Murs recently spoke to HipHopDX in an interview where he discussed how bands bridge the gap between their fans and used Avenged Sevenfold as an example.
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DX: You have to manage that but it puts you in a leadership position to organize this. You’re right in that this wasn’t always done in the past, especially bridging gaps the way these festivals do now.
Murs: That’s my thing. I hope it can continue. My thing is really, I don’t want to influence rappers like, “You can make a lot of money.” It’s not about that. It was about me saying, “I don’t want to rap forever.” I don’t know if a lot of rappers are in tune with themselves enough to say, “I don’t want to be in the spotlight forever.” I want to do something to where I can still make a living-that’s definitely part of it, don’t get me wrong-but I hear people are like, “Yeah, it’s about the money.” No. It’s about preserving the culture. When I saw Warped Tour, that’s what inspired me. Punk Rock still exists because of Warped Tour. A lot of O.G. Punk Rock people hate it but you’re never gonna get into Bad Brains if you don’t get into Avenged Sevenfold or Rise Against or some Pop-Punk band like New Found Glory first. I got into Kid-N-Play first but I didn’t stop there. Kids have to start somewhere.