[EN/Media] Amy Lee from Evanescence in Sydney about how the band has kept its fan base (DailyTelegraph.com.au)
EVANESCENCE returned to Australia after a five-year break and jumped straight on a Harbour cruise.
When they got off, Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee talked to music editor Kathy McCabe about how nothing and everything has changed in their absence.
McCabe: Rock bands keep their fans even without a No. 1 hit these days. What's the secret?
Lee: I think it's not following the fads and sticking to what you really love and being yourself. We've never been supercool, we've always been the thing that's a little bit different.
McCabe: Were you tempted to play the pop princess game with the release of your self-titled third record?
Lee: I don't think it's anything new to try to be shocking. It's more shocking to be conservative. I don't feel the pressure of trying to be somebody else. We want to be successful but we had surprise major success with our first album and I made a deal with myself to be free to do what we want and not make the goal for every album to be the hottest thing in the world.
McCabe: Are charts an outdated measure of success?
Lee: Totally. It's not just about surfing the radio stations or seeing what's on MTV like when I was a teenager. We're huge on YouTube so we're doing great! We have an awesome fanbase and over 13 million followers on Facebook.
Evanescence perform at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on March 29.
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