Exclusive: The Cool Kids Say Death Of Myspace, "It's Sad They F*cked That Thing Up"
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 6:00PM
While The Cool Kids may have become overnight celebrities thanks to online social music platform Myspace, Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish believe the once popular site is officially over.
From their eyes, Myspace's run as a dominant online force has reached its end.
"That sh*t is over," Cool Kids' Mickey Rocks, sitting next to an agreeing Chuck Inglish, told SOHH. "We got in on the Myspace before News Corp got in on it and sucked the soul out of it. What it was used for was used by us, you know what I'm saying? It was a way to connect music with the rest of the world. We ended up doing shows overseas before we even put out a record thanks to Myspace. Our first packed out show was in Amsterdam and our second packed out show was in the middle of Australia. That just shows you the power of Myspace but it's great because now there won't be another Myspace. They've been trying to figure out how to social network music again." (SOHH)
Despite similar new sites like SoundCloud, the duo believe the music-breaking platform's success will never be duplicated.
"There's not going to be a new Myspace. I'm not [putting] sh*t on [online audio distribution platform] SoundCloud. I'm not hating but it's not the same. I'm not going to upload sh*t and hope people from Twitter are going to go and check it out. It's not the same type of ball game. So yeah, I'm glad I was alive during that. That put pretty much every new artist out right now on the map." (SOHH)
Cool Kids credit MySpace for ultimately uniting them as a rap duo.
The members of The Cool Kids met in 2005 when Reed found a beat on MySpace that Chuck Inglish had produced. The two met to discuss terms of the beat's sale, and eventually ended up recording for two hours. They were inspired by golden age hip hop and artists like Eric B. & Rakim. (Wikipedia)
Although News Corp. purchased Myspace for $580 million in 2005, the company sold it for a fraction of the amount last month.
Myspace was once the Internet's equivalent of the hottest nightclub in town. In its heyday, the world's dominant social network attracted some 3 million bands, 8,000 comedians and countless filmmakers and wannabes who came to see and be seen. Now, Myspace is seemingly no place -- a digital castoff that corporate parent News Corp. sold for $35 million in cash and equity to an Orange County digital media firm specializing in online advertising. That's a fraction of the $580 million that the media giant controlled by Rupert Murdoch paid to acquire the site a scant six years ago, and well shy of its one-time $65-billion valuation. (Los Angeles Times)
Check out some recent Cool Kids footage below: