No vanishing act for
Evanescence's Amy Lee -- Page 2
Bankrate: You hear so many stories about
bands having hit records and selling millions, and yet still being in debt and
broke and in these horrible financial straits. Have you gotten caught in any traps
like that, or are things working out better for you?
It's definitely working out better than that. I'm not broke, and I'm doing better
than I've ever done.
But, it's never all the pie in
the sky you think it's going to be. I was actually really disappointed at a lot
of different instances with our label. You expect to be respected and treated
really well when you do well, because when your album's first coming out, you
feel like, we're going to fail, we're going to fail, we're going to fail. Because
it's so hard to break into the industry. When you do really well, you expect it
to be, 'Oh my God, thank you so much, we love you guys.' But more than that, you
expect to just get what you're asking for as far as the new record, or renegotiating
I remember a lot of times being treated like
they didn't have a lot of faith in me, as an artist by myself, after Ben left
the band. I felt a lot of distance between the label and my band.
has been difficult. I hate to bring it up. I'm probably going to get in trouble
for it, but it hasn't been a piece of cake. But I'm not suffering, and I'm not
broke. I did just buy a house. I never lived anywhere by myself before, so it's
amazing. I never owned anything. I've always been in a dorm, or my parents' house,
or living with five roommates. Even up until six months ago I lived in a two-bedroom
apartment with my roommate and her boyfriend. So it's really cool to have my own
Bankrate: So have you had to learn about stocks
and stuff, and what to do with your money?
I haven't learned very much. I should learn some more. There's been talk about
it, but I haven't done anything yet. We hired a lot of new people recently and
I have an awesome business manager, and I actually hired a financial adviser.
That's the only person I've been talking to about stocks and junk that I don't
understand. So, yeah, I'll be doing some investing. As soon as the money starts
really rolling in.
Bankrate: Do you have any directions
you think you want to go with that?
Amy Lee: No.
Except that we've occasionally donated money, and that always feels good. That's
simple and easy. I understand that.