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Hayley Williams responds to Paramore being “manufactured”

January 5th, 2011

It took a couple of weeks, but Paramore singer Hayley Williams has finally opened up about the statement issued by guitarist Josh Farro about why he and his brother Zac left the band.

In the statement posted back on December 22nd, Farro claimed Paramore had become a “a manufactured product of a major label” where band members were merely “riding on the coattails of ‘Hayley’s dream.’” Ouch.

Well, in a new interview with MTV News, Williams has responded to the comments, defending her position in the band and assuring fans that Paramore is not “manufactured.”

“When I was 14, I was offered a contract, but my heart wasn’t to be a solo artist; my heart was to be in a band,” she said. “I mean, since I [was] a kid, I’ve always just wanted to be in a band. I didn’t even want to be the singer; I wanted to be the drummer, so I could be behind everything. And that’s what I fought for, and that’s what we’ve made it. And that’s why it seemed so irrelevant that everything was being pointed out [in Farro's statement]. I mean, we’ve been honest about it, and we are a band, and, to me, it doesn’t matter if there’s a name on a contract. I hate business, it’s the last thing I ever want to talk about. So when that was brought up in the blog, I just felt like, ‘Man, fans shouldn’t care or need to hear about this stuff,’ because all that does is get in the way of music.

“We’re not a manufactured band. We’ve dealt with that rumor for a long time, and that’s because of the rumors of Fueled by Ramen and Atlantic’s relationship. We’ve always talked about that … saying, you know, when we started, I again fought for something that we could really work hard and start from the ground,” Williams said. “That’s the kind of music that I love, and that’s the kind of music we’ve all shared interest in since day one, and we wanted to be that kind of band, we wanted to be those kind of people that worked for whatever they were going to get. We didn’t know it would turn into this. Thank God it did, because we got to experience so many cool things.”

The saga continues…

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