Weller Laments Pressure On Young Artists
Former The Jam star Paul Weller feels sorry for aspiring musicians because they are under extreme "pressure" to produce hits at the start of their career.
The British rocker is relieved he found fame in the 1970s because he was allowed several years to cultivate his talents - unlike modern bands who are expected to churn out chart-topppers straight after landing record deals.
He says, "It seems a quick turnaround these days but that's the climate we're in. It's hard to find those labels that develop people any more.
"Without sounding old-fashioned, when I started out you had A&R people who developed you and let you make three or four records before you hit your stride - you don't get that chance now. You get one record and if that doesn't get played or doesn't get in the charts then you're out in a couple of years. It doesn't make for great creativity as it's a lot of pressure for young artists who've got to come up with a hit first time."