doing this, there's been one thing that's certain: the people who are negative, complain and don't have the time to be respectful are the unhappy ones. They’re the ones who feel the world owes them more. The genuine people who look at the good are always the ones who are successful and excel in whatever they choose to do.”
Yashin's final ever shows will be as follows. With One Last Breath are in support.