Alex Van Halen listed his requirements for a good live performance, and argued that dramatic changes in the music industry have shifted the focus towards performing on stage from artists.
“After honing our skills, you discover the connection between people and music,” he explained. “Playing live, there should be no dead space. Never turn your back on the audience and never insult them. They are equal to you. This line that separates the audience from the stage is not a line. It's just to keep them from throwing up on your shit! You are there to make the public feel good. "
He went on to say that modern technology had been misused to destroy the world of recording. “There is nothing left in the music industry,” he said. “It's a bunch of ones and zeros. It used to be that you made a dollar per record, and now you get 50 cents for 275,000 streams. It's crazy. It's wrong. Now the only thing you have is playing live which is ironic because that is how it all started.
Alex pointed out that until their 1984 time, Van Halen and their tour crew had all traveled on the same bus, and the experience had strengthened their stage presence. “Leonardo da Vinci said: 'Large rooms distract the mind; small rooms concentrate the mind, ”he quoted. “When you are all tight, it focuses your energies and you learn to deal with issues and problems. If you're in a large space, you never even have to say "hello" to other guys. What is all this about? "
"I'd rather have someone wake up in the morning and say, 'Hey, fuck you! instead of saying nothing at all, "Alex continued." I'm serious. Give me some emotion! This is what it is about. Music is a celebration of the human being. With the drums in the foreground! "